Just last week have I finally gotten our new house on a good cleaning schedule. It only took me 4 months. **SIGH** But I’m right on point today. Just finished cleaning a toilet, actually!
Granted, we have had quite a few changes during that time. New house, and all the unpacking fun. I quit my job to stay home with the twins. My husband switched jobs. We got hit by a hurricane. The usual, right?
Any way you look at it, I’m thrilled to finally be on a good cleaning schedule! The house stays clean and I get to keep my sanity! (Well…at least my sanity that is related to a clean house, HA!)
So when Suzanne from Better Bathrooms contacted me to share a post on cleaning toilets, at first, I won’t lie: I wrinkled up my nose. I mean, really? Ewww. But then I thought better of it. I mean, we all have toilets, right? They all need to be cleaned, correct? So why not make sure we all know how to do it RIGHT! Let’s see what her recommended procedure is!
While no-one actively enjoys cleaning the toilet, it has to be said that the more often it’s done, the easier it is as stains, mess and smells simply don’t get any chance to flourish or take hold. If you’ve just got your new toilet from Better Bathrooms and you’re wondering how to keep it clean and pristine, look no further than this step-by-step guide.
Take everything from around and under the toilet away
There’s always splashes – water, detergent and bleach – involved when you’re cleaning the toilet, so remove anything that you don’t want to get in the way, like bath mats, toilet rolls and so on. You should also remove any items that are on top of the cistern so that they don’t get knocked in by accident.
Flush the toilet and then add your first cleaner
It’s best to flush with the lid down so that you don’t get sprayed. Once you’ve flushed, lift the lid and apply your gel cleaner to the bowl, starting at the rim and get as close as possible here. Then leave it to work for 10 minutes or so.
Clean the outside of the toilet
While your gel cleaner does its thing, you can start on the outside surfaces of the toilet, as well as the floor around it. Work from the top down with a spray cleaner – the tank, the handle and underneath the tank first, then the outside of the lid, then the outside of the bowl. Finish up by cleaning the bottom of the toilet, where it touches the floor, and the floor itself.
Clean the toilet seat
The seat is the part of the toilet that comes into the most contact with people so it must be cleaned carefully and thoroughly. Lift the seat and spray it, as well as the inside of the lid and the rim of the bowl. Leave the cleaner on for a minute or two before wiping it all down, including the hinges of the seat and the area underneath the hinges.
Go back to the inside of the bowl
Starting from the top down, get scrubbing with a (preferably disposable) toilet brush. Aim for the rim first, as grime and bacteria accumulate here first, especially if you have hard water. Then you should scrub the bowl itself, before moving onto the parts underwater. Flush once more (with the lid down) and carefully place the brush in a plastic bag for disposal.
Clear up any spills
If you see any spills or splashes, clean them up before putting your cleaners and any tools away. Put back all the items you removed before you started the task and gaze at your squeaky-clean toilet.
You might want to wear latex or nitrile gloves for this task as it does have the yuk factor and it also involves harsh detergents and other chemicals.
Always flush with the lid down, as this prevents bleach from being sent up into the air in a fine, aerosolised spray.
Sponges are the worst thing you can use to clean a toilet, unless you throw them away after each use, as the huge surface area, water and countless air spaces make for bacteria paradise! You should use paper towels, ideally, but if you prefer reusable cloths, put them through a hot wash (60C at least) immediately after you’ve finished.
Thanks so much, Suzanne! This is a great plan for the toilet! I myself like to use Method’s Antibacterial Toilet Bowl Cleaner when I’m killing nastiness in our toilets.
I get it from Grove Collaborative, along with lots of my other cleaning supplies. If you’d like to try it out, CLICK HERE, and you’ll get $10 in free products just for using my affiliate link! Enjoy!
How do you sike yourself up for cleaning YOUR toilets?
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