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How To Properly Clean And Sanitize A Toilet

Updated on September 8, 2012

Why Is It Important?

You need to understand that cleaning your toilet can stop many harmful germs. Not to mention some of the other 'nasty' things you can find in your toilet You will need to equip yourself properly to protect your family. Here is just one small example of why it is important. Imagine that, when you flush it floats all through the air. What do you know that is transmitted through feces. Happy thoughts!

Germs in feces can be propelled into the air when the toilet is flushed. For that reason, Philip Tierno, MD, director of clinical microbiology and diagnostic immunology at New York University Medical Center and Mt. Sinai Medical Center, advises leaving the stall immediately after flushing to keep the microscopic, airborne mist from choosing you as a landing site. "The greatest aerosol dispersal occurs not during the initial moments of the flush, but rather once most of the water has already left the bowl," he says.

Source: Web MD

This completely ignores other things you can catch all the way from the common cold to STD's. Mind you STD's are less likely transmitted and aren't likely at all but many other things are spread in the restroom.

The Tools

The tools of the trade are simple and easy to get. Most can be acquired at the grocery store or something similar. I have compiled a list of products and tools you should have on hand when preparing to clean your toilet. Some are simply to help remove grime and others are to kill germs.

I will explain before I share the list, one thing. I highly recommend using something like 2,000 flushes at all times. It is a simple puck that costs about a dollar and lasts around a month. It sanitizes and cleans a little with each flush. It does not remove the need to clean your toilet but for $1 a month it makes it that much safer and easier to clean when it does come time.

Here Is A Quick Video To Help.

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Now You Are Ready

You are ready to clean that toilet now. It is important to remove all surface deposits and stains as much as possible. This is why you need the Clorox toilet cleaner and the toilet brush. Be sure there is nothing left. I would flush the toilet to be sure there is nothing between you, the bleach and dead germs. If there are deposits, especially feces related, germs can survive much easier.

Once you are deposit clear, you need to sanitize. You can do this with the bleach and paper towel. Don't forget to wear your gloves this whole time. Don't wanna get any of that on you! Use bleach on the inside and then soak the paper towel in the bleach and clean all around the top and edges. Do not forget to get the bottom pedestal. It is often missed and is a prime area for germs. There is no water movement and it is difficult to see. Cleaning it regularly keeps germs at bay.


I hope this has been helpful and I look forward to hearing from you in the comments. I encourage you to watch the YouTube video if you did not already. You are now prepared to go tackle the toilet as you might say. Any questions, feel free to ask!

I have added a list of other Hygiene related web pages for your convenience!


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      Marlene Bertrand 5 years ago from USA

      I just cleaned my toilet this morning so I was interested to see if I was on target for making sure it is sanitized. Dr. Oz showed a demonstration about the germs that burst into the air whenever the toilet is flushed and suggested that when flushing the toilet to put the lid down to cut down on some of the germs. Excellent hub. I'm glad I read it.