Plumbers Warn Against Cleaning Products: Can Damage Your Toilet

Written by Henrik Rothen

Nov.26 - 2023 11:23 AM CET

Plumbers Warn Against Cleaning Products.

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When cleaning at home, you'd expect the products you use to be safe and effective. However, a group of plumbers has highlighted a cleaning product they would never use on toilets. Mr. Rooter Plumbing Company has revealed a practice they avoid to prevent costly mistakes.

According to, they warn against a specific cleaning product that can "destroy" your toilet, suggesting the use of a toilet brush and a cleaning agent as a spray instead of placing a bleach tablet in the toilet.

Even though it requires more effort, "the longer the tablet sits, the more its chemicals will break down the materials of your toilet. Eventually, your toilet lines will start to leak often, and your toilet will not flush properly."

Experts have also warned homeowners that not everything is flushable, even if the packaging says so: "Saying flushable just means it will go through your toilet. But what it does to your plumbing system, especially if you have older pipes, is that if you have, for example, cast iron pipes, then wipes don't dissolve," explained plumber Kelly Ireland to Huffington Post.

Kelly suggests that if you use them, throw them in the trash instead of flushing them. Plumbers also advised people to avoid using strong chemicals to clear blockages in drains. They warn that it does "more harm than good" when trying to handle blockages caused by hair. Kelly explained how these strong chemicals can "eat through old pipes."

Another tip that has been popular is putting baking soda down drains to help loosen blockages. However, AJ Jenkins, a plumber, said that using baking soda mixed with products like vinegar "can eat into the rubber gasket that holds the sink together."

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