Here are some guidelines for Cleaning and sanitizing toilets, used effectively by a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il.
* Use commercial toilet - bowl cleaners on the inside of the bowl only.
* Chlorine bleach is an effective alternative to commercial toilet cleaners. Add 1/4 cup to the toilet bowl, let stand a few minutes, brush with a toilet brush, then flush. This will disinfect as well.
* One-half cup distilled white vinegar, used the same way as chlorine bleach, is also an effective bowl cleaner. Be careful never to mix vinegar and chlorine bleach. This combination will result in the release of highly poisonous gases.
* To remove a hard-water ring from the inside of the toilet, pour white vinegar in the bowl and let it sit for an hour. Scrub clean and flush.
* Do not use in-tank cleaners, which can damage flush valves and other working parts.
* Even seldom - used toilets should be flushed regularly, to keep them in optimum working order.
* For the exterior, wipe the outside and rim with an all-purpose cleaner and a damp cloth, ( do not reuse the cloth on any other surfaces in the bathroom besides the toilet, or anywhere else in the house.) Be sure to also clean the bottom of the pedestal where the toilet is bolted to the floor.
* For plastic toilet seats, wipe them with an all purpose cleaner or mild dishwashing liquid and a damp cloth. Don't all an abrasive cleanser to come in contact with the toilet seat, as it will damage the finish. Wipe any splashes of cleaning solutions from plastic surfaces immediately, especially the bumpers and hinges of the seats.
* For wooden toilet seats, both clear-coated and painted wooden seats should be cleaned with mild dishwashing liquid and water. Do not use abrasives, which can damage the finish. Rinse thoroughly and dry with a soft cloth, says Martha Stewart's Homekeeping Handbook and followed diligently by a 40+ year old Residential Cleaning Service in Evanston, Il.