How to Clean Your Toilet Tank & Why You Should

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When’s the last time you cleaned your toilet tank? If you answered “never,” you’re not alone. A lot of people never think about cleaning their toilet tank, but it is actually an essential part of home plumbing maintenance.


Why Do I Need to Clean My Toilet Tank?

Cleaning your toilet tank regularly is important because mineral deposits build up inside the tank, dirt and debris make their way in there, and mold and mildew can grow inside it. All of this can cause problems with the mechanisms and result in your toilet not working properly. To prevent this, clean your toilet tank thoroughly every 6 months or so.


How to Clean a Toilet Tank

Follow these DIY steps to easily clean your toilet tank.

Remove the lid carefully and set it down somewhere safe on top of a towel.

Pour vinegar into the toilet tank (don’t worry about draining it yet) until the tank is filled up to about an inch below the top of the tank.

Let it sit for 8-12 hours. This allows the vinegar solution to loosen and dissolve rust, mineral deposits, and mildew inside the tank. 

Flush the vinegar out of the tank by flushing your toilet 2 or 3 times.

Turn off the water to the toilet using the toilet’s shutoff valve, which is usually located near the floor.

Empty the tank by flushing the toilet to drain all of the water.

Scrub the inside of the tank gently and wipe down the interior parts with a sponge.

Spray cleaner all over the inside of the tank and let the cleaner sit for about 5-10 minutes so that it can sink in and loosen mineral buildup and other grime. Give the inside walls of the toilet tank a good scrub.

Turn water back on and flush the toilet, making sure that the water looks clear in both the toilet bowl and the tank. If it doesn’t, flush it again and repeat until the water becomes clear.

Replace the lid and you’re done!

Cleaning your toilet tank is an important part of home plumbing maintenance, but things still break from time to time. If you need any toilet repairs done or are ready to upgrade to a new toilet, give Butler Plumbing, Heating & Gasfitting today at 780-432-3947.

Butler Plumbing Heating & Gasfitting Ltd.