Cleaning the toilet bowl on which we do our business every day is perhaps one of the least exciting, if not say, the most dreadful thing for us to do when it comes to cleaning. But knowing this may get you more motivated: without cleaning, a toilet could easily become a nest for bacteria, mold, and yeast; and with every flush, these would spread everywhere in your bathroom, into the air,  to your bathtub, bath towel, toothbrush cup, etc. A toilet needs to be cleaned, and properly so.

Just as much as a neglected toilet can harm your health, a properly cleaned toilet could meaningfully improve your daily well-being. But cleaning a toilet properly is no easy job if you don’t know how to. And this guide is the know-how you need.

Getting ready

For the job, you gonna need the following toilet cleaning supplies.

  • Waterproof rubber gloves
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Toilet brush
  • A bucket
  • All-purpose disinfectant spray
  • A sponge
  • Cloth or towel
  • Pumice stone
  • Paper towels/Disinfectant wipes
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Prepare the toilet cleaning supplies (Source: Internet)

As a note, you should keep these supplies separated from other cleaning supplies that you use for other parts of your home. And you should also frequently disinfect these tools, their designated holders, and probably the area around the holder as well.

Before we go into details, here is a list of general steps you need to take to properly clean a toilet:

  • Step 1: Clean the toilet bowl
  • Step 2:  Clean the toilet’s exterior
  • Step 3: Disinfect your cleaning supplies

Now, we’ll move on to the detailed instructions for each of these steps.

How to get a clean a toilet bowl

Clean a toilet bowl properly to resotre the sleek (Source: Internet)

This section is dedicated to answering the question of how to get a clean toilet bowl.

As a rule of thumb, you should always start with cleaning the toilet bowl first. For the job, most experts would recommend any toilet cleaner, which generally contains bleach. But there are bleachless options as well, such as Lysol Hydrogen Peroxide Toilet Bowl Cleaner.

The steps go as follows:

Step 1: Apply the toilet bowl cleaner to the inside of a toilet bowl

Start by applying the cleaner at the top of the bowl, underneath the ring; the cleaner liquid would then drain down to the bottom of the bowl and cover the area right underneath the area where you originally applied it. As you go full circle under the ring, the toilet bowl will get entirely coated with the cleaner as well. Some cleaner bottles have an angled spout designed specifically for this, but that means you gonna squeeze it liquid upward, so you’ll need to squeeze a little harder.  You may also target the stains specifically by applying the cleaner more generously to such areas.

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Apply the toilet cleaner underneath the rim of the toilet bowl (Source: Internet)

After the cleaner got thoroughly applied, let it sit for any amount of time recommended by the manufacturer, typically 15-20 minutes, Some manufacturers recommend a waiting time as short as 10 minutes. You can use this wait time to clean other parts of the toilet, such as the exterior.

Step 2: Scrub the bowl

For the task, we will need a good toilet brush. A good toilet brush should have bristles hard enough to scrub the grimes off the porcelain surface, not so hard that it causes the water in the bowl to splatter everywhere. Also, it shouldn’t be too worn out. For a well-maintained and frequently-cleaned brush, it is recommended to replace it with new ones every 6 months.

Use the toilet brush to brush the toilet bowl thoroughly, including areas frequently overlooked like the rim itself and the area underneath the rim. Scrub firmly enough to scratch out the grime and stains, but not so hard that the water spatter. To better clean the toilet rim and the area underneath, which is harder to reach using a conventional bristle brush, you may want to use a soft swab toilet brush (though for the rest of the toilet bowl, the bristle brush would be recommended). You may also clean the toilet rim with a sponge.

Step 3: Rinse

To rinse the toilet bowl after a good scrubbing, you can simply flush the toilet. But before that, make sure to close the toilet lid first because a bleach-based cleaner will most likely produce fumes.

Clean the toilet’s exterior

While waiting for the cleaner applied inside the toilet bowl to take effect so you can begin scrubbing, you should also give the toilet exterior a good cleaning. 

Give the toilet’s exterior a good wipe while waiting for the toilet bowl cleaner to take effect (Source: Internet).
  • Step 1: Before going heavy-handed with the disinfectant spray, you should first give the toilet’s exterior a good quick wipe to get rid of any buildup and stuck debris as well as any lingering bodily fluid. As often warned by the manufacturers, the disinfectant spray would only take full effect when such materials are cleaned from the toilet surface.
  • Step 2: Spray down the exterior of the toilet from the foundation all the way up with the disinfectant spray. Also spray down other parts, including the toilet ring, the lid, all the sides of the water tank, the small area between the tank and the toilet ring, the flush handle, etc. For the toilet ring and the lid, make sure to spray both sides. 
  • Step 3: Let the spray sit for 10 minutes to take effect, then wipe all of the said parts clean of any condensation.

You may want to go a little more heavy-handed when cleaning the toilet ring and the lid on the bottom side because they are most likely splattered on when you flush the toilet. To clean the toilet ring of water stains, you can brush it with a pumice stone. You may also want to wipe the toilet flush handle once more after the disinfectant spray with disinfectant wipes, since it may host a few times more germs than a toilet bowl does, according to studies. 

After the cleaning session, spray your reusable tools thoroughly with disinfectant spray, let them sit for some minutes, and rinse with hot water. Be sure to disinfect the tool holders as well, and the area around them, also with hot water.

Toilet bowl cleaning hacks

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Toilet cleaning hacks using vinegar and other household ingredients (Source: Wikihow)

In addition to the conventional cleaning guide that we have shown in the previous sessions, we also have for you a nice set of toilet bowl cleaning hacks, that utilizes items you could easily find in your kitchen pantry and bathroom cabinet. These hacks, while being simple, can take care of some common toilet problems, such as unclogging a toilet or cleaning toilet stains.

Unclog a toilet with vinegar and baking soda

For a light clog, a combination of vinegar and baking soda can do the trick. However, you may not want to directly combine the vinegar and baking soda together for them being on the opposite ends of the pH scale. To complete the clog-reliefing concoction, follow the steps below:

  • Step 1: Make a vinegar-water solution by mixing together 3 cups of boiling water and 2 cups of vinegar.
  • Step 2: Pour 1 cup of baking soda into the clogged toilet first. Then pour in the said vinegar-water solution. Wait for 30 minutes for the ingredients to do the trick

After 30 minutes, the clog should be dispersed and a flush would send it down the drain. The foaming and the natural cleaning mechanism of the baking soda and the vinegar will also give your toilet a good cleansing session as a bonus.

A concoction of vinegar and baking soda might unclog light toilet clog (Source: Internet)

Clean hard water stains at the bottom of a toilet with vinegar or coca-cola

These rust-like, greenish, or chalky stains are caused by the deposition of the minerals in the water if the place where you live has hard water. So on paper, the answer for them is acidity, which vinegar and coca-cola have plenty of.  And, you want the stains to be exposed to these homemade cleaners as much as possible.

For either of these cleansing agents, the first step would be to reduce the water level in the toilet bowl. To do so, first, you have to shut down the main water valve behind the toilet by turning it clockwise until it can no longer turn that way. Then use a bucket or a cup to scoop out as much water as possible from the toilet bowl.

Then, for the vinegar and baking soda hack, you can pour 1 or 2 cups of vinegar into the toilet bowl, followed by a few sprinkles of baking soda. Use the brush to swish the solution around the bowl, and then let it sit for about 15 minutes. Then scrub the stains with the brush or a pumice stone. If the stain doesn’t go out completely, adding some lemon juice may help to dissolve the lingering bit. Then turn the water back on. Repeat the process a few times if necessary.

For the Coca-Cola hack, once you’ve emptied the water from the bowl, fill it with Coca-Cola (yes, you heard it right, Coca-Cola). The soda contains strong acids that can help eat away at the mineral stains. Let it sit overnight. Flush the next day and then brush the loosened stains with a pumice stone or a brush.

Coca cola is excellent for cleaning hard water stains at the bottom of the toilet bowl (Source: Internet)

And when you need professional help, call Sparkling & Beyond

If the DYI tips aren’t sufficient to resolve your toilet problems, you may want to turn to the professionals. Sparkling & Beyond can provide you with affordable professional cleaning services for your toilet, your bathroom, or any part of your home, and at any degree of need. We also have a library of DYI cleaning tips and guides that will help you take care of your home even better. Together, we’ll keep your home a sparkling clean, and healthy place!

Toilet rim jets are designed to bring better rinsing effect on toilet bowl when flushing, as well to safe water. Despite these great benefits, the jets also are trickier to clean, as there is no easy way to reach to the area underneath the rim as well as the runway built inside the wall of the toilet bowl. Thus, to clean the toilet jets, you will need some special guide.

How to clean toilet rim jets

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Clean toilet rim jets to disinfect bacteria, remove mineral deposits and retain strong flush power (Source: Internet)

Toilet rim jets are small holes underneath the rim of the toilet bowl that allow water from the tank to flow down into the bowl to not only flush out the waste but also provide some cleaning actions with the clean water flow. 

Over time, especially if left unattended, the rim jets may get hijacked by mold, mineral deposits, and accumulation of debris, causing them to clog. Also, as the area is blocked from light, the uncleaned jet can become infected by bacteria and fungi. This may cause the flush to become weak or clogged entirely, and cause the toilet to be severely bacteria-infested.

So, when cleaning the rim jets, the two primary objectives would be to kill bacteria, mold, and fungi, and to remove the limescale deposit. As for how to clean toilet rim jets, you will need the cleaning agents that could do this job; you will also need methods that allow the cleaning agents to stay on and work on both the surface of the holes and inside the jets. And in this article, we will provide you with a good set of methods to do just that.

How to clean toilet rim jets with vinegar

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Clean toilet rim jets with vinegar to disinfect and to remove limescale (Source: Internet)

For toilet rim jets, vinegar can be a great cleaner, since it both disinfects bacteria, kills mold, and breaks down mineral deposits. And in this article, we will show you how to use vinegar to clean the toilet rim jets, using a couple of different cleaning routines.

Simple cleaning routine with vinegar:

For this routine, you will need to prepare the following tools:

  • A handheld mirror
  • Protective gear; rubber gloves, goggles face mask, etc.
  • White vinegar
  • Cleaning detergent /disinfectant
  • A scrubbing brush
  • A spray bottle
  • A funnel

Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Put on the protective gear. Use the handheld mirror to check under the toilet rim to inspect the degree of buildup on the rim jets.
  • Step 2: Boil one and half a cup of vinegar. Let it cool down
  • Step 3: Open up the toilet water tank, and use a funnel to pour a cup of the solution into the overflow tube in the tank
  • Step 4: Use the remaining vinegar solution to fill a spray bottle.
  • Step 5: Lift the toilet seat and spray the vinegar underneath the rim; be generous with the spray on the outlet of the jets.
  • Step 6: Let sit for about 30-60 minutes.
  • Step 7: Gently scrub under the rim with a brush.
  • Step 8: Flush your toilet

After finishing the process, use the mirror to recheck the jet holes to see if there is any remaining dirt. If there is, repeat the steps until the small holes are clean.

As a note, you may also replace the vinegar in this routine with bleach solutions, lemon or other citrus juice, or any other form of acid.

Deep clean routine with vinegar

For a deeper clean with vinegar, you may want to use this cleaning routine using duct tape. The duct tape is meant to block the rim jet holes and keep the vinegar inside the jets as long as possible.

You will need the following tools:

  • Vinegar
  • A bucket
  • Rags, sponges or towels
  • Duct tape
  • A brush

Follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Turn off the water supply to the toilet tank by shutting the main valve under the toilet.
  • Step 2: Flush the toilet to empty the tank and get rid of any leftover water in the tank by using rags or sponges to absorb it.
  • Step 3: Scoop out excess water in the bowl, especially around the siphon jet openings. Use a towel to quickly dry the bowl.
  • Step 4: Tape the area underneath the toilet bowl rim, make sure that the tape adheres firmly to the porcelain, and fully cover the water jets.
  • Step 5: Fill the water tank with vinegar and flush the toilet. The vinegar will be blocked from escaping the holes by the duct tape, allowing the rim and the jets to soak in the vinegar until the tape is removed.
  • Step 6: Let it sit for an hour. After the wait, remove the duct tape to release the vinegar and dissolved residual from the jets into the toilet bowl.
  • Step 7: Use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub away any remaining dirt on the rim and the jet surfaces.
  • Step 8: Reconnect the water supply to the tank by opening up the main valve at the back. Step 9: Flush so the clean water would run through and rinse inside the jets. Gently scrub again then flush once more.

As a note, the mineral deposit might have gotten inside and clog the jets, and in that case the vinegar might not be able to reach every parts of the jets. So you may need to help it a little by using a wire made from a cut wire hanger to jolt in and out of the jet holes and break down large deposition.

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Clean toilet jet holes with a cut wire hanger to breakdown large buildup inside (Source: Internet)

How to remove limescale from toilet jets

Limescale is the hard, chalky deposit that consists mostly of calcium carbonate; it is basically the mineral deposit that happens because of the high mineral content in the water. As for how to remove limescale from toilet jets, acids are definitely excellent answers.

As we discussed earlier, vinegar is already a decent solution for both disinfecting the toilet and breaking down limescale. So before anything else, you may want to try the methods using vinegar first. But if vinegar can’t take care of your limescale problem, you can definitely switch to cleaning agents more potent and specialized for the job. Here are some of our suggestions:

Cleaning toilet jets with Muriatic acid

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Muriatic acid is an effective solution against limescale (Source: Internet)

Muriatic acid might not be as commonly available in typical household, but should be commonly found in supermarkets, home centers or pool supplies store. Despite being a strong acid, with porcelain being particularly resistant to acids, muriatic acid is actually safe for being used on porcelain unless you let it sit for too long. The acid is particularly good at breaking down mineral deposits within the jets.

While you don’t need to be concerned as much about the porcelain, you may need to be cautious with your own protection. Put on rubber gloves, respirator, eye goggles and full-coverage clothing as the acid itself may burn, and the process may produce toxic fumes.

To clean toilet jets using Muriatic acid, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Duct tape the area underneath the rim to seal the toilet jet holes just like in the vinegar method above.
  • Step 2: Fill 1 cup of muriatic acid into the toilet tank and the fill-valve. Using a funnel, also pour a small amount of muriatic acid into the fill tube.
  • Step 3: Half-flush the toilet (either by pressing the half-flush button or pull the flush level half way) to release the muriatic acid solution into the jets. Let it sit at least 10 minutes.
  • Step 4: Remove the duct tape and full flush the toilet
  • Step 5: Scrub off any remaining stains using the brush.

Cleaning toilet jets with delimer

Delimers are industrial-strength liquid toilet bowl cleaners specialized in removing lime, rust, scale, and stains. It contains several types of acids, among which are hydrochloric acid. One of the best rated delimer is CLR. However, as delimers are extremely strong acid blends, you will need to put on your protective gears (for the same reasons as when working with Muriatic acid). Put on rubber gloves, respirator, eye goggles and full-coverage clothing.

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CLR is an industrial-power toilet cleaner specialized in removing limescale (Source: Internet)

To clean toilet jets using CLR, follow these steps:

  • Step 1: Do the bucket trick to lower the water level in the toilet.
  • Step 2: Pour CLR into the overflow tube in the toilet water tank. The CLR liquid will enter the rim jets and quickly break down the lime inside, and run out of the rim jet hôles into the toilet bowl.
  • Step 3: As the CLR liquid flows out from the rim jet holes, brush the toilet bowl to give it a full clean, as CLR acts as a toilet bowl cleaner as well.
  • Step 4: Pour some water slowly into the toilet bowl to raise the water level back to normal. This will allow some of the toilet cleaner to be pushed into the siphon jet at the bottom of the bowl and break down limescale inside the siphon as well. Let it sit for 25 minutes.
  • Step 5: Flush the toilet.

More toilet cleaning tips from Sparkling and Beyond

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A dirty and smelly toilet may be a paradise for mold and disease-causing germ. Not everyone is aware of how to clean toilet fast and easily.  Are you tired of cleaning up your toilet and weren’t able to get rid of the horrible smell? Having worked in cleaning for years, here are some clean toilet hacks from experts that Sparkling and Beyond is applying. 

Clean toilet tips

How often should I clean my toilet?

Brushing the toilet may not help you to release stress like cooking or watering flowers but if you ignore it, the mission seems to be harder day by day. Therefore, no matter how busy you are, give it at least 1 – 2 times of cleaning a week. Follow our  cleaning toilet tips below to keep your toilet shiny and hygienic.

What do I need to prepare?

With the advance of technology and design, doing a common task like cleaning the toilet is not such hard work with a lot of convenient tools which are designed for cleaning. Here are something you need to prepare for: 

  • Rubber gloves: Some detergent chemicals may negatively affect your skin, such as bleach, so it is better that you do everything with gloves. 
  • Toilet brush: We advise you to use a plastic brush which is specifically designed for cleaning the toilet bowl (usually has a long handle angular) so that you can clean the hard-touch aereas much more easily. 
  • Rags, small brush: There are some corners of the toilet that the toilet brush can not touch to, you can use the rag or small brush to do so. 
  • Toilet cleaner: There are many kinds of toilet detergent that you can easily find in the grocery but some of them will have an odor that you may not like so be careful to choose them. Besides, remember to read the instructions on the pack for usage, some kind of bleach will need to be soaked in minutes. 
  • Mask: wearing a mask is a basic way to protect yourself from dust and germ in the air. 
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Some cleaning tools you need (Source: Internet)

Now, what do I need to do for toilet cleanliness?

When it comes to cleaning the toilet, it is not as simple as using a brush to rub the toilet. You also need to disinfect it. Fortunately, most of the recent common-using toilet detergents contain some forms of bleach and surface disinfectant so they can both remove stains and germs in the toilet. 

Before cleaning, you should check all the parts of the toilet such as the rim, under the seat or even the toilet tank, etc…. to make sure nothing is overlooked. Then, let clean each part of the toilet following the guides below: 

  • Clean the outside of the toilet: you can use soap or hot water which can eliminate bacteria and mold, to clean the outer of the toilet. 
  • Clean the toilet tank: The toilet tank has some parts inside so you need to follow steps in order not to damage something while cleaning. Simply follow our steps on what you should use to clean the toilet tank effectively?.
  • Clean the toilet bowl: To have a clean toilet bowl, you should shed the bleach from the top of the bowl (right under the rim) and let the bleach cover all the surface of the bowl. Remember to check the instructions of the bleach to make sure if you need to soak before scrubbing or not. 
  • Clean the toilet seat and lid: Although the seat and the lid are not likely to contact with dirt, they should not be neglected. However, these parts are often made of plastic which can be damaged or darkened by some kinds of artificial bleach. You should clean them with hot water or natural detergents instead. 

Cleaning the toilet with natural detergents

There are a lot of natural detergents that are affordable and easy to find in your kitchen. You can get rid of both dirt and bad smell by following our guides on cleaning with natural compounds. Here are some types of  natural detergent and cleaning toilet tips for each of them:

Cleaning the toilet with Lemon: 

The acidity of lemons is a perfect cleaner to eliminate any dirt. You will need 3 – 4 lemons each time, squeeze to have lemon juice (you can add a little more water to have enough liquid). Then, water them on the dirt. Close the toilet lid in about 30 minutes (or more if the stain and mold are hard) and then brush it with the toilet brush again, your toilet will be clean and have a lemon smell. 

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Cleaning the toilet with Lemon (Source: Internet)

Cleaning the toilet with Banking soda: 

Banking soda is a multiple-function and common compound that can help you to clean dirt anywhere. You can find it in the grocery near your house. To use it, you add it into warm water and then water it in the dirt. After about 15-30 minutes, brush the toilet with water.

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Cleaning the toilet with Banking soda (Source: Internet)

Cleaning the toilet with White vinegar: 

Vinegar is also a kind of acid that can kill the bacteria and mold so you can use it to clean your toilet. You just need to shed it on the stain and mold, then close the toilet lid in about 30 minutes and brush the toilet again. However, after cleaning, you may find your toilet or bathroom have the smell of vinegar. If you don’t like it, keep your toilet and bathroom open in about 30 minutes, it will disappear.

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Cleaning the toilet with White vinegar (Source: Internet)

Cleaning the toilet with Pineapple’s leaf: 

Not only a natural dye, pineapple’s leaf brings us a comfortable flavor that helps your bathroom and toilet smell better. You can boil this leaf with water and use it to wash your toilet, the scent of pineapple’s leaf will remain in 1 – 2 days. 

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Cleaning the toilet with Pineapple’s leaves (Source: Internet)

I always keep my toilet clean but why does my clean toilet smell?

Sometimes, your toilet looks sparkling and completely clean but there is still a foul smell. If you have done all the above clean toilet hacks but the smell survived after  several cleaning efforts. Follow our guide below to find the cause and resolve the problem.

Low air block water level inside the toilet bowl

Cause: To prevent air and gas from travelling up through the toilet, the bowl is filled with water to block the air flow. Without frequent usage, the blocking water may be out of function because of the vaporization leading to the unblocked air flow from the sump causing the smell. If you see that the toilet bowl is almost out of water, it can be a reason for the bad smell. 

Solution: To deal with this, it is simple that you flush the toilet so that the water will be added to block the gasses again. If the toilet is not used frequently, you can flush it 1 – 2 times a week to maintain the water level. Remember to close the lid after that to reduce the vaporization speed.

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Reasonable water level (Source: Internet)

Leaky wax ring

Cause: If you are not an expert in the cleaning service, you may not know what a wax ring is. Actually, it is a ring that sits on the floor to make a seal between the pipe and the toilet and it is made of real wax. Normally, it works stably for decades but if the temperature and moisture is too high, the wax can melt.  

If that is the case, you will see the floor around the toilet pedestal become wet or have some water leak. 

Solution: Checking the wax ring is a demanding task that requires physical strength and carefulness. If you are not familiar with these components of a toilet, calling a plumber to investigate is the best solution.

Where is the wax ring in the toilet (Source: Internet)

Blocked vent pipe

Cause: Some old toilet designs have a vent pipe (built in the wall) that is built vertically from the toilet to the roof of the house. The top of this pipe is opened to the air and responsible for releasing the sewer gasses. The disadvantages of this design is that it can be blocked by leaves, or  animal’s nests. 

Solution: As the pipe is built inside the wall, the only way is to check from the roof of your house using a flashlight. However, the pipe may be too long for visual assessment so it is better to call a plumber for help. 

Vent pipe (Source: Internet)

Conclusion part

Finally, the toilet is an important part in a house that needs to be clean and hygienic so cleaning it is an unavoidable chore. However, it can’t be denied that cleaning the toilet is the most obnoxious work that you need to do for your house. Having shared the trouble with a lot of housewives, Sparking and Beyond completely understand your difficulty.  Our professional cleaning services have helped a lot of housewives to get out of the boring housework. They now have much time for their children and to enjoy their lives.  If you don’t have time to follow our clean toilet hacks or don’t want to spend time doing it, simply give us a request, our experienced staff will take care of it for you!

Toilet floors are humid and an ideal environment for bacteria and odors to develop if we don’t clean regularly. Cleaning the toilet floor, on the other hand, is a difficult task. If you’ve ever been confused about choosing the right cleaner for the toilet floor, and spent hours scrubbing it, here’s an article for you. You are wondering how to clean your toilet floor fast and easily while saving time and effort?  We will provide some helpful tips to deep clean your bathroom floor tiles.

1. What is a good cleaner for tile and grout?

 

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Cleaner for tile and grout (Source: Internet)

The type of cleaner you choose is determined by your requirements. Using commercially available products will bring good results with minimal effort. However, if you want to save money and are concerned about the cleaners’ impact on your health, you can make it yourself at home.

Just make sure to never mix detergent solutions that are not of the same type together, as some substances when combined together can be harmful (e.g., mixed bleach with vinegar). 

  • A lot of different brands have specialized cleaners designed to bring brightness to the grout and the toilet floor. If you have to select between multiple alternatives, go for one that includes antifungal characteristics to help decrease mold mass and growth. 
  • There are many people who believe in bleach products to clean grout on the floor – and indeed they are very effective for white and light gray tile interlaces. Oxygen and Chlorine bleach are known as the best substances to clean bathroom floor grout, but you must be careful when using them and never use them with black or other colors, as they may fade. Remember to follow the directions on the label when using any cleaning product.
  • If you don’t like bleach products, why not try preparing your own cleaner from all-natural ingredients? To make your own effective grout cleaner, simply combine the vinegar and baking soda until they form a slurry mixture so you can easily apply them to tile grout and clean them. Besides, natural detergents such as vinegar and lemon can also remove stains and odors from your toilet floor easily and quickly.

2. How to clean toilet floor and grout

 

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Clean toilet floor and grout (Source: Internet)

Effective cleaning of bathroom tile floor and grout depends not only on the type of detergent you use; it also depends on the method you use to remove stains. The steps proceed as follows:

  • Step 1:  Wipe the entire tile floor with a mop before you begin cleaning. This will aid in the removal of accumulated dirt and make cleaning grout easier.
  • Step 2:  Pour your cleaning solution onto the toilet floor and grout, making sure that the bleach covers all of the areas that need to be cleaned.
  • Step 3: Wait about 30 minutes for the bleach to soak up any stains to make wiping clean easier. Use a brush with hard bristles to scrub the grout. Tool stores sell specialty brushes for grout, but you can also use an old toothbrush
  • Step 4: Rinse the toilet floor again with clean water and dry.

3. What to keep in mind when cleaning the toilet floor

 

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Cleaning the toilet floor (Source: Internet)
  • Cleaning toilet floor on the final step: If you are wiping the entire bathroom, leave the floor behind. Because water or dirt can fall on it during the cleaning of walls, shelves, etc.
  • Concentrate on cleaning little details: A small broom or a cotton swab can be used to efficiently clean these.
  • Keep the floor dry: Leaving the floor dry will assist to reduce the growth of mold. This also reduces the potential of dangerous slippage.
  • If your toilet has a marble floor, you should only use mild dish soap, as acid products including vinegar can damage the floor. 
  • Maintaining the habit of cleaning the toilet floor is key to keeping the bathroom clean. Because the environment is humid, the bathroom is very prone to mold. This can cause health concerns for you and your family as the bacteria can quickly spread to other areas.

4. How to remove yellow stains on the toilet floor

 

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Remove yellow stains on the toilet floor (Source: Internet)

Yellow stains affect toilet aesthetics, even causing unpleasant odors. To clean yellow stains in the toilet completely, you should do and note the following:

  • Use the table salt available in the house and mix it with the toilet floor cleaner. Pour the mixture on the yellow stain on the tile floor and wait about 15 minutes and then flush with clean water.
  • Toothpaste can also help you brush away yellow stains on the tile floor. Apply the toothpaste directly to the yellow stain. Then you mix some baking soda with water. Use a towel to blot the mixture and apply evenly to the stain until the tile floor or grout is clean and white again.

5. How to remove mold and green moss on the toilet floor

 

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Remove mold and green moss on the toilet floor (Source: Internet)

Mold and green moss usually appear when encountering humid environments and places that are not cleaned for a long time. If mold and green moss appear on your toilet floor, you can put soluble lime water in a water basin. Then sweep the mossy area, wait overnight and rinse it with water.

6. What to do to clean the toilet floor after a toilet overflows?

 

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Clean the toilet floor after a toilet overflows (Source: Internet)

After the toilet is overflowed, the treatment of odors and soiling is an annoying and haunting process. So how to clean the floor after the toilet overflows?

  • When the toilet is overflowing, after quickly shutting off the water valve, you need to clean the floor with a mop to clean up any water spilled on the toilet floor. 
  • Then, flush the contents of the bucket of wastewater you collected while mopping the floor down the toilet.The bucket and mop should be rinsed with hot water.
  • To make sure you get rid of all the germs on the floor as well as on the equipment, you can pour a mixture of one cup of bleach and one gallon of hot water into the bucket. Then use the mixture and the mop to thoroughly clean the toilet floor

For bathroom utensils such as toilet brushes and brush holders, remember to always clean them regularly. Because these objects can help you clean, but if they aren’t fully cleansed, they might end up being harmful to your health!

When it comes to keeping your home clean and free of germs and viruses, making sure the tidiness of the bathroom is important. We often remember to check for cleaning supplies such as toilet paper, shampoo, or shaving foam, but a toilet brush is easily forgotten.

You can restrict the spread of any nasty hidden germs if you know how to clean the toilet brush and how to fully and properly clean the toilet brush holder, as well as how to disinfect the brush.

Fortunately, cleaning the toilet brush and holder is quite simple. After performing household tasks and deodorizing the toilet, you should rinse the toilet brush immediately after using it.

So how to clean the toilet brush or how to clean the toilet brush holder? This simple and easy-to-use guide will help you.

[dropcap]1[/dropcap] How to clean the toilet brush after use?

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How to clean the toilet brush after use? (Source: Internet)

Follow these instructions once a week to clean the toilet brush and clean the toilet brush holders properly:

  • Step 1: Wash the brushes and containers under a hot shower.
  • Step 2: Soak them for one hour in a bucket of boiling water with detergent or vinegar (approximately 2 cups of alkaline detergent per liter of hot water).
  • Step 3: Use dishwashing liquid and sponge to clean toilet brushes and toilet brush holders. Furthermore, using old dishwashing or toothbrush to clean between the toilet brush bristles will improve cleaning effectiveness and eliminate any leftover stains.
  • Step 4: If possible, dry the toilet brush and container in the sun with an old (but clean) towel.

[dropcap]2[/dropcap] How to clean a silicone toilet brush with bleach?

When you’re looking for a quick way to clean a toilet brush, soaking it in bleach is a good option. It’s critical to remember to check the product label for instructions before using this method.

Because bleach is a powerful cleaning solution that might erode your utensils if not handled properly, pay close attention to any safety precautions. Make sure you have all of the equipment you’ll need to clean the toilet brushes before you begin.

Then, follow these steps to clean the silicone toilet brush.

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How to clean a silicone toilet brush with bleach? (Source: Internet)
  • Step 1: Fill a medium water tank: You should use hot water instead of cold water to be able to disinfect germs.
  • Step 2: Add two to three bleach teaspoons (remember to read the bottle label for usage advice and directions!). 
  • Step 3: Soak the brush in the medium cleaning solution for a few minutes: Place your cleaning brush in a bucket with the bleach and water combination and soak for an hour.
  • Step 4: Rinse the toilet brush: Remove the brush after one hour and rinse it under hot water.
  • Step 5: Put it in the receptacle: Replace the cleaning brush in the receptacle after it has dried. 

Remember to wear a mask and gloves when cleaning with a toilet brush or toilet brush holder to keep yourself clean and safe when cleaning!

[dropcap]3[/dropcap] How to clean the toilet brush holder? 

After you’ve cleaned your toilet brush, you’ll need to clean both toilet brush chambers. While your toilet brush is drying, you can do this. To discover how to clean your toilet brush holder, follow these instructions.

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How to clean a toilet brush holder? (Source: Internet)

 

  • Step 1: Disinfectant spray: Spritz the interior and exterior of the cleaning brush holder with disinfectant spray. Alternatively, soak it for an hour in a bleach solution, as described above. Just remember to carefully read and follow the product’s safety instructions.
  • Step 2: Allow 10 minutes for the water from your brush container to drain over the toilet.
  • Step 3: Rinse: Flush over the original container with boiling water. 
  • Step 4: Dry: Dry the toilet bowl with a cloth or paper towel. 
  • Step 5:Complete: Complete the task by returning the cleaning brush to the receptacle.

These are the steps on how to clean the toilet brush and how to clean the toilet brush holder in the bathroom. Remember to keep them clean and sanitize regularly to keep you and your family safe.

To prevent germs and viruses from building, clean the toilet brush and clean the toilet brush holder once a week, or clean both the toilet brush and its container each time you clean the toilet.

Don’t forget to use disinfectants safely and to read the label and product information before using them.

[dropcap]4[/dropcap]How to Clean a Toilet with a Toilet Brush? 

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How to clean a toilet with a toilet brush? (Source: Internet)

You’ll need to clean both the interior and exterior of the toilet to remove all of the stains. Close the toilet drain valve and press the drain lever until the toilet is empty before cleaning.

Turn on the toilet seat, then spray the detergent solution inside the toilet, the walls, and the interstices, then sweep the toilet with a toilet brush and let it clean the stains and disinfect the germs for a few minutes.

While waiting for the cleaner to clean the inside of the toilet bowl, close the lid of the toilet bowl, take a waterproof sponge and clean the other parts of the bowl. Wipe the water tank, water tank lid, toilet stand, wiring, hoses, and other components inside and out.

Following this, open the toilet lid after cleaning all of the aforementioned areas, and use the toilet cleaner repeatedly to eliminate the stubborn plaque. Finally,  pour water down the toilet, which makes it clean and sparkling like new.

Here’s how to clean your toilet brush and how to clean the toilet brush holder quickly and efficiently. Don’t forget to check out sparklingandbeyond.com regularly for useful advice on how to care for your family and your house!

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The toilet tank is a breeding ground for germs and moulds that can be harmful to human health and contaminate the environment. So what should you use to clean the toilet tank effectively? Protect your loved ones by using the toilet cleaning tools and equipment recommended by Sparkling and Beyond. We’ll help maintain your toilet tank clean, safe, and sanitary for those who use it. 

1. Best product to clean toilet tank

Bathroom cleaning products

Buying a multi-purpose toilet cleaning product can save you time and money because it can be used on every surface, from the toilet to the faucet. All you have to do now is to make sure you have the correct detergent.

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Best products to clean the toilet tank (Source: Internet)

 

So what should you use to clean the toilet tank? Many toilet cleaning products include acids, which can harm bathroom surfaces such as ceramic tiles and bathroom walls.

Instead, you should go for a solution with a low acid level that is both effective and safe, allowing it to be used to clean toilet tanks, faucets, floors, walls, and bathtubs.

Toilet brush

Did you know that a toilet brush is one of the best products to clean the toilet tank? Most of us have a toilet brush in our bathrooms, but do you know how to use it properly? 

The interior of the toilet tank, where the majority of germs accumulate, should be cleaned using a toilet brush.

To properly utilize a toilet brush to clean the toilet tank, you should first pour the toilet cleaning solution into the toilet and wait for a few minutes for it to take effect, then scrub around the toilet tank with the toilet brush (you can use rubber gloves to perform this step).

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Best products to clean the toilet tank (Source: Internet)

 

Scrub the bottom edge slot and the toilet tank’s hole as well, as there are areas that are frequently overlooked. To clean a toilet brush, flush the toilet and then run the brush under running water. Drain the brush and replace it in its original location. Brushes can be infected with germs, so keep them out of children’s reach at all times.

Cloth

When it comes to what should you use to clean the toilet tank? Cloth is also one of the best products to clean the toilet tank since it can eliminate soap stains or re-wipe bathroom cleaning chemicals.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money on a bathroom mop; instead, go for one that is soft and composed of microfibers.

These mops are great since they don’t scrape the floor and don’t leave any lint, so you don’t have to vacuum afterward. Cloths are also useful for cleaning metal surfaces and restoring a lustrous appearance.

2. How to clean the toilet tank naturally with baking soda? 

Instrument preparation for cleaning  the toilet tank:

  • Baking Soda
  • Vinegar
  • Gloves
  • Tissue or Cloth
  • Toilet brush

The process of cleaning the toilet tank with Baking Soda

  1. When cleaning the toilet, wear gloves to protect your hands’ skin and prevent bacteria from entering.
  2. Keep all furniture out of the way of the toilet to avoid tangles during cleaning.
  3. Flush the toilet tank to moisten the internal surface.
  4. Fill the toilet bowl with a package of baking soda.
  5. Then pour a bottle of vinegar (of any kind) into the toilet tank gently. Pour gently since the chemical reaction will generate a lot of froth. When the vinegar begins to froth excessively, stop adding it. Baking soda and vinegar combine to form a chemical reaction that aids in the removal of soft blockages. It is extremely effective, despite its slowness.
  6. After you’ve poured all of the vinegar into the toilet, wait a few minutes before flushing.
  7. In the meantime, clean the toilet tank’s outside surfaces from top to bottom

3. How to clean the toilet tank with coke?

Coca-Cola, as previously stated, includes carbonic and phosphoric acids, both of which are moderate acids with good cleaning capabilities. Coca can be used to clean quite well in addition to unclogging toilets. Here are several way to use coke to clean toilet tank

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How to clean the toilet tank with coke? (Source: Internet)

 

  1. Pour Coke into the toilet and around the edge of the toilet tank, then wait for the Coke to flow through the stains and check to see if you have spilled Coke all over the toilet seat or not. In order to ensure, you can spray everywhere in the toilet tank with Coke spray.
  2. Then wait approximately an hour for the Coke’s acids to erase the spots (it is best to pour Coke into the toilet and leave it overnight).
  3. Next, flush the toilet tank one again to wash away any remaining Coke stains and check to see whether the stains have been totally erased. If not, perform the preceding steps once again.

With difficult-to-decompose stains, a mechanical impact on the stain is required by using a brush to scrape the stains that are clinging to the toilet after the Coca-Cola has passed. Scrub before and after using coke to clean the toilet tank for the greatest effects.

In the presence of high temperatures, chemical reactions are normally fast, and the interaction of the acid in coke with stains is no exception. 

Conclude: Coca-Cola contains acid, which may dissolve many sorts of stains; however, not all stains can be cleansed. So, if the stain is tough to remove, another cleaning option should be to combine Coca-Cola with other cleaning chemicals that are equally successful.

4. How to clean the toilet tank with vinegar?

How to clean your toilet tank with vinegar? You should add 1/2 cup vinegar and 1/4 cup baking soda into 2 liters of water, then spray this combination in the toilet, clean it, and wait for about 1 hour before rinsing the water.

If at all feasible, clean the toilet tank with Coca Cola. Also, for mold alone, combine one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts water in a spray bottle, spray the moldy surface, wait approximately an hour, and then scrape the stain with a brush until it dissolves.

Then, using Coke to clean the toilet tank one more time, erasing any leftover stains.

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Using vinegar to clean toilet tank (Source: Internet)

 

5. How to clean the toilet tank with bleach? 

When using a disinfectant solution to disinfect bathrooms, toilets, and floors, you must be fully prepared with basic protective equipment such as rubber gloves, masks, and so on.

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How to clean the toilet tank with bleach? (Source: Internet)

 

To make your home more airy, open all of the doors and windows and turn on the fan.

To clean your toilet tank with bleach, mix 2 bleach caps (13ml) with 2.5 liters of water to make a disinfectant solution for cleaning surfaces. Then, use a rag, mop, or brush to clean the toilet tank’s surface with the aforementioned solution.

Cleaning the toilet tank can be a hassle. Luckily, we’re here to make it easier for you with our helpful tips and advice on what you should use to clean your toilet tank properly.

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When cleaning the toilet, we often forget to clean the toilet tank, or are haunted by the terrible odor or the long-term dirty plaque inside the toilet tank when we open it. So how to clean the toilet tank properly? Toilet tank cleaning will no longer be a nightmare with some cleaning tips from Sparkling and Beyond.

Why should you clean the toilet tank?

The toilet tank is a place to store water and create thrust so that the waste can easily go down the septic tank, but it will be detrimental when the water source you are using contains alum. After a long time of use, the alum will create plaques that stick to the components or the wall of the tank, hindering the operation of the water tank, even blocking the water from entering the toilet.

Another reason to clean the toilet tank as soon as possible is the appearance of algae. Because the water tank’s ambient temperature is relatively low, this environment is ideal for algae and microalgae to grow swiftly. These bacteria have the power to control the flow of water to some extent; however, they can sometimes follow the water down the toilet and amass there for a long time, causing a blockage. Furthermore, these moss plaques will erode with time, causing the color to change rapidly, and shortening the life of the water tank.

Besides, items accidentally dropped into the water tank but were forgotten and stuck inside, making other components inoperable. This makes the toilet tank easily cracked and leaks water to the outside. In addition, moss, small objects such as rocks and stones in the water will easily cause blockages because the force of the water is not strong enough to push them through the bends.

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Clean toilet tank to protect your health (Source: Internet)

How to clean the toilet tank?

To clean the toilet tank, you’ll need the following tools:

  1. Mask: A mask is a must-have equipment for protecting yourself from inhaling dust or hazardous chemicals while cleaning.
  2. Rubber gloves: Will protect your hands from injury if you aren’t careful or if you have to touch harsh detergents.
  3. Toilet cleaner (white vinegar): Assists in swiftly cleaning the toilet tank.
  4. Cleaning brush: Aids in the removal of plaque quickly.
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You need some tools to clean toilet tank (Source: Internet)

Clean the top of the toilet tank as well as the outside:

Spray the outside of the toilet, lid, and seat with household cleaners, then wipe it away with a paper towel or towel.

In addition, vinegar is a non-toxic substance that is effective at killing molds, bacteria, and germs. Combine vinegar and water in an equivalent amount, pour this mixture into a spray bottle, then spray the solution on the outside of the toilet tank, lid, and seat just like using the household cleaners.

After that, wipe the components with a paper towel or clean towel.

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Wipe the components clean with a paper towel or clean towel (Source: Internet)

Follow these steps to clean the inside toilet tank:

  • Step 1: Remove the cover from the water tank. Remember that you must first put on gloves and a mask to avoid coming into touch with pathogens in the tank. Because of the enamel construction, be careful when opening the lids and put them in a safe area to avoid them from dropping.
  • Step 2: Drain all of the water from the tank outside and lock the drain valve to make it easier to clean the the toilet tank inside
  • Step 3: Using vinegar is an easy way to clean the toilet tank. First, pour vinegar into the water tank for about 10 minutes; if  the stains in your toilet tank are too harsh  to remove right away, keep them in there for a little longer. 
  • Step 4: After that, open the water shut-off valve and drain the water to remove any contaminants that are discharged to the outside. Don’t forget to turn off the water when you finish
  • Step 5: Scrub the inside of the toilet tank with a brush and a soap solution to make it cleaner.
  • Step 6: Close the water supply valve and drain the water one last time to ensure that the dirt is entirely clear and won’t cause a clog.
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Scrub the inside of the toilet tank with a brush (Source: Internet)

Besides using vinegar to clean the toilet tank, how to remove black mold from inside the toilet tank with bleach or hydrogen peroxide:

Method 1: Using bleach

The first step to eliminate mold development with bleach is, pour the mixture of bleach and water into a disposable bottle, with the amount of bleach equals 1/10 the amount of water.

Dilute the bleach with the amount of water mentioned above to prevent your toilet bowl from turning yellow.

Pour the solution into your toilet tank as well as all around it. After flushing the toilet once, scour the solution with a brush to get all of the hard-to-reach places.

Finally, pour a cup of bleach into the toilet tank without diluting it.

Method 2: Using Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide can be used for more than just sterilizing cuts; it can also be used to kill mold.

To begin, pour the toilet bowl with a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Then, scrub the entire tank with a toilet brush. Make sure you get below the rim! Leave the hydrogen peroxide in the toilet for 15 minutes before flushing. Because hydrogen peroxide tends to bubble up a little when killing bacteria, you may notice small bubbles.

Finally , flush your toilet bowl.

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Remove black mold from inside the toilet tank with bleach (Source: Internet)

Note when cleaning the toilet tank:

To ensure that your water tank is cleaned and used for a long time, in addition to performing the above 6-step process correctly, consider the following points:

  • Because toilet bowls are mostly composed of fragile porcelain enamel, you need to be very careful when transporting and using them to avoid breakage.
  • Limit the use of highly corrosive compounds as well, as these substances are quickly corrosive and have a negative impact on product quality.
  • To clean the toilet tank more effectively, you should not use a sponge because this is an ideal place for bacteria to grow.
  • It is advisable to regularly clean the toilet and the water tank to ensure that they are always clean.
  • Cleaning tools should be cleaned and stored in a dry area after each use to prevent bacteria from germinating.
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Something you need to remember when cleaning the toilet tank (Source: Internet)

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