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    MIRRY
    TEA BAG CLEANING for toilets
    • #1
    • 23rd Jul 06, 9:00 AM
    TEA BAG CLEANING for toilets 23rd Jul 06 at 9:00 AM
    HI Everyone,

    I have had a horrible stained toilet since we moved into our house 4 years ago and have tried everything to clean it.
    I tried coke which removed 50% and all the toilet cleaning chemical tablets ect.
    I work with the elderly and one of my clients suggested I put my used tea bags down the loo and leave them for hours then flush and brush.

    Well I did as she said and am quite impressed, 90% of the stain has gone !

    The good thing is you can repeat as many times as needed and it doesnt cost a penny

    Last edited by Former MSE Natasha; 25-07-2006 at 2:55 PM.
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  • homersimpson
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    • 23rd Jul 06, 9:06 AM
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    • 23rd Jul 06, 9:06 AM
    suprised bleach wouldn't shift it!. what happened to the tea bag? if you flush tea bags will they will block loo eventually?
  • Queenie
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    • 23rd Jul 06, 9:59 AM
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    • 23rd Jul 06, 9:59 AM
    How does that work? :confused:

    Tea contains tannins which stain - even repeated and prolonged use of cola as a toilet cleaner would eventually stain the toilet bowl because of the colours used in the product.

    Not something I would be prepared to try, but, if it worked for you, then
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  • wigginsmum
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    • 23rd Jul 06, 10:48 AM
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    • 23rd Jul 06, 10:48 AM
    I'm not sure I'd try it either - I tried Coke and it stained the toilet horribly.
    The ability of skinny old ladies to carry huge loads is phenomenal. An ant can carry one hundred times its own weight, but there is no known limit to the lifting power of the average tiny eighty-year-old Spanish peasant grandmother.
  • Queenie
    • #5
    • 23rd Jul 06, 11:00 AM
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    • 23rd Jul 06, 11:00 AM
    I'm not sure I'd try it either - I tried Coke and it stained the toilet horribly.
    by wigginsmum
    Yes, sadly I've been warning of that for quite some time on here.

    Originally, the tip referring to cola as a toilet cleaner was intended as a means of using up flat cola rather than throwing it away .. over time, it appears to have been taken out of context and being recommended as a substitute for toilet cleaning - which clearly it isn't. All cola's have a caramel colouring added to them to give it that deep dark colouring, it's a dye!

    Hope you managed to get the staining out, wigginsmum!
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  • wigginsmum
    • #6
    • 23rd Jul 06, 11:10 AM
    • #6
    • 23rd Jul 06, 11:10 AM
    Yep - it took bleach and a commercial cleaner (not together).
    The ability of skinny old ladies to carry huge loads is phenomenal. An ant can carry one hundred times its own weight, but there is no known limit to the lifting power of the average tiny eighty-year-old Spanish peasant grandmother.
  • the other mce
    • #7
    • 23rd Jul 06, 12:13 PM
    • #7
    • 23rd Jul 06, 12:13 PM
    Hi there, I think the best toilet cleaner I have ever used is TESCO Toilet limescale remover. It's in a blue 'bleach' type container and is great. Costs about 79 pence. I push as much water out down the pipe as possible using a loo brush, squirt it on and leave as long as possible. I tried dozens of cleaners before this one - now I wouldn't use anything else. My sister thought she was going to have to get a new toilet until she tried this.....
    highly recommended!!!!
    My mum used to use SANILAV but I can't find that so I stick to Tesco's.
    If you're worried about chemicals in the house keep the lid down 'til you flush!!!
    Last edited by the other mce; 24-07-2006 at 6:30 PM.

    Quite keen moneysaver......
  • tootles
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    • 23rd Jul 06, 1:01 PM
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    • 23rd Jul 06, 1:01 PM
    I have use Tesco limescale remover as well, it is excellent, I squirt it up under the rim and around the bowl, leave it as long as possible then use a green scrubber under the rim, you will be amazed at what comes down, then dolly the bowl with the brush and flush with a long flush, sparkling loo, use bleach twice a week in the mean time.
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  • MIRRY
    • #9
    • 23rd Jul 06, 7:05 PM
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    • 23rd Jul 06, 7:05 PM
    trouble is we dont want the chemicals in the home so the tea bag works a treat, it doesnt stain if you clean it with a brush after a couple of hours.

    These chemicals are causing health problems so best to avoid them any way possible i think:confused:
  • Lillibet
    suprised bleach wouldn't shift it!. what happened to the tea bag? if you flush tea bags will they will block loo eventually?
    by homersimpson
    Bleach doesn't shift stains, it's disguises them by making them invisible (or turns them white) . It does kill germs but it doesn't get rid of the "invisible" germ residue. For this you need a cleaning action = elbow grease!
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    • Bossyboots
    • By Bossyboots 23rd Jul 06, 7:24 PM
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    Bossyboots
    Vinegar is my cure all for dirty toilets. If they are really bad, empty out the water and replace it with vinegar and leave as long as possible, preferably overnight. It eats away at the limescale the dirt is clinging to and a good scrub should see most of it go. It does not stain. Depending on how long it has been in a state, it might need another go.

    Alternatively if you have the time and inclination, you can scrub the toilet with a brush repeatedly dipped in vinegar until it all comes off.
    • rubix_76
    • By rubix_76 26th Jul 06, 10:10 AM
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    rubix_76
    If they are really bad, empty out the water and replace it with vinegar and leave as long as possible, preferably overnight.
    by Bossyboots
    Am I being dim, how exactly do you empty out the water in a toilet U bend.

    'Cos if ya flush it, it fills up again

    I did the coke thing once, and it god rid of lots, but there is still some on the sides near where the "bend" starts.

    As for the T Bag thing, do you mean put the bags complete in the loo, or empty out the leaves from the bags ??

    Thanks

    Rubix
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  • sas04
    I found out that a pumice stone does a fantastic job of cleaning toilets. It doesn't scratch the porcelain and removes all the limescale and staining beautifully. I can't claim it as my own idea - I think I saw it on 'how clean is your house' (mine isn't - except for the toilet!)
    • thriftmonster
    • By thriftmonster 26th Jul 06, 10:19 AM
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    thriftmonster
    When we moved into our house the outside toilet was in a pretty terrible state but bleach, a pair of rubber gloves and some elbow grease did the trick - nothing else worked.
    • djtonyb
    • By djtonyb 26th Jul 06, 10:30 AM
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    djtonyb
    Rubix

    You thrust a cloth covered loo brush (or plunger) into the water. This forces the water through the u bend and out of the toilet. You will need to thrust a few times till most of the water has gone.

    Flush to refill
    Fat and proud lol
  • matildarosepink
    Being a pretty committed eco-friendly housekeeper, I'd like to mention that bleach does awful things to our environment, not just the members of the household but also when it leaves our homes and goes down the drain. My toilet was hideously stained - I used vinegar in the toilet (left for a few hours) and then rubber gloves and a non-scratch scourer with plenty of elbow grease. Ecover toilet cleaner (to keep it deodorised and germ-free) and a regular going over with a toilet brush does the trick now, I found I only had to do a grand-scale removal of the limescale once.
    Wd like to recommend Janey Lee Grace's book 'Imperfectly Natural Woman' for all kinds of great natural housecleaning tips that usually work well and cost peanuts!
  • lavender blue
    cleaning for toilets
    For the initial outlay for a steamer,will clean everything in the house without the use of any chemicals or vinegar,steam, the toilets clean,also sanatizes everything,with the wand you dont even have to touch the toilet...Definitley the way forward.
    lavenderblue.
    • culpepper
    • By culpepper 26th Jul 06, 11:16 AM
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    culpepper
    how does the steamer work? is this just the same as a walpaper steamer but with a differnt end?
    I think I will try the teabags tip as we use lots.
  • Ben Doone
    trouble is we dont want the chemicals in the home so the tea bag works a treat, it doesnt stain if you clean it with a brush after a couple of hours.
    by MIRRY
    Tried this method on my dentures, not a lot of success so far.
  • trousersnake01
    What do you recon on cleaning bathroom tiles then when the grouting gets stained from the hard water. I used a bleach and turned it blue. Took ages to get that out. I didn't realise it just masked staines as reading above. I was thinking that next time I do a deep scrub of the bathroom tiles around the shower area where I have the problem, I was thinking about putting a clear varnish over the grouting to keep it from staining. What do you think.:confused:
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