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The pink stuff in your toilet bowl

The pink stuff in your toilet bowl is Bacteria

If you see pink stuff in your toilet bowl, sink, bathtub, or shower stall it is most likely bacteria.

The pink stuff in your toilet bowl

The pink stuff in your toilet bowl is actually a bacteria known as Serratia Marcescens

If you notice a red or pink substance forming in your toilet bowl, then bacteria has likely reached out to your toilet. The bacteria is known as Serratia Marcescens. This bacteria is often found in moist areas such as sinks, tiles, toilet bowls, shower stalls, bathtub enclosures, and your pet’s water dish. These bacteria grow best on materials that contain phosphorus or fatty substances such as soap residue or, feces residue.

Sometimes the pinkish film will appear after new construction or home/business remodeling. It’s more commonly seen when you have your windows open during the spring and summer months.

It generally forms in the toilet bowl along the waterline and at the openings where the water enters the toilet bowl.  It is more evident when the water is left sitting and untouched for several days. The chlorine evaporates out of the water which allows the bacteria to grow. If your home or office water has an activated carbon filter that removes chlorine, then you are unknowingly supporting the bacteria growth.

The Serratia bacteria is not known to be a water-borne disease. Although, Serratia Marcescens can be pathogenic to some people, causing pneumonia, wound infections, and urinary tract infections, especially in hospitals.

How Do You Remove the Stains?

The stains are removed easily with a general-purpose cleaner containing chlorine bleach. The bacteria is difficult to remove completely from your home. Adding ¼ cup of bleach to the toilet tank, letting it sit for 15 to 20 minutes, and then flushing the tank several times to remove all of the bleach will kill some of the bacteria. Never leave bleach or bleach tablets sitting in your tank because it will damage the rubber valves and seals.

It is highly recommended to use a brush and household cleaner to clean pet bowls, kitchen surfaces and bathroom sinks, bathtubs, and showers. After the scrubbing, use a strong chlorine bleach solution. Leave the bleach in contact with the surfaces for 10 to 20 minutes to disinfect the area. Then, rinse well with water

Wiping down and drying sinks and bathtubs after using them will help prevent the bacteria from developing. Also, try using a cleaning solution that contains bleach when doing general cleaning,