Deep Cleaning Toilets
16-01-2017 | deep cleaning, toiletsAuthor :- Harshita
Alright, it’s time to get down and dirty with the nastiest and least favorite cleaning area in the household. It’s time to clean the toilets! Our toilets often require frequent cleaning and disinfecting, especially if you come from a family with little kids. Unfortunately, toilet cleaning involves much more than just swirling the toilet brush in the bowl with a disinfectant cleaner. We need to pay attention to the areas outside the toilet, the areas that are often forgotten in the routine cleanup.
1. Cleaning the toilet bowl
We’re all well versed with swishing the toilet brush around the toilet bowl. What we often miss is cleaning the underside of the rim and the siphon jets where the water actually comes out when you flush. Vertical stains along the sides of your toilet bowl are a sign that they need to be cleaned. Since toilet brushes usually can’t reach these spaces, over time the grime builds up.
Pour a little castile soap down the sides of the toilet and thoroughly scrub all areas of the bowl with a toilet brush. Next add about 1/4 – 1/2 cup of Borax along the sides of the toilet and use your toilet brush to bring up some of the soap mixture from the toilet bowl to form a thicker foam. Use a toothbrush to scrub away any grime around the rim and siphon jets. Allow the foam mixture to sit for 10-15 minutes, give it a final scrub, and flush.
2. Removing the mineral build-up
With hard water, significant mineral builds up in your toilet. The above method may not be effective, so follow these additional steps. Completely close off the water supply to the toilet, and flush the toilet until the bowl no longer fills. Then plunge out as much water as possible. Once the bowl is empty, add some vinegar to the bowl to completely cover any stains. Leave overnight and then scrub.
3. Cleaning the toilet seat attachments
Once or twice a year remove the toilet seat to get rid of the grime that seeps underneath. Just flip the covers and unscrew the seat, clean and replace. Spray with vinegar spray and wipe dry with a tissue.
4. Cleaning the area around the toilet
If you can’t seem to get your toilet area smelling clean, chances are it needs some extra cleaning and disinfecting around the base and surrounding areas. Wipe down the area with castile soap and water using a microfiber cloth, and then clean the edges and base with a toothbrush. Next, create a paste of baking soda and water and spread it in the dirty areas. Let it sit for 10-15 minutes and then wipe away. For extra disinfecting power, you can then wipe down with vinegar.