Cleaning your house is a skill, and knowing how to clean a toilet is the most important of all. Tip: The space around the toilet bowl is one of the dirtiest in the entire house. According to a household germ survey conducted by NSF International, 27% of toilet seats and 14% of handles reached unhealthy levels of soiling. But it’s not just the dirt that should get you to clean bathrooms; careless cleaning of the toilet bowl can lead to greater concerns. “A dirty toilet can cause plumbing problems,” says Ben Goldzweig, owner of Gold Plumbing in Cleveland. “If there is heavy limescale, it can clog the small holes on the inside of the toilet bowl, as well as the hole for the toilet jet at the bottom, and cause flushing problems.”
Therefore, toilet cleaning is not something you should slack off. With the right cleaning products and tools and a little elbow bend you will have a sparkling clean toilet bowl in no time. Here’s how.
What is the best cleaner to use on toilets?
For a toilet that just needs a freshen up, Goldzweig recommends a homemade formula of a cup of white vinegar and a cup of baking soda, followed by two more cups of vinegar to make an effervescent cleanser. Use the toilet brush to get under the rim and over stains above the waterline. Let this sit for about 10 to 30 minutes to break down the stains.
While white vinegar and baking soda are typically solid players when it comes to cleaning tips, this DIY hack doesn’t always cut it when it comes to serious toilet bowl stains. You’ll need a stronger all-purpose cleaner to remove hard water and limescale stains, especially something with hydrogen peroxide or bleach. Be sure to use a bathroom-specific disinfectant and follow the directions on the bottle.
Start by coating the inside of the toilet bowl completely in the Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with Bleach. Start by squirting the cleaning solution along the top rim of the bowl and letting the cleaner drip into the toilet water. Next, grab a toilet brush and physically scrub the solution onto the surface. The bristles should form a light foam. Go deep under the rim of the toilet with a hand brush. The bottom is where those little water holes are and this step will help prevent the build-up of calcium and minerals. Let the cleaner sit for about five minutes, then flush it through and the mess is gone.
If your toilet bowl is For real stained – think of that coarse ring or icky marks – it needs a deep clean. In this case, a standard toilet cleaning product may not be enough and you should use undiluted bleach. As an all-in-one cleaning solution, pour a cup of bleach around the bowl. Then tackle every inch with a toilet brush or hand scrubbing brush. Let it sit for five minutes and then rinse.
How do you clean stained toilets?
You can start with a disinfectant toilet cleaning solution, or you can make your own by adding a spray nozzle to a bottle of hydrogen peroxide. This allows you to spray all over the toilet bowl and get under the rim, and you can even spray the toilet brush when you’re done. As tempting as it is to put cleaning products in the tank, skip this step as it could void manufacturer’s warranties, Goldzweig warns.