How to clean a toilet: Three steps to a sparkling limescale-free loo

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Toilets are the grubbiest place in your home because they’re full of bacteria and germs and it’s nearly impossible to scrub away the limescale in them. Hard water deposits show up as brown stains in the toilet, and that’s the last thing you want any guests seeing. Express.co.uk reveals the three steps to cleaning your toilet, according to the experts at Dri-Pak.

Mrs Hinch and other famous cleaning gurus might tell you to use strong loo cleaners or bleach in your toilet, but this is harmful to the environment.

If you’ve ever watched David Attenborough’s documentaries or heard him speak, you’ve probably sworn to be more eco-friendly and try to look after wildlife.

Using these harsh cleaners is doing the exact opposite and it’s totally unnecessary.

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Paul Brook from Dri-Pak said: “There is a bewildering array of toilet cleaners on the market and many are simply ‘pop in the bowl’ (or cistern) and forget.

“But have you actually read the back of the packet? You’ll find that most of them contain a line ‘Harmful to aquatic life with long-lasting effects’.

“When you flush the loo and admire the brightly coloured liquid flowing off to the sewer, do you really consider where some of those chemicals are ending up and the effect they may be having on watercourses, the environment and aquatic life?

“Many of them are corrosive to skin and eyes so should be handled with care and most definitely kept away from the reach of children.”

Not only is incessantly disinfecting your toilet harmful to the environment, but it’s also unnecessary.

Mr Brook said: “Maybe the marketing bods have convinced us that our toilets need to be sanitary enough to wash the pots in, but is it really necessary?

“You can use biodegradable traditional products to keep the toilet smelling fresh without an artificial smell.

“Remember NEVER to use bleach in combination with any other cleaning product as it can give off dangerous gases.”

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Instead of bleach and that range of toilet-cleaning sprays and pastes you bought in the supermarket, try Dri-Pak’s eco-friendly and cheap three-step-approach.

First, pour some soda crystals – which are available online and in some stores such as Tesco, Sainsbury’s, Morrisons, Asda, Co-op Robert Dyas and Wilko, down the toilet.

Scrub the bowl and rim with a “good old fashioned stiff toilet brush” to get rid of the brown stains and limescale buildup.

If you’re worried about scratching the toilet bowl, use liquid soda crystals instead.

Most people use bleach to attempt to get rid of the brown marks in the toilet caused by limescale and hard water, but this simply changes its colour.

Mr Brook said: “If there’s limescale, eliminate it with Citric Acid. The effect is very quick and visible, especially so when used with hot water.”

Follow the instructions on the packet of citric acid, which you can buy from Robert Dyas, Wilko, B&Q and Ocado as well as independent hardware stores.

Finally, give the toilet seat a regular wipe after spritzing with white vinegar or a clean with bicarb cream.

White vinegar is available pretty much anywhere, and bicarb cream is exclusive to Dri-Pak and available at Poundstretcher, Robert Dyas and independent hardware stores.

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