The Complete Toilet Cleaning Guide
This is not a fun subject for anyone to read. And let us assure you, its not fun to write about either. However, toilet cleaning is a quintessential part of your house maintenance. No one will be surprised to learn that the toilet bowl is one of the most bacteria infested places in the house.
As such, this complete toilet cleaning guide takes you through the entire process. It gives you an overview of what you need to do, and the correct steps to take.
Step 1: Get Ready
Before you can clean, you need to make sure you have all the supplies. Generally, this is what you will need in order to properly clean your toilet:
- Cleaning gloves – Keeping yourself clean should be your utmost priority during the process!
- Toilet cleaner – It is best to use one that contains hydrogen peroxide or oxygen bleach.
- Toilet brush – For obvious reasons, you should keep a separate brush that is only used to clean your toilet bowl.
- Paper towels – They always come in handy during the drying process.
- A disinfectant – Always a good idea to ensure you kill all bacteria.
- A scrub sponge- For cleaning the outside of the toilet.
- Vinegar – This is optional. Read on to find out if you need it or not.
Now, you are ready to begin cleaning.
Step 2: Clean
First, soak the insides of your toilet in the toilet cleaning solution. Remember to use the toilet cleaner liberally. You should let the toilet soak for at least a few minutes before you move on to the next step. Ideally, it is best to soak for thirty minutes.
While the toilet is soaking, you can clean its outside. Spray it with disinfectant and wipe it down with paper towels. If the outside is particularly dirty, you can dampen the paper towels and wipe the outside before spraying.
Now, you need to clean the toilet properly. You can use the scrub sponge for the outside and the cleaning brush for the inside. Remember to scrub properly and consistently. If you are using a colored toilet cleaner, you will easily be able to see where you have scrubbed properly and where you haven’t.
If you notice that it is dirty, you can also clean your water tank. The best way to do this is by pouring vinegar down it. 2-4 cups should usually do the trick. After that, turn off the water supply and flush the toilet. After that, use the scrub sponge to clean it.
Step 3: Wipe Down
Now that you are done with the hard part, it is time to ready the toilet for use.
Our advice here is to wash the toilet with water. Both on the inside and the outside. If you have a bidet, you can fill that to clean the outside. Otherwise, you can use any container. For the insides, you can simply flush the toilet.
Lastly, dry the outside of the toilet with the paper towels. Standing water can leave minor stains. While this will not be hazardous from a bacterial point of view, it will not look good once the water dries.
Some Extra Tips and Tricks For a Sparkling Clean Toilet
Here are a few things that you should keep in mind when cleaning your toilet as they can be quite helpful.
- If you do not have a toilet cleaner and desperately need to clean your toilet. You can also use vinegar. During the part where you soak your toilet in cleaner, simply pour a cup of vinegar into the bowl. After that, swish it around using the brush and move onto the next step.
- Remember that it is important to clean the area underneath the rim. Since this is not something that is visible to the naked eye, most people forget to do this. You can use the cleaning brush or the sponge to do it.
- The best way to avoid buildup of bacteria and other substances is to clean your toilet on a regular basis.
- Since this is not an activity that is enjoyable by any means. It is best to begin fully prepared, and get the job done quickly (but properly).
- Remember that you should never use bleach to clean your toilet. There is a reason why toilet cleaning solutions is a billion-dollar industry. It is because alternates such as bleach usually have unintended consequences, such as destroying the porcelain. However, you can use vinegar as stated above.
- As we have stated numerous times on this blog, never cheap out on equipment. Always go for a good quality cleaner, sponge, and brush. Having a clean and bacteria-free toilet is quintessential, saving a few bucks is not.
We just went through the complete, most hassle-free process to have a clean toilet. Obviously, it is possible (and better if you truly value cleanliness) to delegate the entire service to a professional organization. However, you can still get by on your own.
Next week, we will take a look at the process of cleaning the rest of your bathroom. Everything from the wash basin to the floors and the shower. So, remember to check back!