Don’t Believe the Hype- Laundry Detergent & Softeners in Your Toilet Tank
You’ve seen them, the posts on social media that get passed around spouting easy ways to fix household issues. The latest one is telling you to pour laundry detergent or softener in your toilet tank. It claims that the detergent or softener will sink to the bottom and every time you flush your toilet it will smell wonderful! They also try and claim that no damage will occur.
Why is it everyone wants to put things in toilets that don’t belong? Toilets are made for one thing- doing your business. They are not for toy boats. They are not for getting rid of medicine. They are not for “flushable wipes.” And no, do not pour random liquids in your tank.
Toilets are not just a ceramic throne you sit on to do your business. There are many parts to a toilet. In the tank alone, there are pipes, washers, seals, valves, clamps, chains, gaskets, bolts, clips and other parts. None of these are made to accommodate anything other than water. Pouring laundry detergent or fabric softener can make the components break down causing a plumbing disaster.
Also, think about the consistency of laundry detergent or fabric softener. It is thicker than water. They will coat the inside of your tank, leaving a slimy film. This will end up a clogging mess. And all of that eventually heads down your pipes. This slimy mess will coat your pipes making it easier to clog and cause a back-up.
Look, I am sure it’s not you who is stinking up the bathroom. You are wanting to do this because of others, but we would discourage you from doing so. It’s bad for your plumbing and bad for the environment. Make sure the fan is on or open a window, but don’t put liquid laundry detergent or softener in your toilet tank.