As one of the most used bathroom fixtures, understandably our toilets will need regular cleaning. Yet, to ensure tip-top hygiene and durability long-term, the toilet is one fixture that regularly demands deep cleaning.
For many people, cleaning the toilet is one of the most put-off tasks in the home, often due to the enormity of this job. And yet, with a good simple but effective routine, deep cleaning your toilet need not be as bad a task as you think. 
Here, The Bathroom Showroom helps you create a quick but thoroughly effective deep cleaning routine that will keep your toilet sparkling clean and free of germs.

The Importance of Deep Cleaning Your Toilet

Maintaining a clean toilet is not only essential for hygiene in and around the bathroom but also for the ongoing overall well-being of everyone in the home. 
A dirty toilet can harbour bacteria and germs that, if not eradicated, can become the cause of many illnesses. So, by deep cleaning your toilet regularly, you can work to help prevent the spread of germs and ensure a clean and sanitary environment and all-round healthier experience for all users.
Additionally, by regularly performing a deep clean of your toilet, you can spot any issues early on, such as a broken toilet seat, or low toilet water levels, and work on fixing them. 

How to Deep Clean Your Toilet: A Step-by-Step Guide

By performing a deep cleaning of your toilet several times a month, this task will become quicker and easier each time. Better still, this is one chore that doesn’t require that many items to be used to tackle this.
  • Gather your supplies
Before you begin deep cleaning your toilet, gather all the necessary supplies. The best item for this task is a toilet wand rather than a toilet brush. This is a smarter design that reaches all angles and often offers replacement pads that are scented.
Other great items to have to hand here are baking soda, a natural homemade cleaning solution spray, soft sponges, and several microfibre cloths.
  • Clear the area around the toilet
By creating a clutter-free space immediately around the toilet, you can work without dropping things over or knocking them into the toilet as you move. It also allows you to manoeuvre around this often smaller space with ease. 
  • Remove excess dirt and grime
Start by flushing the toilet to wet the inside of the bowl. Sprinkle baking soda around the rim of the toilet bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use the toilet wand to gently scrub the inside of the bowl, paying special attention to any stubborn stains.
  • Clean the exterior of the toilet
Don't forget to clean the exterior of the toilet as well. Use a gentle natural cleaner here, such as a combination of white vinegar, baking powder, and lemon juice, to wipe down the seat, lid, handle, and top section of the toilet. And, make sure to pay attention here as well to the areas around the bottom of the toilet, including the base, and the area behind the toilet.
  • Don't forget those often overlooked areas
Unfortunately, many people do a superb deep clean of their toilet, only to leave the most problematic parts out. That space between the upper part of the toilet and the seat, usually where the screws are found, is the prime place for building up a lot of gunk. As this space is a hidden area, when left uncleaned, this part of the toilet is responsible for many unpleasant smells.
  • Disinfect and deodorise
To disinfect and deodorise your toilet, mix equal parts of water and white vinegar together and add to a spray bottle. Spray this homemade solution inside the bowl and let it sit for a few minutes before once again gently scrubbing it with the toilet wand. White vinegar is a natural disinfectant that can help kill germs and eliminate odours.
  • Finish with a rinse and dry
Once you’ve cleaned the inside and sprayed the outside of your toilet, flush it to rinse away any remaining dirt and grime. Wipe down the entire toilet with a clean cloth or sponge to remove any excess water and leave it sparkling clean.

Give Your Toilet The Deep Clean It Deserves

Deep cleaning your toilet doesn't have to be a daunting job. This is especially so if you regularly perform this task and keep up with its maintenance. 
By following our quick but effective step-by-step guide and using the right supplies, you can keep your toilet clean and germ-free, in good condition, and all the while continually smelling fresh. 
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