How to Disinfect a Toilet
The toilet is everyone's least favorite household cleaning job. But whether you have potty training children, someone in your family that's been sick with the flu or food poisoning, or your toilet is due for a cleaning, disinfecting is key to preventing the spread of harmful bacteria and illness-causing pathogens in your household.
Most toilet seats have an average of about 295 bacteria per square inch*, including E. Coli, Salmonella, Staph (Staphylococcus), Influenza and more. Just flushing the toilet spreads plenty of bacteria on its own, as polluted water vapor erupts out of the bowl during the flushing process, potentially coating the surrounding area in a gross bacterial mist. Illness-causing bacteria can survive on hard surfaces for weeks, so a weekly schedule of disinfecting is important to keep harmful bacteria at bay, and more frequently during cold and flu season.
People commonly use disinfecting wipes because they seem convenient, but they often require that surfaces remain wet for up to 10 minutes in order to be effective, and keeping a surface wet with disinfecting wipes can be more difficult than you might think. Many of them contain alcohol, which can cause the liquid to dry quickly, and can also cause premature cracking of plastic and vinyl. This can make it difficult to keep the surface wet without re-wiping multiple times, resulting in a potential waste of both time and money.
A fast-acting spray-application disinfectant will allow you to disinfect the hard-to-reach areas that wipes can't, and ensure that the surface remains wet for the proper time so germs are, in fact, killed. Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner eliminates cold, flu, E. Coli, Norovirus, Staph and other illness-causing bacteria in 2 minutes or less, remaining wet and active on hard, non-porous surfaces long enough to do its intended job.
- Remove any visible solid or liquid waste. Before disinfecting your toilet, remove any fabric toilet seat covers, as they're not suitable for hard-surface disinfectants and should be washed separately.
- Spray the entire toilet inside and out with Simple Green Clean Finish Disinfectant Cleaner until it is covered with the product, including flush handle, above and below the toilet seat, and surrounding exterior hard surfaces like walls and floors.
- Scrub the inside of the bowl with a toilet brush to agitate and remove any build-up.
- Allow all sprayed surface areas to remain visibly wet for 2 minutes (see label for complete list of kill times). Flush the toilet to rinse away any loosened material.
- Wipe the outside, the handle, the seat and the surrounding surfaces with a clean cloth or paper towels.
- Allow to air dry.
Tip: Additionally, you should disinfect your toilet brush and its holder after you've cleaned. This can be done by spraying Clean Finish onto both the brush and the holder and allowing them to remain wet for two minutes. Air dry.