I've Been Watching Toilet Cleaning Videos On You Tube

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  1. Kitty Carmel

    Kitty Carmel Very Well-Known Member
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    Seriously, I can't believe there would be that many. We have hard water in this town. Some good advice in some of the videos. Use vinegar, baking soda and even Coke. I'm going to give these a try.

    One guy had some disgusting looking toilet that I think he used coffee grounds for the effect and another lady kept calling the build up "tartar" Now I'm really grossed out.
     
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    We have really hard water here too, ..I don't think the coke works...
     
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    In a man's world, a 3000 PSI pressure washer with a briggs and straton engine should do the trick.
     
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    Yes indeed Bobby...that would definitely spread that "tartar" all over the house! :D:eek:
     
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    I didn't watch the video but Ive tried everything for a hard water line that I couldn't remove ...then I used a scrub stick on it and it worked.

    Forget what it's called but it's a grey colored stick....thought it would scratch the toilet but it didn't.

    Even with that you had to scrub hard but at least it worked.
     
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    Think its a pumice stone Chrissy, does work
     
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    Yes, think that's what it is...thanks. :)
     
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    Isn't that the same thing that is used for feet? One should be careful which cleaning job to do first. :)
     
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    It is Bobby, but unless your tipsy, you should tell the difference :p
    @Bobby Cole
     
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    @Holly Saunders
    Lysol has a product my wife uses, comes in a black squeeze bottle, it definitely dissolves hard-water deposits with no scrubbing needed. As expected it's 10% Hydrochloric Acid; the deposits are invariably very basic alkalies, which the acide rapidly dissolves, turning them into dissolvable salts. Vinegar is weak. If stronger, it would work the same way; I think vinegar is usually ~ 3% Acetic Acid.

    BTW, just how "hard" is your water? Have you had it tested? Ours has hardness 38 Grains, and 1700 parts per million Total Dissolved Solids, lots of stuff in it!
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    Isn't it nice that we can go to Youtube and find these really helpful how to videos. :)
     
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    I wouldn't have a clue how hard it is @Frank Sanoica , the whole of the south of England has hard chalk water..

    It's hard enough for us to continually have to remove the limescale on our tea kettle ( known simply as a kettle here)... and enough to ensure our washing machine and water tank gets destroyed by it every few years.

    My o/h keeps promising to install an inline water softener but as he works long hours he never finds the time to do it ..
     
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    I've just looked up the information for my area.. here's the screenshot..I don't know if it will mean anything to you.. but according to this our water is the hardest in the UK...

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    I have a pumic stone and I'm going to try the vinegar also. Perhaps the coke won't work as stated @Holly Saunders Wow you really do have hard water. I don't think ours is nearly that bad. (must add I'm certainly grateful for safe water)

    @Babs Hunt I seriously didn't think I'd find that many toilet cleaning videos if any on You Tube. I guess there is just about everything on there. The good and the bad.

    Thanks for your replies. I wasn't sure if I'd get one on this subject! Working part time right now I at least have time to tackle things like this where working full time I never had the energy.
     
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    Yes I agree @Kitty Carmel , our water may be very hard , but at least it's very safe water...
     
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    @Holly Saunders
    Your supplier (likely the way it's done universally in UK) expresses the hardness in mg/L, different units than U.S. : Grains per Gallon. Now I have to do some figuring, to equate the two. My "gut" feeling is that your water is even harder than ours.

    First, one thing is clear: "Hardness" in UK is defined slightly differently than here, regarding the dissolved materials. Only Calcium is measured and considered for hardness. We also include Magnesium in the hardness numbers. All water other than distilled or rainwater, contains a myriad of other dissolved Elements, such as Iron, Sulfur, Aluminum, Copper, even dangerous ones such as Arsenic. Never was clear to me why hardness measures only calcium and magnesium. To be sure, they measure for the toxic ones, and strive to deliver safe water regarding them.

    Now, there are 1000 grams in a liter of water, which is the same as 1,000,000 milligrams (mg). So, percentage-wise your hardness is 125 over 1,000,000, or, 0.01%. Your Total Hardness, all dissolved stuff in the water is 313mg per Liter, or 0.03%.

    Our hardness is 0.07%, 7 times the hardness of your water (!) (note, our number includes Magnesium as well as Calcium). Our Total Hardness is 0.17%, considerably more than yours at 0.03%.

    To make all this gibberish more clearly understandable, if you were to take 1 Liter of water and boil it completely away, the vessel would contain 313mg of material left behind. My "gut" was wrong, ours is worse!
    Frank
     
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    While toilet cleaning videos sound wonderful, I think I'll stick with the Daniel Boone series that I've been watching.
     
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    :D:D:D lol @Ken Anderson


    Funnily enough it was a job I did only yesterday, had to get the industrial lime-scale bottle out...it works quickly thank goodness...but it's Hard water and limescale is a real, nuisance.

    Where I was born and raised the water is very soft, so when I moved to England and saw lime-scale for the first time in kettles etc I nearly freaked out.. :eek:
     
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    I bought some "cleaning vinegar" at the home store. Will see how that works.

    I don't blame you @Ken Anderson
     
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    Only thing I ever found to get rid of the yellow/brown stain is either undilute Chlorox Bleach, or worst case scenario Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Everything else requires an hour or more hard scrubbing.
     
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    @Bobby Cole
    Careful now, women can use them, too! I'd bet @Holly Saunders would concur!
    Frank
     
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