How to remove mineral buildup in your toilet siphon jets

by Apr 19, 2021Cleaning


Cleaning the toilet is not a particularly fun task to begin with (although it is nowhere near as bad as clogging a clogged toilet!) And it can feel even more awkward when it looks like your toilet is actually never remain clean.

Unfortunately, this is how it can feel for people living in an area with hard water. Mineral content in the water can form colored deposits in your toilet bowl so it looks dirty even when recently cleaned.

Today’s blog post is about tackling these annoying mineral deposits. You will learn what the source of the problem is and a few simple solutions to help you solve it! Using the tips in today’s post, your efforts to clean the toilet will no longer be in vain! Your toilet bowl stays shiny and clean much longer than before. 🙂

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Why does my toilet bowl get dirty so quickly?

Having hard water on your toilet is not necessarily the root cause of the colored mineral deposits in your toilet bowl (at least not directly). These deposits are more likely to be caused by mineral construction in and around your toilet siphon beams.

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The water trap is located under the edge of your toilet bowl and they move clean water from the tank into the toilet bowl every time you flush. But if these jets are surrounded by dirty mineral buildup, they push some of it into your toilet bowl every time you flush as well. So removing the mineral buildup from the nozzles helps keep your toilet much cleaner for longer!

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How to clean your toilet siphon jets

These are a few methods you can use to remove mineral buildup from your toilet siphon rays. If they are not too dirty, the first method is a quick and easy way to take care of the problem. If your siphon jets are very gloomy, use the second and more powerful cleaning method.

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Method # 1: Quick vinegar soak

You will need:

  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet cleaner
  • White vinegar
  • Paper towels
  • Gloves

Take a few paper towels and soak them in white vinegar. Twist the paper towels slightly so that they are wet but not soft. Stick the vinegar-soaked paper towels under the edge of your toilet bowl. Continue adding more soaked paper towels until the entire area under the edge is covered.

Leave the toilet alone for a few hours, then remove the paper towels. Scrub under the edge with a toilet brush and your favorite toilet bowl cleaner, then rinse.

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Method # 2: Soak vinegar overnight

If your siphon rays are really gloomy, an overnight soak with white vinegar can help tremendously. The key is to block the jets that trap vinegar just where all that dirt is concentrated so it can start working its magic. You will be amazed at how effectively this simple process works!

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You will need:

  • Toilet brush
  • Toilet cleaner
  • White vinegar
  • Gaff tape
  • Gloves

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Step 1: Start by cleaning under the edge of your toilet with a toilet brush and your favorite toilet cleaner. Rinse to rinse.

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Step 2: Turn off the water supply to the toilet and flush the toilet to empty the tank.

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Step 3: Block off the siphon beams using a few pieces of tape. (Don’t worry, the tape will come off easily later.)

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Step 4: Pour 1 gallon of white vinegar into the tank of the tank. Rinse the toilet once and let it sit overnight.

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Step 5: In the morning, remove the tape from the nozzles and turn on the water supply again. Rinse the toilet once or twice to remove any remaining vinegar and mineral residue.

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How to keep your toilet clean between cleanings

Once your siphon beams have been cleared of all that gunk and dirt, you can help keep it clean by mixing a batch of my effervescent toilet-refreshing “bombs!” Just drop one on the toilet when you feel like your toilet can use a little refreshment to keep it looking (and smelling) fresh and clean! Get the simple instructions to make my spongy toilet refreshing bombs at the link below.

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Are you struggling with the ugly mineral deposits in your toilet (s)?

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