When, Was The Last Time, You Cleaned The Inside of Toilet Tank?

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When was the last time you took off your lid, to the toilet fresh water holding tank?  Is it clean or dirty?  If your toilet looks like the above photo, you might want to clean it.  Read, my suggestions below. Remember, every thing adds up in the home, for Mold Issues and Mold Removal Issues.  Also, check the water plumbing  line to the toilet, to make sure, things are tightened up and also check the water line, going down into the crawl space if you have one. Lubricate your toilet shut off valve, before closing or opening water line.  You do not want to break your shut off valve.   I suggest using a stainless steel water line.  Seal or caulk around the water plumbing  line,  where it goes into the wall or the floor as a seal,  so you do not have a gap, from the sheet rock or wall or floor.  Every thing, adds up.  Think cumulative.  


Not many people think to keep an eye on the inside of the toilet.   Do you see any build up?  Make sure the flapper works. Make sure all parts are operational.  Make sure that parts are replaced, when they appear to be worn out or brittle.  You do not want the toilet to waste water and you certainly do not want Mold growing, in the holding tank.  As you see in the photo, there is a new red flapper. I would replace all the guts to this fresh water tank.  Contact a plumber or you could do it yourself if you are handy.  No, I am not a plumber nor do I do this type of work.  Winking.  Smiles. 


Now, lets get into,  cleaning the tank. Drain water tank. Shut off the water supply so water does not continue running.    Wipe down sides of tank with soap and water.  I use Dawn dish washing cleaner.  Next, fill tank back up.

Add in about a cup ofwhite distilled vinegar, add Dawn dish washing liquid,  The more soap and vinegar and baking soda you add in, means more foaming action. Add in some baking soda and watch the foaming action.  Get a brush and brush all sides of the inside of the tank and clean the inside of the lid as well. Let it sit for about 2 hours and brush inside of toilet again.  Next, flush the toilet and brush sides of toilet again, on the fresh water tank.  As you are cleaning toilet.  Clean the inside of toilet as well as wipe down the out side of toilet with a disinfectant.  All areas of toilet.  You can also use this same process for cleaning out your dish washer and washing machine.  Do not add in much soap to your dish washer or washing machine though.  Too much soap for your dish washer or washing machine will make both of them foam up, if you use too much.  You are now ready, to turn on the water valve, with water to fill up your toilet tank.   I use this process on my washing machine, dish washer, toilet and I also use this process to clean my veggies and fruits when I get them from the market.  Of course, I do not use the toilet to wash my veggies or fruits.  Smiles.  Winking. 😄


What can you do if your toilet sweats?  Some thing that works for me is white or blue foam.  Add the white or blue foam board.   Some people attach it to the lid of the tank on the inside by spot gluing it to the inside of the lid.  Toilet Mold Removal.  



Another tip, if you are into, saving water is: Put a brick in the fresh water toilet tank to displace water and so your toilet uses less water.  You will not need to do this with new model toilets because they typically use less water to flush them.


Some more helpful tips that I use, that work for me and so,  I wanted to share them with others.



David Snell





Comments (4)

Michael Jacobs
Pasadena, CA
Los Angeles Pasadena 818.516.4393

Hello David - not exactly the ideal early-morning reading material but valuable information.  

Jun 03, 2021 04:29 AM
David Snell 704.545.0098
WWW.ExecutiveRestoration.Com - Charlotte, NC

As Martin Luther King, once said.  "Knowldege is power".

I want to add something to what he said though.  Knowledge is power, but only if we apply the knowledge,  to our every day life.


David Snell


Jun 04, 2021 04:20 PM
Darline Griffin
Dover, NC
Natural Health Thriver

I Never thought about cleaning my toilet tank, but it makes sense.  Any place that water sits can cause mold and bacteria growth.  Another easy solution for plumbing maintenance that can save us lots of money in the long run.

Aug 19, 2021 12:07 PM
David Snell 704.545.0098
WWW.ExecutiveRestoration.Com - Charlotte, NC

Welcome to Active Rain.

David Snell

Aug 19, 2021 01:39 PM