Keep a Toilet Clean (much longer)

Have a toilet that seems to get dirty very fast despite thorough cleaning? Try cleaning the siphon jets.
1.) Clean the underside of the rim with a nylon brush and homemade cleaning solution of vinegar, baking soda, and water.
2.) Shut off the water supply and flush the toilet to empty the tank.
3.) Block off the siphon jets with duct tape.
4.) Pour 1 gallon of vinegar in the tank and flush the toilet. Let it sit over night.
5.) In the morning remove the tape and open the water supply. Flush water through once to clear out any remaining vinegar.
Siphon jets below the rim of the toilet bowl.
Homemade cleaner:

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1 question
  • Moana Luka
    on Jan 21, 2017

    old toilet in Rental unit, the inside of tank is black w/mold. Was told never use clorox to clean the toilet (which I have always used a Clorox tablet in the tank and less than 1/8 of a cup to clean the bowl and outside, been doing this for over 42 yrs with no problem of wearing out the plumbing wax or anything else.) so how do I clean the tank.

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  • Lisa Prater
    on Mar 17, 2019

    Love this. I use vinegar and dish soap but will try soda. Can't take the smell of bleach.

  • Mitzi River
    on Aug 3, 2019

    I would, I would wear gloves to keep everything else clean

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