How to Clean a Toilet Bowl Fast and Easy

Posted by on May 30, 2019 in Cleaning Tips

how to clean a badly stained toilet

The toilet bowl is usually the last place people want to clean. Yet we need to do it out of necessity. The hard water builds up limescale which can damage your toilet. You clean it every week but there are still stains and unpleasant smell around your porcelain throne.

Don’t worry, in this article, we will discuss and show you different techniques to clean your toilet bowl fast and easy. So, put your rubber gloves, roll up your sleeves and let’s face it.

How to Clean your Toilet Step by Step

What you need: rubber gloves, toilet brush, toilet gel cleaner (bleach), toilet spray cleaner (antibacterial), towel, clean cloth or old rags

  1. Grab the toilet gel cleaner you’ve chosen and squeeze it into the toilet around the rim and the sides of the bowl.
  2. Scrub it with the toilet brush and make sure you have reached every visible part of the toilet bowl.
  3. Let the detergent work for around 30 minutes and then flush. Note you can put the toilet brush into the water, close the lid and flush to clean and disinfect it.
  4. Pick up the lid and spray with antibacterial cleaner the whole toilet including the seat. Make sure you use detergents that are not harmful to people.
  5. Grab a clean cloth and wipe the cleaner from top to bottom. Prevent dripping waste on the already cleaned part of the bowl.
  6. Use a dry rag to buff the whole toilet and make it shine bright again.

Even if you clean your toilet bowl every day, there are still stains that prevent it from shining. You may wonder what detergent to use or you have already tried some but with no luck. There are some detergents which you have to wait before using the toilet after you clean it or have a terrible smell.

Read: The Deep Cleaning House Checklist to Follow & Room-by-room Chores.

Some home remedies can help you with the stubborn stains in your toilet bowl.

How to Clean Toilet Bowl Stains with Coke

Yep, you read that right. Coke is not merely a soft drink, it is also a great product for cleaning stains from your toilet bowl. Coca-Cola contains citric acid which is known to remove stains and the carbonic acid dissolves limestone and some mineral build-up.

  1. Pour a bottle of Coca-Cola into the bowl to cover the stains.
  2. Rest for an hour and let the acids break down the stains.
  3. Grab the brush and scrub the stains.
  4. Flush the water and “Voalá”.

If this doesn’t help you, try the next method!

Clean Toilet Stains with Vinegar and Baking Soda

  1. Pour a cup of vinegar into the bowl and swish it around with the brush.
  2. Add a cup of baking soda and they will make a fizzing reaction, let it sit for 10 minutes.
  3. Swish it a few times using the toilet brush and take 30 minutes break.
  4. When you get back swish again and if the stains are still there scrub them with the toilet brush.
  5. Flush the water and you are ready.

Another method with vinegar is to soak a piece of toilet paper and place it on the stains for overnight. At the morning flush, the toilet and the stains will clear up.

These useful tips can help you with the limescale stains caused by hard water. Bleach won’t help with the limescale but it will whiten it and make the stains hard to see. If after all this, you still have unyielding limescale spots, you can use Sandpaper or Borax Powder to remove them.

Remove Limescale from Toilet Bowl with Sandpaper

Sandpaper is coated with abrasive material and it’s used to smoothen surfaces. We recommend using fine grade sandpaper otherwise you will scratch the porcelain.

  1. Pick long gloves because you will get deeper into the bowl to the ring where usually the limescale build up.
  2. Scrub the stubborn limescale stain until you remove it.
  3. Flush the toilet to rinse the remaining waste and you are done.

Descale your Toilet Bowl with Borax Powder

  1. Borax Powder can be found in Hardware Stores.
  2. Pour the powder to the stains.
  3. Scrub the limescale with the toilet brush.
  4. Let the powder sit for 30 minutes.
  5. Flush the toilet.

Note: Limescale can and will be built up in the water supply tank. Stop the water supply from the faucet and flush the toilet to empty the tank. Take up the lid and use the methods and products mentioned above to remove the hard water limescale and prevent damaging your toilet. When you complete the process put the lid on and open up the water crane to fill up the water and flush.

Bonus Tip: What to do when your Toilet is Clogged!

Having a clogged toilet can get gross. Prepare yourself with gloves and old papers or rags. Place the old papers or rags around the bowl to absorb the water if the toilet overflows. Try to unclog it with the plunger first. If after plunging your toilet doesn’t flush, don’t flush again and try using a snake to unclog the drain. You can also buy an unclogging product from the local grocery store. Тry this method (be sure you are wearing gloves because these products are strong and can damage your hands). If all else fails, you can always call a plumber.

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As we showed you, there are many ways to clean your toilet including some useful tips. Which one has worked for you? If you have some more advice and opinion about it, please leave a comment below.