Drop A Tube Of Toothpaste Into Your Toilet Tank And Watch What Happens

Because we are constantly on the prowl for newer methods to clean up our houses, we come across different hacks that promise to make things easier and more effective. At the top of the list? Cleaning the toilet. We're always interested in alternative ways to keep our water closets clean and free of impurities and germs. Recently, some people manufactured a DIY hack that is said to whiten your toilet and keep it smelling fresh. You just have to drop a whole tube of toothpaste into your toilet tank to clean it. Whether or not this trick works is definitely up for debate.

We were pretty shook when we heard this, too, but the chemicals in toothpaste that are responsible for whitening our teeth and keeping enamel safe from plaque will supposedly clean the toilet with every flush. Not to mention the minty flavor of the paste will pervade the water and leave the bowl smelling fresh. This toothpaste hack is definitely worth a look in order to weigh out the pros and cons.

The toilet tank hack might not be the best cleaning option

Using toothpaste as a makeshift toilet tablet is the latest in a long line of wacky DIY toilet tricks. YouTube cleaning enthusiast Clean Freak & Germaphobe recommends getting an affordable tube of toothpaste, sticking numerous holes into it, squeezing it a bit, and then tossing it into the toilet tank. The toothpaste will ooze out slowly over time and diffuse into the water, presumably cleansing the tank and subsequently the toilet bowl every time you flush. But how sure are we that this method works?

Baking soda is a great deodorizer, stain remover, and unclogging agent which is why many people use it in DIY toilet cleaner recipes. Pouring hydrogen peroxide into your toilet is also known to lift stains and sterilize surfaces. If you use toothpaste that contains baking soda and peroxide, in theory, it should help improve the overall smell, stain removal, and disinfection. However, the people who use toothpaste to clean toilets usually do so by scrubbing with it manually. Since the "tank tactic" only requires dumping the whole tube into the tank, it would probably remove little to no scum buildup in the toilet bowl. It might also do little in the way of disinfecting it.

Toothpaste is specially formulated to care for our teeth, not clean our toilets. It's not potent enough to address toilet problems. If you need a quick toilet fix, toilet tablets in your tank are your best bet.