For those who don’t enjoy cleaning — and let’s face it, there probably aren’t too many people out there who truly enjoy the chore — those little tablets that attach to the rim of the bowl and give your toilet a good cleaning each time it’s flushed sounds like a lifesaver, right? Well, you may want to reconsider. See below to find out why it may be a better idea to break out the brush and the cleaning solution and scrub that grime away, yourself.
The purpose of those little tablets that often clip onto the side of the toilet, or get tossed into the tank, is to release chemicals that swirl around with the water and get rid of grime with each flush. The major problem? Most of them contain bleach which is a caustic material.
Caustic solutions break down weaker materials over time, and you guessed it, the majority of a toilet’s components (gaskets, bolts, etc.) aren’t very durable. In as little as six months of using toilet cleaning tablets, you could begin to notice rusting, deterioration or even leaks.
In order to save a few bucks, lots of homeowners often opt for cheaper products. Cue the saying, “you get what you pay for.” The same holds true for inexpensive toilet tablets — the cheaper options often break apart rather than dissolve over time, which can cause blockages and backups in your pipes.
The conclusion? While they may alleviate some of your cleaning duties, you could actually be doing more harm to your plumbing system than good. We suggest using a natural cleaning solution and a soft bristled brush in order to keep your toilet looking like new.