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Cleaning a toilet can be a very disgusting chore, but at least it's uncomplicated, right? Actually there is a right way to begin cleaning a toilet. The right way prevents the spread of bacteria and viruses. The right way of cleaning a toilet also saves time and energy. Find out the right way to get your toilet clean.
Difficulty: Easy
Time Required: 10-20 minutes

Here's How:

  1. Remove everything from around the toilet.

    Cleaning the toilet is a messy job, and there's always the chance of splashing cleanser or toilet water outside of the actual toilet. Prevent extra cleanup by removing all excess items from around the toilet. Don't forget to remove anything on top of the tank to prevent dropping items into the bowl during cleaning.

  2. Flush and add cleaning solution.

    Flush the toilet with the lid down to prevent splashing or spraying. Add your choice of powdered, liquid, or gel cleanser to the bowl. Try to apply the cleaner as close to the toilet rim as possible to prevent diluted cleanser.

  3. Clean the exterior of the toilet.

    While the cleansing solution soaks into the toilet grime in the bowl, clean the outside of the toilet. Start at the top to prevent dripping on already clean surfaces. Spray the tank, handle, and tank edges with cleaner and wipe down. Next do the outside lid of the toilet. Finally wipe down the entire bowl. Start with the sides and front before cleaning the bottom edges of the toilet where it meets the floor.

  4. Clean the toilet seat.

    The toilet seat should never be neglected. It is the part of the toilet that comes into actual contact with people, and it needs to be cleaned thoroughly. Raise the seat. Spray the seat, inside lid and the rim of the toilet with cleanser. Wipe down the lid, seat, and hinges at the back of the toilet seat. Some toilets have hinges that will pop open to allow better access for cleaning.

  5. Clean the inside of the toilet bowl.

    Begin cleaning the bowl from the top down. Always begin scrubbing under the rim first. Look under the rim to get all the stains and grime scrubbed away. Next scrub the bowl. Finally scrub the hole at the bottom of the toilet. Flush the toilet with the lid down.

  6. Wipe up any drips or spills.

    Wipe up any drips of cleanser or water that may have occurred. Put away tools and trash. Replace the items removed in step 1. Enjoy a clean toilet.

Tips:

  1. Wear eye protection when cleaning a toilet. It prevents splatters of toilet water and cleaner. You may also want to use gloves to prevent contact with your hands.
  2. Flush the toilet with the seat lid down to prevent splattering and splashing.
  3. Do not use sponges when you scrub a toilet. Sponges are a great way to breed bacteria, and there are already enough in bathroom. Paper towels are a great options because they are thrown away. If you use reusable cloths, wash them immediately in their own load on hot water with bleach.

What You Need

  • Goggles or glasses.
  • Toilet brush.
  • Gloves.
  • Cleanser for inside of bowl.
  • Cleanser for outside of the toilet.
  • Paper towels or cloths.
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