Hi there I moved into a new house with a septic system, and one of the
toilets has a rock crust of scale around the bowl. What can I clean it
with that will be safe with a septic system?
I tried vinegar for a night with no effect (not that I noticed anyway).
Scrape it off.
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Vinegar, bleach, rust removers, etc will all fail. You need something
containing oxalic acid. Stainless Steel Cleaner and Bartender's Friend
are two products you can try. Dry the bowl first by turning off the
water supply and flushing a bucket of water through the bowl to empty it.
Some of the wood bleaches are Oxalic Acid, check the label. IIRC some
have posted that pumice stones have degraded the ceramic coating which
then gathers more stuff.
On Sat, 21 May 2005 08:15:01 -0400, "William W. Plummer"
I used a pumice stone. They make them for cleaning toilets but I used one
for callus removal (it was handy). Didnt seem to scratch the surface which
was my concern. but test on a small spot to be safe.
The answer is that vinegar isn't strong enough and
CLR won't hurt the septic system (unless you use
several jugs of it).
The real answer is buy one of those little pumice
blocks made for the purpose and scrub a dub. I
tried everything on our toilets, nothing worked
well, then tried the pumice and it was the answer.
No scratches, looks like new.
===============================================================My wife came across this product called "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner in the
local dollar store. We have well water and a septic system. Our bowls always had
lime & calcium deposits on the bottom, and no amount of scrubbing would remove
them. We tried everything--I had to replace 2 bowls because they got so bad.
Nothing worked until she found this stuff. Now, no more stains or deposits.
*** RON ***
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