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How to Clean a Toilet the Right Way – 5 steps

No one flushes with excitement when it’s time to clean the toilet, but it’s a task that you can’t avoid if you want to make sure your bathroom looks its best, as well as to keep bacteria from building up inside the bowl.

How to Clean a Toilet the Right Way - 5 steps
How to Clean a Toilet the Right Way – 5 steps

Follow these five steps for cleaning dirty toilet bowls

To remove toilet rings, stains and funky smells – quickly and efficiently!

  1. Begin by applying toilet cleaner to the bowl, and allow it to soak. If you’re using vinegar in place of toilet cleaner, simply pour a cup into the bowl. Quickly swish the cleaner around the bowl with a brush.
  2. While the cleaner soaks in, spray the exterior of the toilet with an all-purpose disinfectant. If the toilet is extra dirty, give it a preliminary wipe-down with paper towels and toss them in the trash.
  3. Next, use a scrub sponge to clean the exterior of the toilet. Pay attention the base and floor around the toilet while you’re there. If you have a modern toilet with a quick-disconnect toilet seat, remove the seat and clean it separately.
  4. Once the exterior is clean, use a toilet brush to clean the bowl. If you have hard water rings or stains, use a pumice stone to remove these.
  5. You know the area underneath the rim where water pours out? Since this is out of sight, many people don’t scrub it. Don’t ignore this area! Use your brush or sponge to clean the underside of the rim.

Cleaning a toilet is an unappealing task, but if you make a regular routine of it, the work becomes much lighter.

How often should I clean my toilet?

You should try to clean your toilet as often as possible, but that a full disinfect should take place every two to three days if someone is sick in your home.

Outside of flu season, once a week — or biweekly, depending on how frequently the toilet is used — should suffice.

Remember, disinfecting your toilet can help reduce the risk of coming into contact with threatening germs in your home, especially if someone in your family is sick and can’t be quarantined in their own quarters.

But it’s important to understand that even after just one use, the toilet could once again play host to bacteria and viruses on its surfaces.

Spray it thoroughly with a disinfectant spray, and let it air dry by placing it between your toilet seat and the bowl itself (allowing the scrubbing head to hang above the water in the bowl). For your gloves, sponges, or any other rubber-based or porous cleaning supplies, you can make sure they’re germ-free by soaking them in bleach-infused water and air-drying afterwards.

Cleaning Your Toilet Water Tank

Don’t forget about the water tank! Remove the lid and take a peek inside. If you see any mineral buildup or crud, pour four cups of vinegar into the tank. Allow this to soak for up to an hour.

Next, turn the water off to your toilet and flush the toilet. This will drain the tank. Use a sponge or toilet brush to scrub the tank walls while the tank is empty.

Turn the water back on, allow the tank to fill, and flush the toilet several times to rinse out the tank.

Toilet Cleaning Supplies

Keep these supplies in a bucket to separate them from the rest of your cleaning supplies. It’s not a good idea to clean the sink with the toilet sponge or wash dishes with the same rubber gloves.

  • Waterproof rubber gloves
  • Scrub sponge
  • Pumice stone
  • Paper towels
  • All-purpose disinfectant spray
  • Toilet cleaner or vinegar
  • Toilet brush
  • Cloth or towel

Things to avoid

We don’t recommend using tank additives, those tablets or discs that can turn your toilet water so blue, it looks like a Smurf is slowly decomposing in your tank. These discs seem like an easy and maintenance-free option, as they’re designed to be dropped into the tank, where they dissolve over time, spreading disinfectant around the toilet bowl with every flush.

We do not recommend using in-tank cleaners because they will void your warranty, еhey will attack the working tank trim in the tank itself.

Basically, such tablets turn all the standing water in the tank into a caustic liquid, which can warp the rubber components required to keep the flushing mechanisms functioning. Over time this can lead to leaks and occasionally prevent the toilet from flushing entirely.

We also don’t recommend using disposable toilet-cleaning wands, which are an environmentally wasteful (and expensive) way to get the job done. In addition, we’ve found that toilet brushes with silicone bristles are too soft to scrub well.

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