Your toilet tank typically stays pretty clean. The dirty water is in the bowl only and stays out with the rubber stopper at the bottom of the tank. The tank can get dirty on its own though, making it important to clean it occasionally.
Empty the Tank
The first step to cleaning the tank is to empty it of all the water. You can do this by shutting off the water supply to the toilet. Turn the knob on the wall near the toilet a few times to close the water connection. Then flush the toilet a few times to get rid of the water in the tank.
Scrub the Inside of the Tank
Use a long-handled scrub brush or a scouring pad to scrub the surface of the tank. You’ll want to go easy with the brush or use a softer sponge on the key elements inside of the tank. Be careful not to damage the pieces with the scrub brush.
Use Vinegar for Mineral Deposits
If there are mineral deposits built up in the tank from hard water, soak them with vinegar. You can either fill up the entire tank with vinegar and let it soak, or just pour the vinegar on select areas. If you don’t like using vinegar, lemon juice may work, too. Skip this step if your home runs on a septic system. Dumping chemicals into the tank can cause a big problem for septic owners. Be sure not to use any ammonia-based cleaners, bleach, or hydrogen peroxide after flushing the tank with vinegar to avoid a bad chemical reaction.
Refill the Tank
Once you’ve completed your scrub of the tank, open the water knob and let the flow of water back into the tank. Flush the toilet a few times to get the extra cleaners out of the tank. Once this is complete, you are ready to continue using your toilet.
Clean the toilet tank twice a year to keep everything in working order. It is best to clean the tank by hand, avoiding the drop-in cleaner tablets. Those contain chemicals that can degrade the components of your toilet and can harm your septic system. For all your plumbing needs, call McCuen Plumbing, Heating and Cooling.