As far as cleaning is concerned, many of us count cleaning the toilet as one of our least favorite chores. Although people have been using the same product to clean toilets for years, experts are urging customers not to use it. The device in question doesn’t clean as well as one might hope, and it can actually lead to more dirt and filth build-up over time.
If you’re interested in learning which of your cleaning tools are outdated and inefficient, read on. You’ll also get expert tips on the best way to clean your toilet!
Avoid Using A Toilet Brush…
This may surprise many homeowners, but it would be best if you didn’t clean your toilet using a toilet brush. The reality is that you will often find a toilet brush next to several toilets in the United States, waiting to do its job. This is especially true in public restrooms.
On the other hand, several specialists recommend eliminating this particular cleaning equipment.
Well, toilet brushes are not hygienic. Believe it or not, toilet brushes can be harmful to your health. Keep in mind that not only does the toilet brush spread germs from the water, but it can also hold on to fecal matter or toilet paper, which is unclean and unhealthy.
Not to mention, it is unsanitary since an accumulation of germs will lead to urinary infections, diarrhea, and respiratory disease.
Use Rubber Gloves
It may not seem like the most obvious recommendation, but pros suggest putting on a thick pair of rubber gloves and hand-washing your toilet with a sponge. There’s actually good reasoning behind this suggestion…
It will get the job done much faster.
Another option for cleaning the toilet of loose debris is to use toilet paper. This may take a little more sweat effort. However, if the thought of sticking your hand in a toilet, even while wearing gloves, is too much for you, purchase a toilet wand with a tip you can quickly dispose of after use.
Toilet paper handle holders are an easy way to clean not only the bowl, but occasionally the seat too before ditching the item.
Proper Methods for Cleaning a Toilet:
As explained earlier, cleaning toilets is not something most individuals look forward to doing. Although it may not be the most exciting task, cleaning your toilet on a daily basis will make it much simpler when you have to do it next time.
For a bathroom that’s clean and clutter-free, you should perform a daily cleaning routine. Not only will this help avoid any unsightly buildup, it will also prevent the spread of germs. Of course, you can’t forget to stock up on the necessary materials!
Proper Cleaning Materials for the Toilet:
Store these items in a designated container, such as a bucket, so they don’t get mixed with the remaining of your cleaning gear. It would be more effective if you used different cleaning tools for different tasks – like a toilet sponge for scrubbing the kitchen sink, and rubber gloves just for doing the dishes.
- Sponge used for scrubbing…
- Gloves made of rubber that are water resistant…
- Vinegar or other cleaning products for the bathroom…
- All-purpose disinfectant spray…
- Towel or any different kind of cloth…
- Pumice stone…
- Toilet paper or paper towels…
Step By Step Guide For Cleaning The Toilet:
Although it may not seem glamorous, making sure your toilet is extra clean will go a long way. By following these five easy steps, you can get rid of any dirt, stains or odors quickly and effectively – giving you (and anyone else who uses the bathroom) peace of mind:
- To start, pour toilet cleaner into the toilet bowl and let it sit. If you’re cleaning with vinegar instead of a store-bought cleaner, add one cup to the bowl now. Use the brush to scrub in quick circles until the entire bowl is clean.
- Spraying an all-purpose disinfectant on the toilet while the cleaner is soaking in is an excellent way to keep germs at bay while you wait. If the toilet seems to have a particularly heavy buildup of filth, you should give it a quick wipe clean with some paper towels and then throw the towels away.
- To clean the toilet, use a sponge designed for toilets. Make sure to also scrub the base and floor around the bathroom. If you have a modern toilet with a detachable seat, remember to take off the seat and wash it separately from everything else.
- After the toilet part has been scrubbed, go to the bowl using a toilet brush and clean it thoroughly. Use a pumice stone to remove the ring around the tub from the hard water and any stains it may have left behind.
- Make sure to clean the space below the rim that drains the water. Although it’s hidden, this is a crucial part of cleaning and should not be overlooked! Use your cleaning tool to wipe around the inside surface of the rim.
Cleaning the Toilet Water Tank:
Please remember to check the water tank!
If you want to take a look inside, simply lift the lid. If there is any mineral accumulation or grime, fill the tank with four cups of vinegar and let it soak for thirty minutes (or up to an hour if possible). After that, cut off the water supply to the toilet and flush — this will empty the tank.
Clean the walls of your tank with a toilet brush or sponge once it’s emptied. After you turn your water back on, let it fill up completely and flush the toilet several times. Your tank should now be clean.
Although it may not be the most glamorous task, taking a few minutes each week to clean your toilet can save you from expensive repairs and water damage down the road. Just make sure that whatever cleaning supplies you use are compatible with your toilet bowl.
Thank you for taking the time to read this article! We hope that you found it helpful and informative. If you have any further questions or comments, please feel free to reach out to Western Rooter & Plumbing for all of your plumbing needs!