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How to Clean and DISINFECT Toilets

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by Jeff Patterson in Bathrooms
How to Clean and Disinfect Toilets

Today’s toilet cleaning tips are important because they also show how to disinfect.

When people get sick they use the bathroom. And toilets are a breeding grout for all types of germs.

You’ll also see how to clean tile and grout around the toilet bowl.

And we have a maintenance cleaning tip that freshens your toilet bowl ever time it’s flushed.

Many thanks to Fluidmaster for sponsoring our tutorial. They make toilet replacement parts like flappers, fill valves, water supplies, and more.

 

Stay Safe While Cleaning Toilets

Chemicals are especially tough on human skin. Venom Steel makes awesome rip resistant gloves. And they have both nitrile and latex – which is nice for those with sensitive skin.

A box of gloves can be purchased on Amazon for about $20. They’re great for cleaning, tile setting, painting, and more.

Furthermore, never mix cleaning chemicals. For example, bleach and vinegar together create a toxic gas.

The Family Handyman lists several chemicals that you should never mix. It’s well worth the short read.

 

Disinfect Toilets Without Spraying

Disinfectant-Impregnated wipes are good for two reasons.

First, the mechanical action physically removes microorganisms. Second, disinfectant solution released by the wipe helps kill microorganisms.

The National Center for Biotechnology Information has a great article that explains how DIWs work.

Furthermore, the use of wipes helps reduce airborne disinfectants. This is important for anyone who suffers from allergies and asthma because they can be triggered by sprays.

It only takes a few wipes to disinfect a toilet as well as the floor around it.

Lysol wipes are great because they’re affordable and disinfect agains E Coli, RSV, H1N1, and even Human Coronavirus.

Wiping down toilets from top to bottom makes the cleaning process easy and efficient. Allowing the disinfectant to work for 5-10 minutes maximizes its ability to work properly.

 

Cleaning Toilet Bowls

Standard toilet bowl cleaners with bleach or lysol are great ways to cut down on germs.

Once the toilet bowl is disinfected, rim holes can be cleaned using 3M white doodlebug pads.

These little cleaning pads won’t scratch the toilet’s porcelain – unlike pumice cleaning supplies. In fact, white doodlebug pads are also great for cleaning thin-set mortar and grout off the surface of tiles.

Another fantastic option for keeping toilet bowls clean is Fluidmaster’s Flush ‘n Sparkle. Unfortunately, many homeowners opt for bleach toilet tank tables instead and this is a MAJOR mistake.

Bleach in these tables will break down toilet tank flappers, fill valves, flush valves and seals. Ultimately this damage can cause running toilets or costly water leaks.

Flush ‘n Sparkle attaches to the toilet tank and comes in two varieties: bleach and blue surfactant.

Water from the fill valve runs through Flush ‘n Sparkle and then directly enters the fill valve. This prevents the bleach or surfactant solution from entering the tank and damaging toilet parts.

Blue Flush ‘n Sparkle is safe for septic systems. And the bleach Flush ‘n Sparkle is safe for children and pets because the bleach levels dissipate after 10-15 minutes.

Our full video tutorial shows all these tips in action and is well worth the 8 minutes

 

What’s Next

What’s your favorite cleaning tip from the video?

Let us know down in the comments.

Hope you have an awesome day!

Cheers,

Jeff Patterson

 

 

 

 

4 Comments
  1. JOANNE DELISI says:

    Thanks so much for this video, Jeff. I never would have thought to plunge the toilet prior to cleaning. While I knew a bleach & ammonia was toxic, I absolutely did NOT know bleach & ,vinegar mix = toxic fumes.
    Looking forward to seeing more of these. AGAIN, many thanks!

    1. Thanks Joanne! Yep, plunging the toilet is simple and exposes more surface area inside the bowl. Helps get the bowl much cleaner. Mixing different chemicals is so dangerous. If you stick with one disinfectant you should be good to go. Thanks for reading our tutorial!

  2. Ohioren says:

    Great tips as usual. How can I get rid of a foul stink from the toilet? It smells like feces. I think it is septic gas.

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