Here’s How to Clean Your Toilet Tank

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The toilet tank is one of the most overlooked spots in the bathroom. This is how to clean your toilet tank.

When was the last time you cleaned your toilet, including the tank? Never? Welcome to the club.

The toilet tank is one of the most overlooked spots in the bathroom for cleaning. While the water in the tank is clean — the lid keeps out bacterial and mineral buildup, along with dirt — metal parts can corrode and rust.

You should clean your toilet tank twice a year to extend the life of your commode and its guts. You’ll need:

How to Clean Your Toilet Tank

  1. Empty the tank by locating the water valve, usually on the wall behind or near the toilet’s base. Shut it off, lift the lid from the tank and flush until it drains completely.
  2. If there’s just grime and dirt, start cleaning. If there’s discoloration from residue, fill the tank with vinegar to the overflow valve (about three gallons in a standard toilet) and let it sit for 12 hours. Then flush.
  3. Put on rubber gloves and spray the inside of the tank with disinfectant. Don’t use bleach, which is corrosive. Let the disinfectant set for 15 minutes.
  4. Scrub the inside of the tank thoroughly with your scrub brush.
  5. If your toilet’s internal parts need maintenance or replacement, now is the time to do it.
  6. Wipe off the internal parts to remove any slime or dirt.
  7. Turn the water back on and allow the tank to fill. Go ahead and flush it a couple of times. If it’s working, you’re done!

Rachel Brougham
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