Cleaning a Toilet Bowl

by Hettie Woehler
(last updated May 23, 2016)

It may surprise some people, but cleaning a toilet bowl can actually be a little more difficult than you would first expect. If you stop and think about all the different materials that go into a toilet through out the day, it really shouldn't be that hard to understand. From all the bodily fluids to the chemically treated water that runs through it, you can find yourself faced with a fairly nasty mess.

Daily toilet cleaning is not only done for sanitary reasons. By pressing the toilet leaver, or button, each time after passing urine (sometimes seen as water wasting), you reduce the occurrence of unhealthy accumulated waste particles and thereby slow down chances of forming unsightly stains.

Are you always aware of the germs and bacteria hiding under the rim of your toilet? Out of sight does not guarantee that area being without stains and germs. Pay more attention to the rim area by ensuring that there are plenty of cleaner along the sides and under the rim of the bowl, and not just in the water.

Swab and scrub all around the interior of the bowl with a clean toilet brush paying special attention to scrubbing beneath the rim as well as the area at the water line. Flush the toilet when the cleaning is done to get rid of the grime and cleaner.

While you are at it, drop a bleach tablet into the tank to ensure the toilet is flashed with clean sanitized water. To round off your deep cleaning session, spray and wipe down the top of the toilet seat, the underside of the toilet lid, the underside of the toilet seat as well as the top rim of the toilet bowl using your disinfectant spray and sponge. Don't skip the outside and top of the water tank as it is part and parcel of the toilet unit. Allow the disinfectant to dry before using the toilet.

  • Natural toilet bowl cleaners. Replace the dangerous cleaning chemicals in your toilet with vinegar or baking soda.
  • Grandma's toilet cleaning recipe. Flush the toilet and pour 1 cup vinegar into it. Leave it to work for about 30 minutes. Keep 1/2 cup baking soda handy. Dip the toilet brush in the water and take it out. Sprinkle some of the baking soda onto the brush, rub the inside of the toilet with the brush repeating the sprinkle procedure until the baking soda is finished. Flush and all is clean.

Author Bio

Hettie Woehler

Hettie lives in Mokopane, South Africa. She writes articles for a country-wide monthly newspaper, The Vessel. She self-published a devotional book in 1993 and writes a regular column, Hettie's Chatterbox, for the S.A. Neuromuscular Foundation. ...


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