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How to Properly Clean a Toilet

Let's be honest, cleaning a toilet can be a very unpleasant chore. There is no doubt that for most of us, cleaning the toilet is one of the last things that we want to do, but the bathroom is one of the most frequently visited rooms in the entire house. While it's not a hard task, it is quite possible to do it incorrectly. We at The Canton Cleaning Company, suggest that there is in fact a correct way to clean a toilet, and the proper method will help you ensure that you get rid of any bacteria and grime that may be present.

It takes a bit more time and effort than a casual spray of cleaning fluid and a brush to get the toilet actually clean, but with the right supplies and these few steps, it's a very simple task. Frequent cleaning is necessary, so it’s a chore that should never be forgotten.

Supplies you need

The first step to cleaning your toilet is having all of the necessary supplies. You’ll need the following:

Once you have your supplies, you can begin. You may want to keep these supplies in their own special place for regular use, and also to not cross contaminate with other supplies. Nobody wants toilet supplies mixed with kitchen supplies. The easier it is for you to access your supplies for your toilet cleaning, the more likely it is to happen on a regular basis.

Cleaning the outside of your toilet.

When you’re deep cleaning your toilet, you will want to clean it from the outside in.

Start by moving anything from around your toilet. Cleaning a toilet can get messy, and there's always the chance of splashing cleaner or water.

While we will be cleaning from the outside in, now is a good time to add your toilet bowl cleaner to the inside of your toilet bowl. Before adding cleaner, flush the toilet with the lid down. You don't want any toilet water splashing you!

Then add your cleaner. Get the cleaner as close to the rim of the toilet bowl as possible. While you’re cleaning the outside of the toilet, the bowl cleaner will have a chance to sit.

Take your cleaner and spray the outside of the toilet from the top down. Make sure to get the bolts around the base really clean. You can use your toilet toothbrush for this if needed. Now wipe everything from the top down with paper towels or microfiber cloths.

Once you’ve cleaned the outside of the toilet, move on to cleaning the toilet seat. The toilet seat should never be neglected. This is actually part of the toilet that has the most contact. Clean both the top and the bottom of the seat by lifting the lid. Last clean the hinges. This is where you can use your specific toilet toothbrush again to get into those tight spaces and then wipe away any residue or build-up.

Cleaning the Toilet Bowl

The toilet bowl should be cleaned from the top down as well. Because you added your toilet bowl cleaner before cleaning the toilet exterior it should have had some time to loosen some of the grime.

Start by cleaning under the rim and work your way down to the hole at the bottom, using your toilet brush as you go.

If your toilet bowl is really stained, you can remove all of the water from the toilet bowl before cleaning it to prevent the dilution of cleaning chemicals and then you can get a stronger clean.

Finishing up

Now is the time to clean up any drips of cleanser or water that may have occurred, put away your supplies, and replace any items you removed on or around the toilet. Then throw away any paper towels or wash your microfiber towels.


There you have it. You now have a toilet that even Mr. Clean himself would be proud of. This should be a weekly or bi-weekly task depending on your bathroom traffic. The more often you tend to your toilet needs, the less work and well, yuckiness you have to deal with. Attack the source before it becomes a problem.

For those of you who don't have the time of day however, with the help of The Canton Cleaning Companies Baltimore Residential Cleaning Services, as well as our Baltimore Commercial Cleaning Services, you’ll never have to worry about a dirty toilet ever again.

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