Tablets are convenient ways to clean the toilet, but they do more damage than good

Toilet / To Bleach or Not to Bleach: Should You Use Bleach Tablets in Your Toilets?
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June 13, 2017

If you've ever had chores to do, you know that everyone is always trying to find a faster, easier way to get them done. One such method is using bleach tablets to clean the toilet.

There is no doubt that such tablets are more convenient than using gloves, brush, and a liquid cleaner. But it turns out that they are also more damaging to your toilet.

According to Citywide Plumbing Pros (CPP), this product "warps the rubber of your flapper over time" and "in a very short period of time (six months or less) you'll need to replace parts that have rusted or corroded."

Hefner Plumbing Company (HPC) agrees, calling bleach tablets a "waste of money."

"The number one thing that bleach tablets do are ruin the inside rubber parts inside your tank. They are too highly concentrated, and stay in one place for too long a period. They will dissolve the integrity of your flapper and other parts," it states.

This, claims HPC, often causes water leaks, which can do damage to your bank account as well as your house or apartment.

So what should you do to clean your toilet?

"Any cleaner you decide to get for your toilet," says CPP, "make sure you put it in the toilet bowl instead of the tank. Anything you put in the bowl doesn't affect the working mechanism in the tank. Any commercial cleaner you put in the tank will affect the working mechanisms."

So if you want to save your money and keep your toilet in good working order, stick to cleaning the bowl rather than the tank.

Source: CPP: "Are Bleach Tablets Bad For Toilets?", HPP: "How Can I Keep My Toilet Bowl Clean?"