- Squirt toilet cleaner (like Domestos Zero Limescale or Domestos Total Blast Toilet Gel) around the sides and rim.
- Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush.
- Soak: give the disinfectant some time to work before scrubbing again, this time focusing on underneath the rim and the u-bend.
We all have busy lives, and sometimes cleaning the toilet is the last thing on the list! But with all the bacteria, stains and odours that come with frequent use, a clean toilet is really important for the health of your household. Give it some regular care and attention and the toilet doesn’t have to be the stuff of nightmares. Here’s how to kick-start your toilet cleaning routine.
Before you start:
Select the right cleaning supplies.
- The standard toilet cleaner is chlorine bleach or a commercial disinfectant containing bleach liquid. These are often scented to help freshen up the air in the bathroom, but the disinfectant itself should effectively eradicate all toilet odours.
- Limescale removers and powders containing strong cleaning agents like borax can be found at your local store, too, and are good for performing a deep-clean, or for tackling particularly persistent stains. Domestos Zero Limescale is a good choice for persistent limescale stains in the toilet.
- Toilet brushes with plastic bristles or non-scratch scourers are better than ones made of metal as these can damage the toilet surface. Some people have reusable cloths for the toilet exterior, but it’s more hygienic and convenient to use disposable wipes or paper towels with a cleaning spray, so you can throw them away afterwards.
Finally, always wear protective clothing when dealing with bleach or other toilet cleaners. Also remember to move any bathroom supplies or mats away from the toilet so that you don’t splash them, and be sure to open the window to ventilate the bathroom. Then you’re ready to start!
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 could also 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.
If you’re dealing with a blocked toilet, take a look at our guide to unblocking toilets before cleaning.
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!
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