A clean toilet makes for a happy bathroom every single time. Neglecting a toilet can lead to disaster in the bathroom, and could possibly end in you having to replace the entire toilet. Sometimes regular cleanings don’t do the trick, and the original purchase is the problem. Settling on 1 piece toilet rather than 2 is a natural sanitary method that new customers often forget. Another method is to check out the type of finish a toilet uses, whether it is from Toto or American Standard. Each company has their own proprietary method for keeping the bowl clean with a finish. Below is some of the extra steps you can take to make sure that a toilet is sanitary and meets your expectations.
At the most basic form, manual cleaning at least once a week will go a long way. Some of the products used to clean toilets can be as simple as bleach or soap and water. The more popular choices includes products like scrubbing bubbles from SC Johnson. Ranging from a variety of sprays to simple disposable wipes, this is one product that not only cleans the toilet well but also leaves it streak free. No cleaning scum will be left behind after using this, and because it foams up the coverage area casts a wide net.
The smell is pleasant enough, but it isn’t as nice smelling as a product like Lysol. Lysol’s newest toilet sprays and foams uses a combination of hydrogen peroxide to eliminate bacteria and bad odors in and around toilets. Since it doesn’t use bleach, it is less harsh than a product like scrubbing bubbles. This is important if your toilet can’t handle the strength of the former product. Also unique to Lysol is their toilet bowl cleaner that doesn’t function as a spray, but rather solely as a bowl cleaner. You squeeze the curved head in a full 360 motion and the entire bowl is coated with the product. A simple flush completely cleans the bowl of any bad materials and keeps it fresh for days.
Although Clorox has the market cornered with drop in tablets, they are facing some nice competition from the likes of scrubbing bubbles and 2000 flushes. Since these work by dropping them in the tank, tankless models won’t be able to use this method. A cleaning tablet made up of a very high concentration of solution is dropped in the tank and left there. Usually it will turn the toilet water blue to let you know it is in action, but some brands don’t change the water at all. It’s the easiest way to keep a sanitary bowl and it cleans and deodorizes your toilet 24/7. They come in packs and can either be as cheap as a buck or as expensive as 5 dollars. You pay for the quality of the product, so keep that in mind when making a decision on which to go with. They last a really long time, and depending on usage, you could even have a single tab last you up to half a year.
Cleaners for the Tank
For buyers that only take the lid off of their toilet tank once a year, it may come as a surprise that the first thing they see is eroding parts. This is because hard water and other harsh materials can live and thrive in the tank. The tank needs to be cleaned just like the bowl and toilet does. The easiest way to do this is to buy a toilet tank cleaner. There are several available on the market, and there is really no preference for any particular brand. One thing to look out for is the key features of removing buildup of calcium, rust and hard water deposits. You also want it to have a fresh scent rather than an overpowering one that will make you sick. They are very cheap to purchase and shouldn’t cost more than 10 bucks a bottle.
Cleaners That Fit On the Rim
Not as popular as the other options but just as effective are cleaners than hang on a toilet bowl rim. Lysol is also big in this field, and it is basically a tab on a hanging mechanism that directly interacts with the water when you flush it. By putting it in the flow of where the jet is it refreshes the water each time you flush. Because this can be a bit cumbersome to use, the more popular option is to use a toilet cleaning gel like the one from scrubbing bubbles. You jab a dissolving disc on the inside of your rim and all without the need of the extra hanging mechanism.
As you can see there are plenty of ways to keep your toilet bowl sanitary. Not only are these options cheap, but they can be found in any store or online. Make sure to stock up with your favorite products so you’re always prepared.