In a mood to make comparison, I bought a whole bunch of bottles of
toiilet bowl cleaner, tried them each once, and now that I want to use
one of them, they are all clogged by their own dried out stuff.
How do I free up that clog?
If I weigh down the bottle and soak the whole thing in the sink or
bathtub, will toilet bowl cleaner damage the sink or bathtub?
One of the bottles contains "acidic" toilet bowl clean.
Most COMMERCIAL toilet bowl cleaners are gelled phosphoric acid or
gelled hydrochloric acid. Generally, phosphoric acid is strong enough
to remove anything normally found in a toilet bowl, but hydrochloric
acid based cleaners are very much more agressive and will remove marks
on the porcelain left by using metal tools in the toilet bowl, like a
plumber's snake. If only one of your bottles says that it contains
acid, then most of what you have was purchased in a supermarket, not a
janitorial supply store.
Never use hydrochloric acid in a bath tub or sink because it will attack
chrome plating, including the chrome plating on the tub or sink drain.
It'll also attack any chrome plating on your faucets if you get
hydrochloric acid on those too.
Phosphoric acid is not only used as a toilet bowl cleaner, but as the
active ingredient in general purpose bathroom cleaners as well. That's
because it cuts through soap scum like a hot knife cuts through butter,
but it won't attack chrome plating even at high concentrations.
I've used both phosphoric acid and hydrochloric acid based toilet bowl
cleaners for the past 25 years for all kinds of different reasons, and
never had one "dry out" on me as you describe. You may be using a
bathroom cleaner like "Scrubbing Bubbles" which I don't think contains
any acid at all.
Your best bet is to simply remove the dried up clog with a knife or
something and throw the dried up stuff in your garbage. Plastics are
generally immune to acids and bases so dumping dried up acid in your
garbage won't burn a hole in the garbage bag.
On Thursday, November 13, 2014 1:17:09 AM UTC-5, nestork wrote:
Inquiring minds want to know how that toilet bowl cleaner is going
to get to the bathtub if all he does is weight the container down
and put it in a bathtub with water. And even if a tiny bit does come
out, it's going to be diluted by 10+ gallons of water in the tub.
It's not going to harm anything.
I presume this is a spray container? If so, just remove the spray
part and soak that in a sink. If it's the whole inside of the container
that's dried up, then I don't understand the bathtub idea at all.
Well, Trader, that's exactly it.
What do these containers look like? Are they spray bottles or something
else. And, how does one go about "weighing them down" so they don't
float in the water? I have no idea what Mickey would end up doing here,
so I thought it would be prudent to at least warn him/her that any
hydrochloric acid based toilet bowl cleaner could attack the chrome
plating on the bathtub drain, so that he/she'd be able to avoid doing
Thanks Nestork for all the background. The openings are clogged but
there is almost a full bottle of still-liquid inside each of them.
If acids and bases don't bother plastic, I may use a plastic bucket or
On Thu, 13 Nov 2014 17:00:20 +0100, nestork
The dried up stuff extends to the very opening. And once the water
dissolves that stuff, it will start to dissolve stuff farther into the
cap. The caps are those designed to twist maybe a 1/4 of a turn.
I really wanted to use the sink, and even in the tub, my first
inclination would be to fill it up only enough to cover the bottles on
their side. It doesn't seem like it, but I guess that would be more
than two 5-gallon buckets,
I didn't know they made spray versions of toilet bowl cleaner. ;-)
It's liquid, meant to be turned upside down and squeezed to get the
Do you guys have wives to clean the toilets, so you don't know how the
caps work? Perhaps one of the wives could come over and show me how
to do this.
I don't think the caps are removeable without ruining them or the
bottles. . For children's safety. You have to squeeze the outer layer
of the cap (something small kids can't do) to even twist it a quarter
turn open, and then you'd have only a small stream. But even the outer
layer of the nozzle won't come off without tools. It would be worse
yet to remove the whole cap and have the stuff just pour out. So I may
have jumped to a conclusion, but I think they made that impossible.
I haven't figured that out yet. One step at a time. But since you
raise the question, maybe a rock. Darn, I thew away my softball-sized
rocks, and I haven't seen my two spare bricks in a long time. (Left by
the previous owner, who didn't leave anything else one would call junk.
And they didn't match the house, which is half brick.)
I can't think of anything, other than to go to a stream and bring back a
I definitely appreciate the warning. It might have been vague memories
about this that made me ask in the first place.
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