Living Solo: 10 Tips For Cleaning Your Toilet

notes on Living Solo with Renzie Baluyut.

Cleaning a toilet is never a fun thing, but it HAS to be done, and it’s so much worse than never cleaning it at all!

Image of a regular flush toilet, courtesy of Wikipedia.

Which is why cleaning a toilet is an essential skill for those living on their own.  Besides, getting your ass to sit on clean porcelain is what it’s all about.

Here are ten tips for your consideration when you’re cleaning your toilet.

1.  Get all your gear handy. You’re going to need a pair of rubber gloves, all-purpose cleaner and/or toilet bowl cleaner, a toilet brush (or two), an old toothbrush, and some paper towels.

You may also need a bucket of water, and if you so wish, goggles or a plastic face shield.

2. Wear gloves. Remember that you’ll be handling some pretty strong chemicals- particularly those used in toilet bowl cleaners.

3. Commit to getting dirty. You’re going to have toilet water and toilet cleaner splashing around.  And you’re going to have to get in there to get to those hard-to-reach nooks and crannies.

4. Have a ready supply of water handy. Two reasons: in case you need to quickly rinse out your toilet, and just in case you need to wash out a body part that has come in contact with too much cleaner.

5. Ventilate the room. This allows the water and cleaner to air-dry quickly, as well as to keep harmful fumes (from the cleaner) from building up in an enclosed room, should there be any.

6. Secure pets and children. You might have little cats or dogs running around, or maybe some curious kids dropping in on you.  Make sure you keep them away from the area while you’re working, for obvious reasons.

7. Let the chemicals stand. The toilet cleaners might actually be more effective if you let them set awhile, to soften all the grit and grime.  Go ahead and clean the other parts first, then just come back for it later.

8. Be thorough. Might as well make sure you cover everything- the outside of the bowl, everywhere around the tank and toilet seat- you get the idea.

9. Clean your toilet regularly
; like once in two weeks, or at least once a month, depending on how frequently the toilet’s being used of course.  The idea is to keep grit and grime from builing up, which only makes it easier for you to clean.

10. When cleaning your toilet, you might as well clean the entire bathroom while you’re at it.  That is, if you have time.  We’ll cover cleaning the bathroom in another post.

Here’s a little instructional video to help you out:

There’s also a whole bunch of videos on home management and garden care on my other blog, courtesy of our friends over at HowCast.

Check out my Howcast profile and network with me, and learn a few new things while you’re at it.

Cheers, everyone!

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