Toilet Fixes Toolkit
Coca-Cola. Vinegar. Boiling water. No, this isn’t the ingredient list for the craziest cake ever – it’s your toilet fixes toolkit!
Hear us out. For major plumbing problems – like, “flooded bathroom-level” problems – it’s best to call a professional plumber. But, if your toilet troubles are minor, a common household item will probably do the trick.
Here are nine easy fixes for a finicky toilet:
1. Remove Stains with Coca-Cola
Get rid of stubborn toilet bowl stains with a 12-ounce can of Coca-Cola. Pour the full can around the rim of your toilet so it coats the toilet bowl and let the soda sit for an hour. The acid in the Coca-Cola will break down the stains. After an hour, scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and flush. To see what else you can clean with Coke, read: Clean Your House with Coca-Cola Classic.
2. Clear a Clog with Boiling Water
To fix a clogged toilet with little-to-no fanfare, fill up a medium saucepan with water and bring it to a boil on the stovetop. Carefully take the pot with the boiling water to the bathroom and pour the water directly into the toilet bowl. This will help dissolve…whatever’s clogging the pipes.
3. Remove Mineral Deposits with Vinegar
Mineral deposits from hard water aren’t dangerous, but they sure are ugly! To get rid of these unsightly beasts, simply soak toilet paper in white vinegar and then set the wet paper directly on top of the hard water stain. Let the vinegar-soaked toilet paper sit over night. The next morning, just flush – your hard water stains will be gone.
4. Stop Condensation with Bubble Wrap
To prevent condensation on your toilet tank, line the inside of the tank with a layer of bubble wrap – it keeps the outside of the tank from getting too cold. To add bubble wrap, shut off the water valve underneath the tank and flush the toilet. The water will drain out of the tank, making it easier to secure the bubble wrap.
5. Remove Rust with a Pumice Stone
If there’s rust on your porcelain throne, scrub the ring with a pumice stone in light, even strokes. Note: Keep both the pumice stone and the toilet wet – otherwise, you may scratch the porcelain.