There’s a right way to clean and flush the loo. By Dawn Chen
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These interesting nuggets of information from online cleaning platform Helpling will amuse you.
Surprise! Toilets aren’t the dirtiest areas in your home. While doing chores, many people tend to pay the most attention to their toilets, keeping them fresh and clean. Additionally, the smooth and cold ceramic tiles prevent bacteria from surviving long on them. Based on previous reviews, the dirtiest part of a home is usually the kitchen sink, which contains up to 10,000 bacteria per square metre – 1.25 times more than on a toilet seat!
If you have a habit of bringing your phone into the toilet, you’re not alone. Three out of four Singaporeans like to use their smartphones to text or surf the net while killing time in the loo. Some even take calls while doing their business! This makes your mobile phone prime breeding grounds for germs and bacteria.
Nobody wants to relieve themselves in a smelly toilet. Your best bet at getting rid of bad odours is to clean thoroughly and flush after every use.
Contrary to what most people think, guys spend more time in the loo than we do. A German study found that women only spend a maximum of five minutes in the toilet, compared to 15 minutes for men. This is because most men think of the toilet as a safe haven, and one out of two males surveyed admitted to bringing extra reading materials into the toilet whenever nature calls.
It’s okay to play rough with your toilet: To get rid of grime and dirt effectively, you have to use enough force to scrub the bowl with a suitable toilet brush. To ease your work, soak the bowl for at least five minutes with toilet detergent to dislodge stubborn stains. Remember to dry your bowl after wiping the exterior as well – bacteria thrive on warm, sticky surfaces!
Unclogged your toilet
Follow this simple trick if your toilet isn’t flushing properly because of a blockage: Pour hot (not boiling!) water from a metre high to dislodge whatever’s causing the jam. The energy made with the fall will help to unclog your bowl.
Close that lid!
Time to think twice if you don’t put the lid down whenever you flush. Two words: It’s disgusting! Whenever you flush, specks of toilet water can splash out of the bowl for up to six meters. This contaminates the whole bathroom, from the tiles on the floor to your toothbrush at the sink. Keep this in mind the next time you’ve done your business, or you could be brushing your teeth with waste residue. *Gag*