Cleaning 101: The dreaded toilet

retrochick.JPGIvy says:

On one hand, I hate cleaning toilets because it’s gross (especially with 2 boys and a grown up man in the house). On the other hand, they always clean up so nicely and I’m pleased when I’m finished. So, no, I wouldn’t say cleaning toilets is the worst household chore.

It is something that must be done, so let’s go about it in the easiest manner. First of all, I keep a toilet brush by my toilet, and every morning, I swish the toilet bowl with just the water to keep the toilet bowl “fresh”.  People with hard water will be able to relate- funk can grow in your toilets very quickly, so it’s easier to do a 30 second daily maintenance than to have to actually scrub your toilet when cleaning time rolls around.

When cleaning time does roll around, I use a good toilet bowl cleaner- my favorite is the Lysol Cling toilet bowl cleaner. I squirt it around the edge of the bowl, then let it sit. While doing that, I whip out a rag (usually the one I have already used to wipe down the countertops and tub- just make sure you don’t use a rag you’ve used to wipe down the toilet again until AFTER it’s been washed) and wipe down the top of the tank, the top edge of the bowl, and then the bottom and outside of the toilet. That, having boys, is the nastiest part.

Once that’s finished, I use my toilet bowl brush and clean the bowl.  Make sure you get up under the rim- if you’ve been swishing your toilet bowl every morning, this isn’t too heinous a task. Flush and you’re done!

Enjoy your spiffy, clean toilet!



6 Comments

  1. Tenancy Cleaning on April 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Hydrocholric acid works well on really bad toilets, I've seen some with up to an inch of crystalized urine and excrement on, black like mud and as tough as rock, acid cuts through it in no time, it needs to be strong though, 40% or so..
    My recent post



  2. Tenancy Cleaning on April 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Hydrocholric acid works well on really bad toilets, I've seen some with up to an inch of crystalized urine and excrement on, black like mud and as tough as rock, acid cuts through it in no time, it needs to be strong though, 40% or so..
    My recent post



  3. Tenancy Cleaning on April 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Hydrocholric acid works well on really bad toilets, I've seen some with up to an inch of crystalized urine and excrement on, black like mud and as tough as rock, acid cuts through it in no time, it needs to be strong though, 40% or so..
    My recent post



  4. Tenancy Cleaning on April 11, 2011 at 5:11 pm

    Hydrocholric acid works well on really bad toilets, I've seen some with up to an inch of crystalized urine and excrement on, black like mud and as tough as rock, acid cuts through it in no time, it needs to be strong though, 40% or so..
    My recent post



  5. Tracy on June 8, 2007 at 12:22 pm

    I found that putting a tablespoon of baking soda in it and swish everyday helps keep it fresh.



  6. Rachel on June 8, 2007 at 8:55 am

    The husband and I have a general agreement that I don’t do the toilet because I don’t get the outside dirty – he does. I do sometimes take a wad of toilet paper and wipe the gathered hair (yuck) from around the hinges.