The Item You'll Find In Your Garage That'll Make Your Toilet Sparkle

What on earth could you possibly have in the garage that would help make your toilet sparkling and shiny? It might shock you to know the answer is car wax. The secret is in the slickness, believe it or not! Stains need a solid surface to stick to, and the more material they have to grab, the better. The smoother the surface, the easier substances will wipe free from it. And no matter what type of toilet bowl you have, car wax shines and polishes its surface to the point where nothing sticks to it — for about six months at a time! 

That's not the only thing found in your garage you can use to help clean your toilet. That's right, it's our trusty blue can of WD-40, to the rescue once again. Before you apply the car wax, you'll want to first clean the existing stains out of the bowl with WD-40. Its secret formula works to remove hard water stains and softens lime and rust deposits in no time, so you can wipe them away with ease.

How to use car wax on your toilet to keep it sparkling

To utilize car wax on your toilet, the first thing to do is clean it as best as you can. The car wax is going to sort of put a seal on it, so you want it to be as clean as possible first. You'll also need the toilet to be completely dry before applying the wax, so start by shutting off the water supply. Turn the valve all the way to the right to shut it off. Get a bucket and fill it with water. Then flush and hold the handle down while pouring the bucket of water down the toilet to flush everything completely through.

Take a clean, dry, absorbent cotton rag and dry everything inside and out. Before you begin waxing, open a window or have a fan blowing for air circulation. Applying the wax may vary slightly across brands, so be sure to follow the manufacturer's instructions. Once applied, wait about 10 minutes before buffing the wax, and then refill the bowl with water. To maximize the length of time you get out of the wax coating, in about 90 days pour half a cup of white vinegar in the bowl. This will help prevent water rings from forming where the level sits, and allow the wax to keep doing its job.