The brown stuff that accumulates under the toilet rim is typically caused by a buildup of minerals in the water. These minerals are usually from the hard water that is present in most homes. When hard water is heated and then sent out of the faucet, all of the minerals settle out before it leaves the tap.
When the water is flushed down the toilet, these minerals accumulate on the porcelain of the toilet bowl, creating a brown scum line around the rim. Over time, these minerals can start to accumulate, causing a brown residue to build up under the rim.
To prevent this from happening, it is recommended that you periodically use a mild detergent or cleaner to remove the buildup. You may also want to consider installing a water softener if your home has hard water, as this will help reduce the amount of minerals in the water.
How do you clean buildup under a toilet rim?
To clean the buildup of residue under a toilet rim, start by gathering the necessary supplies. You’ll need a wet/dry vacuum, a toilet brush, toilet bowl cleaner, a screwdriver, and a cloth or sponge.
Begin by removing the toilet’s tank lid and placing it aside. Next, use a wet/dry vacuum to remove any standing water and then any visible debris that is located under the toilet rim. Once the water and visible debris has been removed, use a screwdriver to loosen any mounting screws or bolts holding the toilet in place.
After the screws or bolts have been tightened, use a toilet brush to scrub away any residue found under the toilet rim. When cleaning the area make sure to thoroughly scrub the inside walls of the toilet as well as the edges of the rim.
Finally, wipe the area with a damp cloth or sponge and a solution of toilet bowl cleaner. This will help to remove any leftover grime or residue. Once you have thoroughly cleaned the area, replace the toilet tank lid and tighten the mounting screws or bolts.
What is the residue at the bottom of my toilet?
The residue at the bottom of your toilet is likely a combination of minerals, bacteria, and other particles that form from hard water and wastewater. Minerals like calcium, magnesium, and iron can collect as water moves through your plumbing and become visible at the bottom of the toilet.
Bacteria will also form from the breakdown of organic material from the water. Body oils, soap scum, and other particles can collect in the toilet as well. Over time, these particles can calcify and form a ring around the inside of the toilet bowl.
Cleaning your toilet regularly can help eliminate this residue.