Naturally, your toilet is one of the most germ infested places in your home. Keeping it clean can help to reduce illnesses for those living in your home and can even increase its lifespan. However, many people aren’t sure about the best way to approach the job. By using a few techniques each time you can ensure that you have the cleanest possible toilet at all times.
One of the best things you can do to keep your toilet clean is using a self cleaning method. There are a number of products on the market that have the ability to disinfect your toilet with each flush. Many of them also have the ability to prevent the build up of residue inside of the toilet. Given the number of products that are available you may need to try a few out before you find the one that you find to be most effective. You may also find that some smell better than others, which is definitely a personal preference.
When it comes to cleaning the toilet, the frequency in which it will need to be done will depend on the frequency in which it is used. For a single person who spends a great deal of time away from home most days, it can be cleaned as little as once a week. However, if there a number of people that are using the toilet on a daily basis, then you will likely want to clean it a couple times a week to be sure that it stays sanitary.
It is also important to clean up anything that is visible right away. If there is something in the toilet bowl you can use your toilet brush to remove it immediately. To keep your brush clean you will want to scrub away the debris and then flush the toilet with the brush still in the water. This will rinse the brush naturally. Any stains on the seat or surrounding areas of the toilet should be cleaned with a disinfectant, such as bleach. It is best to wear gloves when cleaning any part of the toilet to reduce the chances that you will come in contact with the bacteria yourself.
When it comes to cleaning the toilet you will want to use the top down approach. You want to clean the lid of the tank first, then the tank itself. These parts are typically the cleanest part of the toilet other than the handle. Be sure to pay special attention to the handle to remove any bacteria that may be present. You will then want to wipe off the toilet lid and then the seat. Once that is completed you will want to leave the seat down so that you can get into the space between the tank and the back of the seat. You then will need to lift the lid and seat to clean the rim on the toilet.
This is the best time to give the inside of the bowl a good scrubbing, even if there isn’t anything visible. Be sure to get under the rim as there can be a great deal that builds up under there over time. Doing this will remove any build up that is present as well as mold and other bacteria. It will not only ensure that the toilet is completely clean, but will help the water to flow freely by removing any blockage.
Once you have cleaned out the bowl you will want to address the base. You will find that even in a short amount of time a lot of dust can accumulate due to the moisture that tends to be present. Be sure to get into every nook and cranny to be sure that you are preventing the build up of mold and mildew. It is best to use disposable paper towels at each stage of the cleaning process. This will reduce the spreading of bacteria and make the job easier. Using a cloth or rag will spread the germs and debris.
Following these steps will ensure that you have the cleanest toilet possible. Having a clean toilet will help prevent the spread of illness as it is one of the dirtiest surfaces in your home. The more often you clean it will also increase its total lifespan.