It’s not the most exciting topic in the world, but it’s a question I’m asked a lot! There are a vast amount of products on the market which promise to keep your loo smelling fresh and clean, however, without the correct tools and technique, your toilet can harbour up to 50 bacteria per square inch and three times as many bacteria on the floor of the bathroom. In this post will discuss how to clean a toilet without using a brush or bleach.
For many years my cleaning company cleaned end of tenancy properties, so you can imagine some of the toilets I’ve had to clean. Some toilets should have had a flame thrower rather than a cleaner to get them spotless! on each of these properties, we cleaned we brought the toilets back to new without using a toilet brush or bleach. In this post, I’m going to show you how!
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How To Clean A Toilet Without A Brush
To clean a toilet bowl without a brush, you will need:
- Cream cleaner
- Green scrubby
- A Cleaning Disinfectant or Disinfectant Cleaner
- Microfibre Cloths
- Glass Cloths
Most people assume that using a multipurpose bathroom cleaner is enough to clean all surfaces. However, this may not be the case, depending on the ingredients of your spray.
An all-purpose bathroom cleaner will clean the gunk but will not kill any germs; there is a good chance you may remove some bacteria as you’re wiping but not all of them. So, effectively after you’d cleaned using an all-purpose bathroom cleaner, you’d need to respray it with a disinfectant to kill the germs after you’ve removed the dirt. However, there are products which do both jobs, and it’s important to understand that you can’t just spray a disinfectant and expect it to work straight away. Most disinfectants have a dwell time of between five and ten minutes, so it’s a good idea to spray thoroughly covering the whole surface, then walk away and clean something else while it’s killing all those pesky bacteria!
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How to clean a dirty toilet without a brush.
Now you’ve got your cleaning kit, the big question is: how do you clean a toilet without a brush?
- Start on the outside and remove any hair or dust with a dry cloth. Don’t skip this step as it is probably the step which will save you the most time in the long run. I prefer to hoover the whole of the bathroom before I start cleaning to remove any hairs and dust which would stick to all the surfaces if they got wet.
- Spray down the outside of the toilet, the floor around the toilet, the seats and the insides of the lids, with the cleaning disinfectant, spray the floor around the toilet bowl and leave it for the specified dwell time according to the manufacturer. Don’t skip the dwell time as this is the bit which kills the bacteria.
- Start by cleaning the outside of the toilet, starting from the top down to the bottom and then wipe the floor and walls around the toilet.
- Change your cloth.
- Use a dry cloth to dry and polish the areas you have just cleaned.
- With another new cloth, clean the lid, toilet seat, underneath of the seat in that order to ensure you are cleaning the most contaminated parts of the toilet last, make sure that the bit at the back of the seat is also clean.
- Clean the upper rim of the toilet.
- Remove any hard urine stains from under the seat with your scrubber and some cream cleaner.
- Squirt a liberal amount of cream cleaner into the toilet bowl.
- Get your green scrubber and scrub hard underneath the rim, and inside the toilet bowl. It is easier to get the bowl clean if you remove the water from the bowl first. You can remove the water from the bowl by bunching up some paper towels and soaking up the water then throw the paper towels away.
- When you’re finished cleaning the toilet bowl, flush the chain and use a toilet brush or cloth to rinse away any residue.
- With a clean, dry cloth, dry and polish all the surfaces you’ve just cleaned.
- Check for dust or hairs and remove or buff if necessary.
How to clean a toilet without scrubbing
A lot of areas have hard water, which can stain toilet bowls quite severely, and you might need something that will remove hard water stains in the toilet. If you’ve tried the steps above and you’re still struggling with toilet bowl stains, you may need to try using a pumice stone.
There is a particular pumice stone available for use in the toilet; you can find one here Pumice Cleaning Stone with Handle, Cleaning Block Deep Stains and Hard Water Ring Remover for Loo
It’s important to go for natural pumice rather than a manufactured one and always to use it wet. It’s very important that you try it on your toilet in an inconspicuous place as it may scratch depending on what your toilet is made from and always follow the manufacturer’s instructions before using.
Which is the best toilet brush to use?
Eww, toilet brushes are the most horrendous of items to keep in your bathroom especially when you’ve got little kids who want to stir it in the bowl before they’ve flushed!
I do not clean with a toilet brush because I don’t feel that it cleans the bowl as well as putting your hands down with some glove on and scrubbing with a green scrubby and some cream cleaner.
Toilet brushes can be huge germ collecters especially when they get full of soggy loo roll and other unmentionables! I was hugely thrilled when I found a solution to this gross problem in the shape of a rubber loo brush; nothing sticks to it, there are no screws to go rusty and it’s super easy to sanitise!
How to keep your toilet fresh and clean every day.
Ok, now you’ve got your loo super sparkly and squeaky clean you’ll want to keep it that way. There are two ways you can keep your toilet pristine
- Don’t let anyone use it
- or give it a quick swish every day after everyone has used it!
Obviously, number one is impractical, so you will have to get used to swishing it every day.
- Wipe off the hair and dust with a dry cloth first
- Spray a tiny amount of disinfectant cleaner on the seat and underneath the seat and allow to sit.
- Wipe the seat and underneath quickly.
- Using a loo brush, squirt some cleaner into the bowl and swish quickly around the bowl and under the rim.
- Wipe down the front of the loo and around the floor
- Quickly dry with a dry cloth
The whole swish process should take less than two minutes, it’s not a deep clean remember but a maintenance clean, you’re just stopping it from getting manky again, so next time you’re cleaning the bathroom, it’s not a huge task. If you are looking for tips on how to clean faster please click here
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Please note do not mix cleaning products, especially bleach and vinegar based cleaning solutions as this will create potentially fatal toxic fumes.
Frequently asked questions
Well, I’m afraid you’re not going to like the answer to that question, the best bathroom cleaner is by far good old fashioned elbow grease, it’s not enough just to throw some vinegar or bleach down the loo and walk away, you’ve got to roll up your sleeves and get stuck in.
Cleaning cloths seem to be a big debate among professional cleaners, and it’s one which boils down to personal preference.
The benefit of using paper towels is they are disposable. However, I find that I get less lint, less waste and it works out much cheaper using cloths to clean your toilet.
As long as you ensure that you sanitise your cleaning cloths after cleaning, and you use a specific colour cloth for the toilets and bathrooms, you will be ok to use cloths.
The best way to remove a hard water toilet ring without scrubbing is to use a pumice stone as discussed at the start of this post. Use the pumice stone wet and test on an inconspicuous area.
If you’re what to use instead of a toilet brush you can follow the steps above for cleaning a toilet without using a brush. There are no quick fix DIY toilet brushes you are probably going to have to get your hands dirty!
Many products claiming to be a no-scrub toilet cleaner often just bleach the stain but still leave it sitting on the toilet (if you felt it would feel rough rather than smooth and clean) this can lead to a build-up of hard water stain and calcium deposits which are very hard to remove after build up. The best thing to do is make sure you are cleaning your toilet every day to avoid build up and deposits.
There is nothing grosser than a dirty toilet brush! The best way to clean a toilet brush is to firstly rinse off all the gunk underneath the flushing toilet. Once it has been removed fully you can then sanitise your toilet brush, this can be done by filling up your toilet brush holder ( if it is watertight ) with a bleach solution and standing your brush in the solution for a few hours, then rinsing if you do not have a watertight toilet brush holder you could use a sealed plastic zipper bag. follow the link above to order a rubber toilet brush which is much easier to sanitise and keep clean!
The secret to keeping the toilet clean is to schedule it into your daily routine every day as outlined above. This will keep your toilet guest ready and smelling fresh follow the steps above for a sparkling loo!
The best way to keep the outside of your toilet smelling fresh is to wipe it down every day especially if you are teaching little boys how to use the toilet! I encourage my little boy to sit down at home and to stand up when he’s using the toilet anywhere else! I’ve found the best thing to take away the urine smell from around the toilet and floor is the Dettol Original Liquid Antiseptic Disinfectant for First Aid 250 ml, it does a great job of odour neutralising and leaves a beautifully fresh clean smell.
Ideally, you should give your toilet a thoroughly good clean roughly one a week. You should give your toilet a maintenance wipe down every day your toilet to keep it clean. If you are not doing a maintenance wipe down every day you may find you need to do a thorough clean more frequently than once a week.
You will need:
A good cloth, both microfiber and a glass cloth to polish.
A green scrubby or toilet brush if prefered
Toilet cleaner, cream cleaner or bleach if prefered
A small crevice brush or old toothbrush
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Mix 15 drops of essential oil of your choice into 2 cups of white vinegar and spray into the toilet bowl and allow to sit for a few minutes. Next, sprinkle baking soda into the toilet bowl and scrub thoroughly with a green scrubby, then flush. For stubborn hard water stains use a pumice stone.
Cleaning your toilet after a sickness bug is a huge priority if you don’t want the germs to spread, follow the steps in this post to keep you and your family safe from bugs!
The best way to clean under the toilet rim without touching it is to use a very small crevice brush.
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