Did you know that the toilet is one of the most used seats in your home? It means that you need to give it full attention to have cleaned it properly.
The good news is…It does not take tons of time to have it sparkling clean! follow this simple easy guide to cleaning a toilet inside out. We know cleaning a toilet is dirty work, so we’ve made this easy to follow guide to making it that much easier.
Get Your Supplies Ready
I’m sure you don’t want to stop cleaning while you go look for a brush. So, gather everything you need before starting. It would be best to have all the cleaning supplies within arms reach or organised in a bucket rather than scattered on the floor.
Here are the most essential toilet cleaning supplies that you need to have:
- Toilet brush
- Toilet cleaner
- Rubber gloves
- Disinfectant spray
- All-purpose cleaners
- Mop or vacuum
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Pumice stone
- Multipurpose spray
- Paper towels
Now that you’re ready with your equipment and chemicals let’s start cleaning!
Let’s get to the basics!
First thing first, see what you’re up against. Put the rubber gloves on, lift the toilet seat and squirt some cleaner in the bowl.
Start scrubbing – the aim is to remove the dirt and stains from the toilet. If stains are still present, squirt some toilet cleaner, leave it for a few minutes and give it a good scrub again. Be sure to clean the outside of the toilet using separate cloths (it prevents cross-contamination while cleaning), under the toilet seat as well as the back of the top of the toilet which may be neglected from proper cleaning.
What if it doesn’t work?
Don’t despair! Let’s level up the cleaning.
You’ll need the following:
- Baking soda
How to clean a toilet with vinegar and baking soda
Baking soda is an effective natural cleaning agent for toilet stains. It is mildly abrasive and creates carbonic acid when used with vinegar which can dissolve limescale.
Here’s how to do it:
- Open the bathroom window. Put on your rubber gloves.
- Pour 250ml vinegar into the toilet bowl and leave it for five minutes.
- Add 200 grams of baking soda and another 250ml vinegar. By this time, you will notice the bubble fizz. Leave it for five minutes.
- After soaking for five minutes, clean the toilet bowl with a brush to scrub off stubborn stains. Don’t forget to thoroughly clean the outside and around the toilet. Last but not least, always flush the toilet when you’ve completed your clean.
How to clean the toilet using cola
I know it sounds bizarre, but yes, Coca-cola can be used to clean your toilet. It contains carbonic, citric and phosphoric acid, which are effective in removing limescale, water stains and most surprisingly rust.
Here’s how to do it:
- Pour Coca-cola into the toilet. The fizziness will do its wonders.
- Leave it overnight.
- Flush it in the morning, give your toilet bowl a quick scrub and your toilet will be sparkling clean again.
On the other hand, excessive use of Coca Cola for toilet cleaning is not advisable. Why? The colour of carbonated soda can result in stains and leave sugary residue inside your toilet.
How to clean toilet with sandpaper
If baking soda, vinegar and Coca-cola do not work, you’re probably be dealing with a tough stain. One option that is worth trying is to clean the toilet with sandpaper.
Be ready to burn some calories while scrubbing! Here’s how to do it:
- Get two grades of sandpaper (medium and fine), if you don’t have sandpaper pumice stone is a great alternative.
- Cut them into circles using the top of a coffee mug.
- Fold the circles into quarters with the sandpaper side out.
- Put on the rubber gloves and start scrubbing until the stains come off.
Scrub the surface gently to avoid scratches. Use a toilet cleaner to remove the stains and limescale before flushing it. As always your toilet is still unclean unless you clean the outside of the toilet bowl.
5 TLC Tips for Your Toilet
Do not leave damp towels in there.
Damp towels are one of the reasons why musty odor emits. It invites bacteria and germs to thrive in surfaces which can eventually result in bad smell. Dry the towels before putting it back in the toilet cubicle.
Put the lid down before flushing.
Flushing with the lid down is strongly advised to avoid spreading droplets of germs. Consider cleaning and wiping the toilet lid frequently for hygienic and odour remediation purposes.
Allow proper ventilation.
If you want your toilet cubicle to smell fresh all day, allow proper ventilation. The absence of fresh air can lead to a bad smell and extensive mould in your bathroom. Install air circulators for proper air ventilation.
Use essential oils.
Of course, the traditional way to keep your toilet smelling fresh is by using an essential oil diffuser. There are different types of diffusers on the market – choose the best one that suits your toilet cubicle and sense of smell.
Keep it clean, duh?
“Keep it clean” does not only involve flushing after you use it. Regular cleaning of your toilet and toilet bowl is essential so you don’t have to remove stubborn limescale or impossible to remove marks inside your toilet. Always keep relevant toilet cleaning solution near or next to your toilet for quick and easy DIY cleaning when you’re done with your secret business.
As the final step to cleaning your toilet inside out…Clean your cleaning supplies. Remove your gloves, wash them and hang it properly to dry for the next use.
Wash your hands thoroughly for safety. Lastly, consult an expert for toilet cleaning tips and recommendations. Good luck and happy cleaning!