3 toilet cleaning tips

If your family is flush with reasons not to deal with toilet cleaning, tell them to have a seat and relax. Today's bathroom cleaners make the less-than-savory task of toilet cleaning easier than ever.

This is a job for the teens and adults in your home, as bathroom cleaners are strong, and when used incorrectly they can damage surfaces - and kids.

For weekly and deep cleaning, these toilet cleaning tips and tricks work - even on a potty that's been neglected for a while. It's the easiest way to clean a toilet - and the most effective.

  1. Sanitize the Bowl

Wearing latex or rubber gloves to protect your hands,squeeze some of the toilet bowl cleaner around the inside of the bowl and under the rim.

Use a long-handle toilet bowl brush to swish the cleaner around the bowl, under the rim, and as far into the trap as possible.

Or, you can clean use chlorine bleach alone by pouring one-quarter cup of bleach into the bowl. (This is because bleach both whitens and disinfects.)

To avoid creating hazardous fumes, don't combine bleach with any other toilet bowl cleaners or cleaning product. Be sure to teach your teens this important safety rule. (Get a list of bathroom chores for kids and teens.) Allow the toilet bowl cleaner to sit for 10 minutes to fully annihilate germs, bacteria, and viruses.

  2.  Clean Both Sides of the Toilet Seat

While the bowl cleaner works its magic, clean the seat, lid, and outside of the toilet bowl with an all-purpose cleaner and a sponge, cloth, or paper towels.

Spay the cleaner onto each surface area, then wipe clean and dry. Don't forget to dry the hinge areas and bumpers.

Using paper towels is  the simplest - no rinsing is needed and there's no chance of spreading germs, as you'll toss the towels immediately after use.

  3.  Swish the Cleaner Around the Toilet Bowl a Final Time; Flush to Rinse

Use the toilet bowl brush to swish the cleaner around the bowl, underneath the rim, and as far into the trap as possible a final time; flush to rinse.

To Make Future Toilet Cleaning Easier:

Each week, pour 1 cup of baking soda into the bowl to keep it fresh. And finally, once a month pour a half-gallon of white vinegar into the bowl to keep it ring-free. Let it soak overnight before flushing.

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