Believe it or not, our toilets can actually be one of the cleaner ones Things in our bathrooms; according to a study from 2011 Our toothbrush holders made by NSF International can hold the highest amount of viral bacteria, germs and mold in our bathroom. But 27% of the toilet seats involved in the study (as well as 14% of the toilet handles) contained alarmingly high levels of mold, yeast and germs, which shows that many people do not clean their toilets correctly. While you can clean or wipe your toilet frequently, the best way to remove germs and viruses is to actually disinfect them.
Carolyn Forte, the director of Good Housekeeping Institute cleaning laboratory, says that many people neglect to read the instructions on their cleaning products – and do not realize that they have to wet toilet surfaces for a certain period of time to completely kill germs. “Yes, a product can claim to kill 99% of all germs and bacteria. But it needs to stay wet to be effective, and if you use it for a few seconds, it won’t be effective,” explains Forte.
Charles Gerba, Ph.D., Professor of Epidemiology and Biostatistics in the Institute for Environmental Sciences at the University of Arizona found that a single flush could send E coli Bacteria in the air (and on the toilet itself), where they can float in the air stream for up to six hours, as published in the magazine Applied microbiology. Research finds it is unclear whether these bacteria in the air could pose the same risk as other germ sources, but Gerba says Good housekeeping that viruses can generally live on surfaces like your toilet for a few hours to a few days. “Most cold and flu viruses survive from a few hours to 9 days. [depending] on temperature and relative humidity, “he says.
Below is Forte’s advice on disinfecting all the dirtiest surfaces of a toilet, as well as some tips to keep the rest of your bathroom as clean as possible.
How do you properly clean a toilet?
Before you start, you need to be well prepared for the job. Forte says she recommends that people keep a separate set of cleaning tools that are not used on other surfaces throughout the house. While she says there are a variety of bathroom cleaners that homeowners can use, she recommends the following list of consumables, based on the clear instructions for each product, and the deadlines for properly disinfecting toilet surfaces.
- A bristle brush (can be kept in a separate folder in your bathroom)
- ON Pair of rubber gloves
- One or two Scotch-Brite peeling sponges
- A gallon of Clorox bleach, regular grade (can be used throughout the house)
- A bottle Clorox toilet bowl cleaner with bleach
- A pack of disinfectant wipes of your choice
- A bottle Lysol Power bathroom cleaner
How do you clean a stained toilet bowl?
When cleaning your toilet, you should always start with the bowl first, Forte says. You can use products that are marketed for cleaning and disinfecting germs in the toilet bowl. However, Forte recommends taking a bottle of it Clorox ‘toilet cleaner contains the bleach as the product claims it can disinfect the inside of the toilet in just five minutes. Forte uses the Clorox product and says you should Coat the entire toilet bowl Start under the edge of the bowl: then put on your gloves and Use your toilet brush to physically scrub the solution in your toilet bowl. “Make sure you scrub the cleaner well around the inside of your bowl, bend the toilet if possible, and under the rim of the bowl,” she explains. “Then you want to let everything sit for five minutes and wash it all away.”
If you don’t have access to a particular disinfectant for toilet bowls, the next best thing is the actual bleaching itself, Forte says. Simply measure the bleach from half a cup and pour it into your toilet bowl. Use your toilet brush to scrub it into the bowl and under the rim of the bowl. Also, let five minutes pass before washing everything away.
A step-by-step guide to disinfecting the toilet:
While you are waiting for your toilet cleaner to be properly disinfected, you can clean the rest of the chest of drawers. Use a bathroom-specific disinfectant: Forte recommends Lysols Power bathroom cleaner because it clearly indicates how long you need to keep the surface moist to neutralize common viruses and bacteria: 10 mins.
An important clue: According to Forte, disinfectants only really neutralize germs if the surface has been freed of surface foam or dirt beforehand. This means you have to Quickly go over your toilet with a disinfectant wipe (or a disinfectant) before applying another layer of disinfectant spray. You need to remove all body fluids like vomit before applying your disinfectant spray for it to be really effective, says Forte.
- Start with the exterior of your toilet. You can work your way up from the foundation to the lid. Spray thoroughly under your toilet and the sides of the dresser, Forte says. Be sure to spray the small area between the toilet seat and the tank and work your way up and onto the tank.
- Then Spray both sides of the lid downStart with the exterior, as you’ll need to leave the lid open to spray again if necessary.
- Next one Spray both sides of the toilet seat thoroughlyand lower it back onto the bowl when you’re done.
- While you wait for the disinfectant to air dry, Overcome difficult spots that are known to contain more germs. A typical example: The flushing handle of the toilet, which according to the NSF International study can even be dirtier than the actual seat. You can spray it specifically and ensure that it is wet for at least five minutes before air drying. Alternatively, especially between cleaning sessions, you can use a disinfectant wipe to rub the handle vigorously before letting it air dry.
After 10 minutes, take a clean sponge or paper towels Wipe off condensed waterand make sure every surface is dry. Also, don’t forget to flush your toilet if you haven’t already!
How often should I clean my toilet?
Disinfecting your toilet can help reduce the risk of coming into contact with harmful germs in your home, especially if someone in your family is sick and cannot be quarantined in their own quarters. However, it is important to understand that the toilet can absorb bacteria and viruses on its surfaces even after just one use.
Forte says you should try cleaning your toilet as often as possible, but complete disinfection should take place every two to three days if someone in your house is sick. Outside the flu season, once a week – or biweekly, depending on how often the toilet is used – should be enough.
While you don’t have to worry about every time you disinfect or disinfect your toilet, according to Forte, you should also consider the time to actually disinfect your detergents. A toilet brush mold can grow by itself If it remains in an aqueous holder, you should clean it regularly after scrubbing the toilet bowl and surfaces. Spray it thoroughly with a disinfectant spray and let it air dry by placing it between your toilet seat and the bowl itself (so that the scrub head can hang over the water in the bowl). For your gloves, sponges, or other rubber-based or porous material detergents, you can ensure that they are sterile by soaking them in bleach-infused water and then air-drying them.