Here are some helpful tips for how to clean a toilet, including those tricky areas, like the back ledge under the tank.
Today I’ll be answering a reader question from Tamara, who wrote in response to Anna’s post on getting rid of that “boy bathroom smell!” She asks:
“Any tips on how to clean toilet bowls, under the tank on the back ledge of the bowl, you know, that little space straight in front of a 4 year old’s aim?”
HOW TO CLEAN A TOILET (THE BACK LEDGE, UNDER THE TANK)
Here’s what you’ll need:
- Flat head screwdriver
- Rubber gloves
- Disinfectant of your choice
- Disinfectant wipes
- Paper towels and bleach water
- Disinfectant spray
Start by laying a towel, or a few paper towels, down on the ground, for 2 reasons: 1- to save your knees from hurting while you’re on the ground cleaning, and 2- to keep any unwanted yuck from the toilet, off the floor surface. Next, before doing any cleaning, make sure to flush the toilet. No one wants to hover over a dirty toilet bowl!
Under the tank, on the back ledge of the bowl, is kind of a tricky little place to get into! First try using an old toothbrush or a pipe cleaner. If you aren’t able to scrub all the gunk out, grab a plastic knife, wrap a disinfectant wipe around it, and slide it along.
If the toilet seat seems to be in your way (and you have an extra 10 minutes) take it off. This will not only give you more room, but it’s great for getting around, and underneath, the hinges of the seat, which are also hard to clean areas, but a place where germs and bacteria can hide out. If you don’t know how to take the seat off, no worries – read on!
How to Remove a Toilet Seat
Step 1: Use your fingers to pull the plastic covers off the hinges.
Step 2: Take your flat head and turn each screw counterclockwise until either the screw itself pulls out, or the the entire seat pulls up.
On the underside, you can see there is a bolt. It may help to hold the bolt with one hand while unscrewing with your other.
Step 3: Lift the seat off. You should be able to completely remove it now do a thorough deep cleaning of all that build-up!
To clean my rim, I use a disinfectant wipe, then I wrap a clean one around my flat head screwdriver, and stick it in the holes where the bolts were.
Removing the seat gave me the added room I needed to really get inside that small crevice under the tank. I also gave the seat and hinges a good rinsing in the sink, with soap and hot water, before screwing them back on!
Before putting the toilet seat back on, use a sponge and some toilet bowl cleaner, to give the rest of the toilet a thorough deep cleaning. I always prefer to use a sponge, instead of a toilet brush, because a sponge is more absorbent and is better for grabbing bacteria, and other unwanted yuck.
Simply screw the lid back on when you’re finished cleaning!
There you go – that’s how to clean a toilet and remove the backsplash.
If you prefer to use natural ingredients, you can use baking soda and white vinegar (like Anna does in THIS POST), instead of using disinfectant wipes, or bleach.
And I couldn’t help but share this little saying that kept popping in my mind as I wrote this post. I saw it back in high school at a friend’s house and have never forgotten it!
Here is a printable version if you want to hang up a little reminder in your bathroom!