It’s Friday night. Let’s talk about toilets.
“The supreme art of war is to subdue the enemy without fighting.”
― Sun Tzu, The Art of War
The first hits I get for “The Best Way to Keep a Toilet Clean” aren’t about keeping a toilet clean, they’re about fixing it when it gets dirty. All about scrubbing technique, waiting for 30 minutes, creepy guys with pumice stones blah blah blah.
If you want to spend an hour of your life chasing toilet scum invaders back across your own Maginot line, then those posts are there for you. If you’d rather your toilet spent some time cleaning itself, read on.
The most common automatic cleaning solutions are these little tablets that you drop into your tank. They sit there for a few weeks and make your water blue, and you have to clean less. The only problem with these is that they eat your toilet tank.
Next came the gel. It smells pretty strongly and goes for an estimated 42 days for $4, about 9.5 cents a day. Can we do better?
The current state of the art appears to be this gizmo:
Yes Billy Mays, you’ll always be here with us.
Infomercial-sketchiness aside, this Amazon reviewer posted a pretty handy breakdown. The point of this gadget is to install it and fill it not with refill cartridges, but pool tablets. Since they’re both chloride and/or bromide, you get the same cleaning but pool tablets are much cheaper.
The official refill cartridges already clock in at around 3.6 cents a day, so you’ll have to decide if it’s worth it to reengineer them. I’ll probably be giving this system a try in the near future.
Some asides: It looks like the old units didn’t hold pool tablets as well.