Practical Toilet Tricks That Can Save You Time And Money
Marilyn Caylor 4/27/2017
For obvious reasons, cleaning the toilet is one of those chores that's probably at the bottom of your list of fun things to do. But, it's not safe to wait too long before you give it a good scrubbing! Let's get real - given its inherent function, toilets are a sponge for yucky germs.
Thankfully, there's no need to get up close and personal with this porcelain throne. These practical toilet tips make it super easy to keep the toilet spotless.
In fact, keeping on top of your toilet cleaning routine couldn't get any easier! Keep reading to find out how to make your toilet look and smell as pretty as a spring meadow.
Lime build-up around the rim is bound to happen at one time or another. Don't worry though, there's a simple fix for getting rid of those unsightly rings! Just stuff vinegar soaked toilet paper under the rim. Let it sit for several minutes.
In the meantime, scrub the toilet with vinegar while you're waiting - it will get rid of the mineral build-up hanging around the water line. When you're done, flush the toilet paper into oblivion!
One of the worst things in the world is the realization that you've clogged the toilet - and there's no plunger in sight! There's good news though, because you can use this alternative method to make it all go away.
First, grab a towel and place it on the floor. Then, squeeze a cup of dish soap into the toilet. It will sink to the bottom and quickly go to work at dissolving the mess. Next, pour as much hot water as you can fit into the bowl, without letting it overflow.
Let this bubble bath simmer for 20 minutes. By the time you return, the water level should have gone down. Don't flush it just yet! Chase it with another round of hot water, which will help push the clog further down the pipe and out of your life.
Wait another 20 minutes before you flush. After that, there will be no evidence remaining to indicate that you ever clogged the sucker.
Kool-Aid isn't just for kids, toilets love to drink the brightly colored stuff, too! It turns out that this birthday party favorite is great at removing hard-water stains.
To make this magic potion, open up a packet of unsweetened Kool-Aid, sprinkle it around the rim, and let it sit for an hour. When you return, the bowl will probably look like lemonade or fruit punch - which means you'll probably never look at a glass of Kool-Aid the same way ever again.
The last step is pretty easy - just brush and flush!
When you've finished using the toilet brush, the first instinct is to stuff it into a corner and get it as far away from you as possible. However, those toilet germs are still stuck to the brush, and they don't go away on their own just because the brush is out of sight.
The solution? Transform your brush holder into a 24/7 germ-killing tool! Fill the receptacle with Pine Sol, and your brush will get a clean bath each time you place it back into holder.
Sometimes it can be a challenge to get rid of a crusty toilet stain, but there's a cool beauty tool you can use to get rid of it for good.
You probably know what a pumice stone is, and may have even used one to exfoliate rough calluses off the bottom of your feet. Well, you can also use pumice on your toilet, but it's called a scouring stick in the household cleaning world.
Dip this rectangular-shaped stick into water before you start scrubbing, and you'll be amazed at how quickly the mold and other unmentionables start to disappear. It's like a magic eraser sponge, but for toilets!
Fizzy toilet tabs are an effortless way to keep the toilet bowl "fresh" in-between cleanings. Not only are they simple to make, but they're inexpensive, too!
Mix the following ingredients into a bowl:
- 1 cup baking soda
- 1/4 cup citric acid
- 1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
What you're after is a crumbly texture that you can easily press into a freezer mold. You may need to add a second or third tablespoon of dish soap to reach this consistency.
Freeze the molds for 30 minutes, and then place these potty pods into a cute glass jar for storage.
Whenever you feel like the toilet needs a little bit of extra sparkle, just plop a fizzy bomb into the water, and don't forget to say "bombs away!" just for fun. It's like a breath mint for your toilet!
Good old vinegar is your friend when it comes to maintaining the cleanliness of your toilet. Pour white vinegar directly into the tank to prevent mineral build-up from ever getting past the baby stage. This eco-friendly cleanser will get rid of mold and bacteria, too!
Kool-Aid is also useful for figuring out if you have toilet leaks. Dump a packet of Kool-Aid into the tank, and wait 30 minutes. If the dye ends up in the bowl, then you know you have a leak that needs a plumber's attention.