How to Clean a Toilet: Step-by-Step
- To get rid of all stains in the toilet bowl, you will need access to the whole surface, so start by turning off the water valve for the toilet, and then flush it to reduce the water level.
- Lift up the toilet seat and squirt your toilet disinfectant around the rim and sides, letting it dribble down the bowl. Scrub with a toilet brush, spreading the liquid all around the bowl as you go. Set aside the brush and leave the disinfectant to work.
- In the meantime, shut the lid and get your anti-bacterial spray and disposable paper towels ready for the outside of the toilet. Clean around the tank, hinges, all the parts of the toilet seat and the base as well. Remember to lift up the lid and spray both sides of the seat, as this area can be a key source of lingering odours.
- Grab your scrubbing brush again and give the toilet bowl a second scrub, focusing on key areas like underneath the rim and down into the u-bend. When finished, flush the toilet, using the fresh water to clean off the toilet brush.
- For heavier limescale deposits, take a wet pumice stone and gently rub the area, taking care not to scratch the enamel.
- Then step back and admire your handiwork! The toilet should be gleaming by this stage, with a much more pleasant smell.
Alternative Toilet Cleaners
There are number of natural solutions from around the home that prove useful as alternative toilet cleaners and deodorisers. If you have pets that are liable to drink the toilet water or if you want to avoid using too many heavy chemicals around children, these might be worth a try:
- Vinegar is a useful soaking agent for both odours and stains. Pour approximately 3 cups into the toilet bowl, taking care to cover as much of the sides as you can and then scrubbing with your toilet brush. A couple of cups of vinegar in the toilet every month can actually prevent limescale stains from reoccurring.
- Cola also works well on dirty toilets, as the acids in the drink kill bacteria and the fizzy bubbles help to break down limescale deposits. Pour the liquid around the rim and into the bowl and leave for an hour or overnight if you can.
Note: These methods can effectively combat toilet odours, but they may not produce the desired smell that you’re looking for, so you might want to add in some air freshening spray afterwards.
The best way to control toilet stains and odours is through day-to-day maintenance. Leave the toilet brush soaking in some soap solution or diluted toilet cleaner so you always have it on-hand for a quick scrub. Place some disposable wipes on top of the tank, follow the steps above for a regular clean, and it will be easy to keep your toilet looking and smelling fresh!