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When it comes to cleaning tasks, we all have favourites, but the one task we all collectively despise is cleaning the toilet!
That’s not a great thing since it’s the one place that requires maximum cleaning. But the sight of gunk and yellow stains is enough to turn anyone away.
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 bad odour. So, as much as we dislike it, this is a task that we’ve got to do.
But do not fret! We’ve got this guide to give you some simple toilet cleaning hacks that’ll help maintain it in pristine condition.
What’s more, you no longer have to shell out a considerable sum to get effective toilet cleaners at grocery stores. Our simple hacks use easy-to-find, affordable household products that are highly sustainable.
So, without any further delay, let’s get right to it!
You’ll be surprised to know how efficient some of the products lying around in your house can be for cleaning the toilet and getting rid of stubborn stains. In this guide, we’ve compiled some tips that’ll help you get a sparkling toilet. Keep reading to know more.
No one likes sharing their coke, but what if we told you it’s the best and quickest way of cleaning the toilet? 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 also eliminates buildup. 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 it sits, the better the results will be, so we recommend leaving it overnight. Although it immediately mixes with water, an acidic residue will be visible that covers the stain.
You don’t need a lot of coke. 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, for the more stubborn stains, you’ll have to get your hands dirty.
Use a toilet brush or an old-fashioned abrasive pad to loosen the stains further. If you do this twice – once before and then after applying the coke – it’ll 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.
Two of the most common kitchen items, baking soda and white vinegar, are excellent toilet cleaners. Bring out a clean spray bottle, fill it with white vinegar, and then 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 start scrubbing 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 on it.
To eliminate them, pour one cup of vinegar inside the bowl; you can also 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 together, which is an excellent and eco-friendly toilet cleaning option.
Besides tough stains, they 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 as well – so it’s a win-win situation for you!
Borax or sodium borate is an economical alternative to expensive toilet cleaning chemicals. If the tough, yellow stains in the toilet bowl refuse to budge, then borax is the perfect solution.
You can 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. In the morning, use a nylon toilet brush or a soft-bristled brush to scrub the stains and gunk.
You’ll notice the effect of borax when the stains effortlessly come off and you no longer have to vigorously scrub the toilet.
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 that you can use to clean the toilet as well as the faucets, showerheads, and even the tiles.
If you’re looking for a cleaning solution that also doubles as a disinfectant, then hydrogen peroxide is your best bet. This also helps in regular bathroom maintenance.
Just pour ½ cup of the chemical compound in 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 also work wonders on mild rust. So, go ahead and invest in this affordable, sustainable and potent solution.
Quite literally! Toilet bombs have become a popular option for cleaning. So, it is time to make your inexpensive cleaner bombs at home with ingredients you can easily find in the kitchen.
For this, 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.
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 then mould them with your hands before arranging them on a parchment sheet.
If you want to add a variety of colours, separate the mixture right at the beginning 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 toilet that is stain-free and fresh in no time.
That’s all, folks! We hope you’ll now get down to doing the dirty work.
Although toilet cleaning ranks quite low on the list of pleasant tasks, putting it off will only make it more unpleasant.
All of the hacks we’ve listed in this guide are effective, eco-friendly and quite affordable. So, say goodbye to your expensive chemical toilet cleaners and opt for these easy-to-concoct alternatives.
In addition to this, you can use nail polish to keep the screws and bolts of the toilet rust-proof and boiling water to fix clogged toilet drains instantly. Maintaining a clean toilet can also prevent blocked toilet drains and other plumbing complications.
For best results, we recommend cleaning the toilet twice a week. With that, we will now leave you to it. Remember to bring out your hand gloves and wash the scrubbing brush once you’re done with it.
Until next time, happy cleaning!