Dirty toilets don’t just look and smell bad; they’re also a haven for bacteria. Grab your rubber gloves and use these easy-to-follow instructions for how to clean a toilet bowl and toilet areas so they look clean, smell fresh and are germ-free!
What to clean toilet with? You’ll need:
How to Clean a Toilet Bowl and Toilet
- Put on some rubber gloves. You won’t want to be using these anywhere else in your house, so either use disposable gloves, or buy a pair in a different color so you don’t mix them up. You may also want to wear some old clothes for toilet cleaning.
- Remove any items around the toilet. This was you can clean thoroughly (and so they don’t get splashed with cleaner).
- Start with cleaning the toilet bowl. Use a thick household bleach, such as Domex, which kills germs dead and also tackles tough dirt and stains. For the most effective toilet cleaning, squirt the bleach up into the rim of the toilet and allow it to run down into the toilet bowl. Remember: Use biocides like bleach safely – always read the label and product information before use.
- Leave the bleach to sit in the toilet bowl for 10 minutes. In the meantime, tackle the rest of the toilet.
- Apply a disinfectant or antibacterial surface cleaner over the entire toilet and cistern. Work the product in using a cloth or tissues, wiping away any excess.
- Pay extra attention to the handle during toilet cleaning, as well as the underneath of the toilet seat – these are spots where germs accumulate. You should also disinfect the base of the toilet and nearby floor, which can attract drips and stains.
- Once done, go back to cleaning toilet bowl stains. Using a firm bristled toilet brush, thoroughly scrub the toilet bowl, including under the rim. Regularly dip the brush into the toilet water and bleach, and take care to scrub mineral deposits that can occur near the water level.
- To finish cleaning the toilet bowl, flush the toilet as you continue to scrub. After that, add a little bleach into the remaining toilet water.
How to Remove Limescale From Toilet
Tough limescale deposits can’t always be removed with conventional cleaners. Get rid of limescale in the toilet with the help of a few common household products:
- Vinegar. This mild acid will dissolve and soften limescale deposits to make them easier to scrub away. Pour into the toilet bowl and leave it to rest for at least 2 hours before scrubbing with a toilet brush. Lemon or lime juice can also be effective.
- Coca-cola. It’s likely you’ve never heard how to use coca cola to clean a toilet! Using coke to clean toilet actually works! Try it! The acidic effect of the drink combats bacteria, while the bubbles loosen the limescale. Tip a bottle into the toilet, preferably overnight, then scrub as normal.
- Sandpaper. As a last resort, a super-fine grade sandpaper can be used to gently scrub away limescale deposits – however, this can damage enamel, so use very sparingly and always try it on a small, unnoticeable area of the toilet first.
*Domex kills germs such as:
- Pseudomonas aeruginosa
- Escherichia coli
- Staphylococcus aureus
- Proteus vulgaris