Weekend Projects

If You Want a REALLY Clean Bathroom, You’ll Need to Grab a Common Tool

published Jun 4, 2021
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For many people, cleaning the toilet is one of the worst house keeping jobs there is. I personally don’t mind it. Yes, the thought of it is pretty disgusting (my solution to that is: don’t think about it too much!). But since toilets need to be cleaned fairly frequently, it isn’t often that they’re colossally dirty.

At the same time, knowing that the toilet is spic-and-span feels really good. It’s considered by many, myself included, to be one of the very first and few must-do tasks to tackle when you’re having guests, because a toilet that’s visibly dirty when you go to use it is off-putting to say the least.

This weekend, no matter the current state of the toilets in your home, you’re going to get them cleaner than they’ve been in a long time. And you’re going to do this by deconstructing the toilet seat and cleaning the places you can’t get to in your regular routine. Grab your toilet-cleaning supplies — plus a screwdriver — and let’s do this.

This Weekend: Unscrew your toilet seat lid with a screwdriver, and thoroughly clean your toilet.

Warning: It’s going to be gross. But you’ll feel proportionately glad you got to the mess.

If you haven’t cleaned your toilet recently, start by dusting it so you aren’t adding sludge to the equation. Next, clean the toilet as you normally would. This way, the toilet seat is clean when you take it off.

Now, locate the hinges behind the toilet seat lid. Lift the plastic covers and unscrew the screws. Remove the bolts from beneath the seat and remove the lid from the toilet. Concentrate your cleaning efforts on the yucky mess that’s been festering in this can’t-reach spot.

Once everything is clean, dry, and disinfected, replace the seat. You might notice that a mysterious odor you could never quite get rid of is gone. Move on to the next toilet, if applicable, and enjoy your completely clean, fresh toilets.

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