How to Remove Bacterial Growth From a Toilet

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Things You'll Need

  • Plastic gloves

  • Hard surface detergent

  • Rag

  • Toilet brush

  • Bleach

  • Bleach tablet

Bacteria will build up in a toilet if it is not cleaned.

According to the website Mouse Cleaning, it is important to give your toilets a thorough cleaning at least once per week. If your toilets are not cleaned properly, bacteria will begin to grow. Bacteria can be released from the toilet with each flush, making it easier for you to breathe the bacteria in and get sick. There is a way to get rid of the bacteria if you already have it growing in your toilet.

Step 1

Put on a pair of plastic gloves to protect your hands from touching the bacteria when you clean the toilet.

Step 2

Pour some hard surface detergent on a damp rag and wipe down the outside of the toilet first. Then wipe down the toilet lid and seat.

Step 3

Rinse off any detergent residue with a clean wet rag. You can then dry the area with a towel, or let it dry on its own.

Step 4

Pour some of the hard surface detergent in the toilet bowl and be sure to get around the inside ring of the toilet. Let it sit for about five minutes.

Step 5

Scrub the inside of the toilet with the toilet brush. Sometimes a toilet brush is called a toilet wand.

Step 6

Flush the toilet and then pour 1 cup of bleach in the toilet. The bleach will get rid of any bacteria that was left behind by the hard surface cleaner. Let the bleach sit for another five minutes before flushing again.

Step 7

Lift up the lid to the toilet tank and drop in a toilet tablet that contains bleach. These tablets should last up to three months. After that, you will need to replace them. They will help keep bacteria from building up in the tank and the toilet bowl.


Alicia Bodine

Alicia Bodine

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