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How to Clean the Toilet Tank Properly

When cleaning the toilet, we often forget to clean the toilet tank, or are haunted by the terrible odor or the long-term dirty plaque inside the toilet tank when we open it. So how to clean the toilet tank properly? Toilet tank cleaning will no longer be a nightmare with some cleaning tips from Sparkling […]

Thuc Doan Lai Tran
Published 28 Mar 2022
How to clean the toilet tank
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When cleaning the toilet, we often forget to clean the toilet tank, or are haunted by the terrible odor or the long-term dirty plaque inside the toilet tank when we open it. So how to clean the toilet tank properly? Toilet tank cleaning will no longer be a nightmare with some cleaning tips from Sparkling and Beyond.

Why should you clean the toilet tank?

The toilet tank is a place to store water and create thrust so that the waste can easily go down the septic tank, but it will be detrimental when the water source you are using contains alum. After a long time of use, the alum will create plaques that stick to the components or the wall of the tank, hindering the operation of the water tank, even blocking the water from entering the toilet.

Another reason to clean the toilet tank as soon as possible is the appearance of algae. Because the water tank’s ambient temperature is relatively low, this environment is ideal for algae and microalgae to grow swiftly. These bacteria have the power to control the flow of water to some extent; however, they can sometimes follow the water down the toilet and amass there for a long time, causing a blockage. Furthermore, these moss plaques will erode with time, causing the color to change rapidly, and shortening the life of the water tank.

Besides, items accidentally dropped into the water tank but were forgotten and stuck inside, making other components inoperable. This makes the toilet tank easily cracked and leaks water to the outside. In addition, moss, small objects such as rocks and stones in the water will easily cause blockages because the force of the water is not strong enough to push them through the bends.

Should you clean the toilet tank
Clean toilet tank to protect your health (Source: Internet)

How to clean the toilet tank?

To clean the toilet tank, you’ll need the following tools:

  1. Mask: A mask is a must-have equipment for protecting yourself from inhaling dust or hazardous chemicals while cleaning.
  2. Rubber gloves: Will protect your hands from injury if you aren’t careful or if you have to touch harsh detergents.
  3. Toilet cleaner (white vinegar): Assists in swiftly cleaning the toilet tank.
  4. Cleaning brush: Aids in the removal of plaque quickly.

Clean the top of the toilet tank as well as the outside:

Spray the outside of the toilet, lid, and seat with household cleaners, then wipe it away with a paper towel or towel.

In addition, vinegar is a non-toxic substance that is effective at killing molds, bacteria, and germs. Combine vinegar and water in an equivalent amount, pour this mixture into a spray bottle, then spray the solution on the outside of the toilet tank, lid, and seat just like using the household cleaners.

After that, wipe the components with a paper towel or clean towel.

Clean the top of the toilet tank as well as the outside
Wipe the components clean with a paper towel or clean towel (Source: Internet)

Follow these steps to clean the inside toilet tank:

  • Step 1: Remove the cover from the water tank. Remember that you must first put on gloves and a mask to avoid coming into touch with pathogens in the tank. Because of the enamel construction, be careful when opening the lids and put them in a safe area to avoid them from dropping.
  • Step 2: Drain all of the water from the tank outside and lock the drain valve to make it easier to clean the the toilet tank inside
  • Step 3: Using vinegar is an easy way to clean the toilet tank. First, pour vinegar into the water tank for about 10 minutes; if  the stains in your toilet tank are too harsh  to remove right away, keep them in there for a little longer. 
  • Step 4: After that, open the water shut-off valve and drain the water to remove any contaminants that are discharged to the outside. Don’t forget to turn off the water when you finish
  • Step 5: Scrub the inside of the toilet tank with a brush and a soap solution to make it cleaner.
  • Step 6: Close the water supply valve and drain the water one last time to ensure that the dirt is entirely clear and won’t cause a clog.
Clean the inside toilet tank
Scrub the inside of the toilet tank with a brush (Source: Internet)

Besides using vinegar to clean the toilet tank, how to remove black mold from inside the toilet tank with bleach or hydrogen peroxide:

Method 1: Using bleach

The first step to eliminate mold development with bleach is, pour the mixture of bleach and water into a disposable bottle, with the amount of bleach equals 1/10 the amount of water.

Dilute the bleach with the amount of water mentioned above to prevent your toilet bowl from turning yellow.

Pour the solution into your toilet tank as well as all around it. After flushing the toilet once, scour the solution with a brush to get all of the hard-to-reach places.

Finally, pour a cup of bleach into the toilet tank without diluting it.

Method 2: Using Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide can be used for more than just sterilizing cuts; it can also be used to kill mold.

To begin, pour the toilet bowl with a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Then, scrub the entire tank with a toilet brush. Make sure you get below the rim! Leave the hydrogen peroxide in the toilet for 15 minutes before flushing. Because hydrogen peroxide tends to bubble up a little when killing bacteria, you may notice small bubbles.

Finally , flush your toilet bowl.

Bleach or hydrogen peroxide
Remove black mold from inside the toilet tank with bleach (Source: Internet)

Note when cleaning the toilet tank:

To ensure that your water tank is cleaned and used for a long time, in addition to performing the above 6-step process correctly, consider the following points:

  • Because toilet bowls are mostly composed of fragile porcelain enamel, you need to be very careful when transporting and using them to avoid breakage.
  • Limit the use of highly corrosive compounds as well, as these substances are quickly corrosive and have a negative impact on product quality.
  • To clean the toilet tank more effectively, you should not use a sponge because this is an ideal place for bacteria to grow.
  • It is advisable to regularly clean the toilet and the water tank to ensure that they are always clean.
  • Cleaning tools should be cleaned and stored in a dry area after each use to prevent bacteria from germinating.
Note when cleaning the toilet tank
Something you need to remember when cleaning the toilet tank (Source: Internet)

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