If you’re only going to clean one thing before guests arrive, let be the toilet. Because in the opinion of many folks, whether they share it with you or not, the cleanliness of your toilet is a direct reflection of the cleanliness of your home.
In many instances, a simple scrub of the bowl will do. However, every few toilet cleaning sessions, or so, you’ll want to deep clean the entire toilet. This means cleaning the toilet bowl, seat and lid, and outside of the toilet.
The following toilet cleaning tutorial gives a rundown of the best way to deep clean the porcelain throne:
Quick Note: We like to wear rubber gloves throughout this entire process. The sturdy reusable ones are nice, but the disposable ones work just fine too and can easily be tossed after.
Clean Your Toilet’s Seat and Lid
Contrary to popular belief, the seat and lid are the best place to start. Why? Because like cleaning anything, you want to start from the top and work your way down.
We like to use disinfecting wipes. Start on the top of the lid and work your way to the underside. And then move onto the seat, starting on the top of the toilet seat and then moving to the underside. Don’t forget to also clean around the screws that hold on the lid. Gunk can build up in these small crevices and become quite disgusting.
Clean Your Toilet Bowl
Next, move on to the bowl. We like to begin by squeezing a healthy amount of toilet bowl cleaner into the bowl so that it rings the top of the bowl and runs down the inside. Let the toilet bowl cleaner sit for at least five minutes.
Then, using your toilet bowl brush, scrub the inside of the bowl thoroughly. Flush your toilet. Rinse brush in fresh toilet bowl water. Spray brush with a disinfecting spray. Position your brush between rim of your toilet and the toilet seat, allowing it to dry for at least 30 minutes.
Clean the Outside of Your Toilet
Last, but not least, clean the outside of your toilet. It’s shocking how often the outside of toilets get overlooked. And yet, they get really dirty after a time!
Rather than using a disinfecting wipe that will just swirl dirt and dust around the outside of your toilet, spray the surface with an all-purpose cleaner. Then, wipe it down with a paper towel or rag.
Pay close attention to the base of your toilet. This is where the majority of hair and gunk like to collect.