3 Cleaning Hacks That Can Damage Your Toilet

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Nowadays, the internet and social media are chock full of quick tips or “life hacks” designed to make people’s everyday lives a little bit easier. While there are some life hacks out there that actually work, there are others that either aren’t very effective or do more harm than good. Among the many different life hacks that one may encounter while browsing social media — toilet cleaning hacks are some of the most prominent. Below, the experienced plumbers with our plumbing company outline three common cleaning hacks that can damage your toilet.

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Using Soda To Clean The Toilet Bowl

Nowadays, if you browse through #lifehacks on social media long enough, you’re bound to come across videos of people “cleaning” all kinds of things using soda. One household item you may see someone using soda (often Coca-Cola) to clean is a toilet. However, we don’t recommend using soda to clean your toilet, and we suspect The Coca-Cola Company wouldn’t either. While sodas are mildly acidic, they aren’t acidic enough to remove any dirt, grime, or stains. In fact, the sugar in sodas is more likely to lead to a build-up of grime and stains.

The Fabuloso Hack

One toilet-cleaning hack that was particularly prominent on TikTok for a while suggested pouring a cleaning solution known as Fabuloso into your toilet tank. The idea behind this hack was to have your toilet clean itself by spreading Fabuloso throughout the toilet bowl whenever you flush. However, we don’t recommend putting Fabuloso or any other all-purpose cleaner in your toilet’s tank, as excessive use of chemical-heavy cleaners could corrode your toilet and plumbing system.

Placing A Magic Eraser In Your Toilet Bowl

Another toilet-cleaning hack that gained steam on TikTok recently encouraged people to place a Magic Eraser in their toilet bowl and leave it there overnight. This “life hack” alleged that leaving the Magic Eraser in your toilet overnight would magically get rid of stains and grime in your bowl. Unfortunately, despite their namesake, Magic Erasers are not magical and if you want to clean anything with one you’ll have to pick it up and scrub. Moreover, a Magic Eraser’s abrasive surface could scratch or damage your toilet’s porcelain and lead to a greater build-up of dirt and bacteria.

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