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Cleaning the toilet can be a tiresome and expensive chore, not to mention those foul smells you have to deal with. Since we know that you like to keep your interactions with the toilet at a minimum, we've come up with a few smart life hacks to help you. Whether it's using Coca Cola as a toilet cleaner or making your own toilet bombs, we've got you covered!
If you want your toilet clean and smelling fresh, you'll need one grapefruit and a few pinches of salt. First, cut the grapefruit in half and dip it in the salt. Then give the toilet a good thorough scrub. Lastly, flush the toilet, and voila. The acidity of the grapefruit eats away the stains and leaves your bathroom smelling fresh.
This toilet unclogging hack can be a little messy, so make sure you're wearing gloves before trying it. First, you'll need to fill a large plastic bottle with water. Then, place your thumb over the top of the bottle, then place the outlet at the bottom of the toilet. Slowly remove your thumb and squeeze the bottle, so the water shoots directly down the pipe.
A less messy way to unclog a toilet is by using a bucket of hot water. Place a pot of water on the stove and heat it until it starts to boil. Remove the water from the stove and let it cool for a minute before pouring it into your bucket. Take your bucket of hot water and pour it directly into the toilet bowl. This will dissolve the clog.
Your toilet bowl can become a breeding ground for all sorts of bacteria. To keep it clean and fresh, frequently disinfect it using hydrogen peroxide. All you have to do is add a half-cup of hydrogen peroxide straight into your toilet and let it sit for half an hour. Then, scrub with a toilet brush.
Instead of relying on bleach to remove germs from your toilet, try using plain old white vinegar. Soak a paper towel with vinegar and place it around the stains inside your toilet bowl. Allow it to sit overnight. In the morning, remove the towel and scrub the area. Alternatively, you can pour the vinegar directly into the bowl.
A quick way to clean your toilet tank is with white vinegar. Drain the water out of the tank, then mix white vinegar, dish soap, and half a cup of baking soda inside the tank. Use a toilet brush to mix it all. Then scrub the sides with the brush until it's clean. Finally, turn on the water and flush out the tank.
You can use a pumice stone to clean the inside of your toilet effectively. The first thing you'll need to is to make sure both the pumice stone and the bathroom suffice are wet. Once they are, scrub the stains gently with the damp pumice stone and then flush to rinse.
Not only does Coca Cola taste great, but it can also be a great toilet cleaner. The combination of carbonates and acids in the drink can dissolve rings, buildup, and stains in your toilet bowl. Just take a bottle (or a can) of Cola and pour it around the rim of your toilet. Let it sit for a few hours, then scrub the bowl using the toilet brush.
Toilet cleaning products can be useful, but they are also expensive and tend to leave a foul odor. Toothpaste can be a great alternative to use on your toilet. Since its primary use is to clean enamel on your teeth, toothpaste can also effectively clean the porcelain surfaces' enamel.
Another safe alternative to chemical cleaning agents is Borax. It's a great stain remover, and it can also act as a deodorizer. Both of these characteristics make Borax the ultimate toilet cleaner. Since Borax powder is a natural mineral and an alkaline substance, it acts as an excellent disinfectant.
To prevent your toilet from wasting water, take a narrow plastic bottle or jug, and fill it with water. Place the bottle inside your tank, away from everything. The plastic bottle will displace the water in the tank, which means that less water will enter and exit the tank every time you flush.
White vinegar can be used to clean your toilet bowl by using it as a spray. You can buy it as a spray or just make your own. Shake the bottle, and spray it around the toilet bowl. Let it sit for around 10 minutes, then scrub away the stains with a toilet brush.
Just like Coca Cola, Gatorade can also be used to clean toilets. All you have to do is pour two cups of Gatorade into the toilet bowl and allow it to sit for an hour. Then, use your toilet brush to wipe away the stains. Flush the toilet to rinse everything away.
This toilet cleaning hack is best used at night. Before you sleep, peel a clove of garlic and put the clove inside your toilet bowl. Let it sit through the night. In the morning, flush the garlic out. The garlic will disinfect your toilet and leave it clean. Try to repeat this twice a week for the best results.
White vinegar is an excellent hand-free way of deep-cleaning your shower head and all the other faucets around your home. Simply take a ziplock bag and fill it with diluted white vinegar, then take a zip-tie and tie the bag around your shower head. Leave it overnight. The vinegar will naturally break down and remove all of the grime.
To remove rust from all of your metal surfaces, apply a thick layer of ketchup, and leave for 30 minutes. Use a cloth to rub the metal surface, then rinse well. This hack works best for small rust stains around your bathroom. It might not be effective on metal surfaces that are completely covered with rust.
If you ever run out of cleaning supplies, check to see if any aspirin tablets are lying around. Dissolve two aspirin tablets in a bucket of lukewarm water; you should see a mixture start to form. Aspirin works just like any other bathroom cleaner, and it will effectively remove scum and grime from your toilet and your bathroom.
Believe it or not, plain old cooking spray can help you clean your bathroom more efficiently. Just spray the cooking spray on your bathroom stains, and it will instantly remove soap scum. When you're done, rinse the area with hot water to remove the oil.
Always keep a shaker of baking soda inside your bathroom. Baking soda absorbs odors and is less potent than some of its alternatives. Sprinkle just a little bit of it around your toilet bowl before every flush, and you won't have to clean your toilet bowl quite as often.
Rice is an all-natural odor absorber. This means that you can even use it in your bathroom. Just mix a few drops of essential oils inside a jar of rice, and you'll have your own deodorizer. Remember to replace the jar's lid with a breathable fabric so that it's able to soak up all of those unwanted smells.
Want to make sure that your toilet isn't leaking? Use food coloring. Just add a few drops of food coloring into your water tank and let it sit for a few minutes. If any food coloring has seeped into the toilet bowl, then you'll know that there's a leak and quickly resolve it.
To make your very own toilet bomb, you'll need baking soda, citric acid, and some essential oils. Mix the baking soda and citric acid into a bowl and then add a few drops of essential oils. Scoop the bombs out with a teaspoon and place them on a cookie sheet. Let them dry for six hours, and once they are done, just throw one into your toilet bowl.
After cleaning your toilet bowl, the water droplets on your brush can spill all over the bathroom. Instead of just taking it out while it's still wet, gently place it underneath the lid and close it. The lid will balance the brush so that it doesn't fall into the water.
Cleaning the toilet isn't just about taking care of the mess inside, but also the grime around the outside of the toilet. To help make this easier, take a vacuum cleaner and vacuum away the dirt on the base of your toilet. Once you're done, simply wipe it away with a cloth.
One packet of Kool-Aid mix can solve all of your toilet cleaning problems. Just sprinkle the powder around your toilet bowl and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, take your toilet brush and give the bowl a good scrub. Finally, flush to rinse it all away.
A great way to get rid of those annoying rings around the toilet is by using lemon juice and salt. Cut the lemon in half and squeeze it into your toilet bowl. Then sprinkle a few pinches of salt around the bowl. Finally, use your toilet brush to scrub the bowl and flush to rinse.
Shaving cream can create a protective layer around your mirror to prevent it from fogging. Just apply a thin layer of shaving cream around your mirror and wipe it off using a damp cloth. You can also use this hack on other glass surfaces around the house.
An old toothbrush can help you get to those hard-to-reach places inside your bathroom. Just pour a cleaning agent on the bristles of the old toothbrush and scrub away the stains in your bathroom. When you are done, wipe away with a damp cloth.
Magic Erasers are one of the best bathroom cleaning tools you can own. Magic Erasers easily deep clean tile grout, porcelain, and even your bathroom mirrors. Just add a cleaning agent to a magic eraser and pour a little water over it, then you're good to go.
Want to clean underneath your toilet seat but don't want to touch it? All you'll need is an old spoon and glue. Place a small amount of glue on the spoon's underside, stick it on the lid, and leave it dry. Once it's dry, you'll have your own toilet seat handle to use anytime.
Chopsticks aren't just for enjoying a good takeout. You can also use them around your bathroom. All you need to do is wrap a cloth around your chopstick and get to work on all those nooks and crannies around your bathroom. Chopsticks can easily remove gunk from all around your bathroom.
Bleach Pens are a great multi-purpose cleaner. Not only can you use them to remove tough stains from your shoes, but you can also use them to clean the grout in your bathroom. Just run the pen over the grout lines and leave it overnight. In the morning, use a damp cloth to wipe it clean.
Baby oil helps keep your toilet shiny. Apply the baby oil to a clean cloth (preferably microfibre), then buff your toilet handle, the outside of your seat, and the tank to make them sparkle. You can also mix baby oil with water and use the solution to loosen soap scum, then wipe it away using a clean cloth.
Many of the hardware in your toilet is held together by little nuts and bolts that rust over time. You can use clear nail polish to keep them rust-free. All you have to do is brush a coat of clear nail polish onto the nuts and bolts and allow it to dry. The polish will prevent rust from forming.
One layer of bubble wrap can help prevent condensation. All you have to do is shut off the water valve inside your tank, then remove the tank lid. Flush your toilet until all of the water is drained out. Finally, line the inside of the water tank with a layer of bubble wrap. This keeps the outside of the tank from getting cold.
Cleaning your bathroom doesn't always have to be a hassle. As you can see from the examples we've just show you, there are different life hacks you can use to make your bathroom cleaning experiences cheaper and more efficient. Try a few of them for yourself and see. Remember to share these with your friends; you never know who may need them.