It’s not everyone’s favorite chore, but cleaning the bathroom, in particular, a toilet is a must.
Most people buy a bottle of bleach and squeeze it into the toilet bowl and leave it to soak. There are, however, many other factors to consider. So ask yourself, is that a waste of effort and bleach?
So to make sure your toilet is super-clean, here are nine toilet cleaning tips you need to remember.
1. Have All Your Cleaning Products Ready
The last thing on anyone’s list is being arm-deep in a toilet bowl only to realize you’ve run out of cleaner.
Make sure you have everything you need. Whatever cleaning products you use, whether you prefer commercial cleaning products or homemade cleaning agents, make sure you’ve got these tools to hand:
- Rubber Gloves
- Paper Towel
- Old Toothbrush
- Pumice Stone
- Eye Protection
- Firm Bristled Toilet Brush
- Clean cloth
Don’t forget you’ll need chlorine bleach and a disinfectant spray such as a bathroom cleaner or toilet cleaner. Make sure you read the instructions as well, so you don’t find yourself running out because you used too much!
2. Home Remedies Work Just As Well
For those sensitive to harsh chemicals or enjoy life hacks, you’ll need the following household supplies:
- Baking Soda
- White Vinegar
- Spray Bottle
- Cleaning Solution of Warm Water and Soap
- Access to Hot Water if Needed
And make sure you’ve got some energy because you’ll need a whole lot of elbow grease to get rid of that limescale!
3. Start With The Toilet Seat
Did you know that 27% of all toilet seats have harmful bacteria such as yeast, mold, and germs, way beyond acceptable health levels?
Merely wiping the surfaces isn’t enough. Every nook and cranny needs sterilizing and going over. Under the lid and around the lid, the hinge tends to get the dirtiest. It’s easy to forget that particles fly through the air, mostly when splashing occurs, so they will reach places you would never have thought to clean.
If you are doing your first deep toilet scrubbing, you might find some water stains. This is most prevalent if using a plastic toilet seat. Leave these stains for later in the deep cleaning session. Focus on the initial once over for now using your bathroom cleaner or soapy water.
4. Keeping the Toilet Bowl Clean
Ensure that if you are using bleach, you are wearing your gloves and glasses, so none gets on your skin and eyes. Run the bleach around the entire bowl. Most shop-bought products reach under the seat rim where the water flushes, but if you don’t, use an old toothbrush to get around the area and dispose of it immediately.
If you’ve got issues such as stubborn brown stains or yellow stains, try the Coca-Cola method. Pour a can of cola over the colors and leave it to soak, which will free up the stains due to a mix of chemicals and carbonated liquid.
5. The Outside is Equally as Important
Around the bowl is where you’ll find random bits of toilet paper stuck to the floor, as well as a mound of dust.
The best way is to wet some kitchen roll with spray and rub around the area. That way, you aren’t just shifting dust but picking the dust-up at the same time. Spray all the porcelain and don’t forget to clean the floor.
6. Sterilize the Cistern
Making sure your toilet has an effective toilet cistern is part of the process.
The cistern is easy to neglect since it’s rarely opened. Limescale and other types of mineral buildup reside in the cistern. You can use a toilet bomb to descale the cistern while keeping underneath the toilet rim fresh, where water from the flush breeds mold and mildew.
The cistern is otherwise low-maintenance and should only require cleaning yearly.
7. Inspect the Entire Toilet
If your clean toilet looks like a dirty toilet, then it’s time to do some extra cleaning and plan the next cleaning task.
Look for the obvious signs, such as toilet rings around the bowl, even after removing everything else from the stained toilet. Once you’ve examined the bathroom from top to bottom, you can revisit those hard to clean areas with a different approach.
8. How to Get Rid of Bowl Stains
Bowl stains are the classic sign of neglecting a toilet.
Getting rid of these stubborn stains is tricky with shop-bought chemicals. These water stains are usually mineral deposits, and removal is possible using some of the home remedies mentioned above, such as using Coca-Cola.
These will leave your toilet bowl cleaner than ever before!
9. Don’t Forget Your Toilet Brush and Flush
The most neglected parts of the toilet when cleaning, the toilet brush serves its job well when getting rid of those stubborn stains. But if it isn’t clean, then it’s harnessing more germs than it needs to.
Firstly, clean the toilet brush and leave it to soak for 10-15 minutes in clean water in the toilet bowl. Let those stubborn particles wash away, and move on to soaking the brush holder to sterilize it.
Finally, wipe the flush last. Why would you clean it before while you’re handling a damp sponge and dirty water? Once you’ve completed the task, sterilize your rubber gloves by soaking them in the sink using soap and hot water.
Keep On Top Of These Toilet Cleaning Tips
Actioning all these tips is a sure-fire way to making sure you don’t spend wasted hours scrubbing the porcelain throne for it to become a mess once more.
It’s equally important, however, to make sure you implement all these toilet cleaning tips into your regular cleaning routine and household chores. That way, you can keep the toilet bowl cleaner than ever before.
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