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Catlover123 Fri 11-Sep-20 18:15:21

I am trying to clean the loo but haven't been able to shift brown limescale. I am wary of using really powerful stuff as we have a spetic tank. Has anyone got any ideas?

Catlover123 Fri 11-Sep-20 18:16:14

sorry, should have checked! it is a septic tank!

Lucca Fri 11-Sep-20 18:20:07


Kamiso Fri 11-Sep-20 18:23:25

Bicarb and white vinegar. I sometimes pull the lever up in the cistern to lower the water level.

BBbevan Fri 11-Sep-20 18:25:09

Remember ‘Kim and Aggie’ Coca Cola I think it was left overnight

grandtanteJE65 Sat 12-Sep-20 10:48:35

salts of lemon, made into paste with a little water, spread on a double layer of toilet paper and placed overnight on the marks.

Next morning flush the toilet and scrub hard witht the brush.

varian Sat 12-Sep-20 10:50:46

I have a septic tank and do use bleach now and then and it hasn't caused a problem in forty years of living here. I think it's OK if you don't overdo it.

Ellianne Sat 12-Sep-20 10:53:21

A green scratchy cloth by hand!

Missfoodlove Sat 12-Sep-20 11:49:09

If you have a good hardware store try and get your hands on this.
It melts away limescale as you watch.

dustyangel Sat 12-Sep-20 12:27:22

Years ago my sister in law tasted the coco cola the grand children had left behind. She poured it down the loo and left it over night, she and BiL both saved water and had a septic tank, in the morning in loo was sparkling.

Esspee Sun 13-Sep-20 09:39:24

Between being able to clean toilets and dissolving teeth it makes you wonder why Coke is passed as fit for human consumption.

Buffy Sun 13-Sep-20 09:39:59

Spirits of Salts available from hardware stores. Don’t breathe it in. I wouldn’t use regularly with a septic tank but once in a while wouldn’t hurt.

NannyInTheKitchen Sun 13-Sep-20 09:44:43

Parazone Bleach (If you can find it) is OK to use in septic tanks. 'Savers' stock it and you can also find it on line.

minxie Sun 13-Sep-20 09:44:50

Cocoa cola works a treat

CrazyGrandma2 Sun 13-Sep-20 09:45:07

Two Steradent tablets left in the basin overnight.

Hydrangea Sun 13-Sep-20 09:47:14

Just looked at the description for the Glaze toilet cleaner and descaler. Says it removes body fat (amongst other things). Could this be the answer to my COVID weight gain? grin

Caro57 Sun 13-Sep-20 09:51:48

Also have a septic tank and just looked a Glaze - it doesn’t actually say it’s safe for tanks. I, too, occasionally use a little bleach.

Sing19 Sun 13-Sep-20 10:11:34

Drain the cistern and bowl, soak your solution onto kitchen towels and place them around the walls of the bowl. Remove them in the morning. I remember Kim and Agie doing this to stop the solution running away.

Theoddbird Sun 13-Sep-20 10:35:44

Coca cola....brilliant for cleaning toilets. How people can drink it I do not know...hahaha

Aepgirl Sun 13-Sep-20 11:17:27

My daughter used to clean her bicycle spokes with cola - whatever does it do to your insides?
Just for fun, put a penny in a glass of cola and see how shiny it comes out.

Grandad1943 Sun 13-Sep-20 11:31:50

A strong mixture of vinegar and the water in the toilet bowl if the stain is below water level, leave for a few minutes then flush.

If the stain(s) are above where the water level is (example around the rim of the toilet) brush well with undiluted vinegar and leave for a few minutes, then rinse.

Repeat if necessary.

Always works a treat for me and my wife and we live in one of the hardest water areas in the country.

Jillybird Sun 13-Sep-20 11:38:59

I too am in a very hard water area and suffer from brown scale. (Around taps, etc. not myself!) Having tried everything I could find in the way of purchase-able products, including the Which? Best Buy, I have found that white vinegar works best. Once a week, I drape vinegar soaked cosmetic cotton wool pads all over scaly areas and add a bit more vinegar for good measure. Leave overnight or as long as possible, in the morning, gleaming taps, sink, toilet! Hurrah!

Jillybird Sun 13-Sep-20 11:39:52

P.S. And vinegar doesn't strip the chrome off either!

Dowsabella Sun 13-Sep-20 11:45:05

Coca cola! Or possibly a cheaper equivalent? It seems to dissolve limescale. When we were kids, we used to do a biology experiment leaving a chicken bone in cola for several days. The cola dissolved the calcium but left the connective tissue, so we were left with a flexible "bone"!

Grandad1943 Sun 13-Sep-20 11:51:47


P.S. And vinegar doesn't strip the chrome off either!

Jillybird, I use a half-inch painting brush and keep dabbing the neat vinegar around the base of the taps in the Bathrooms and kitchen. Rinse a few times and repeat and then "gleaming" with not a sign of a stain. 🤓 wonderful.