How to Clean a Toilet Tank

It's pretty obvious when you need to clean your toilet bowl, but it's easy to neglect your tank. Don't!


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You Will Need

  • Rubber gloves
  • A bottle of white vinegar
  • A bottle of all-purpose cleaner
  • And a scrub brush with plastic bristles


  1. Step 1

    Wear gloves

    Put your gloves on. Seriously, you don't want to skip this step.

  2. Step 2

    Pour vinegar

    Open your toilet tank and pour as much vinegar into the tank as you can, making sure that the water level doesn't go higher than an inch below the edge of the tank.

  3. Step 3

    Let it sit

    Let the vinegar sit for at least five minutes to eat away at the mineral deposits that build up over time.

  4. Step 4

    Flush twice

    Flush the toilet two times to make sure you remove all of the vinegar.

  5. Step 5

    Turn off the water

    Turn off the water supply to your toilet tank. The valve should be under or behind the toilet on the pipe that attaches it to the floor or wall.

  6. Step 6

    Flush again

    Flush the toilet again, which will empty the tank.

  7. Step 7

    Scrub the tank

    Apply some all-purpose cleaner to the brush and scrub away at the inside of the tank.

  8. Be sure to clean your toilet tank at least twice a year.

  9. Step 8

    Turn on the water

    Turn the water back on.

  10. Step 9

    Flush again

    Flush the toilet again so the water is clear in both the tank and the bowl. Speaking of that toilet bowl...

  11. Between 1930 and 1932, toilet innovations were coming fast and furious -- 350 applications for new designs were received by the U.S. Patent Office.