For many people, cleaning toilets is one of their least-favorite household chores — but thankfully, it doesn’t have to be a completely disgusting endeavor. By using the right products and techniques (as well as investing in some green cleaning products), you can make your toilet sparkle with as little effort as possible. Follow these tried-and-true steps to get your toilet looking as good as new in no time.
1. Start With Baking Soda
This standard leavening property isn’t just for baking — you can also use it to get rid of hard-water stains in a toilet. Start by flushing your toilet so the sides are wet. Next, sprinkle about a cup of baking soda and 1 to 2 cups of vinegar around the toilet bowl. After letting the solution for rest for about 10 minutes, use a toilet brush to remove any stains above the water line.
2. Use a Pumice Stone
If you need to get rid of rings and mineral buildups at the water line, look no further than a pumice stone. Pumice — a light, porous volcanic rock — wears away stains on the wet surface and combines with water to form a stain-vanquishing concoction. If you don’t have a pumice stone that comes with a plastic handle, be sure to put on cleaning gloves before you start scrubbing. Reserve pumice stones for deep cleanings or when you just can’t get rid of stains with other methods.
3. Try Coca-Cola
Remember all those urban legends about Coke dissolving teeth? It turns out that many people swear by its ability to dissolve toilet rust rings. To try this trick at home, pour a full can of Coca-Cola around the rim to fully cover the bowl. After letting it set for at least an hour to ensure the acids break down, scrub the bowl with a toilet brush and then flush.
4. Invest in Fizzies or Toilet Bombs
You’ve heard of bath bombs, but did you know you could also buy ones to clean and deodorize your toilet? If you prefer, you can make your own all-natural version from baking soda, cornstarch, citric acid, and water, as well as any desired essential oils. It’s an easy and effective way to keep your toilet looking (and smelling) fresh.
5. Use Nail Polish to Vanquish Rust
While it’s important to clean your toilet regularly, you don’t want to neglect your toilet seat hardware. The best way to ensure that the hardware stays rust-free is by coating the bolts and screws with clear nail polish, which will keep the screws in place and reduce the likelihood that they might loosen.
By following these simple steps, you can make your toilet look brand-new in no time. With regular cleaning and maintenance, it will be sparkling clean for years to come. After cleaning your toilet, organize and clean the rest of your bathroom to keep it clean and fresh. You might also place a candle or a bowl of scented aroma beads on the back of the toilet to rid your bathroom of unwanted odors.
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Rebekah Bell is a writer who lives in Los Angeles.