The Best Method to Cleaning a Toilet Bowl
Toilets are arguably one of the most used seats in the home, which is why a certain level of attention is needed to maintaining its cleanliness! But this doesn't mean a lot of time and elbow grease is needed for getting your porcelain throne sparkling clean. Here is a guide to removing germs and stains from your toilet quickly and effectively!
Step 1: Gather Your Cleaning Supplies
There's nothing more annoying than being mid-way through cleaning only to realize you have forgotten to get a sponge or cloth. By gathering your needed cleaning supplies beforehand, all your supplies will be within arms reach while cleaning, helping you get the task done smoothly and in ample time!
Here's what you will need:
- Disinfecting Spray
- Paper Towels or Biodegradable Cleaning Wipes
- A Sturdy Pair of Cleaning Gloves
- Toilet Bowl Cleaner
- A Tough Scrubbing Brush and a Toilet Scrubber on a Stick.
Step 2: Prep the Inside of the Toilet Bowl
Put your cleaning gloves on and pop the toilet lid open, and take a look inside. Use a toilet bowl cleaner with a squeezable top and squeeze a generous amount of toilet cleaner around the inside rim of your toilet bowl. Allow the cleaner to sit for about 10 minutes to loosen up any grime or hard water stains that may be visible. While the toilet cleaner is working on loosening any toilet bowl stains, let's move on to step 3.
Step 3: Clean the Exterior of the Toilet.
On the day-to-day, we may overlook the nooks around our toilet's exterior. Still, it is essential to clean the entire toilet's exterior because these hidden nooks accumulate dust and debris over time.
To clean the outside of the toilet, use a disinfecting spray and liberally spritz the toilet's entire exterior. Be mindful to spray those hard to reach areas near the back and the base of the toilet.
A microbiologist at New York University found that bathroom particles can launch into the air with each flush before settling onto nearby surfaces. Considering this, it would be wise to spray the walls and other nearby surface areas with the disinfectant to eliminate possible germs and bacteria from any microscopic splatters that may have occurred during toilet use.
Allow a few minutes for the disinfectant spray to work its magic on killing any germs.
Step 4: Scrub Away Stains
While the disinfectant spray is settling, use a tough bristled brush on a stick to scrub inside the toilet bowl. Scrub away any hard water or rust-stains that you can see! Once the stains have been removed from the toilet's porcelain surface, flush the toilet as needed to rinse the bowl.
Step 5: Wipe Down the Exterior
Use a paper towel or a biodegradable cleaning wipe to remove the disinfectant spray on the toilet's exterior and nearby surfaces. Wipe from top to bottom.
Finally, Sanitize your Cleaning Supplies.
Now that your toilet is germ and stain free. It's time to clean and sanitize your cleaning supplies for future use. To do this, put your brush on a stick into the toilet with the brush head submerged into the toilet bowl water, pour a disinfectant solution onto the toilet's water and allow the brush to sit for about 5-10 mins to ensure bacteria is removed from your handy toilet scrubber. Remove the brush from the water once sanitized and rinse the brush head with clean water. Then, place in a dry area and to allow to air dry. It is important to wait until your toilet brush is completely dry before putting it back in its brush holder to discourage bacterial growth.
Before taking your gloves off, head to the sink and wash your gloved hands to sanitize your gloves - once gloves are sanitized, you can remove them and hang them to dry. Allow your gloves to dry before putting them away.