Cleaning a Toilet

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Cleaning a toilet isn't fun but it has to be done. Cleaning it on a regular basis makes makes it much easier to maintain. This is a page about cleaning a toilet.
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To really get your loo clean, use your toilet brush/swab to remove all the water from the bowl. This way your cleanser will come in direct contact with the surface and not get watered down.

To do this, simply take the toilet brush and insert it into the large drain hole at the bottom of the loo. Very quickly pump it up and down while aiming back toward the "throat" of the loo. The motion is similar to that of plunging. Pretty soon your bowl will be empty and ready for a super duper cleaning!

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February 8, 2011

Here in Finland, bleach is a lot cheaper than other bathroom/toilet cleaners, especially those with the spray tops. My tip is to use an old cleaning fluid bottle, the type with the spray top that allows you to spray the fluid, for bleach.

Wash the empty spray bottle very well with cold water. Spray cold clean water through the spray top as well. Remove the "tube" from the spray top. If you are lucky, then the spray top will fit on to the bleach bottle. If not, pour some bleach into the empty bottle.

Caution: Remove any labels and clearly mark the bottle as BLEACH.

Then, when you need to clean under the toilet rim, just hold the bottle upside-down and spray the bleach. When finished, give a couple of squirts into the toilet bowl to clear the nozzle. As there is no tube in the bottle, nothing will come out if the bottle is upright.

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It works out to be much more economical to use straight bleach, than buying other expensive cleaners with the spray nozzle - both in initial cost, and because the bleach is sprayed out, you use much less to cover a wider area.

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Cleaning around your toilet seat hinge can be fiddly and time consuming. A cloth won't get into all the cracks and crevices. Antibacterial spray is good for getting in there and killing the germs but won't banish the stains.

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I am aware the the chemicals in the detergent for dishwashers is similar to that used to remove stains in toilets, so I put the little dishwasher tablets into the toilet, and it works.

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I always keep Swiffer pads because they are so thick and easy to use and I also have a Swiffer mop. However, I buy the Swiffer pads for other uses.

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I use them to clean around the outside of the toilet bowl.

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December 11, 2012

Cut a magic eraser into four pieces. Drop one piece into toilet. Leave for a few hours or overnight. Dream of clean, sparkley, toilets.

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March 12, 2010

Hate cleaning the toilet? Not sure which is worse; the inside or the under-side with all the groves and curves!

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One member of our family now needs to use a raised toilet seat. The one we have comes off easily, so I put it in the bathtub to clean it.

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I let the shower run hot water on it for a few minutes while I clean other parts of the bathroom.

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April 17, 2010

What is good for cleaning toilets and keeping them clean longer than a day?

By terri from Baton Rouge, LA

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April 17, 20100 found this helpful
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If they get dirty in just one day, it's probably an issue with the type of water in your area. We've got really hard water, and even our toilets don't get dirty again that fast.

Soft water might be the way to go, to eliminate this problem for good. Because there's no household cleaner that can keep anything clean for a longer period of time. Something besides common household usage is making your toilets get dirty. If you're having to clean them every day, and there's nothing staining them (like a brick in the tank, etc.), then the water is your culprit.

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For cleaning the inside, put straight bleach in to a well marked squirt bottle & CAREFULLY squirt the bleach all around the inside of the toilet, then shut the toilet lid & wait for half an hour. Afterward, flush toilet & air out the bathroom.

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Like any strong cleaning products or using bleach in the wash, this is not good for a septic tank if done often, but once a week is usually okay. I hate cleaning my toilet, but doing this once a week kills the germs & keeps my toilet clean inside. Be careful, don't wear your best jeans or dark clothes when using bleach!

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April 20, 20100 found this helpful
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I so wish people would stop using bleach to clean :-( It's harmful for lungs of humans and pets and harmful for the environment as a whole including septic systems and city sewer water systems) :-( Even hospitals are beginning to steer away from the use of bleach for disinfecting!

All you need to do is get a toilet brush that has attached but separate additional hard bristles that face upwards (I found mine at Wal-Mart about three years ago). Those extra bristles clean off the mold from under the toilet bowel seat area. If you use the brush just once every day and then just pour some distilled vinegar once a week and let it stand in the toilet bowl for a few minutes to disinfect you'll be good to go (no pun intended) :-)

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April 28, 2005

I recently purchased a block of flats from some people who didn't clean, I'm having some trouble with the toilet in one of them. The outside of the toilet is covered in some sort of caked on build up, including all the piping and floor around it!

It's really unbelievable. I just cant force myself to scrub it by hand my husband had a go and it seems to be really stuck. I've tried spraying all sorts of cleaning products even hydrochloric acid on it hoping it will dissolve or eat it away.

It may have been building up for 7 years or more. Is there any hope? There has to be some sort of heavy duty scum eater!

Any help appreciated.

Bec from Australia

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October 24, 20150 found this helpful
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Both will work. White vinegar is preferred for cleaning due to the much cheaper cost. If you have access to free cider vinegar, use if for cleaning, it works just as well as white.

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April 5, 2019

I am going on holiday and wondering if it's OK to leave toilet cleaner in toilet while away for 2 weeks.

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April 6, 20190 found this helpful

I have read that if it is the one you leave in the tank that it corrodes the parts inside. Since no one is going to be using the toilet, just leave it alone and clean it when you return.

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April 6, 20190 found this helpful

No not put in tank just a it in the bowl to keep it fresh for a couple of day and my daughter she will go and flush do you think that will be ok .

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April 6, 20190 found this helpful

I would NOT leave anything but water in a toilet while you are away. When I house sit, I always flush the toilets for the homeowner every day. If that is not possible (to have someone come in daily), even doing this once a week would help.

Best wishes and safe travels.

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September 28, 2012

Whatever kind of stains you may have in your porcelain toilet bowl, they can be difficult to remove. This page is about removing toilet bowl stains.

Person wearing pink rubber gloves cleaning a toilet with a sponge and a brush.

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January 13, 2014

This page is about cleaning with baking soda and vinegar. Household cleaning can be accomplished without harmful chemicals or expensive cleaners.

Baking Soda and Vinegar

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December 28, 2015

Sometimes a toilet needs some extra work to get it clean. This is a page about cleaning a very dirty toilet.

Cleaning a Very Dirty Toilet

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September 9, 2016

The minerals in your home water supply may leave what are called, lime deposits, in your toilet, the beginning of the infamous ring. This is a page about cleaning lime deposits off a toilet.

Toilet with lime deposits being cleaned with toilet brush

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