How To Clean Toilet In The Best Way Possible: 5 Simple Steps

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Cleaning a toilet is a task that often gets postponed, I mean, who wants to spend their time putting their face and hand up close and personal to where they poo!

A dirty toilet will look bad, especially if you have guest over. Even worst if it smells. That is why we must make toilet cleaning a weekly routine.

Most of you probably just “wing it” when it comes to cleaning your toilets, especially the guys.

This is why I have created this how to clean toilet guide easily and effectively. And don’t worry, it’s super fast.

How To Clean Toilet: The Essentials

Here’s what you will need:

  • Rubber Gloves
  • All-purpose cleaning spray
  • Toilet cleaner
  • Paper towel or rags
  • Toilet brush
  • Sponge
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Let's Get Started

Step 1) Safety On

Before we get started, wear a pair of waterproof rubber gloves. You will want to buy a pair of gloves dedicated to the sole purpose of toilet cleaning.

Toilets are an infestation of germs and bacteria, so you’ll want to protect your hands clean and dry, especially from the harsh chemicals within the cleaning products.

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Heck, if you are a clean freak or super uncomfortable with bacteria, go get yourself a pair of safety goggles, protective suit and gas mask - Breaking bad style.

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Make sure to store toilet cleaning gloves separately from your other gloves.Try get different color of gloves so you don't accidentally use them as a dish-washing gloves.

Step 2) Apply Toilet Cleaner 

Now grab your toilet cleaner. This cleaners should be formulated to help eliminate stains, rings and mineral deposits.

Flush the toilet first to moisten the bowl.

Squirt on the inside of the rim and allow it to drip all the way down the sides of the bowl. Make sure to get a generous amount under the rim. Let it sit for a few minutes so it can soak in. However, read the manufacturer's instructions before use.

While we wait, we’ll wipe down the external surface.

On to the next step.


Step 3) Wipe The Outside With a Damp Sponge

We want to give the toilet an initial once-over wipe to remove dust, dirt and grime. Try wet the sponge with hot water. This will help make your efforts easier when you apply your disinfectant spray later on.

Wipe around all external surface. This includes: tank, lid, toilet seat, base, and exterior of the bowl - Just wipe everything.

Step 4) Scrub The Inside 

Back to the bowl.

Brush the bowl with your toilet brush. Scrub the bowl thoroughly from the sides to the bottom of the bowl (inside the water). Make sure to put your muscles to work.

A good tip is to dip your brush into the water to work up the suds made from the your toilet cleanser. This will give you extra scrubbing power!

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If there are still stains around the bowl, we can use a pumice stone. A damp pumice stone is abrasive enough to remove stains caused by mineral deposits, but gentle enough not to damage surfaces. Check out this video on how to use:

Flush the toilet. It’s best to always close the lid when you flush in case that there are any splatter from the chemically filled water.

If there are still stains, repeat the process again, allowing the toilet cleaner to soak in longer.

When the stain is removed, move on to the next step.

Step 5) Clean The Outside with Disinfectant Spray

After cleaning the bowl, we can move back to finish cleaning the outside.

Before we gave the surface a quick wipe down with a hot damp sponge. Now use your all-purpose disinfectant spray and spray all over the surface. Make sure you mystify all surface - just like Salt Bae.

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Wipe down the surfaces with your paper towel or rag.

Make sure you wiped down all surfaces, even the ones that are often missed - bottom of the toilet seat and top the the toilet lid. Also make sure to wipe the base down.

You want to give more attention to the flushing handle or button as we touch this every time we use the toilet so it will be a breeding place for bacteria.

BAM! Your toilet is free of bacteria.

Tips and Best Practices:

  • Wash your hands after you’re done cleaning! Even you are one of THOSE people that don’t wash their hands after the toilet, you would sure want to from handling these chemicals even if you wore gloves.
  • Use the vent fan when using the bathroom - It sucks up bacteria before they can settle. Kind of makes you think if you should put your toothbrush and contact lenses in the medicine cabinet if you’re not already doing it already...
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  • Clean your toilet weekly. Don’t be lazy. The method I just showed you is super easy and quick
  • Clean your toilet brush every time after use. Use your favorite scented cleaning product in the bottom of the toilet brush holder. This will give your bathroom a scented smell and boost the power of your brush when used
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There you have it. You just learnt how to clean toilet. Now you have no excuse.

Keep your toilet clean at at all times. You never know when you will have a guest over and I'm sure you don't want your toilet to wreck havoc on them.

Good luck. Be clean. Stay white.

Check out more content about toilets on our Flushguide website.

  • Tim
  • February 24, 2017

Tim has been in the plumbing and home improvement industry in over a decade. His main passion is the bathroom where he loves to get creative within this sector. He spends most of his time writing content about home improvement, DIY and bathroom related topics.

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