How to clean your toilet like a professional

It’s one of the most frequently visited places in the home, yet it remains the most loathed to clean. You guessed it – the toilet.

No prizes for guessing why family members tend to shy away from this thankless task, but, luckily, the cleaning experts at UrbanYou know exactly what the best way to clean a toilet is.

Whether you’re using natural toilet cleaners like baking soda and vinegar or a regular household cleaner – there is a way to clean that toilet without the fuss.

How to clean a toilet without the fuss

Once you learn these toilet bowl cleaning hacks you’ll never put off doing it again. Picture: Getty

First things first, to clean a toilet you need the right cleaning tools. You should have:

  • Rubber gloves – allocate one colour set to the bathroom and another to the kitchen, to avoid cross contamination.
  • Microfibre cloth – as above, colour code cloths to various rooms in the home.
  • Toilet cleaner.
  • Multipurpose cleaner.

1. Go from the top down

Spray a multipurpose cleaner (such as a white vinegar and water solution) into your toilet bowl, along with a few drops of lemon juice for a citrus-fresh smell, onto the outer surfaces of the toilet.

Make sure you clean the toilet seat on the other side – and don’t forget to spray the base and the nearby floor area, too.

The best way to clean a toilet is to go with a top-down approach. Picture: Getty

Wondering how to clean a toilet without the scrubbing? A common mistake I often see is people spraying on a product and removing it straight away. Give the cleaning product a few minutes to work its magic before wiping clean with a damp microfibre cloth.

Another option is to use paper towels to wipe surfaces, as you can simply discard them and not have to worry about sanitizing your cloths after use.

2. Get rids of the stains

Grime build up in the seat hinges can be present – even when the bowl is sparkling.

To sanitize and attack the hard-to-reach areas, spray the same multipurpose cleaner over the area and allow it to soak in for ten minutes. Then scrub with an old toothbrush to lift the dirt and make it accessible to simply wipe free with a microfibre cloth.

Cleaning under the toilet seat is an important part of the job. Picture: Getty

3. Getting that toilet bowl sparkle

When using a supermarket product, run the liquid under the bowl rim and let the product slide down the sides before it settles in the bowl.

An eco-friendly alternative is baking soda, which will cut through dirt, limescale and bacteria without you having to get too hands on.

Using baking soda to clean the toilet is an environmentally-friendly way to keep the space sparkling. Picture: Getty

Simply pour a cup of baking soda into the bowl and let it sit for five minutes, before using your toilet brush to rub around the sides.

Run a full flush cycle twice, holding the brush under the water stream to rinse.

Place some disinfectant in the toilet brush holder, which will keep the brush sanitised and smelling fresh between cleans.

It’s really that easy – and can be ticked off your to-do list in minutes.

So, get your tools, take a deep breath and just get it done. Not that bad now, is it?

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This article was originally published as How to clean your toilet like a professional by and is written by Elke Keeley.