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How to Clean a Toilet in Three Easy Steps

We get it – cleaning the toilet is one of the least appealing household tasks. But since your toilet is one of the most-visited places in your house, it’s important to eliminate the bacteria that can congregate here.

Following is a simple, three-step process to get the job done right! We’ll show you what supplies you need, how to do a top-to-bottom cleaning, pro tips, and even a bonus tip. So let’s get started!

ONE: Gather Your Supplies

What you’ll need:

  • Eye protection
  • Gloves
  • Paper towels (or washable cloths, if preferred)
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Toilet bowl brush
  • Toilet bowl cleaner

Before you begin cleaning, remove anything on the toilet tank or around the toilet base. This will make your job easier and protect items from any splashing water.

TWO: Clean the Seat and Bowl

Wearing your eye protection and gloves, place the toilet seat in the closed position. If your toilet seat removes for cleaning, go ahead and do that. If not, continue by using a disinfectant wipe to carefully wipe the area around the hinges. Next, lift the cover and wipe both sides. Repeat with the ring and leave the seat in the upright position.

Squirt toilet bowl cleaner underneath the rim. Take the toilet bowl brush and scrub under the rim and the inside of the bowl.

Pro tip: Place the handle of the toilet bowl brush on the rim and close the toilet seat ring and cover. This lets the brush drip dry while you continue cleaning. Make sure the brush does not touch the underside of the cover, as cleaning solutions may degrade the finish on your toilet seat.

 

THREE: Clean the Outside of the Toilet

Starting with the tank lid, take a disinfectant wipe and carefully wipe the lid’s top and sides. Move to the handle and sides of the tank, wiping as you go. Continue working toward the floor, wiping the outer bowl, trap area, and base. Replace disinfectant wipes as needed.

Finally, remove the toilet bowl brush from underneath the seat and replace in its holder.

Pro tip: Resist the urge to let the disinfectant wipes pile up on the floor until you’re finished. Tossing them immediately as they soil prevents bacteria transfer.

BONUS TIP: Easy•Clean® Makes the Job Even Easier!

Is it possible to make cleaning the toilet easier? It is when you have a toilet seat with Easy Clean hinges! Found on many of our models, these hinges let you remove the seat from the bowl for even more thorough cleaning. Imagine getting all the dirt lurking under the hinge caps, instead of just wiping around the hinge caps and hoping for the best.

A few of our most popular models with Easy Clean include:

Ashland™ - Durable enameled wood

  • STA-TITE® Installation System™ - easy installation and a never-loosens fit
  • Easy Clean – Simply flip up the hinge caps and slide the seat off the bowl
  • Whisper•Close® - Eliminates slamming
  • Precision Seat Fit™ - During installation, seat is adjustable for the perfect fit

Affinity® - Durable plastic with molded-in color that resists wear, chips and stains

  • STA-TITE® Installation System™ - easy installation and a never-loosens fit
  • Easy Clean – Simply flip up the hinge caps and slide the seat off the bowl
  • Whisper•Close® - Eliminates slamming
  • Precision Seat Fit™ - During installation, seat is adjustable for the perfect fit
  • Super Grip Bumpers™ - Provide additional stability

Ivy™ – Durable enameled wood with sculptured design

  • STA-TITE® Installation System™ - easy installation and a never-loosens fit
  • Easy Clean – Raise the cover and ring upright, then gently push down to remove seat

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