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How to Clean a Toilet

The gross-out factor of cleaning a toilet cannot be underestimated—but the gross-out factor of not cleaning a toilet is even worse. Better clean the toilet.


  • Step 1: Ventilate room Ventilate the room by turning on any fans and opening any doors or windows. Remove any items sitting on top of your toilet tank.
  • Step 2: Put on gloves Put on the gloves.
  • TIP: If you're especially grossed out, or if you just want to look especially nutty, wear goggles or glasses to protect your eyes from being splashed with water or chemicals.
  • Step 3: Flush toilet Flush the toilet.
  • Step 4: Lift seat Lift the toilet seat.
  • Step 5: Apply cleaner According to product instructions, apply toilet cleaner to the inside of your toilet bowl, making sure to reach under the rim. Allow the cleaner to stand, as directed, while you clean the rest of your toilet.
  • Step 6: Spray outside Spray the outside surfaces of the toilet with the all-purpose cleaner, making sure to cover the entire commode, tank, handle, rim, both sides of the seat and lid, and the hinges.
  • TIP: To avoid creating toxic fumes, be careful not to mix your cleaning products.
  • Step 7: Wipe down toilet Using paper towels, wipe down all of the areas of the toilet that you just sprayed.
  • TIP: You can use an old toothbrush to clean any cracks and crevices that are hard to reach.
  • Step 8: Scrub toilet The bowl should be ready to clean by now. Scrub it thoroughly with the toilet brush, especially under the rim.
  • TIP: Scrub vigorously along the waterline, but if a ring remains, rub it with a wet pumice stone.
  • Step 9: Flush toilet Flush the toilet and use the clean water to rinse the brush before you put it away. Just think: If you did this again soon, your toilet would never have the chance to get dirty...
  • FACT: The first flushable toilet dates to more than 2,800 years ago, and it was a throne fit for a king -- King Minos of Crete, to be exact.

You Will Need

  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • Some toilet cleaner
  • All-purpose disinfectant spray cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • And a toilet brush
  • Goggles or glasses
  • An old toothbrush
  • And a wet pumice stone

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