When the toilet’s blocked or stained, it’s tempting to call out a plumber straight away. Sometimes, you’ll need the help of an expert but why not give these DIY tips a try first? You could save yourself parting with money unnecessarily.
Do away with stains
Use the equivalent of a can of Coca-Cola to remove nasty toilet bowl stains. Pour the liquid around the toilet rim, letting it coat the toilet bowl and then leave it for an hour. After the time has passed, use a toilet brush to scrub the bowl and voila, you’ll have a sparkling toilet. The acid in the drink may rot the teeth but it’s a bathroom saviour.
Remove a blockage
The all too-common toilet blockage could be solved with the help of a pan of boiling water from your kitchen. Tip the water into the toilet bowl, leave it to work for a minute and then flush. The temperature of the water will help to dissolve the substance that’s doing the clogging. To clear a sink that won’t drain, pour half a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by half a cup of white vinegar. Finish up with a cup of lemon juice or diluted lemon juice extract to freshen up the room and get rid of any nasty smells that might have been released in the process.
Guard against loose screws
Once screws start to go rusty, they loosen up and don’t do such a great a job in keeping your seat in place. Painting them with clear nail varnish can stop them from loosening and corroding. We never seem to notice the damage until it’s too late and we’re left with wobbly toilet seats!
Eliminate mineral deposits
Mineral deposits are the cause of those dark circles around the bowl. Soak toilet paper in white vinegar, before placing the sheets over the top of the mark. You’ll need to let it do its magic for around 9 hours, so it’s best to choose a day when everybody in the house is out, or sleeping! If your showerhead’s the problem, mix 1 part vinegar with 8 parts water and bring it to the boil. After 15/20 minutes have passed, let the showerhead soak in a bowl of the mixture.
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