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 Post subject: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:33 am 
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Since moving I've been using baking soda since that's what my roommate uses. I like that it's safe for the environment and cheap, but I find the combination of it and "letting it mellow" means the toilet is dirty after two days. It's driving me nuts!

I used to use 7th Generation spray, I think, and I could go about a week. Anyone got any toilet miracle workers?

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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 2:10 am 
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I use the Method stuff. It works really well.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 4:48 am 
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Letting it mellow erodes the enamel on toilet bowls, they just get harder to clean and end up with permanent black marks.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 10:15 am 
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I usually use just a spritz of Sun & Earth all purpose spray and some baking soda and vinegar and it stays clean for a week or so. but I never let it mellow, so yeah that could be the problem.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 11:28 am 
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fezza wrote:
Letting it mellow erodes the enamel on toilet bowls, they just get harder to clean and end up with permanent black marks.

Really? The plumber was out here a few weeks ago and he was in full support of letting it mellow.

Hm...environment vs gross black marks?

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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 12:37 pm 
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I dump in hydrogen peroxide before work in the morning, scrub at night. Then, scrub the rest with baking soda. We mellow, and the bowl has a very, very slight ring that never seems to come off, but the rest is sparkling clean.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 1:14 pm 
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I use the bleachiest bleachy stuff I can find, hose it down with bleachy gel and let it sit for a little while, and then scrub it with a brush.

We do not let it mellow (much-- unless it would wake up a sleeping child) because it smells bad very quickly.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 3:08 pm 
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j-dub wrote:
fezza wrote:
Letting it mellow erodes the enamel on toilet bowls, they just get harder to clean and end up with permanent black marks.

Really? The plumber was out here a few weeks ago and he was in full support of letting it mellow.

Hm...environment vs gross black marks?


Yep. Not flushing vs eventual premature toilet bowl replacement.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 7:01 pm 
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So, uh, those gross black marks? Hard to explain if you're renting.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jun 24, 2012 8:12 pm 
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Pinko wrote:
I use the Method stuff. It works really well.


Agreed.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:44 am 
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Eh, we let it mellow in general, but make sure to not leave pee sitting in the toilet for more than a couple hours, and ALWAYS flush at night before bed. Never had a problem with smell as long as we clean the toilet frequently. I'm sure that it's not great for the enamel, but a few hours of pee that is flushed before it starts to chemically decompose (which you can smell) probably isn't going to do much damage.

As for cleaning products, I use hydrogen peroxide. I figure it's probably the most eco-friendly cleaner since it decomposes into plain water.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 9:56 am 
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helbury wrote:
Eh, we let it mellow in general, but make sure to not leave pee sitting in the toilet for more than a couple hours, and ALWAYS flush at night before bed. Never had a problem with smell as long as we clean the toilet frequently. I'm sure that it's not great for the enamel, but a few hours of pee that is flushed before it starts to chemically decompose (which you can smell) probably isn't going to do much damage.


Same here. I usually flush every few hours because I pee a lot and don't want the toilet to clog from all the toilet paper. I always flush it before bed too. We never smell anything, but I clean the toilet on Wednesdays and Sundays. I like the Better Life toilet bowl cleaner. I never considered using hydrogen peroxide! I'll try that.

However, I think the toilet might make a difference, too, as far as how long you can let it mellow. We installed Totos with the sanigloss coating on the bowl when we remodeled and they are amazing. You can take the biggest dump ever and the bowl will still be shiny white. :) The toilets we replaced? Not such a great track record.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Mon Jun 25, 2012 12:02 pm 
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I use whatever eco cleaner is on sale and clean my toilets once or twice a week. We mellow because we all pee so much and I am a stickler for being cheap and conserving water as much as we can. I hope my toilets don't start looking nasty since they are brand new. I should really flush before bedtime and when we leave for work.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
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So what is toilet grossesness really determined by? I'm pretty upset by having to clean my toilet every week because in my last house I think I cleaned it once? in the whole year I lived there. And both places I was the only one using it so I'm having trouble blaming anyone else for how gross it looks.

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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 10:10 am 
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I use Mrs. Meyers for my toilet and pretty much everything else. I get the big bottle and dilute it into a spray bottle.

My definition of toilet grossness is mostly visual. Some people worry about the germs, but I worry about stuff like toilet bowl rings, hair, and pee-splash.


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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Sun Jul 01, 2012 11:46 am 
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i use the ecover stuff. i like it.

is there anything we can put in while we're mellowing to reduce it's erosive qualities? like maybe a pinch of baking soda or something? (i guess it depends on whether your pee is acidic or alkaline.) and FYI, if you have diabetes, letting it mellow will make the bowl stain faster.

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toilet brush for the gross insides with a bit of baking soda sprinkled in the water, sponge with some baking soda on it for the gross outsides

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 Post subject: Re: How do you clean your toilet?
PostPosted: Mon Jul 02, 2012 1:43 pm 
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Wait. You're supposed to clean toilets?

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