The bathroom is arguably the dirtiest, germiest, yuckiest room in the house and the toilet is the worst part.
Start by sprinkling a generous amount of a powdered cleaner like Comet into the bowl. Use an all purpose cleaner and spray down the entire toilet, inside and out. This should include the outside of the tank and bowl and all the way down to the bolts on the floor as well as the inside of the bowl and the seat (both sides). Use a toilet bowl brush to scrub the inside of the bowl. The important word here is SCRUB. A toilet brush is not for just swishing the water. Use a clean cloth then wipe the other surfaces until they are dry.
All purpose cleaner is not a disinfectant. It is merely a cleaner. The reason for using it before a disinfectant is that soil defeats the efficacy of the germ fighter. So clean the toilet first, then spray all the surfaces again with the disinfectant. Follow the instructions on the bottle. It will tell you to spray then wait a prescribed amount of dwell time for the product to do its job. Normally this is five to ten minutes. Then wipe all the surfaces clean with a cloth and flush the toilet. Your toilet is now clean AND germ free.
And Another Thing
One other issue in your bathroom that is toilet related is your tooth brush. Every time the toilet is flushed, aerosolized droplets from the bowl fly throughout the bathroom. So make it a habit to keep your tooth brush in a drawer or some kind of container and always lower the lid of the toilet before flushing. Also, keep the lid down so pets cannot get to the water.
Bathroom cleaning is such a daunting task that you may want to consider hiring a professional cleaning service. Call Custom Maid at 499-8568 for weekly or bi-weekly service. We will also be happy to come just one time to put everything into tip top shape.
Editor’s Note: We originally published this article in January 2014. We have edited it for freshness, accuracy and comprehensiveness.