How Should I Clean My Toilet Bowl?

How should I clean my toilet bowl? Learn what products are needed to clean a toilet bowl. Many people cringe at the thought of cleaning the toilet bowl, however, it is a very important chore and should not...

Many people cringe at the thought of cleaning the toilet bowl, however, it is a very important chore and should not be put off. It is also a rather simple chore, and with the right tools and techniques, it can be done quickly and efficiently. Melissa Briones, owner of Melissa's House Cleaning in Lawton, Oklahoma, states it simply: "Use a good toilet bowl cleaner and a good brush." Purchasing quality cleaning products pays off in the long run by making your household chores much easier to bear.

There are many toilet bowl cleaners available and most of them work quite well. Simply choose your favorite form (liquid, powder, crystals, etc.) in your favorite scent, (pine, fruit, fresh scent, etc.) and follow the directions on the product's label. You can also clean your toilet by pouring half a cup of bleach into the toilet bowl and letting it sit between ten and fifteen minutes before scrubbing and flushing it down.

It is vitally important that you use only one cleaning product at a time. Never mix chemicals, as this can create toxic fumes. Also, because toilet bowl cleaners are stronger than many other household cleaners, it is important to protect your hands with gloves. While cleaning, you may also want to wear clothing that you don't mind staining. If cleaner splashes, it will most likely fade or discolor whatever fabric it lands on.

As far as toilet brushes are concerned, there are a number of options available. There is the traditional toilet brush, of course, and there are other designs based on this type. Briones suggests a basic toilet brush with "a little angled piece which cleans under the rim." There are also convenient disposable toilet brushes available that already contain cleaner in them.

Before beginning the cleaning process, be sure to remove the toilet seat cover, if there is one, and any rug or floor mat that may be near the toilet. Also remove any items that sit on the top of your toilet tank, such as a tissue box, spare toilet paper, potpourri, or decorations. "Then, after scrubbing inside the toilet bowl itself," Briones says, "you can wipe the rest of the toilet with a rag and a cleanser such as Soft Scrub." Don't forget to rinse. You can then allow the toilet to air dry or you can wipe it dry with paper towels or a dry rag or sponge.

To keep your bathroom clean, fresh, and, most importantly, hygienic, Briones says, "I recommend having a disinfectant spray in the bathroom area at all times. Lysol disinfectant spray and similar products are good." She also says that, to keep the toilet bowl fresh between cleanings, "you could use an automatic toilet bowl cleaner such as Ty-D-Bol. You put it in the toilet tank and it will refresh the bowl every time you flush." Briones further recommends, "Clean your toilet about every two days."

Keeping a toilet bowl clean certainly does require some effort. Yet, if you maintain your toilet bowl regularly, the work needn't become difficult or time consuming.

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