Ask someone to name their least favorite household chore and you're very likely to hear "cleaning the toilet" as a response. No one likes the dirty work such as toilet cleaning that comes with keeping a commode clean, but it has to be done. Not everyone knows how to clean the toilet it without chlorine bleach and its harsh fumes and long-term toxic effects on the environment.
Here are a few toilet cleaning tips that will make this painful process more efficient, tolerable and effective. Start following these suggestions today, and you'll save yourself time, money and effort.
Alkaline Isn't So Fine. Alkaline can cause rings to form around the edges of your toilet bowl. To remove unsightly rings, pour one or two cups (two cups if you have hard water) of white vinegar into the toilet each month to remove current rings and keep new ones from forming.
Baking soda has hundreds of uses, and here's one that can help remove unwanted odors and keep drains clog-free: once a week, pour one cup of baking soda into the bowl, let it sit for 30 minutes, then flush. You'll notice a pleasant smell and a clear drain after several weeks of repeating this process.
Lemon Juice and Borax. In a variation on the theme of combining an acid with an alkaline abrasive, lemon juice and borax form a powerful team that has the added advantage of a pleasant citrus scent. The ascorbic acid of lemon juice combats rust stains and other residue, while borax has long been recognized as a disinfectant and deodorizer.
Clean Safely. When cleaning the bathroom and/or toilet, remember to always follow the directions for use found on a product's packaging. Be especially careful not to mix products in the toilet bowl, as it can produce harmful and/or toxic fumes. It's also a good idea to wear rubber gloves and goggles if you use a manual or automatic toilet brush, in order to prevent splattering of water or cleaner on skin or in your eyes.
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Available as a drop-in tablet or clip-on unit, 2000 Flushes products are easy and quick to install and provide continual, automatic toilet bowl cleaning. With its constant attack on dirty toilets and ability to freshen with every flush, you will have a cleaner toilet and notice a pleasant smell each time you enter the bathroom.
Before applying the cleansing agent of your choice, lower the water level in the toilet bowl by pushing the toilet brush in and out of the trap several times. This increases the exposed surface area inside the bowl and lessens the dilution of your cleaner. Keep the toilet brush clean between uses by pouring a little 50-50 vinegar-and-water solution in the brush holder. Add a few drops of tea tree oil to the solution to boost its antimicrobial power.