Here’s What Happens When You Put Baking Soda In Your Toilet

Cleaning the toilet is no one’s favorite job but the baking soda in your pantry can make the task easier. Learn how to put baking soda to good use in your toilet tank and bowl.

Why Use Baking Soda in Your Toilet Tank?

Baking soda is a natural product that helps neutralize bacteria that cause odors and stains.

The powder acts as a gentle abrasive to help loosen stuck-on grime without damaging surfaces and deodorizes by transforming both acidic and basic odor molecules into a more neutral, odor-free state.

Baking soda can be safely combined with other cleaners.

How to Clean Your Toilet Tank Using Baking Soda

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While you don’t see the inside of the toilet tank often, the water that ends up in your bowl passes through the tank.

That’s why it’s important to remove any mineral deposits that can damage or interfere with the operation of the components and the fungus and bacteria that can grow inside.

Cleaning the tank helps reduce stains in the toilet bowl and freshens the air in the bathroom.

Follow these steps to clean your toilet tank with baking soda.

  1. Turn off the water supply to the toilet and flush several times to empty the water from the tank. It’s OK to leave about an inch of the water in the tank.

  2. Sprinkle one cup of baking soda into the tank.

  3. Wait 30 minutes to allow the baking soda time to absorb odors and begin breaking down stains and fungi.

  4. Scrub the inside of the tank with a soft-bristled brush or abrasive sponge. Take care not to damage any of the internal plumbing components.

  5. Turn the water supply back on and allow the tank to fill completely.

  6. Flush the toilet to rinse away the baking soda and the loosened grime.

How to Clean a Toilet Tank With Baking Soda and Vinegar

If you want to do a little less scrubbing, use a combination of baking soda and distilled white vinegar.

  1. Remove the top of the tank.

  2. Pour two cups of distilled white vinegar into the tank and use a toilet brush to mix it into the water.

  3. Add one cup of baking soda and watch it fizz.

  4. After 10 minutes, scrub the inside of the tank with the toilet brush.

  5. Allow the mixture to sit for 20 minutes and flush the tank.

How to Clean a Toilet Bowl with Baking Soda and Vinegar

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There’s no need to rely on commercial toilet bowl cleaners. You can make your own with baking soda and vinegar but keep them separate until you are ready to clean.

When you’re ready to clean the toilet, add one-fourth cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl. Then add two cups of distilled white vinegar.

The solution will fizz up. When the fizzing stops—wait at least 15 minutes—scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and flush.

How to Unclog a Toilet With Baking Soda and Hot Water

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If the toilet bowl is draining slowly or not at all, try using baking soda and hot water to dislodge the clog. The combination can result in a decrease in the water level in the bowl. If the water level does not decrease, don’t flush! Move on to another method to clear the clog.

  1. Add one cup of baking soda to the toilet bowl.

  2. Pour in one gallon of very hot water. Allow the mixture to work for at least 30 minutes.

  3. If the water level has decreased, the clog has dislodged so you can flush the toilet.


Add one-half cup of dishwashing liquid along with the baking soda and water for better results.

How Often to Clean

Most toilet tanks need to be cleaned twice per year. If your bathroom stays so humid that mold grows often, clean the tank once a month.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I use baking soda to clean other parts of the toilet?

Yes, baking soda can be used to clean the interior of the toilet bowl as well as the exterior of the toilet, seat, and lid.

What happens if you put baking soda and vinegar in your toilet tank?

When baking soda (a base) and distilled white vinegar (an acid) are combined, they will fizz to help loosen grime and minerals in the tank so they can be scrubbed away with less effort.

Is baking soda septic safe?

Yes, baking soda is safe for septic systems and can even help maintain a healthy pH in the system.

Read Next: The Ultimate Bathroom Cleaning Checklist

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