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Cleaning a Toilet: Step by Step

Posted by Patricia Spencer on
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If we had to pick one spot in the home that really requires regular cleaning, it would probably be the toilet.  We use it multiple times a day, and let’s face it – it’s a germ factory.  It’s important to give your toilet a thorough and deep clean on a frequent basis, both for the sake of hygiene, and because a dirty toilet is not something that we want to look at when we walk into our bathroom.

The good news is, cleaning your toilet is a pretty simple and straightforward process.  Plus, it doesn’t even have to require a ton of elbow grease.  It’s just a matter of using the right products and cleaning materials so that you can get the inside and outside of your toilet sparkling with as little time and effort as possible.  Now, let’s elaborate.

Why Does Your Toilet Need to Be Cleaned Regularly?

In general, we suggest giving your toilet a thorough cleaning once a week.  This is about the length of time that it takes for your toilet to get dirty, and for germs to really start accumulating. 

After about a week or two is also when you will likely start to notice the buildup of mineral deposits in your toilet bowl.  This is the result of the minerals in toilet water gradually staining the surface of the bowl itself.  The longer you wait to clean these stains, the harder it is to remove them when you finally get around to cleaning.

What Do You Need to Get Started?

Once you’re ready to begin the cleaning process, you’ll want to gather your materials ahead of time, and also have all of them ready to go at arm’s length. 

So, here’s what you will need to clean the entire toilet, including the bowl, seat, and outside.

  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Cleaning spray
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Paper towels
  • Cleaning gloves
  • Toilet brush

One thing we do want to mention is that we strongly recommend you do use cleaning gloves.  We all know that a toilet is one of the most germ-ridden parts of the home, and making contact with the inside of the toilet and the seat without wearing gloves means that you may be picking up bacteria that can then be transferred to other parts of the home.

Cleaning the Toilet Bowl

Let’s get right down to the dirtiest part of the toilet – the toilet bowl.  Get your gloves on and drop a toilet bowl cleaner tablet into the water.  We recommend using Toilet Bowl Cleaner Dissolvable Tablets from Grab Green Home, which can be plopped right into the water, and work hard to break down stains and mineral deposits – essentially, doing the hard work for you.  These toilet bowl cleaner tablets dissolve quickly.  Plus, they’re made with natural ingredients while being environmentally friendly so that you’re not flushing toxic chemicals back into our soil, streams, and lakes.

Allow the tablet to dissolve completely, and let it sit for about 10 minutes.  Then, take your toilet brush and give the bowl a good scrub.  Make sure that you get the entire bowl, including inside the hole at the bottom, and under the rim, where stains and germs love to hide.  Scrub as thoroughly as possible, before giving the toilet a good flush.  At this point, the bowl should be sparkling clean.  If it’s not, then repeat the process to get every spot.

Cleaning the Toilet Seat

The toilet seat includes the top of the rim, the seat itself, and the lid – both the top and bottom of the lid, as well as the hinges.  Use your household cleaning spray and spray liberally, before allowing to sit for about 60 seconds.  Then, take your paper towels and thoroughly wipe down these areas, making sure to scrub away any strains or buildup.  As a final step, use your disinfectant wipes to thoroughly wipe down every inch of the seat area.

Cleaning the Outside

Now, it’s time to focus on the outside of the toilet.  This is every inch of the toilet that hasn’t yet been given any attention, including the flush handle, base, outside of the bowl, and outside of the tank.  Again, spray with your cleaning spray, before wiping down with paper towels.  And, follow up by wiping down with disinfectant wipes.

A Word on Toilet Cleaning Products

There’s an entire industry of toilet cleaning products out there, designed to both clean and disinfect every inch of the toilet.  But, a lot of these products contain harsh chemicals that can be both dangerous to our health, and harmful to the environment.  Ingredients like bleach, ammonia, phosphates, phthalates, and formaldehyde can sneak their way into these commercial products, and should ultimately be avoided at all costs.

Grab Green Home products, such as our All Purpose Cleaner, contain only ingredients approved by the EPA (Environmental Protection Agency), so that you can know that you’re not using any formulas that are harming the environment.  We also use ingredients that are completely nontoxic, so that you don’t have to worry about what it is that you’re breathing in, or to which you’re exposing your family. 

Not only that, but our products are completely effective at getting the job done, all with plant-based ingredients that come directly from mother nature.  If you want to get our toilet sparkling again, Grab Green Home has you covered.

Get Your Toilet Sparkling Clean at Last

Our toilet needs a lot of frequent attention in order to keep it both sanitary and spotless.  The good news is that cleaning your toilet doesn’t have to be a weekly ordeal.  Nowadays, you’ll find products that break down stains and residue easily so that you don’t have to put nearly as much hard work into the cleaning process.

Ultimately, we urge you to choose a product that’s both nontoxic and environmentally friendly.  At Grab Green Home, we offer everything you need to get your toilet looking brand new, with ingredients that are EPA-approved, and are considered completely safe for you and the entire family.

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