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Last Updated on February 23, 2020
Whether or not we like it, one part of the house we visit frequently on a daily basis, is the bathroom, and of course, the toilet. Bodily needs are regular, and we can’t help that, but our toilets suffer the brunt of it. Sooner than we know it, the toilet bowl is stained and the numbers of germs that must be on the seat are not even something we want to think about. It is a necessary evil, but toilet cleaning isn’t anyone’s favorite task, so here’s an overview on toilet cleaning and then some ways to ease the process-
Cleaning the toilet properly
It is important to remember that some basic cleaning processes work well for all toilets, whereas some solutions are quite specific and may not work so well on particular toilet builds and materials. For example, Coca-cola is supposed to be a great toilet bowl cleaner, but it has worked for some people and not so well for others. Manufacturers of good toilets have certain specific dos and don’ts advised for cleaning toilets, so check those first before using such quirky hacks.
It is a good practice to clean the toilet regularly, say about once in a week, to avoid dirt, grime, mildew and stains from accumulating. You can use a regular store bought toilet cleaner and a toilet brush to keep the toilet bowl clean. Another good habit is to pour some cleaning fluid on to the toilet brush and in the toilet brush holder, just to give the brush itself a regular disinfecting and to keep it clean between uses. However, if you do not clean the toilet regularly, or simply have too many people using it frequently, these hacks can help-
White vinegar rinse– White vinegar is great to combat that nasty dirty ring that forms in the toilet bowl around the water. A cup of vinegar allowed to rest in the toilet bowl for about half an hour, swirled with a toilet brush in between, will remove stains.
Scrub with steel wool– Steel wool is generally easily available, and is wonderful to remove hard water stains from the toilet. It is advised to use only 0000-grade steel wool to avoid abrading the porcelain of the toilet.
Get rid of mould stains – If the toilet has not been cleaned for a while, you may notice green, bluish green or blackish stains around the inside of the bowl and the rim, maybe even the edges of the toilet seat. These are mould stains, and to get rid of them, bleach is a good solution. Put around one-fourth cup of bleach in the toilet, concentrating on the stained areas, and scrub with a toilet brush.
Use a pumice stone– Sometimes even while cleaning; we let chemical cleaning solutions sit for too long in the toilet bowl. As a result, colored stains remain behind and are hard to get rid of naturally. But don’t worry; you can always scrub the wet toilet bowl with a wet pumice stone for clean results.
Use borax and castile soap– This particular combination creates a great foaming cleaning solution. All you need to do is let it rest for a few minutes and then use a toothbrush to clean thoroughly along the rim and below the toilet seat where a lot of grime tends to gather.
Nail polish to strengthen screws and bolts– Even in good toilets that are well-built and sturdy, time and continuous use makes the screws holding the toilet seat in place rusty and loose. This in turn results in rust stains and constantly displaced toilet seats. A nice hack to strengthen the screws and prevent rusting is to paint them with nail polish- you can use the clear variety for a clean look.
Toothpaste or grapefruit– If you really dislike the smell of chemical cleaning solutions, bleach, or vinegar, good alternatives to get a squeaky clean yet fresh smelling toilet is using either toothpaste or grapefruit rubbed with salt to scrub the toilet. Rinse well after scrubbing and get nice smelling results instantly. However, note that these only work for mild stains and not for stubborn dirt and bowl stains.
So here are some easy and practical toilet cleaning tips you can use regularly to get yourself a gleaming toilet. Now that you have gone through these hacks, quickly decide upon which ones you will be trying next.