How to Clean a Toilet the Right Way – Step by Step Guide

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How to Clean a Toilet the Right Way – Step by Step Guide

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You may not give your toilet too much thought until it starts to smell, but that’s a big mistake. If you pay attention to the state of your toilet now, you’ll be able to avoid many unpleasant surprises later. The good news is that cleaning a toilet isn’t as hard or time-consuming as you might think! At Regional Services, we’ve developed a six-step guide to get you started.

Gather Supplies and Prepare the Area

  • You’ll need a brush, a bucket, and a rag.
  • A bottle of bleach.
  • A bottle of vinegar.
  • A bottle of baking soda (it’s just as good for cleaning toilets as it is for baking).
  • Liquid soap: You can buy some from the store or make your own by mixing one part water with two parts liquid soap in an empty container.

Flush and Add Cleaning Solution

  • Flush and Add Cleaning Solution
  • Let the solution sit for a few minutes
  • Scrub the toilet with a toilet brush

Clean the Exterior of the Toilet

  • To clean the exterior of your toilet, use a toilet brush to scrub the bowl, rim, and seat. If you want to get fancy, you can use an old toothbrush or sponge to get to all those hard-to-reach places.
  • If there are any stains on the tank (the lid that covers up your water supply), use a bleach solution to wipe them away with an old piece of cloth or paper towel. Be careful not to let water spill into this area as it could damage your home’s pipes!

Clean the Toilet Seat

  • Clean the toilet seat with a sponge and warm water, or use a brush if necessary. Dry with a soft cloth.
  • If you want to disinfect the seat, use an all-purpose cleaner with paper towels or new rags that have been soaked in hot water first (this will help the cleaner penetrate).
  • If you want to sanitize the surface of your seat, apply an alcohol-based sanitizer and wipe it dry with paper towels or new rags that have been soaked in hot water first (this will help break down any dirt or grime). You can also use disinfectant wipes on hard surfaces like this one; just make sure that they are safe for porous materials like wood!

Clean the Inside of the Toilet Bowl

To clean the inside of your toilet, use a long-handled toilet brush. This will allow you to reach all areas of the bowl and get rid of any lingering grime.

To do this, put on some rubber gloves and fill your bowl with warm water. Then, sprinkle it with some baking soda or vinegar if you want to add a little extra scrubbing power. Now take your brush (with its handle) and start swishing it around in circles inside the tank until everything looks shiny again!

Clean Up the Surrounding Area

  • Wipe up any spills
  • Clean the toilet brush and holder. Throw out the old toilet brush, if you have one. Then run warm water through it to remove any leftover hairs or debris
  • Rinse and dry the seat lid of your commode (or loo). This item should be free of all moisture when finished cleaning, so ensure everything is completely dry.
  • Lastly, give your porcelain throne another good rinsing while you’re at it; then wipe down both sides of its seat with an antiseptic solution.


Cleaning the toilet can be more stressful than it seems. With so many areas to clean, it can be easy to miss a spot or forget about some of the smaller details. Follow these tips for a quick, easy cleaning session that keeps your bathroom looking great!

Regional Services

Regional Services

Regional Services are an experienced commercial and office cleaning company based in London. Regional Services are an award winning and fully accredited cleaning company who provide a full range of facility management services and expertise including cleaning, maintenance, waste removal, pest control, gardening and more.


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