I am very embarrassed to say that I grew up with housekeepers and since my parents were not very strict, I never really learned how to clean. So when I became a stay at home mom (and because I am a nerd!) I went to the library and checked out several books on cleaning. As I read these books I kept saying to myself “Why haven’t I thought of this before?” A lot of the advice was so simple but made a huge difference. I don’t think most people know the details of cleaning. So I thought I would share some of what I have learned with you. Or am I totally wrong?! Do most people already do these things? Am I just late to the party?
I found this nasty toilet at a friends house…and NO, I won’t tell you who this friend is!! As soon as I saw it, I knew I had to blog about it. I insisted that they leave it until I could return with my camera and tools. Thankfully they agreed (especially since I didn’t return for a couple weeks…I know, I’m terrible)!
This is what I did:
- I like to use a “Johnny Mop” to clean toilets. It makes it really easy to lower the water level in the toilet bowl. It also distributes the cleaning solution evenly (unlike toilet scrubbers).
- Lower the water level!! If you don’t do this your cleaning solution will be diluted, making it less effective. Take your mop and plunge it back and forth, down the neck of your toilet, until the water level lowers.
- Remove the excess water from your mop.
- I like to poor my cleaning solution directly on the mop. I use Safety Foam Toilet Bowl Cleaner.
- Briskly scrub the mop with solution all around the inside of the bowl.
- let the solution sit for a few minutes. I like to clean the outside of the toilet during this time.
- Flush to reveal a much cleaner toilet! Rinse your mop and remove excess water before storing.
Now if your toilet still has a ring or a stain, this next set of instructions is for you!! By the way, even if you can’t see the ring (a build up of mineral deposits) it’s probably still there because most toilet bowl cleaners just bleach it!
- You will need a pumice stone! This is not recommended for use on colored toilets!
- Get the pumice stone wet.
- Scrub the stain like an eraser. Get the ring as well as under the rim.
- Flush the toilet.
Ta Da! Another very important (and hopefully obvious) thing to do is to wipe down the outside of the bowl and the surrounding floor because the urine there is usually what’s stinking up your bathroom!
Until next time,
Cleaning information from Don Aslett
Photos by Katie Lowry and Rebecca Roberts
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