Bathroom Cleaning Challenges

Keep your bathroom fixtures bright with these tips on scrubbing and disinfecting.

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Allow Cleaner to Stand Before Scrubbing Toilet DK - House Works © 2010 Dorling Kindersley LimitedDump the disposables. Disposable bathroom cleaning products are costlier than reusable cloths. Take a pass on throwaway cleaners to save money and the environment.

Toilet

Cleaning the toilet isn't most people's idea of a good time, but where would we be without it? I'll tell you: back in the outhouse. Try these ideas to keep it clean and inviting:

Take your time. Place granulated or liquid toilet bowl cleaner into the bowl, and let the cleaner go to work. Standing time is necessary to dissolve deposits and kill germs, so don't cut the time short.

Brush up. A good bowl brush is a must. If yours is flattened or mashed, replace it; you need those bristles bristling to do a good job. Curved bowl brushes reach up-and-under the toilet rim to scour away hidden deposits.

Scrub up.
If the toilet develops a stubborn ring that regular cleaning won't cure, bring on the pumice stone! This natural stone is porous and crumbles. Rub the stone directly on the ring to remove the deposit.

Disinfect. Use a disinfecting spray cleaner or all-purpose bathroom cleaner to spray toilet rims, seat and lid, tank and bowl exterior. Be sure to check the label for the recommended standing time; antibacterial cleaning products require a certain amount of wet exposure to kill germs. Wipe clean and dry with fresh cleaning cloths.

Drips and dribbles. These are a predictable hazard in a home containing boys — of any age — and can cause odor problems and floor damage if urine is allowed to stand at the base of the toilet. Use disinfecting cleaner and the cleaning toothbrush to rout out stray dribbles or assign the job to the manly offenders.

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Excerpted from Houseworks, by Cynthia Townley Ewer

Text Copyright © 2006, 2010, Cynthia Townley Ewer, extracts from Houseworks, reproduced with permission from Dorling Kindersley Limited

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