How to Clean a Toilet

How to Clean a Toilet

Introduction

Cleaning and maintaining the hygiene of the toilet can be such an unattractive chore in the house. Keeping it clean can be quite the task, and we end up postponing it; however, keeping the toilet clean is essential.

It’s a simple task; however, it is possible to get it wrong, and a poorly maintained bathroom can breed germs, smell bad, and look bad. A clean toilet can avoid potential health hazards, and you will have a healthy family.

Homes with children and seniors need to pay attention to the hygiene of the bathroom. If you have the right cleaning technique, it will give you better results allowing you to save energy, water, and time.

Regular cleaning of the toilet eliminates soil build-up, unpleasant minerals, and harmful bacteria. Homes with a family member who is sick have to be very careful with toilet hygiene.

After every use, the toilet needs to be disinfected as there is a risk of viruses and bacteria playing host on the surface of the toilet. According to some researchers, a bathroom needs to be thoroughly disinfected every three days, especially if you have a sick family member.

If it is not flu season, then once or twice a week should suffice depending on how often the toilet is used. The toilet seat is frequently used seat in the house; hence it must be given proper attention when it comes to maintaining its hygiene.

Cleaning the toilet doesn’t take up a lot of time with much ease; you can keep a sparkling clean porcelain throne. With years of experience, we have noticed the most efficient way to maintain toilet hygiene is to clean it regularly and quickly.

We have a step-by-step guide that will help you keep a germ-free and fresh smelling bathroom.

Cleaning Supplies

The cleaning supplies that you use to clean the toilet must be kept separate from the other supplies. The best way to do so is to keep them in a bucket and keep the sponge, brush, and gloves in this bucket.

It is never a good idea to use these supplies to clean other parts of the house like use the cleaning brush to scrub your sink or do the dishes with the rubber gloves that you just used to wash the toilet bowl – This is extremely unhygienic.

The most effective way of getting rid of harmful germs is by investing in a good disinfectant. Before you begin cleaning, you may want to keep certain things handy – Rubber gloves, all-purpose toilet cleaner, disinfectant spray, scrub sponge, and paper towels.

Start with the bowl

Make sure you clear the space before you begin to clean. If you have kept things over the toilet tank, remove it to avoid them from falling into the bowl while cleaning.

If you’re in a hurry and need to clean your toilet quickly, cleaning the bowl first is the best way to go about it. In this way, if you happen to splash dirty water out of the bowl, you will not waste time washing the floor all over again.

A sturdy toilet brush will help you scrub tricky places and remove stains, residue, and mineral deposits. If you have stubborn stains, add a few drops of the all-purpose cleaner, allow it to stand for a few seconds, and scrub it off.

Keep the toilet lid clean

Keeping the lid clean is essential as you and your family will be touching it. To clean the cover, use the all-purpose toilet cleaner along with cloth/paper towels. Apply the filter to the bottom and top of the lid and wipe it off with the paper towels.

You could use the scrub or a toothbrush to reach tricky spots between the body and the lid of the toilet. You can also use the brush to scrub around the hinges.

Keeping the toilet seat clean

Every member of the house uses the seat, and keeping it clean is essential. If you have kids in the home, you can be assured they are not lifting the seat before use and spraying all over it.

The best way to clean the seat is to use an all-purpose cleaner- dissolve few drops in water, dip the brush in it and scrub the seat thoroughly. Rinse off with clean water. The seat must be adequately cleaned to avoid the spread of infection.

Cleaning the exterior

While many of us focus on the toilet bowl’s interior, we don’t pay attention to the surface around it. Researchers say with every flush particles from the bowl can launch in the air and settle on the surface nearby. T

he walls, floor, toilet lid are prime spots for the splatter. Spray the disinfectant on the surrounding surface and let it stand for a couple of minutes.

If you wipe it off immediately, the germs will not be neutralized, we need to allow the disinfectant to settle in and do its thing. So you can spray the surface and move on to clean the next segment. This technique will give the disinfectant to clear out all the germs and bacteria.

Cleaning the water tank

Take a quick peek into your water tank. If you feel there is a build-up of mineral, don’t stress; all you need is grab the vinegar. Add five cups of vinegar to the water in the tank. Allow it to stand for an hour or two.

You need to turn off the water supply to the toilet tank and flush all the water out. Once the tank is drained out, open the lid to the top of the tank, use a sturdy scrub or brush to scrub the tank’s wall.

Once you’ve scrubbed it clean, turn on the water supply to the water tank. As the tank fills, flush it. You can repeat this process a couple of times to rinse the tank thoroughly.

Wiping the body of the toilet

Give your porcelain throne a spick and span shine. Mix some of the all-purpose cleaner with some water – use a sprayer to mist the body. Take a cloth or paper towel to wipe the mist of the body of the toilet.

Wipe between the handles and don’t forget difficult places like the back of the toilet (the part facing the wall) and the bottom of the toilet. You can dip the cloth or paper towel in the warm water, especially when it gets soiled and continue to wipe the body.

Cleaning the space around the toilet

After putting in much effort with cleaning the toilet, it will be very disappointing to have the dust from around the area settle upon your squeaky clean throne. If you have an unclean tissue box or picture frame, you could wipe off the dust from the surface with a damp cloth to avoid the dust from moving around and settling on the surface around it. Make sure to wipe these things dry with paper towels and keep them back in their places.

How to destroy stubborn stains when you clean your toilet

Yellow stains:

We have all found those stains in our toilets and can seem pretty gross to clean. These stains are caused due to the residue of the urine that is left behind. The pigment present in the urine accumulates over a while.

The unpleasant stains can be easily removed by using bleach. Pour some bleach over these stains, and inside the bowl, let it stand for an hour or two.

The simplest way to do it is to apply it overnight, and by the morning you will see the stains have disappeared. One flush, and you will be looking at a sparkling toilet bowl.

Hard water stains

Hard water can cause some severe stains that look horrible. If you try to scrub it off, it will take a lot of effort, and you won’t get the results you’re expecting. An easy way to get rid of these stains is to take a cup of vinegar and a cup of baking soda, mix them well.

Pour this solution over the stains; you will find it fizzing. Spread the solution over all the stains and leave it for about five minutes. Finally, lightly scrub the stains and flush. Your toilet is as good as new.

Accumulation of lime

Lime is the accumulation of minerals that are mainly deposited by water on the sides of the bowl. These stains can be stubborn and require special attention. Today the market has a range of products to help you fight these stains.

If you don’t have any cleaning products handy at home, you can also use vinegar to clean those stains.

Brown stains

Brown stains can look bad and make your toilet look bad. These brown stains are commonly found in homes that use hard water. These stains are caused by mineral deposits found in hard water, notably rust or iron oxide.

With a variety of cleaners on shelves, an excellent acid-base cleaner will do the trick in ridding rust stains. If you’re looking for a natural cleanser, then vinegar is a good option.

If you have stains at the bottom of the toilet bowl, you can get rid of it with much ease by pouring vinegar (2 liters) and leave it for a couple of hours, preferably overnight. Before flushing, use a scrub or pumice stone to scrub down any leftover stains gently.

*Caution

i) While cleaning your toilet, always be sure to protect your eye. Most toilet cleaning products have chemicals and bleach that irritate the eyes. The eye protection will save your eye from getting any water or bleach in it. 

You should also use latex or rubber gloves to protect your hand from these harmful chemicals. After scrubbing the bowl, ensure the lid is put down before flushing, this will keep the dirty water from splashing around the surface of the toilet and your body.

ii) Avoid using sponges for cleaning the toilet. Sponges tend to remain damp and create an environment for harmful bacteria to thrive. If you choose to use a recyclable cloth, make sure you wash it clean with warm water and bleach to ensure the fabric is disinfected. Wash this cloth separately and store it with the toilet cleaning kit. Keep it away from your kitchen and bath cloth. Paper towels are the best option; they can be used and thrown away.

iii) We advise not using toilet cleaner disks and tablets, which can be hung in the toilet bowl or put in the tank – The chemicals in these products damage porcelain. It can pose a threat to the pets in your home – they could accidentally drink out of the toilet bowl and end up ingesting life-threatening chemicals.

iv) A disinfectant works best when the surface is cleaned from any residue or debris. So you will have to remove all bodily fluids like vomit, wipe the surface clean and then spray the disinfectant to neutralize the germs. In this method, the disinfectant is genuinely effective.

Conclusion

Cleaning the toilet can seem challenging- it’s often stinky, damp, and mildewy. Besides, a toilet has to be cleaned by hand while most parts of the house can simply be vacuumed and moped.

While the toilet, sink, tub, and bathroom are manually cleaned, it feels like a tedious chore. We agree that cleaning the toilet requires work, but with the above guide, we can assure you that it won’t take the whole day. If done the right way using the correct technique, the toilet can be surprisingly quick and easy to clean.

Along with cleaning and disinfecting your bathroom, you need to pay close attention to the cleaning supplies. You must clean the supplies regularly. The scrub and brush that you use to scrub the toilet bowl can harbor harmful bacteria and grow mold between the bristles as left in the wet holder.

Be sure to spray the scrub and the brush with the disinfectant making sure no bacteria are left behind. Air-dry the brush before you place it in the holder. You could hang the brush above the toilet bowl until it’s dry.

Rubber gloves, sponges, any porous or rubber-based cleaning supply can be soaked in water infused with bleach. Once it has soaked for at least 10-15 min, wash it off in clean water and air-dry them. Finally, your toilet will be a porcelain throne fit for your family! You can also check Composting Toilets: The Ultimate Guide.

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