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5 Simple Tricks To Keep Your Toilet Clean

9 April

We all have favourites when it comes to cleaning tasks, but the one job we all collectively despise is cleaning the toilet bowls regularly! Especially if it’s not working correctly and is overflowing instead. How do you keep the toilet bowl clean and working indeed?

Let’s admit it: grabbing the toilet bowl brush, liquid toilet cleaner, disinfectant spray,  paper towels and more and cleaning the toilet is far from what you have in mind during your free time. Cleaning the toilet is not exciting nor a great thing since it’s the one place that requires maximum cleaning in the best way possible. And even a regular cleaning routine, especially for the mineral deposits building in the siphon jets. You can’t simply wipe everything with a paper towel and consider stuff clean with every flush. With many people— the sight of hard water stains, mineral deposits, gunk and yellow stains is enough to turn anyone away, no matter what harsh chemicals you have readied for the routine cleaning.

However, nothing can be more embarrassing than having guests over and leading them to a bathroom that looks like it hasn’t been cleaned in ages or has a foul odour. Especially if you have just renovated your bathroom, you want to keep it in top condition. So, as much as we dislike it, this is a task we must do.

But do not fret! We’ve got this guide and bathroom cleaning tips to give you some simple toilet bowl cleaning hacks that’ll help maintain your toilets in pristine condition. Ensure there are no leaks or other damage before you begin cleaning.

Moreover, you no longer have to shell out a considerable sum to get effective toilet cleaners at grocery stores or worry about harmful chemicals. Our simple cleaning tips use easy-to-find, affordable, highly sustainable household products. They’re even simpler than the old trick of pouring hot water to remove the grime.

So, let’s get right to our easy tips without further delay!

5 Toilet Cleaning Hacks You Should Know

You’ll be surprised to know how efficient some of the products in your house can be for cleaning the toilet and getting rid of stubborn stains. This guide has compiled some cleaning tips to help you get a sparkling toilet. By the end of this, you might enjoy cleaning regularly! And you’ll maybe even attract people to contact you to learn about your toilet cleaning hacks. Keep reading to know more.

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1. Bring Out The Coke Bottle

No one likes sharing their coke, but what if we told you it’s the best and quickest way to remove stains and build-up? Coke as a toilet bowl cleaner? It works great in removing even a toilet water line. We’re sure you’ve watched at least a couple of videos on the efficiency of Coca-Cola as a toilet cleaner. But it’s time to put that knowledge to good use.

Coke dissolves stains and rust rings in the bowl and eliminates build-up. Since it has a high concentration of acid, especially carbonic and phosphoric acid, it can break down stubborn stains, including toilet gunk.

Coat the entire toilet bowl with coke and let it sit for at least 60 minutes. However, the longer you let it sit, the better the results, so we recommend leaving it overnight. Although it immediately mixes with water, an acidic residue will cover the stain.

You don’t need a lot of Coca-Cola. One standard can, or 1.5 cups from a bottle will suffice. For ease of pouring and more concentrated application, use a spray bottle. If you paid attention in science class, you know high heat expedites chemical reactions. Heat the coke in a microwave-safe bowl before application.

Now, it’s time to see the results. Flush the toilet, and you’ll notice some of the loose stains are partially rinsed away. However, you’ll have to get your hands dirty for the more stubborn stains.

Use a toilet brush or an old-fashioned abrasive pad to loosen the stains further. Doing this twice – once before and after applying the coke – will yield better results.

Pair it with other toilet cleaning solutions like ⅓ cup of borax acid or ½ cup of vinegar, and the results will be even better. Although coke is excellent for most mineral deposits, it is not a sanitiser, and sometimes, the stains might be beyond its capabilities. In such instances, try other methods.

2. Borrow White Vinegar And Baking Soda From The Kitchen

Two of the most common kitchen items, baking soda and white vinegar, are excellent toilet cleaners. Bring a clean spray bottle, fill it with white vinegar, and spray it directly over tough stains. Remember not to use apple cider vinegar since its brown tint can stain the toilet.

Then, let it sit for 15 minutes or so before scrubbing it. Once you scrub the toilet, you’ll see the gunk come off quickly.

The minerals present in the constant standing water of the bowl are responsible for limescale deposits. They form hard water stains and are tough to remove. However, a mixture of baking soda and white vinegar works wonders.

Baking Soda

To eliminate them, pour one cup of vinegar inside the bowl; spray it for even application. Then, use a brush or a scrubber to rub the hard stains. Let it rest for about 2 minutes, and then pour one equal cup of baking soda, followed by another cup of vinegar.

After 15 minutes, use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the stains, including the ones above the waterline. Then, let the solution sit for at least 60 minutes before flushing. Baking soda and vinegar create a concentrated carbonic acid solution, an excellent eco-friendly toilet cleaning option.

Besides tough stains, white vinegar and baking soda also deal with the yellowing of the bowl. Thus, you get a clean, stain-free toilet without splurging on expensive chemicals.

Vinegar is acidic enough to kill germs and bacteria, so it’s a win-win situation for you!

3. Stock Up On Borax

Borax or sodium borate is an economical alternative to expensive toilet cleaning chemicals. Borax is the perfect solution if the tough, yellow stains in the toilet bowl refuse to budge.

Mix this naturally occurring mineral with vinegar to clean the grime, or use it as a standalone product.

Just sprinkle one cup of borax into the bowl and leave it overnight. Remember to target the sides and the area above the waterline. Use a nylon toilet brush or a soft-bristled brush to scrub the stains and gunk in the morning.

You’ll notice the effect of borax when the stains effortlessly come off, and you no longer have to scrub the toilet vigorously.

In addition to this, you can also mix vinegar and borax to form a paste. For this, dilute ½ cup of borax in vinegar and promptly spread it onto the tough stains in the toilet bowl. Let this thick paste rest for half an hour, and then use a stiff-bristled brush to scrub the stains before flushing the toilet.

Also, borax is a versatile mineral used to clean the toilet, faucets, showerheads, and tiles.

4. Hydrogen Peroxide To The Rescue

If you’re looking for a cleaning solution that doubles as a disinfectant, hydrogen peroxide is your best bet. It also helps in regular bathroom maintenance.

Just pour ½ cup of the chemical compound into the toilet bowl and leave it to rest for 30 to 40 minutes. Lightly scrub the stubborn stains using a soft-bristled brush before flushing.

Also, you can use a ball of crumpled aluminium foil for efficient scrubbing. Although medics earlier used this chemical solely as a wound disinfectant, it is widely used for its anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and whitening properties today.

Besides cleaning tough stains and yellow bowls, it can work wonders on mild rust. So, invest in this affordable, sustainable and potent solution.

5. Drop A-Bomb

Quite literally! Toilet bombs have become a popular option for cleaning. So, it is time to make inexpensive cleaner bombs at home with ingredients you can easily find in the kitchen.

Mix 1 cup of baking soda with ½ cup of cornstarch in a bowl, carefully breaking down any clumps using a spoon. Then, add 25-30 drops of your favourite essential oil into the mix. We love lemongrass and peppermint, but the choice is yours. Feel free to add a dash of food colouring if you like.

Now comes an essential step. Add water slowly to the paste, one spoon at a time, and knead the mixture after each round till you get a soft, clumpy mix. Finally, add ½ cup of citric acid and stir well.

Toilet Bombs

Forge medium-sized balls using a silicone bath bomb mould, which is affordable and easy to find at a local store. Even out the edges and let the balls dry overnight before storing them in an airtight container. Alternatively, you can use a regular spoon to scoop out the mix and mould them with your hands before arranging them on a parchment sheet.

If you want to add various colours, separate the mixture immediately before adding the food colouring.

Now, every time you want to clean the toilet, drop the bomb and watch it fizz. Then, take your toilet brush and scrub the edges before flushing.

That’s it! You’ll have a pleasant-smelling, stain-free and fresh toilet in no time.

Do those Toilet Bowl Cleaning Hacks?

That’s all, folks! We hope you’ll get down to doing the dirty work, and it’ll be easier to keep your toilet clean. So, grab your toilet brushes, pull up those toilet seats, and let’s clean your toilet in the best way possible. Bonus tip: you can also use a pumice stone to eradicate those stain rings in your toilet bowls. Don’t forget also to polish your toilet handle and toilet lid and to wipe everything dry with toilet paper afterwards.

Although toilet cleaning ranks relatively low on the list of pleasant tasks, putting it off will only make it more unpleasant.

All the hacks, tips and tricks we’ve listed in this guide are effective, eco-friendly and affordable. So, say goodbye to your expensive chemical toilet cleaners and opt for these easy-to-concoct alternatives to deep cleaning, eliminating residue and killing bacteria.

In addition to this, you can use clear nail polish. Yup, you read that right. Use clear nail polish to keep the screws and bolts of the toilet seat rust-proof, and boiling water or a drain snake to fix clogged toilet drains instantly. Maintaining clean toilet bowls can prevent blocked toilet drains and other complications.

For best results, we recommend cleaning the toilet twice a week. With that, we will now leave you to it. Remember to wear gloves and wash the scrubbing brush once you finish it.

If you’re facing problems with your toilet bowl and tank, immediately contact your plumbing experts. Maintaining the toilet bowl is more than just keeping it sparkling clean.

Until next time, happy cleaning!