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Here’s How to Clean Your Toilet Tank

When it comes to cleaning our homes, there are many things we tend to overlook. If you have never learned how to clean your toilet tank, let alone cleaned it at all, you are not alone! The saying “out of sight, out of mind” pops into my head for this one. Just because we do not see the insides of our toilet tanks, does not mean they do not need to be cleaned and cared for! While we do not believe you should be obsessively cleaning your home, something like this should not be overlooked!

Why you should be cleaning your loo’s tank

You may not even think about or notice that it needs any cleaning at all, thanks to the fact that the water seems to be clear. But, here is the problem with this way of thinking. Bacterial and mineral buildup along with dirt can cause the metal parts inside your tank to corrode and rust! Read on if you want to learn what you will need and exactly how to clean your toilet tank. Remember, this should be done twice a year, at least!

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How to clean your toilet tank

Ready to clean what you kept forgetting about? Here is a basic list of things you will need to get that tank nice and clean!

  • a pair of rubber gloves
  • a scrub brush with a long handle
  • a sponge
  • some disinfectant
  • optional, but a good idea, some white vinegar
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A basic how-to guide on how to clean your toilet tank

Step One: Empty your tank. All you need to do is shut off the water valve, this is most often found on the wall behind your loo. Once you have closed the valve, flush and allow all the water to drain out.


Step Two: If you notice only dirt and some grime, Just get to cleaning with your brush. If you notice any residue decoration, you will need to use white vinegar: fill the tank to the overflow valve (about three gallons in a standard toilet) and let it sit for 12 hours. Then flush.


Step Three: Glove up and spray disinfectant inside the toilet’s tank. Allow it to sit for about 15 minutes. Do not use bleach because bleach is corrosive.


Step Four: Now, you will want to scrub away! You can also use a cloth and wipe down any parts within your toilet’s tank. This will help get rid of any built-up slime or any dirt.


Remember: If there are any broken parts or if any maintenance is needed, now is the perfect time to get it done!


Step Five: You are all done! You can now turn the water back on, and allow the toilet tank to fill up. Flush it a few times to make sure all is working correctly!

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Jade Small
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Jade is a freelance writer and content creator from South Africa with over 7 years experience writing and creating. She's also a proud single mom to a super 13 year old boy.