How to Keep Your Toilet Clean

How to Keep Your Toilet Clean Longer { } Great tips and few supplies needed to get that clean look!

Hi there! It’s Kimberly from A Night Owl and I’m back again this month with another easy and helpful household tip! So far I’ve shared my tried and true tip on how to keep a windshield crack from spreading, how to soften butter quickly for great baking, how to remove ink stains from clothing, and today we’re going to cover  How to Keep your Toilet Clean!

As a mother of two boys I struggle with the bathroom situation. Anyone else here in the same boat? You know what I mean, right? On TOP of that, I also live in Arizona which has what they call “hard water.” That means that the water has high mineral count, which can lead to things like calcium build up and hard spots wherever water is present. Double bathroom bummer. But recently I set out to tackle my bathroom issues and want to share some tips with you on how to keep your toilet clean! This will save you time and effort in the long run.

How to Keep Your Toilet Clean Longer { } Great tips and few supplies needed to get that clean look!

What you’ll need? Vinegar (cleaning vinegar is stronger and works best), a scrub brush and some duct tape. Yes, duct tape! Stay with me here. You’ll also need TIME. Do all of this right before everyone is down for the night because near the end you’re going to want to let things sit overnight. But I get ahead of myself.

The FIRST step? Turn off the water to your toilet. You know, that little hose and knob behind the toilet. It’s probably a little dusty like mine here. Once you’ve turned off the water, flush the toilet so your water tank empties and then pour a gallon of water into the toilet bowl to flush all the water out.

How to Keep Your Toilet Clean Longer { } Great tips and few supplies needed to get that clean look!

Now deep clean! You’re going to want to scrub under the toilet rim and clean out the siphons. Those are simply the holes in your toilet and are the KEY to keeping your toilet clean and what we’re going to work on today. Then dry underneath the rim, because next up we’re going to duct tape them closed.

How to Keep Your Toilet Clean Longer { } Great tips and few supplies needed to get that clean look!

Now that your rim and siphons are clean and dry, tape them off with duct tape. Cover each siphon with duct tape around the rim and make sure they’re secure.

How to Keep Your Toilet Clean Longer { } Great tips and few supplies needed to get that clean look!

Now pour vinegar into the toilet tank and flush the toilet! This allows the vinegar to run into the siphons and the duct tape will keep it there!

How to Keep Your Toilet Clean Longer { } Great tips and few supplies needed to get that clean look!

Then let the vinegar sit in the rim and siphons overnight. The next morning you can remove the duct tape, turn the water back on an flush the toilet a couple of times to get everything back to usual. And you’re done! Now you’ve deep cleaned the siphons, which will help you keep your toilet clean in the long term!

Kimberly - Crafts Contributor


Gah – I totally need to do this!! I’m all for keeping my toilet clean LONGER!

Thanks, Kimberly! For more great projects from her be sure to head to A Night Owl, and for more info about her go HERE.

For more great tips from Kimberly, be sure to check out:

How to Soften Butter Quickly - for all those recipes that call for room temp butter!!

How to Soften Butter Quickly

How to Remove Ink Stains - great tip!! Only takes one thing!! So easy!

How to Remove Ink Stains

How to keep a windshield crack from spreading! Brilliant! Great tips!

How to Keep A Windshield Crack from Spreading

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  1. Hi, Thanks for the sharing such an informative article about bathroom cleaning. You explain it like an expert. I never compromise to cleaning my bathroom. After reading this article, I found here some useful tips about cleaning the bathroom. I am going to add these in my list. Keep up with good work.

  2. I was a bit afraid when I had to wash the toilet, the feeling of looking at it made me uncomfortable. You are really brave when using bare hands to stick tape to it. I think vinegar and baking soda are a good combination for cleaning, but practically I only use toilet cleaning products to simplify this process. You may blame me for not thinking about environmental damage, yet I really want to quickly complete things in just a few minutes without considering too much.

  3. In response to the concerns about vinegar in the tank. From googleing the question, it seems good to put vinegar in the tank of the toilet which allows it to clean lime, calcium, and other minerals found in our tap water that accumulate in our toilet tanks and plug up or corrode parts in our toilets water tank. I think the trick is to put vinegar in the tank and only let it sit for 15 or 20 minutes. long enough TO remove any accumulated minerals but not long enough to have a negative effect on the toilet parts located in the tank. flush it into the siphons and remove the remaining vinegar in the tank by scooping it out and soaking up with a sponge or towel. letting the vinegar sit in the siphons over night per the instructions won’t harm the porcelain and will thoroughly clean any germs and bacteria.

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