Every human on earth appreciates a squeaky-clean toilet, that is why cleaning your toilet as often as possible is of utmost importance. However, simply washing the inside of your toilet with store-bought toilet cleaners is not enough. Toilets can get dirty pretty fast if the area between the water tank and siphon jet is dirty. No matter how hard you scrub that toilet, once that area is dirty, it will constantly leave a stain every time you flush. So, how can you tackle this household disaster? Keep scrolling to get the tips and tricks.
Once you push or pull a flush button or lever, the toilet flushes. The flush valve allows the tank water to flow into the bowl.
In siphonic toilets, the water in the bowl rises and then dwindles into the bowl outlet. The siphon jet is a molded pocket in the front of the toilet that holds excess water until the flush is initiated.
It is pointed directly to the trap way so that when you flush the toilet, the vacuum action pulls the stored water out of this pocket which increases the pressure of the flush. This feature can be found in many but not all toilets.
Once you notice recurrent, vertical discoloration lines in the toilet bowl, it is usually a sign that you have a dirty or clogged siphon jet.
The siphon jets are underneath the toilet rim and usually out of sight, which means most people would never think of cleaning them.
The siphons usually get clogged by mineral deposits such as lime and calcium scale. This can cause the toilet to flush improperly or not completely, and sometimes it can take longer for the water in the tank to empty down into the bowl.
When calcium deposits clog the jets, water flow is slowed down, and bacteria can form inside the hollow rim of your toilet.
The toilet is actually not the most unsanitary part of your home because it receives a constant flow of water. However, when a toilet stops flushing properly, the chances of bacteria growth doubles. A rarely used toilet is more susceptible to clogged jets with bacterial growth.
Cleaning the Siphon Jet
There’s a variety of methods that can be used to get rid of the mineral build-up in a toilets siphon jet. However, first you’ll need to inspect the siphon jets, it should swirl once flushed, if it comes straight down it means it’s clogged.
There are two ways to clean siphon jets: with vinegar or with bleach.
Vinegar Solution for Siphon Jets
You’ll need—a toilet brush, white vinegar, hand gloves, toilet cleaner, and paper towels. Soak paper towel in white vinegar. Squeeze out excess vinegar from the paper towels till their wet and not dripping.
Put the vinegar-soaked paper towels underneath the rim of your toilet bowl. Tuck paper towels until all areas underneath the rim is covered.
Leave this solution for a couple of hours, then remove the paper towels. Use the toilet brush and cleaner to scrub under the rims and flush.
Likewise, you can leave a vinegar solution overnight if the siphon jets are too dirty. Vinegar does an excellent job at breaking up deposits when it’s heated. You don’t have to make it boiling hot; about 120 degrees Fahrenheit should be enough.
Heat up about 8 to 12 ounces of vinegar till its warm but not scalding. Then pour the liquid into the overflow tube.
Let the vinegar sit for 30 minutes, then flush. Clean out the jets with an Allen wrench once you’ve flushed. Start with a small wrench and increase the size of the wrench as you clean.
Repeatedly flush the toilet as you remove the debris. Use the wrench carefully because porcelain chips easily. Use a hand mirror to check your work.
Bleach Solution for Siphon Jets
Using bleach is a great way to get rid of a lot of bacteria. Bleach will get rid of any bacteria lurking underneath the rim and in the siphon jets.
To make a bleach solution, pour one part of bleach to 10 parts of water. Remove the lid of the tank and pour the bleach mixture into the overflow tube in the center of the tank.
The overflow tube is either plastic or metal pipe running vertically; it usually has a small flexible rubber or plastic tube clipped into the top of it.
Leave the bleach solution for about five minutes, then flush the toilet. For the more irky part, use a piece of wire to scrape out each jet hole. Utilize a hand mirror to make sure you’re getting all the grime out.
Then clean the jets with a chemical bowl cleaner and a scrubbing pad. Finish up by pouring the bleach solution into the overflow tube. Leave for 5 minutes and then flush.