How to clean a toilet - the back ledge under the tank

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We all know how important it is to keep our bathrooms clean, especially our toilets. Sometimes even if you regularly clean your toilet, there's still an odour that you can't get out. If you've been experiencing urine scent in your bathroom, it could be because you're not reaching all of the little nooks and crannies of the toilet which can leave urine behind. This would especially be true if you have young kids who are just learning to use the toilet. To get rid of the scent, you have to clean the entire toilet from top to bottom and get in all of the little spaces. These cleaning tips from Ask Anna Moseley teach us toilet cleaning tricks to clean under the tank on the back ledge of the bowl, as well as under the attachments on the toilet seat. You may just clean around all of these areas, but have you ever really gotten under the plastic pieces where the screws attach the toilet seat to the toilet? This will give your toilet the deep cleaning it needs and will leave your entire bathroom smelling and feeling a whole lot cleaner.

For this toilet cleaning tutorial, you'll need a flat head screwdriver, cleaning supplies including disinfectant wipes, an old toothbrush, and cleaning gloves. First, try to clean in and around the plastic pieces and little spaces with an old toothbrush and some disinfectant cleaner. You can even make your own disinfectant that's perfect for toilet cleaning and bathroom cleaning. Just mix half water and half white vinegar in a spray bottle and shake until mixed. Then use as usual. You can also use a plastic knife, wrapped in a disinfectant wipe to slide under the space between the toilet tank and the back of the seat, and in the nooks of the seat. If you have more time, you can always take the toilet seat off to really get a deep clean. Just pry off the top piece of plastic on the toilet seat with your fingers, then you'll see a screw. Use your screwdriver to remove that screw. The seat should come right off and then you can easily clean the entire toilet seat as needed. Spray your disinfectant spray all over the toilet and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, take a clean, dry cloth or paper towel and start wiping your toilet down from the top to the bottom.

You'll also want to clean the bowl of the toilet of course. You can also use natural cleaning products to clean your toilet bowl too. Make your very own toilet bowl cleaner by mixing 1 cup of distilled water, 1/2 cup baking soda, 1/2 cup castile soap and 15-30 drops of essential oil - lavender, lemon or orange work best. Mix all of the ingredients up in a bottle; you can even recycle an old clean bottle and label it Toilet Cleaner. Then, when you need to clean your toilet bowl, simply pour some of the toilet bowl cleaner into the bowl and let it sit for 5 to 20 minutes. You can also add in some vinegar once you've put the toilet cleaner into the bowl for more disinfecting power, but baking soda also has a natural disinfectant. After you've waited, scrub your toilet with your toilet brush and rinse it off well before returning it to it's holder. Then, flush your toilet. Try these great toilet cleaning tips and more from Ask Anna Moseley and get your bathrooms looking clean, and smelling great. Be sure to share this with your friends too.***

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