The humble toilet brush plays a practically pivotal role in maintaining the cleanliness of your bathroom and is one of the most important bathroom accessories. Toilet brushes should be replaced as often as required to ensure that wear and tear does not diminish their effectiveness, although a well maintained brush is imbued with a lot of longevity!
It’s quite easy (and important!) to give your toilet brush a little TLC. The great thing is compared to many other household chores; this one is rather simple and very fast meaning there is really no excuse not to do it!
Here are Bella Bathrooms' tips for how to do just that:
- Brushes should be disinfected every three to six months – at least! If you have a thriving, flourishing household, you may be required to do so more often. How often you clean your brush is really at your discretion, but a well maintained brush will work far better than one that’s bristles are falling apart. Schedule in regular cleans to ensure that you don’t bypass this important process.
- Invest in an anti-bacterial toilet cleaner that has been specially formulated to deal with the dirt and faecal matter that toilet brushes are forced to come into contact with. As we know, bathroom toilets are hotbeds for contamination, so the appropriate anti-bacterial cleanser will nullify the nasties that are potentially living and breeding in your brush!
- You can also put together your own concoction (vinegar) or use regular old bleach and simply soak the brush in its own holder. We prefer to squirt the product into the toilet bowl and let the brush soak there (only if the toilet itself has been cleaned of course), or place the brush into a bucket, apply your vinegar, bleach or solution with some hot water and allow to soak for an hour minimum. If you are soaking your brush in the toilet bowl, you will need to leave it to soak for several hours and the benefit is you will also have a brand spanking new toilet as well as brush!
- After a vigorous, soothing soak, you should rinse your brush once more with a hosepipe or by bucketing clean water onto it and allow it to air dry.
- Learn to keep an eye out for wear and tear. It can be tempting to stick with an old brush, and it is economically and environmentally viable to keep your brush for as long as you can. Once a brush’s quality begins to diminish, seek a new replacement.
Here are a few other tips:
- Buy a new toilet brush long before your old one goes the way of the dinosaur. That way your new brush will always be ready and waiting, able to jump into action when required.
- Spray the brush with a decontaminating spray to kill off any remaining dirt.
- Kim and Aggie, the cleaning goddesses from ‘How Clean is Your House?’ prefer the method of dunking the brush down the toilet bowl so if you want the advice of the professionals, stick with this tip!
- Overusing bleach is not environmentally friendly, so if you do have vinegar to spare, it works just as well and the environment approves.