It’s Sunday morning, time for your weekly house cleaning. You pick up the cat toys, vacuum the floors, and wipe down the stove. You avoid it for as long as possible, but eventually, you have no choice: you have to clean the toilet.
According to a recent survey, over 40% of Americans listed cleaning the toilet as their least favorite chore. It may be unpleasant, but it needs to get done. However, learning the best ways to really scrub that commode can actually help in the long run. The more thoroughly you clean that latrine, the less gross it’s going to be the next time around. So what are some ways to keep your toilet clean?
1. Clean Your Toilet Weekly
According to cleaning experts, toilets should be cleaned and disinfected weekly. The bathroom is one of the dirtiest places in your house, and the toilet is, understandably, a breeding ground for bacteria. The best way to keep these harmful particles at bay is to make sure that you’re cleaning regularly.
2. Choose a Disinfectant
Bathrooms can be full of harmful bacteria, and if you aren’t careful about the products you use, those pesky particles might be hanging around, even when your bathroom looks spotless. The best way to have a sparkling, sanitary loo is to use a disinfectant.
There are many products available, so take the time to carefully read the label before you purchase a product. It you see the word “disinfectant” on the label, it should be a good choice. To use it, spray the cleaner all around the toilet bowl, including under the rim. Use a toilet brush to scrub all around the bowl, making sure to hit those hard-to-see places where bacteria can gather. When you’re done, give it a flush!
3. Use Baking Soda
If you prefer using more natural products, baking soda is a great choice for getting a toilet bowl really clean without harsh chemicals. It’s useful for removing difficult stains and eliminating powerful odors: both reasons to consider adding it to your latrine routine.
The best way to incorporate baking soda when cleaning the commode is to start by pouring about a cup of baking soda into the toilet water. Wait a few minutes, then use a toilet brush as you normally would to clean around the bowl.
4. Try a Pumice Stone
If you’ve given the bowl your best scrub, but there are still spots that don’t quite look clean, a pumice stone can be a great tool. It’s just abrasive enough to get rid of more stubborn stains without damaging the porcelain.
To use it, first wet the stone so that it’s damp. Then, use a little elbow grease to scrub those stubborn stains.
5. Avoid Abrasive Materials on Toilet Seats
It seems easy and convenient to use the same tools on the seat as you do on the bowl. However, toilet seats are often made of plastic, which can be damaged by abrasive materials. For example, the stiff bristles on a toilet brush can scratch a plastic seat. Bacteria love to gather and multiply in minuscule scratches that you can’t see with the naked eye, so that kind of damage can thwart your attempts to keep it germ-free. Instead of an abrasive brush, try wiping the seat down with a paper towel.
6. Clean the Toilet Brush Itself
You’re finished with the dreaded toilet-cleaning chore, and you toss the brush back in the holder and return to that TV show you’ve been bingeing. Unfortunately, the brush you just used to scrub the toilet is now covered in bacteria.
To keep your cleaning tools from growing and spreading nasty germs, make sure to clean the brush itself each time you use it. To do this, hold the bristles over the toilet bowl and dump a bit of bleach on them, then rinse with water. If your brush holder is looking dirty, fill it with warm soapy water and let it sit for a few minutes before dumping the water.
Follow these steps, and your toilet will the shining, immaculate throne that you and your family deserve!