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Nobody enjoys cleaning the toilet but there is a great trick using vinegar which will clean a toilet brilliantly. There is nothing more unappealing than brown hard water stains all over an otherwise clean white toilet. These unsightly stains and brown rings are usually caused by a mineral buildup in the toilet and are difficult to remove. If you use vinegar to clean toilet bowl stains you’ll never have to deal with this eyesore again. The best part about cleaning with vinegar is that it is both easy, inexpensive and it doe sot harm the environment.
Not only does vinegar kill bacteria, germs, and mould quite readily, but it is also a natural lime remover, because it’s an acid, and acid reacts with lime deposits. Now, some might say that the smell of vinegar is something you don’t like, but that smell will dissipate in a matter of hours. So, are you ready to learn how to clean a toilet with vinegar?
What You’ll Need To Clean Your Toilet:
Roll of Paper Towels
Bottle of Distilled White Vinegar or Cleaning Vinegar
Plunger or old/plastic cup
To start Clean the toilet’s water tank/cistern Why the water tank? Lime, calcium, and other minerals found in tap water tend to accumulate and plug up or corrode certain parts in your toilet’s water tank. Pour a bunch of vinegar in the water tank and allow it to sit while you complete the next steps. Then, flush the toilet a couple of times to make sure you get all of the vinegar out of the tank. You don’t want acid corroding the metal in your tank for too long, just long enough to descale it. You can use distilled white vinegar or cleaning vinegar. Cleaning vinegar is slightly more acidic than regular distilled vinegar and works best; however, either will get the job done.
empty water from toilet
remove as much water from the toilet as possible. This step is simple and all you will need are rubber gloves and a plunger. Before doing anything, put on your rubber gloves. Next, you will need to plunge the water out of the toilet. It’s also good to know how to do this this if you ever need to know how to fix a clogged toilet.
Start by plunging the toilet to push the water further down the pipes. To do this, take the plunger and seal the end of it around the hole at the bottom of the toilet bowl. Then push down on the plunger and pull up on the handle. Do this a few times to remove as much of the water as possible. Use a towel to soak up any remaining water.
If you have’nt got a punger you culd you a plastic cup to scoop water out but this way its difficult to remove all the water
Cleaning the rim of the toilet . because we all know what happens when you leave the rim of your toilet sitting for too long. Spray some vinegar on that rim and let it soak for a moment, then if you need to scrub, scrub; another suggestion is to soak paper towels around the rim and leave for a few hours or over night but scrubbing is best. Also allow to soak a sponge in vinegar for under the rim which is usually a hidden germ place.
pour vinegar into toilet bowl
To really clean the toilet bowl and remove unsightly bowl rings, fill it with the vinegar . Pour as much vinegar until the level reaches and covers up the stains in the bottom of the toilet bowl. You can pour a little extra until the level of the vinegar is slightly higher than the level of the stains at the bottom of the pan. About a half a gallon of vinegar should do the trick. Leave the vinegar to soak for a few hours. You may need to use the srubbing brush for stubborn stains if your toilet is really dirty.
Spray the rest of the pan with vinegar between the rim and the vinegar that’s been poured into the toilet.
Use a toilet brush to scrub away any remaining stains along the rim of the bowl or deep inside the bowl.
The final step in cleaning a toilet bowl is a quick rubdown of the outsides of the toilet. There are some bacteria growing in places where you thought your personal waste would never end up. And I mean, all over. Spray down the entire toilet with your spray bottle of vinegar, allowing it to soak for a moment, and then give the whole toilet a good rubdown with some paper towels, or if you’re going to be really eco-friendly, a leftover rag. This should complete the process of cleaning a toilet with vinegar.
All that’s left to do is to flush the toilet a few times to remove the vinegar once the vinegar has been left to stand for a few hours. Like I said you may need to do one final scrub for those stubborn stains.
After that you can admire your gleaming toilet!