Easy spring clean how to! Make this Easy Natural Toilet Cleaner + spring cleaning tips for your bathroom! This post is sponsored by Kimberly-Clark and The Motherhood. All opinions are my own. May contain commissioned links.
Easy Natural Toilet Cleaner + 6 Bathroom Toilet Cleaning Tips
I have some rough news for you and your spring cleaning efforts today. You are NOT cleaning your bathroom toilets as well as you think that you are. There are in fact 6 other places around the bathroom toilet that you are missing. Yikes! So today, I’m making sure that we disinfect every single one. Because toilets are in MOST definite need of a spring cleaning too. Make this Easy Natural Toilet Cleaner + grab these 6 Bathroom Toilet Cleaning Tips and get your spring clean game on!
1. Start with the Water Tank
So, do you know how often I open up the water tank of my toilet? Not often. But if you take a look at the depths….it’s a breeding ground for hard water stains, mold, mildew and bacteria. Eww. So whenever I start my toilet cleaning endeavors, I start with the water tank to help keep my toilet bowl cleaner between uses. Pour 1 cup of vinegar into the tank. Allow to sit while you clean. Then flush 2-3 times to rinse out the tank. (You definitely do not want to leave vinegar in your tank for a long period of time. It will start eroding your metal components.)
2. Make this Easy Natural Toilet Cleaner
I highly dislike the smell of toilet cleaners. In fact, there are some to this day that still make me so nauseated, I have to leave the room. So going the more natural route for a toilet bowl cleaner is so much better for my sensitive nose. Only a few ingredients will produce a powerful, natural and more pleasant smelling cleaner that disinfects too. Trust me when I say that you will definitely want that many drops of essential oil…because toilets are gross. (You can make this Lavender Natural Toilet Cleaner too) Ready to make your own Easy Natural Toilet Cleaner?
- 1/2 cup baking soda
- 10-15 drops of lemon essential oil
- 10-15 drops of rosemary essential oil
- 1 cup of vinegar
In a glass bowl, mix together your baking soda and essential oils. Store in a tightly sealed mason jar until ready for use. When ready for cleaning, pour 2 tbsp of baking powder mixture into your toilet bowl. Give the bowl a good initial scrub with your toilet brush. Then add 1 cup of white vinegar. This will not only give you disinfecting power of the vinegar, but react with the baking soda for a great foaming action in your bowl. BONUS, right? Then go ahead and give that toilet bowl another deep down clean with the brush. Flush.
Boom, done. By the way, I’m pretty embarrassed to show you these before and after photos, but you can see how effective the natural toilet bowl cleaner is! I love the smell of the lemon and rosemary while doing the dirty job. Makes cleaning toilets much more bearable 🙂
3. Disinfect Your Brush
You use your toilet brush all the time to get the bowl. Bravo. But when was the last time that you cleaned the brush? Ahem – yeah. Me too. So while you’re bowl may look sparkly clean, you’re also spreading those germs from the last clean…and the clean before that…and the clean before that from your friend, Mr. Toilet Brush. Gross! While there may be debate here, I do recommend on soaking the whole brush in vinegar first, overnight. For a deeper clean, I would go ahead and soak in bleach too. And if you haven’t changed out your brush in awhile (like once or twice a year), it may be time for that too.
4. Clean the WHOLE Toilet Surface
You’ve tackled the bowl, perhaps you even got the seat and under the seat. That’s great. But imagine if you will the moment when you flush the toilet. There’s particles of bacteria, water, and YUCK floating all over the bathroom. So making sure to clean the whole toilet, include every surface is super important. There are only a few places where I will give up my reusable rag for a paper towel, and a toilet is definitely one of them. I use Viva® Vantage® Big Roll Paper Towels for the deep down toilet clean, because of the awesome scrubby texture. Great for scrubbing down the toilet area, I know that I am getting the dirty job done right.
5. Clean the Toilet Paper Holder
I don’t need to explain that flushing illustration again, right? So you can imagine how many germs are sitting on your toiler paper holder. Oh, and then add in how many times hands are grabbing for toilet paper. I know, new mental picture. Make sure to clean every inch of that toilet paper holder. Now is a great time to stock up on your favorite toilet paper too, like Cottonelle® Clean Care with its CleanRipple Texture.
6. Clean the Toilet Bowl Handle…Again
Maybe it’s because of my history as a pediatric nurse, but I’m pretty clean obsessed when it comes to any handles and knobs. And the toilet handle is one of the most touched areas of your bathroom. So even if I think that I got all of the bathroom toilet flusher handle area, I go ahead and clean that sucker again right before I leave. Because….yep, it’s gross.
Go ahead and pat yourself on the back. Your deep spring clean of your bathroom toilet is complete. If you were already using all 6 of these steps in your bathroom toilet cleaning practices, I applaud you. Because honestly, it’s so easy forget step 1, or 3, or 6 or heck, all of them! So I hope these steps have help you on the way to toilet bowl cleaning success. I definitely feel much better after a deep toilet spring clean.
Make sure that you’re ready to tackle spring cleaning with the right tools, like the Kimberly-Clark Family Care Products at your local Walmart. I can grab all of my paper product essentials from Viva® Towels, Cottonelle®, and Scott® 1000 in one spot, at a price my budget-conscious family can appreciate.
Cleaning your toilets to the nth degree is super important, especially during Spring Cleaning season! Make this easy natural toilet cleaner, stock up on your Kimberly-Clark Family Care Products, and let’s clean those toilets the right way this spring!