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What was that low effort way to get the loo clean?

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motherofvikings Mon 22-Apr-13 20:51:21

No matter how much bleach or scrubbing I do the loo seems to look discoloured below the water line.
I'm sure I read something on MN about getting is clean without breaking a sweat.

Was it coke?
or is it just ham that gets a good covering?

ItsAllTLAsToMe Mon 22-Apr-13 20:54:55

It sounds like it might be limescale. I used Morison's toilet limescale remover, it worked really well.

PartyFops Mon 22-Apr-13 20:56:49

Caustic soda, careful its lethal though, dilute it first (if in crystals) and put it down and leave it for about 15 mins then give it a good scrub, wear gloves and goggles if you can and open windows.

napkin Mon 22-Apr-13 21:04:37

Just leave strong Bleach down your toilet and around the rim over night. That works for me. Never scrub mine and is clean.

napkin Mon 22-Apr-13 21:05:27

Coke also works well, the very cheap coke works best.

chickensaladagain Mon 22-Apr-13 21:09:50

Cheap coke or a false teeth tablet (sterident?)
Bung it in and leave overnight then flush smile

Monty27 Mon 22-Apr-13 21:11:47

Someone left steradent here and I put it in the loo and down the plug holes grin

Anyway, limescale remover/bleach etc should do that job.

RaspberryLemonPavlova Tue 23-Apr-13 00:49:44

I'm not sure bleach removes limescale, just whitens it for a bit

I haven't tried the coke but apparently it works. You bail out as much of the water as you can then tip in your coke.

My preferred weapon is soda crystals (not caustic soda which is much nastier). You can buy soda crystals on the supermarket and use them everywhere.

lolalotta Tue 23-Apr-13 06:15:32

Harpic do a tablet you leave in over night to fix the exact problem you describe, it worked a treat for our loo when we moved into our new house! Left it sparkling and this is a very hard water area!!!!

MinimalistMommi Tue 23-Apr-13 09:41:04

Harpic blocks work amazingly, pop one in over night or jutst before you go out for the day, it will clear it. It's lime scale build up.

PoppyWearer Tue 23-Apr-13 09:42:09

I have those toilet tablets and they do work. Someone also said dishwasher tablets, I think?

PigletJohn Tue 23-Apr-13 21:14:17

if it is limescale, the Harpic tablets in the black box are very good for a one-off clean

However, long term, get yourself some Parazone Bleach Blocks that go in the cistern (not bloo, not yellow, not green). Over time they will dissolve the lime scale in the cisterm, and round the rim, and in the bowl.

Take a photo inside the cistern the day you get them, and again in three months, then you'll believe me.

KatyTheCleaningLady Tue 23-Apr-13 22:20:29

I don't know why people pour a can of coke into a toilet. At 30p or more a can, how is that cheaper than a squirt of toilet bowl cleaner (not to mention, as effective as?)

PolterGoose Wed 24-Apr-13 10:03:12

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EarthtoMajorTom Wed 24-Apr-13 10:08:03

I moved into a house with a toilet like this, just kept putting Harpic 100% limescale remover down and it went away after a few days. Nothing easier smile

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Wed 24-Apr-13 11:13:42

How long do the cistern bleach blocks last? We've got a push button cistern and you have to take it all apart to get the lid off, wouldn't want to do it too regularly.

I use the gel disc things on the bowl, they keep the bowl and water fresh but we do get build up of limescale round the rim and in the cistern.

elfycat Wed 24-Apr-13 11:32:51

I empty out the water and squirt with the cillet bang (orange top) cleaner for limescale. After a few minutes it wipes away.

IF you can bear toilet brushes a whole other thread I find a quick wipe round daily prevents most of the build-up (Flylady swish and swipe).

PigletJohn Wed 24-Apr-13 11:41:32

cistern with a button on the top sad

Not sure. Probably a month or so. Maybe longer. We have a water softener, and they dissolve faster. We just get a couple of packs and lob one in when it no longer foams. It seems to be a long time. If you were to put two in, one tablet standing on top of the other, maybe it would take longer, I don't know.

It really does work, though!

cantspel Wed 24-Apr-13 13:37:18

You shouldn't use a toilet block in the cistern if you have a modern loo as the breach in them can rot the rubber ring in modern dual flush toilets.

motherofvikings Wed 24-Apr-13 13:55:58

right i have a harpic power block sitting in the bowl of the ensuite loo. it fizzed impressively and went blue so will wait and see in 6h+ time. smile

thanks for all the suggestions!

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Wed 24-Apr-13 14:10:08

Ah, ok, anyway it's not really bleaching I need, limescale is the big problem for us.

PigletJohn Wed 24-Apr-13 14:28:07

Save up for a water softener. It will delight you.

WhoKnowsWhereTheTimeGoes Wed 24-Apr-13 18:09:08

I know, we really haven't got space for it though, the house is tiny and I don't want to lose my undersink cupboard.

motherofvikings Thu 25-Apr-13 08:16:06

Well the haptic block was left for about 9h.

It took a few flushes for the blue water to disappear - this might be because we have low flow toilets.

The loo looks v clean now and more smooth iyswim. Hopefully it'll stay cleaner for longer if the lime scale has been zapped. smile

MinimalistMommi Thu 25-Apr-13 12:16:46

Glad it worked, I've used the Harpic blocks for years and they've always worked well.

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