Surprisingly Simple Toilet Care Tips
Posted Apr 23rd 2014 | By:
Nobody likes to clean the toilet. Although toilet cleaning is a necessary evil, it is a job that very few folks volunteer to do. We all have moments where we draw the short straw, however, and so a date with a dirty toilet must be put on our calendars. While toilet time is not enjoyable, it does not have to be quite as awful or as hands-on as we sometimes envision it being. Whether you are making toilet repairs, simply doing some routine cleaning, or even cleaning in preparation for repairs, there are alternatives available to traditional toilet labor to swing the workload in your favor. By using products that work for you, less work must be done by you. Here's how:
Water is a precious resource that we are all keen to use sparingly, especially if it means a reduction in our water bills. Thinking about saving water probably leads to you think about that which your toilet uses each time you flush. In some cases a toilet may need a lot of water to move things through, but a lot of the time the water in your toilet tank is more than you will need.
Experiment to be sure how much you can eliminate, but a good rule of thumb is that a 1 liter bottle full of water will cause enough displacement to still get you a good flush while conserving water at the same time. Simply fill a plastic bottle and place it in an out of the way area of the tank to prevent that much extra water from filtering through your toilet each time you flush, saving you money and saving our water reserves at the same time.
You can even add rocks or marble to weigh the bottle down and help keep it in place. Be sure to check on it periodically to make sure it hasn't moved out of position.
Have you ever brushed up against the toilet tank during the winter months and gotten an unpleasant, chilly surprise on your bare skin? Or what about a wet surprise when coming into contact with condensation formed on the tank? One way to eliminate such problems is by lining the tank interior with bubble wrap. The air trapped inside those bubbles will help regulate temperature and stop condensation from forming at the same time. To add a layer, turn off your toilet water supply and flush. When the tank is empty, place bubble wrap around the interior to form an insulative layer against cold and moisture.
Stains in particular are especially unsightly in the toilet bowl. Harmless though they may be, mineral deposits and hard water stains are not the most appealing thing to look at. Instead of scrubbing away, make things easier on yourself instead by using one of the following methods: 1. Pour a can of Coke into the bowl, taking care to bring the Coke into contact with bowl edges and stained areas. Allow it to sit for about an hour, then give it a quick brushing and flush your stains away. 2. Soak some toilet paper in vinegar and gently lay it atop stains, being sure to make contact. Let it sit overnight and flush the paper, along with stains, away come morning.
Once stains are gone, germs still may remain so tackling them is necessary as well. Rather than exposing yourself to harsh chemicals for the purpose of disinfecting, pour a half cup of hydrogen peroxide in your toilet bowl instead. After a half an hour has passed, flush and your germ problems will be solved. Repeat as needed for a fresh, germ-free bowl.
Since the bathroom is a moist area of your home, rust sometimes forms there. Screws and bolts are especially prone to rust but this can be prevented by painting over them with clear nail polish. Using nail polish will also help seat screws and bolts so they will not work loose as easily, resulting in an unpleasant toilet wobble. If rust has made an appearance on other parts of your toilet, a pumice stone can take care of that. Wet the toilet surface as well as the stone and move the stone against the surface in gentle, even strokes to get rid of rust. Once rust is gone, moisten a cloth with a few drops of baby oil and rub it on the bowl until dry to create a beautiful shine.
While some toilet care and cleaning techniques may seem odd, they are also known to be beneficial. Don't be afraid to step out of the box and make things easier on yourself by giving them a try. There is nothing wrong with taking the easy way out as long as it still allows you to accomplish the necessary goals to give you an efficient and sanitary throne in your home.
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