To Bleach or Not to Bleach: Should You Use Bleach Tablets in Your Toilets?

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

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November 10, 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, a brush, and a liquid cleaner. But it turns out that they are also slowly damaging to your toilet.

Bleach and other cleaning tablets are caustic, meaning they break down weaker materials, such as rubber. Those bolts that hold the tank to the toilet bowl aren't very robust, nor are the the rubber gaskets. You may might yourself with a leaking toilet in as little as six months. Then you'll be replacing all the insides of the toilet. But hey! It'll be clean.

Another potential drawback to the tablets comes from cheaper ones that have pieces that can break off. If a piece breaks off it can get sucked into the tiny passages inside the toilet and block the water. While it will evidential go away, you might notice that your toilet doesn't flush correctly for months at a time.

So what should you do to clean your toilet?

Any cleaner that you place in the toilet should go in the toilet bowl, not the tank. While it might be a little unsightly, there aren't any parts in the bowl that can be damaged by the cleaner. Just make sure that any chemicals are kept away from children.

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