Thursday, January 18, 2007

Pepsi Challenge

I read that you can clean toilets without bleach by pouring in a can of cola, leave it overnight, then flush it away. So I tried it. It doesn't work, even if you scrub vigorously with a toilet brush as well.

27 comments:

TheBuddingVeggieGrower said...

I remember reading somewhere recently that there is something you can get that you put in the cistern and it keeps the loo fresh without using chemicals. Unfortunately I cannot quite remember what it was.

Have you tried baking soda? I've used it for other jobs but I believe it would work for the loo too.

Here are some instructions I found on the interweb:

Put 8tbsp of soda in the bowl. Leave overnight.

Sprinkle soda onto a damp cloth to clean toilet seat and cistern, then wipe with a wet cloth.

I do use white vinegar for my taps etc which works well (though you need to ventilate well!)

Steph in Roker said...

Mel, don't you have that chart in your kitchen with 'earth friendly' cleaning tips. Do toilets appear on there? Also, do you have a specific problem with limescale (I do in the North East) or is it just stained enamel?

Tracy said...

I swear by the Ecover toilet cleaner, but believe that distilled vinegar is pretty good for toilets too.

Melanie Rimmer said...

Steph - yep, that's where I read the cola tip. I think I'll have to take the tippex to that chart. It's stained enamel, no limescale problem here (I've had the same kettle for about 20 years and not a speck of limescale in it).

Tracy - I usually use Ecover toilet cleaner, but it doesn't seem to shift the stains. I'm going to try white vinegar next, or biddingveggiegrower's baking soda tip.

Andrea said...

That's pretty funny. I guess you can't believe everything you read!

I think baking soda is the way to go but I've heard a mixture of lemon juice and borax works well.

Moonwaves said...

I've heard that whatever ingredient that used to "clean" stuff (i.e. that would turn an old penny shiny again) was removed from coke a few years ago.

There are some other tips and experiences of homemade cleaning products on this blog: http://simplereduce.blogspot.com/search/label/cleaning
It's the entry from August 16th I think that has the recipe for toilet cleaner and there are some links and a good few comments as well. Might be something there that will help.

Anonymous said...

You put in baking soda into the bowl then add vinegar. It fizzes up cleaning the sides. I have not used it on a consistent basis to tell you if it keeps it clean over time.

Hedgewizard said...

Baking soda's a base, vinegar's an acid. Put 'em together and you get a fizz and not a lot else!

Let us know what happens Mel - my money's on the vinegar, but you'll have problems getting it to "cling" above the water line and it might not be strong enough over all.

A strong base is the other option - something like caustic soda solution would be better than baking soda. Washing soda might work though!

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