How To Clean A Toilet: Deoderizing, Sanitizing, And Cleaning

Cleaning, deodorizing, and sanitizing the toilet each week can reduce bacteria exposure and promote a healthier bathroom environment for all.

None of us likes to do it, but we all appreciate the results of having a clean toilet in the bathroom. Some people have two or three bathrooms, or even more, in their homes, so they may have several toilets to clean. Though it may seem like a simple task, scrubbing the toilet actually encompasses several separate steps. Omitting even one of them can detract from the odor- and germ-free bathroom environment everyone prefers and guests will note.

Remove bathroom rugs and the toilet seat cover, if you have one. Consider wearing rubber or plastic gloves to protect your hands. Start by scrubbing the toilet bowl. Raise the seat. Add a small amount of bathroom cleaner, perhaps the size of a quarter. Use shampoo or baking soda if you don't have any cleaner in the house. Swish the cleaner through the water with the toilet cleaning brush to make foaming suds. Then gently brush water against the sides of the bowl and under the lip of the seat. Scrub away stains, spots, and debris, concentrating the brush activity at the bottom of the bowl. If you have well water, you may need to intensify your scrubbing of the bowl's bottom where the water typically sits to remove rust stains or sediment. After scrubbing, flush the toilet and wait to see if most of the grime is removed. If not, repeat the process.

Next, dampen a clean scrub cloth with warm water and a small amount of cleaner, and then rinse it to remove extra soap. Wipe the top and bottom of the toilet seat and rinse the cloth. Then wash the water tank behind the toilet, including front and sides, and as much of the back area as you can reach. Finally, wipe all sides of the pedestal bowl and the adjacent floor and wall areas.

If the cleaner does not include disinfectant, add a squirt of disinfectant soap or scent, or a dash of spray to the bowl first, and then to the scrub cloth to kill residual germs. You can either wipe off extra moisture or allow it to air dry. If possible, open the bathroom windows or door to vent the area well. Fresh air adds a secondary enhancement in purifying the toxic air.

You may want to place a toilet bowl deodorizer on the lip of the pedestal. These devices can remove scented cleaning product with each flush to keep the bowl clean and fresh. Or you can place a plug-in deodorizer in a wall socket to freshen the entire room.

Finish the bathroom by wiping down adjoining surfaces, including the vanity or sink, floor, and lower wall space. Empty the dirty water, put down clean rugs, and you're done! Stock antibacterial soap at the sink and tub areas so all bathroom users can wash their hands after each visit to prevent the spread of germs. Change towels every few days for the same reason. Don't let your toilets become permanently stained or foul-smelling. Take a few minutes each week to maintain their appearance, scent, and function.

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