Ways to Clean a Toilet With These Deep Cleaning Tricks
There was a time when I started approaching the toilet seat with caution. That’s not because I thought it was going to fall off – although back when I was at my dad’s house the toilet seat did keep falling off when you sat on it – but because lifting the seat revealed a horrific site. The underside of the toilet seat kept getting stained by urine and other unsavoury stains, such as the week where the other half used it as a sick bowl. Of course, as the toilet seat was mostly kept down it was our fault for not checking underneath it every now and again. In fact, overall, we could clearly have done with cleaning the toilet a lot more regularly.
I don’t let it get like that anymore. I make sure to wipe down the underside (and topside) pretty much every day. I still realise that cleaning a toilet is a task that many people would rather not do; so it ends up being a task that’s postponed again and again until you end up in a situation like mine. But it needs to be done, or you’ll end up running about a mile away every time you walk into your bathroom.
So, it needs to be quick and effective. You should be aware of tricks that will improve the results you get from toilet cleaning and ensure it sparkles on a consistent basis. Here’re our best ways to clean a toilet!
Deep Cleaning a Toilet
I don’t know about you but I tend to have a habit of piling things on top of the toilet cistern. I shouldn’t because it looks cluttered, but since I have a small bathroom it’s handy extra storage space (although I could use one of these small bathroom tricks instead) that can, unfortunately, look like a mess. So, if you do have stuff on there then remember to move it before you begin. Once they are removed, keep them removed. There’s no need to use it, and you can simply find another way to store the items that were there.
Make sure you have a pair of gloves available. It’s a handy idea to buy pairs of gloves that are a different colour than the gloves you use for other cleaning activities around the house, that way you won’t accidentally use a pair you’ve previously used to clean the toilet.
- Start by wiping the toilet down with a damp sponge. I tend to fill a bowl up with hot water, dip the sponge in and proceed to wipe around the entire toilet (avoiding the bowl for now). This initial once-over will help start the process of breaking down the grime that can build up on a toilet. It will also eliminate the majority of the dust that builds up on the surface over time.
- Apply toilet cleaner into the bowl. Use a spray bottle to squirt the cleaner around the inside of the rim of the bowl. Here it will drip down into the rest of the bowl and into the water; plus, it’s also an area that is often ignored and ultimately causes a mineral build-up.
Alternative toilet cleaners: You don’t have to use the chemical-laced offerings in your local supermarket, and it will even save you money if you avoid them too. Baking soda is a great natural method to clean a toilet. Simply apply it all around the sides of the bowl and leave it to sit for about 5 minutes. Use a toilet brush to then scrub the rest of the bowl and spread the baking soda around, before flushing the toilet.
Another method is using vinegar. Mix a solution of equal parts water and vinegar into a spray bottle and use it to clean the entirety of the toilet in the same way as you would with a normal toilet cleaner. The exterior should be wiped down with a paper towel after application. The solution in the bowl should be left to do its work until the next flush (this will remove the need to get a toilet tablet that clips to the inside of the bowl, but you need to remember to do it daily). It’s also a good idea to spray your toilet daily with this solution so it never gets into a state again. If you don’t want to use the vinegar solution then using a packet of disinfectant wipes to wipe down the exterior of the toilet instead will also do the job.
- After applying the cleaner, scrub down the toilet with a toilet brush. Put some elbow grease into those areas that are particularly stubborn, but you may want to leave/apply more of whatever cleaning solution you’ve used sitting for a bit longer to help a stubborn area break down more. Since the toilet cleaner has collected in the water below it’s a good idea to refresh your brush by dipping it into the water every now and again.
- Flush the toilet to rinse the bowl. You may need to wipe away some dirt if the water doesn’t catch it all.
- Use your cleaner on the exterior of the toilet. Make sure wipe down the entire toilet; including the seat, tank sides and even base. You can use a cloth or disinfectant wipe to spread and wipe away the cleaning solution. Don’t forget to thoroughly spray the handle before wiping it down (with a separate paper towel or wipe), as you don’t want the area you’re most likely to touch ridden with germs.
- Don’t forget to clean the floor around the toilet. This is often missed, but if someone in the household has a habit of accidentally getting some urine on the floor then you’ll want to wipe it down. You’ll be thankful for this when you walk into the bathroom with bare feet in the morning. Remember to wipe around the rear of the toilet too as this also frequently missed area can get very dusty.
- Wash your hands (yep, even after gloves) and you’re done!
The one thing I will stress you should take away from this is that cleaning your toilet should be a regular thing. Even if it’s a quick 2-minute wipe down – anything is better than leaving it and allowing it to turn into a horrific mess!
Do a full deep clean of the toilet as part of your weekly bathroom cleaning routine. You should also wipe down the toilet in-between these sessions. Don’t want to spend ages cleaning the bathroom? Try our quick and easy 15-minute bathroom cleaning routine.