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Alright let’s get real here for a minute. Who honestly likes cleaning the toilet? No one? Me neither! What really annoys me about cleaning the toilet is when you squirt the cleaner into the bowl in settles at the bottom and gets diluted by the water.
How are you suppose to clean underneath the toilet bowl rim if ALL the cleaner is diluted and settled at the bottom?
Simple answer is you can’t. Unless… you let all the water out of the toilet first! Yes, you read that right!
I think you get a much cleaner toilet, regardless of what cleaner you use, if you let the water out first. Now let’s make something clear here. Your toilet bowl cleaner is still going to run down the sides of the bowl because your toilet is a bowl. What’s not going to happen is the water from your toilet bowl is not going to speed up this process and it is not going to dilute your cleaner.
Personally, I think the best homemade toilet bowl cleaner is two very simple, very common ingredients. Baking soda and vinegar. That is all you need to effectively clean your toilet.
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 1 cup vinegar
- toilet brush
- 1-2 tablespoons baking soda
- 2 cloths one dry, one damp
How to clean a toilet:
- Locate the water valve. It’s behind the toilet, close to the floor.
- Turn the water valve off (righty tighty, lefty loosey).
- Using your toilet brush, give your bowl a quick passover to loosen anything that may be there.
- Flush your toilet. Twice.
- Sprinkle 1/2 cup of baking soda around the inside of your toilet bowl.
- Squirt 3/4 to 1 cup of vinegar around the inside of your toilet bowl.
- Let sit for 10-15 minutes. (I clean the tub/shower during this time).
- Using your toilet bowl brush, vigorously scrub the underneath of the toilet bowl rim, the toilet bowl sides, and the bottom of the toilet bowl.
- Turn the water valve back on (righty tighty, lefty loosey).
- Once the toilet tank has filled up flush the toilet.
- Sprinkle baking soda on a clean dry cloth.
- Scour the seat and lid, outside of the toilet bowl, and outside of the toilet tank.
- Wipe off with a damp cloth. Water works perfectly fine but you can use vinegar if needed.
To make applying the baking soda easier I filled an empty clean plastic spice jar (a Parmesan cheese container works perfectly) with enough baking soda for two complete toilet cleanings. The shaker top allows me to sprinkle the baking soda around the toilet bowl.
For the vinegar, I used an empty clean bottle with a squirt top (i.e. a baby shampoo bottle, ketchup bottle, etc). The squirt top allows me to have more control over where the vinegar goes and gives me the ability to squirt the vinegar under the toilet bowl rim.
So there you have it! My process for cleaning the toilet and my homemade toilet bowl cleaner. How do you clean the toilet? Do you use baking soda and vinegar?
Have a blessed day!
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