I live in the country and the water where I live is very rusty. If I go away for the weekend when I come home my toilet looks like it hasn’t been cleaned for 40 years. It’s kind of crazy. So I have found myself looking for tips on how to keep a toilet clean without using those blue water chemical tank things. So here is what I have found so far.
- Magic erasers! if you put a chunk of a magic eraser in the tank of your toilet it will clean every time you flush. This really works! It actually put a dent in the rust ring with out me even washing the toilet! One problem I had at first was the magic eraser getting caught under the flapper and the toilet continuously running but if you just find the perfect spot to put it in then that won’t happen anymore. I think it’s a great idea to throw a used up magic eraser in there rather than ripping up a new one too.
- A small bottle of vinegar! If you poke a hole into a bottle of vinegar and then put the whole bottle into your toilet tank the vinegar will prevent a toilet ring from forming and also use less water with every flush! (Update: This idea has worked for some but not for others. In the comment section there is a discussion about alternative ideas and possibilites.)
- Denture cleaner tabs! If you drop a denture cleaning tab into the toilet before bed and then scrub the toilet in the morning it will be sparkly clean. Alternatively you can drop the denture cleaning tab into the back of the tank if you want it to clean when you flush.
- Wet dry sand paper works really well for scrubbing stubborn stains! Do not use this on any of your other bathroom surfaces however as it will scratch the surface.
- Baking soda left over night in the bowl will make scrubbing easier in the morning. Baking soda is also a great addition to a septic tank if you have one. It eliminates smell without harming the good bacteria that you want in there.
- Borax Works great for cleaning a toilet overnight as well and is also gentle on the environment.
- A great way to clean around all of the bolts and the lid is with one of those steam cleaners. The pressure shoots out all of the stuff that gets caught in there and the steam sanitizes without chemicals.
So there you have it tips for battling against rusty water in a toilet. I think that if you are trying to prevent rust build up when you are away for a few days it would be a good idea to add any of the borax, denture cleaner or baking soda before you leave so that they can fight against the stains the whole time you are away.