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Cleaning Under the Toilet Rim


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So you’ve used a little extra elbow grease to clean the bowl of your toilet. It’s unblocked, you dusted the seat and you’ve wiped down the front. Congratulations! But you forgot one thing, and it’s not the easiest of jobs. Cleaning under the toilet bowl rim is a task you shouldn’t forget to do.

Cleaning under the toilet rim is possibly one of the most important toilet related tasks that you can do, as bacteria likes to accumulate there. So let us teach you how to do it right the first time, so that you can move on to more pleasant tasks.

The Tools For Cleaning Under The Toilet Rim

In true DIY spirit, we’ll concentrate on things you probably already have in your home:

  • Toilet brush
  • Rubber gloves
  • Hand mirror
  • Old toothbrush
  • Toilet cleaner

Of course you’ll never use that toothbrush for anything but toilet cleaning. You can keep it with your other “tough work” cleaning tools. The toothbrush and the toilet brush might prove useful if you need to clean hard water stains from your toilet in the future.

How To Clean Under The Rim Of A Toilet Bowl

The process of cleaning under the toilet bowl rim is twofold. First you need to clean the horizontal surface that you can see, then you need to clean the parts that you can’t see.

  1. Start by donning your gloves, as you don’t want to be touching the toilet cleaner with bare hands! Plus, this can be a dirty job in general.
  2. Grab your toilet cleaner, such as Bloo liquid toilet gel (it smells sooo good!) some online sources also recommend using a mixture of baking soda and water combining it into a paste.
  3. Now locate the toilet tank’s shut off valve, twist it shut, and then give it a flush. That should empty your tank and keep the jets from dripping too much.
  4. Use your gloved fingers to apply the toilet cleaner or paste under the entire rim. You need at least a thin layer all the way around. Let it sit for 15 minutes, then scrub vigorously under the rim with your toilet brush.
  5. Finally, get out the hand mirror and locate the water jets. This is where the toothbrush comes in handy. Use the toothbrush to really get in there and scrub those, as well as any lingering spots and stains. Apply more toilet cleaner as needed during the process.
  6. Finally, turn on the toilet tank’s shut off valve. After it fills, give the toilet a celebratory flush!

You did it! And assuming nothing untoward happened during your cleaning process, you won’t need to unclog the toilet bowl afterwards.

Now that you know how to clean under the rim of a toilet bowl, you’re ready for bigger and better projects. If you need help finding one, join the Ask Team Clean community to find more money and time saving household projects. 

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