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How to Clean a Toilet: 9 Steps

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Cleaning a toilet is not a pleasant task, but it’s essential to keep your bathroom germ-free and reduce bad smells. 5-Minute Crafts prepared instructions that will help you get through this chore quickly and efficiently.

❗ Basically, you should clean your toilet every week. But if you, or a member of your family, has had the flu or diarrhea, scrub the toilet more often.

What you’ll need:

  • rubber gloves
  • a toothbrush
  • a toilet brush
  • toilet bowl cleaner containing bleach (or you can make your own bleach solution by mixing 1 cup of bleach with 1 gallon of water)
  • all-purpose cleaner in a spray bottle
  • paper towels

Step 1. Drain the water out of the toilet.

Turn off the water at the base of the toilet.

✅ Then flush once so that all the water empties out of the bowl.

Step 2. Spray the toilet with the cleaner.

✅ Put on rubber gloves, take the all-purpose cleaner, and spray the whole toilet with it, starting from the top and working your way down to the bottom, including the tank, handle, lid, seat, and toilet base.

Step 3. Scrub the bowl.

Grab the toilet bowl cleaner and apply it as close to the rim as possible. Coat the entire inside surface of your toilet bowl with it.

✅ Then take the toilet brush and scrub the cleaner well into your toilet bowl, starting from under the rim, then moving to the inside of the bowl, and down to the toilet bend.

Step 4. Let the cleaners sit.

​​​​​​✅ Let both the cleaners sit in the toilet for about 10 minutes to allow them to break down dirt and bacteria.

Step 5. Wipe the toilet clean.

✅ Take some paper towels and wipe the all-purpose cleaner off the toilet’s exterior, starting at the top and moving down to the bottom. Pay close attention to the points of contact like lids and the handle and don’t forget to wipe away the toilet base as well.

✅ Make sure that every surface of your toilet is dry.

Step 6. Clean the hard-to-reach areas.

✅ Take the toothbrush and use it to clean hard-to-reach areas like hinges and the handle.

Step 7. Flush the toilet.

Turn the toilet’s water back on, then flush the toilet to rinse the bowl.

Step 8. Deal with rust stains.

✅ If your toilet bowl has brown or reddish rust or mineral stains, scrub it with some baking soda.

✅ Flush the bowl after this scrubbing as well.

Step 9. Clean the toilet brush.

Spray the toilet brush thoroughly with the all-purpose cleaner.

✅ Then place it between your toilet seat and the bowl, allowing its head to hang above the water in the bowl.

✅ Let it air dry completely, then put it back into its container.

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