Lately, I’ve noticed that the water in the big tank behind my toilet has occasionally been leaving a stain around the inside of the bowl. I decided to get one of those little drop-in thingies for the tank today, but now, every time I pee, I immediately harken back to the commercial tagline for Glad sealable sandwich bags: “Yellow and blue make green!”


Why not get a bleach tablet? Good for killing all those coliform bacteria, too.

• Posted by: Dreama on Aug 20, 2002, 6:22 AM


• Posted by: shannon on Aug 20, 2002, 9:34 AM

The “ring” may be caused by an increase in mineral content in your H20, particularly iron. Best to check into your water source, especially if its well water. Also, there can sometimes be a bacterial imbalance during hot summer months causing a need to “‘shock” the water source.

I’ve come to learn those little tablets, although good for a ‘Tidy Bowl,’ are not very good for the environment. Just a thought.

• Posted by: LadyD. on Aug 20, 2002, 11:58 AM

If you’re peeing yellow you should be drinking more! (water!!) (Of course we’re just about all guilty of that!)

• Posted by: medic on Aug 21, 2002, 2:27 PM

Well water? This is New York City! Some of the best tap water in the world.

(Which a lot of people think is a joke, but it isn’t.)

• Posted by: Dan Hartung on Aug 22, 2002, 1:53 AM

As for the bleach question, I have a kitty (and currently am sitting for another) who both enjoy the occasional drink from the toilet. Bleach probably wouldn’t be a good idea, whereas almost all of the blue drop-ins are safe for pets.

As for drinking water, you’d be shocked how much water I drink. Nonetheless, the bilirubin has to get out of my body somehow, and I can’t help that (a few stages of degradation later) it’s colored yellow!

And I’m glad that you pointed out the wonder of NYC tap water, Dan — you’d be shocked how many New Yorkers don’t believe me when I tell them that. In fact, there are French wineries that ship NYC tap water across the Atlantic; that must cost a lot, and you’d imagine that it’s worth it.

• Posted by: Jason on Aug 22, 2002, 11:13 AM
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