Warning: This post contains pictures of toilets that some readers may find disturbing. Reader discretion is advised.
If you know me at all, you know I am bursting to break out some paint in this new house! But I’ve learned from a few moves that a place feels more like home once the toilets are cleaned to my satisfaction.
Sooo, before we talk about all of the fun stuff, I’m going to share about these toilets! Yep. A whole new house to blog about and we’re talking about toilets.
This house has hard water and it’s been vacant for a while, so there was an ugly build-up in all of the toilet bowls and who knows when they last had a good scrubbing. Our last house had hard water as well, so I learned how to clean it up lickety-split and I thought that would be helpful information for other people with that issue.
This is how the toilets looked when we first got to the house…
Insert Psycho music and women with no sense of potty humor fainting. I’m sure it’s not the worst toilet you’ve ever seen, but there’s lots of room for improvement.
The blue in the toilet is the toilet bowl cleaner I squirted into the bowl before I thought I would want to take pictures of my new toilet to share with a few thousand people. (And look, I even watermarked that picture. There is no denying that toilet.)
Step 1 – Squirt in your favorite toilet bowl cleaner and let it sit for a bit. Then, scrub the toilet bowl cleaner with a scrub brush and flush…
Then it’s time for the magic.
Step two – Use a Scouring Stick, which is like a pumice stone. Maybe it actually IS a pumice stone?
Whatever it is, it takes hard water build-up right off.
Just scrub the build-up with the Scouring Stick. The process will wear away the stick and you will see pieces of it in the toilet, but those will be carried away in the next flush. Keep scrubbing and flushing until the build-up is gone. This toilet only took a minute or two.
I then cleaned the rest of the toilet with Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner in Lavender. I scrubbed the hinges with an old tooth brush to get into all of the nooks and crannies.
And it looks like a new toilet!
I also needed to clean the jetted tub in the master bath. And, I must say, I am super excited about having a jetted tub! This one needed some attention, though…
Before I tell you how I cleaned it, let me back up the camera and show you how the tub is situated…
Isn’t that pretty with the arch? Such a great space and so much potential to make it even better.
The first challenge in cleaning this tub is that the water only came out of the spout in a trickle. It probably would’ve taken me 3 hours to fill the tub and that isn’t an exaggeration. There was hard water build-up in the faucet that was blocking the flow. Vinegar is magical with this sort of thing. I poured white vinegar in a ziplock back and banded it over the faucet. It sat for about an hour and, once removed, the water flowed much better.
The faucet still doesn’t function at full capacity, so we’re going to replace it, but at least I could run water to clean the tub.
I filled the tub with hot water and poured in some white vinegar. I used a sponge and scrubbed the top of the tub, higher than the water line. Then, I used a trick my mom shared with me – drop in a dishwasher tablet and run the jets for 10 minutes. The vinegar and dishwasher tab clean and disinfect the tub and the interior workings of the jets.
I drained the tub and wiped it down and it looked like a brand new tub. My mom usually does one more step and fills the tub with cold water and runs the jets one more time as a “rinse”. It took so long to fill my tub that I didn’t do that step, but I will once we replace the faucet.
I hope this post wasn’t TMI (too much information) while you’re having your morning coffee and gave you some ideas for cleaning your own bathrooms.
We unloaded most of our kitchen boxes, had a new fridge delivered, hit the grocery store, and even unearthed our mattresses from the trucks yesterday, so we’re settling in quickly.
More new house posts to come…
PS – Let’s take a quick poll. I’m a non-glove-wearing-toilet-scrubber, as you may have noticed. (As a note, though, I did clean the bowl with bleach cleaner and a toilet brush before I stuck my hand inside.)
Do you wear rubber/latex gloves when you clean or not?