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Can anyone persuade me to get a toilet brush?

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Crazycleaninglady Fri 15-Mar-19 11:06:14

I've never owned a toilet brush and I hate the idea of them. Something that you clean the toilet with just hanging around the house.

But my new toilet seems to catch the poo envyenvyenvy << sick not envy

I know this has probably been done to death but can anyone persuade me that loo brushes are fine and necessary.

userschmoozer Fri 15-Mar-19 11:07:41

They cost 50p. Try one and if you don't like it you are 50p down.

TwoRoundabouts Fri 15-Mar-19 11:08:48

Loo brushes are fine until tradesmen use your loo.

No you don't need one.

Crazycleaninglady Fri 15-Mar-19 11:10:02

True, I had seen a pretty fancy design one that matched some other accessories!

mummymeister Fri 15-Mar-19 11:10:30

a loo brush allows you to clean after each use (should you need to) rather than flush wait flush again wait again etc if there is poo stuck to the side of the bowl. It also allows you to spread the cleaner/bleach around the whole of the toilet.

agree that if you have one you need to change the brush very frequently to ensure it doesn't get smelly or dirty itself.

MrsJayy Fri 15-Mar-19 11:10:58

They sit in a container at the corner of your bathroom you can clean them with flushing i put some toiltet cleaner in the pot and the can be replaced i never know how people without them clean their toilets

SleepingStandingUp Fri 15-Mar-19 11:11:05

So how do you presently clean the inside of your toilet of poo residue?

tinstar Fri 15-Mar-19 11:11:59

Hate them. I just rely on giving the rim and seat a good wipe with anti-bac and pouring lots of bleach round the bowl.

Whenever we've had them I've ended up throwing them away rather than trying to clean them. Sometimes I've forgotten about them and lifted the brush out of its container to find it's been sitting in water and has all sorts of dubious bits stuck to it 🤮

BarbaraofSevillle Fri 15-Mar-19 11:12:43

Tradesmen are probably fine using the loo until they find one with no loobrush and they panic because the implement they would normally use to clean up after themselves is absent.

Toilet brushes aren't 'hanging round the house'. They live next to the toilet, so they are available for the task they are designed for.

If you leave them in the bowl during the flush, they get a good rinse off and you can always clean it by leaving it sitting in the toilet or the pot it comes in with bleach in.

Confusedbeetle Fri 15-Mar-19 11:13:00

Don't ever use a brush for skid marks, they are disgusting if shitty. All toilet users are trained to use a piece of toilet paper and leave the area above the water line clean. Not hard. I use rubber gloves and a disposable cloth to clean, only occasionally use the brush with cleaner under the rim. I suppose other households have different hygiene, and a guest might use the brush. Skids are only tricky if users walk away and leave them to dry, yuck,

Crazycleaninglady Fri 15-Mar-19 11:13:25

I just pour a tiny bit of bleach down the toilet or use those toilet bloo things.

MrsJayy Fri 15-Mar-19 11:13:27

Either people don't poop in their toilets at home or they use cloths or wipes and bin them after one use.

grincheux Fri 15-Mar-19 11:16:34

I have a toilet duck disposable clippy one, it's brilliant.

TwoRoundabouts Fri 15-Mar-19 11:17:42

@SleepingstandingUp years ago I watched an episode of "How clean is your house" or something similar where they told you to use a toilet roll or a cloth. However I discovered my own toilet has a design which means any poo residue is skid marks at the bottom so toilet cleaner removes it.

Alienspaceship Fri 15-Mar-19 11:18:27

Mine ‘hangs around’ always in bleach.

Toddlerteaplease Fri 15-Mar-19 11:19:08

How do you properly clean with out a brush?

almondfinger Fri 15-Mar-19 11:19:16

I'm going to disgust you all here. But I have a beautiful toilet brush set that must be pushing 37 years old at this stage. It doesn't stink, it's not discoloured, it cleans the toilet and looks lovely standing next to it.

How else do people clean under the rim or the dreaded poo streaks. We have a biocycle septic tank and cant use bleach on a regular basis.

I find the abhorrence of toilet brushes on here a bit mental!

AnnieOH1 Fri 15-Mar-19 11:19:27

I've always understood it thaf if you're just bleaching and not scrubbing/wiping then you're potentially only cleaning the surface germs leaving residue that you now can't see because it's been bleached white. :/

I use Wilko or IKEA metal brushes with holder that are around £2/£2.50 and change them regularly. I also leave the brush sat in toilet cleaner. The second the brush begins to discolour then it is binned.

MrsJayy Fri 15-Mar-19 11:22:11

My last 2 brushes have been a £ fromthe Tiger shop

Birdie6 Fri 15-Mar-19 11:24:27

I use a brush, and I put a bit of toilet cleaner liquid into the brush container.

Rspu3 Fri 15-Mar-19 11:28:34

Hate them too! Never owned one and never will.
Harpic white and shine bleach is very good for stains.

Drum2018 Fri 15-Mar-19 11:35:13

I hate them but relented and bought a cheap one recently as bleach wasn't getting rid of the discolouration around the bowl (not poo related). I've used it once on each loo and will bin it after another couple of uses. For bodily stains I use bleach and leave it sit a while before flushing. This works fine. However, if the skid mark is above water level I'd just use loo roll to clean it off (note to self - tell the kids to clean their own shit!).

SleepingStandingUp Fri 15-Mar-19 13:46:37

See I don't wanna shove my hands down the loo and clean other peoples poo and I think it's weird to expect your guests to do so

HJWT Fri 15-Mar-19 13:52:55

When my DH has used the toilet puke I put a strong bleach down and leave it this gets rid of the bits? puke flush THEN use the brush to give it an extra good clean, I would never use it to clean the shit of the bowl 🤮

youngestisapsycho Fri 15-Mar-19 13:54:22

I'm having a new bathroom fiitted next week... it will have a rimless toilet! I'm so excited grin

RubyRedBerry Fri 15-Mar-19 13:57:04

I don't have one, my ex use to use it then shove it back in the holder covered in poo....seriously. I make do with bleach, if it needs a good scrub i put on a pair of rubber gloves and get stuck in...

bumblingbovine49 Fri 15-Mar-19 13:57:41

We use loo roll to remove marks above the water line which should be removed immediately before they dry.. Anything below the wateime shifts by adding cleaner and letting it sit.for.a while. I use gloves and a cloth to clean around the upper bit regularly and wash bathroom.cloths at 90deg.

Loo brushes just seem disgusting to me though I accept bonkers on this . Weird really as I am really really am not that fussy about cleaning (think no ironing, towels washed every couple.of weeks and bed clothes changed every 2-3 weeks at most) just used loo brushes make me feel a bit I don't have any.

HappyDinosaur Fri 15-Mar-19 13:58:44

I don't understand the hate, it cleans the toilet, then you clean it. The same as the cloth you'd use otherwise to clean the toilet, except you don't have to put your hand down there. Personally I find the thought of an unscrubbed toilet more disgusting, but it's each to their own.

SmarmyMrMime Fri 15-Mar-19 13:59:14

What Sleeping said!

I'm not sticking my hand down mine or anyone else's loo to get rid of the claggy clinging lumps (thanks son for always timing it so it goes crusty before I find it envy) or the streaks under water. Much better to use a reusable bleached brush that doesn't stink because of the bleach and being rinsed after use. It just sits in its own pot next to its toilet.

Much nicer as a guest when the tools for dealing with the aftermath of an IBS attack are provided. Very embarasing for all if no toilet brush or bleach are provided. I'm not going to rub poo around the loo with disintegrating toilet roll! confused

funnystory Fri 15-Mar-19 14:02:08

Like @grincheux I have discovered the disposable toilet duck ones where you clip on a pad, give it a good scrub and then just flush the pad down the loo.

badlydrawnperson Fri 15-Mar-19 14:06:39

I find the abhorrence of toilet brushes on here a bit mental!
Me too

Simonfromharlow Fri 15-Mar-19 14:15:32

I have a great silicone one. The pot is designed so it's not sitting in gross water and i leave it to soak in the toilet bowl with some bleach or toilet cleaner to clean it.

BlackeyedPetitsPois Fri 15-Mar-19 14:23:20

I have one of these

GirlsBlouse17 Fri 15-Mar-19 14:24:14

Get cheap brush and replace it once a month

BlackeyedPetitsPois Fri 15-Mar-19 14:25:02

Ooops poster too soon!

What I was going to say is that I have nothing against toilet brushes. I have never owned one but find the toilet dick fresh brush does a great job.

BlackeyedPetitsPois Fri 15-Mar-19 14:25:52

Not dick!!! Meant DUCK 🦆

KTD27 Fri 15-Mar-19 14:26:52

blackeyed toilet dick grin

GirlsBlouse17 Fri 15-Mar-19 14:28:17

toilet dick fresh brush does a great job grin

BarbaraofSevillle Fri 15-Mar-19 14:28:44

Get cheap brush and replace it once a month


Just because something is cheap enough to be considered to be disposable, doesn't mean that you should treat it as disposable. As long as it is used and cleaned properly, ie rinsed in the toilet, a years old toilet brush will be no dirtier than a nearly new one.

And so what if it isn't spotless, the only surface it touches is inside the toilet and no-one touches that surface, so why would it matter if any germs are transferred?

Beansandcoffee Fri 15-Mar-19 14:29:46

My teenage boys are trained to clean the skid marks immediately with toilet paper. There is no way I would expect their future wives to clean the toilet after their use.

My DP is trained to clean his own skids. I was not born into this world to clean my DP skids when he is quite capable of going it.

Toilet brushes are a waste of plastic. Even the £1 ones are made of plastic. Think of the landfill sites. Just use loo paper and was your hands afterwards.

HailEdmundLordofAddersBlack Fri 15-Mar-19 14:33:45

A loo brush sits next to the toilet in its own little pot that is normally decently sealed. It spends its life brushing poo but also being dipped in neat bleach and having a scrub in water afterwards.

Unless people are using it for their teeth, having it swinging from the ceiling or kept on the floor outside of its pot then I just DON'T understand why anyone thinks it is terribly unhygienic.

missymayhemsmum Fri 15-Mar-19 14:34:13

A toilet brush and elbow grease and maybe a squirt of green cleaner occasionally is the only eco-responsible way to clean a toilet. All you lot with your bleach, replacing brushes, extra flushes, disposable cloths are just creating landfill/ wasting water/ polluting the sewer system.

areyoubeingserviced Fri 15-Mar-19 14:34:32

Don’t buy them
They are grim

Babdoc Fri 15-Mar-19 14:34:41

Surely a loo brush that lasts for years is more environmentally friendly than flushing toxic bleach down the loo into our rivers and eventually the sea?
DD has a Blade loo brush that claims to be made entirely of bactericidal material, so she feels it’s not “dirty” sitting beside the loo between uses. Mine has a closed container and gets rinsed before being put back in. It’s never caused a problem.

HailEdmundLordofAddersBlack Fri 15-Mar-19 14:36:49

* Toilet brushes are a waste of plastic. Even the £1 ones are made of plastic. Think of the landfill sites. Just use loo paper and was your hands afterwards.*

Agree but my loo brushes normally go for a few years. They aren't smelly and they aren't grim either.

CookPassBabtridge Fri 15-Mar-19 14:38:00

I don't understand how anyone cleans without one!

SilverySurfer Fri 15-Mar-19 14:42:58

If you would prefer to plunge your hand in the loo go right ahead because I don't find bleach removes every mark. Nor do I replace my loo brush every month - total waste of money and bad for environment. It's perfectly possible to keep the brush clean.

Gintonic Fri 15-Mar-19 14:46:00

I'll tell you a story, an ex of mine had a disgusting toilet. It was all brown below the waterline. I mentioned it to him, he said he cleaned it regularly but nothing got it clean, the toilet was just permanently stained.

When he moved out of the place (it was rented) I went round to help him clean. I popped some cleaner in the loo, gave it a scrub and bingo, it was all shiny white again.

It turned out he had never used the brush, he had just put the cleaner down and expected it to do the job by itself. Clearly this had not worked.

That toilet was brown for years. Boke.

holly1501 Fri 15-Mar-19 16:12:10

I know for a fact no one uses our loo brush other than me. No one would ever think or bother to pick it up that's why. I use it correctly, so therefore i'm quite comfortable with having a loo brush as I know its clean.

Fluffyears Fri 15-Mar-19 18:04:28

As long as you clean them (I put bleach in the pan and stand the brush in it for a while every week) then it’s not disgusting. MIL thought they were disgusting but used those toilet sets, you know the wee carpet thing in the floor round The base! Vile!

stayathomer Fri 15-Mar-19 18:07:28

I think they're a necessary evil. I shudder at them and as someone said, clean by dipping in when it has cleaning fluid in, but still. Ew

Gronky Fri 15-Mar-19 18:09:50

I use spray bleach designed for mould removal. It eliminates any nasty marks without any physical contact (I'm not confident/nosy enough to interrogate anyone but I'm fairly sure that the dietary choices of one regular guest results in their leavings being akin to glue).

TheNoodlesIncident Fri 15-Mar-19 18:10:30

I have a really smart Brabantia one that matches the bin. I do wipe off any marks left with loo roll, flush it then use toilet cleaner and give it a scrub with the brush. Then the brush gets rinsed clean.

I'm not over fussed on making sure my toilet is sterile, it only gets bodily waste in it so clean-looking is fine for me. The worst thing is limescale which discolours, bleach doesn't get rid of that.

I don't get the vitriol aimed at bathroom equipment like bins and loo brushes, they are functional items that can be kept decent and make bathroom use easier imo.

Tensixtysix Fri 15-Mar-19 18:10:47

I'm a cleaner and one house has 4 loos! And not ONE toilet brush.
Only contracted every two weeks and in that time the house owner does not clean any of the 'stuck' mess.
Don't know how they don't vom!
I had to get myself one of those sticks with a cleaning pad on the end as I was fed up of putting my whole hand down in there...

Gronky Fri 15-Mar-19 18:15:50

The worst thing is limescale which discolours, bleach doesn't get rid of that.

This is because bleach is basic. You can remove it with an acidic limescale remover (lemon juice/vinegar would work but they're not thick enough to stay on the vertical surfaces where limescale generally accumulates so a dedicated cleaner will perform better.

Be very careful : bleach and acids should never be mixed as they will release chlorine gas. Make sure you flush the loo a couple of times if you're going to add one after using the other.

Canshopwillshop Fri 15-Mar-19 18:18:27

It’s fine, top tip from another poster on this subject a few years ago recommended that you just stick it in the dishwasher when it needs a clean 😂🤮
Think I’ll stick to my toilet duck fresh brush though.

Gronky Fri 15-Mar-19 18:27:12

that you just stick it in the dishwasher when it needs a clean

I thought, for a minute, that you meat the whole toilet bowl. It's been a long week grin.

RingPiece Fri 15-Mar-19 18:33:07

Toilet bowls should be exactly that, a big bowl or bucket in which the shit can just drop into the water without clinging to the sides. Someone should invent a non-stick surface like a saucepan, so even diarrhoea can't cling.

VioletCharlotte Fri 15-Mar-19 18:34:11

They're gross, but I'm not sure how you would keep the toilet clean and skid free without one 🤢

I buy the cheap ones from Ikea and change them regularly. I clean them by soaking them in bleach in the toilet.

AutovillaGirl Fri 15-Mar-19 20:18:40

I don't know how people manage without a loo brush! I squirt a bit of bleach on mine and scrub around the loo every day. The mistake some people make is thinking the loo brush is there to scrub away any poo marks - don't! First squirt a bit of bleach on the poo mark and it will dissolve it away in a few minutes. Then flush then scrub around with the bit of bleach on the brush. This way your brush will stay relatively clean. Just buy cheap ones - £2 a time from Wilko or Tesco and replace about every three months or so.

FascinatingCarrot Fri 15-Mar-19 20:28:26

Hubby promised he would clean the loo if we binned the brush. He didnt.
I use the toilet duck refillable clip on thing and its really good. Sort of feel guilty about the plastic use, but its gotta be better than buying a 50p bog brush every couple of weeks.

PinkieTuscadero Fri 15-Mar-19 20:36:23

I have a silicone one. They're better as they don't accumulate shit particles like traditional bristly brushes do.

hdh747 Fri 15-Mar-19 20:50:00

I clean the loo with the brush. Then clean the brush in the loo. Give it a good shake, then leave it trapped under the loo seat, over the loo, to drip dry before I but it back in it's pot.
But I wish I could have my old loo back, all these modern square and/or shallow bottomed loos get skids at every use. It looked so nice in the showroom but it's a pain in the proverbial.

MitziK Fri 15-Mar-19 21:08:20

It's all very well using gloves and a non scratch scourer on skids, but there are times where somebody buys posh bog roll, but then goes on to use about twenty sheets for his shits and wonders why the pan start to fill alarmingly deeply. A brush gets that monstrosity to flush with a couple of pokes and more to the point, he does it himself, rather than asking me how to deal with it.

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