How to Clean a Toilet

how to clean a toilet

Follow These Steps to Keep Your Toilet Clean

Cleaning a toilet isn’t a job that people generally relish, but it is absolutely essential. Not only is having a dirty toilet unappealing and unsanitary, but it can also cause long-term damage and staining to your toilet. Even if you don’t have time to do a full bathroom cleaning regularly, make time to clean your toilet often. 

Following this guide gets the job done quickly and effectively, which is helpful when you don’t have time to clean the whole bathroom. Here is what you need to know.

A Sparkling Toilet in No Time

Cleaning a toilet isn’t the most appealing job, but there is an undeniable satisfaction in seeing it sparkling clean. Cleaning it properly can actually be done quite quickly, as long it is done correctly. Take the time to learn how to clean a toilet.

The first step isn’t even about cleaning. Assemble your cleaning products and your tools: toilet brush, rubber gloves, and paper towels or cloths. Next, clear any other items away from the toilet. Cleaning a toilet can be messy, especially when you scrub the bowl, so you want to make sure that nothing is in the “splash zone.”

Don’t forget to make sure that nothing is resting on top of the toilet tank. If there is anything on there, you could easily drop it in the toilet while cleaning.

Dealing with Toilet Odours

It is inevitable that your toilet will gather odours over time, even with regular cleaning. You can take steps to keep these at bay by including a deodorizing process when you clean your toilet. One trick that works very well is to combine equal parts of white vinegar and baking soda in the toilet bowl. When these items react, they foam up and draw in bad smells. After you’ve let them sit for a few minutes, run some hot water into the toilet bowl and flush the toilet.

This process works so well that you won’t have to scrub the bowl as hard to remove stains, as it loosens dirt and grime. 

Clean the Toilet Bowl Rim & Bowl

Add your preferred toilet bowl cleaner to the toilet bowl just under the rim and let it sit for a few minutes. Take your toilet brush and scrub under the rim of the bowl. Flush the toilet to clear any debris. Then, scrub the bowl with a toilet brush, making sure to cover every spot. This is the best way to get the bowl clean. Finish with the drain hole and flush the toilet again. If you find the bowl has not come out clean, apply your toilet bowl cleaner again, let is sit for a few minutes and then brush your bowl again.

The Exterior of the Toilet

It is very important to clean the whole exterior of the toilet, including the lid, seat, tank, flush handle, and base. Start at the top of the toilet and work your way down. Spray your towel or paper towel with an all-purpose cleaner and then wipe down completely. Repeat for the tank. For your flush handle, use a clean toilet and a sanitizer or disinfectant cleaner as that is the part that hands touch most often.

When it comes to the toilet seat, you want to be sure to clean the top and the bottom. Lift the seat clean underneath. If you have stubborn stains, you may have to scrub with something more abrasive like a pumice stone. Put the seat down and clean that, as well as the hinges and the area behind the seat. 

When you are done, be sure to rinse the seat to remove any chemicals or cleaning solutions that may be left behind.

The Finishing Touch

Finish by mopping up any water or mess from the floor around the toilet. Don’t forget to mop behind the toilet. This is a good time to mop the entire floor as well. Then, replace the items that you removed before cleaning. As a finishing touch, use a disinfectant spray on all toilet parts.

It’s important to keep a toilet clean, especially in a shared space. If you don’t have the time or don’t want to do it yourself, why not have professionals take care of this job for you regularly?



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