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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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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 18:15:50

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.

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...

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.

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).

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

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!

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.

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.

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.

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

I don't understand how anyone cleans without one!

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.

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.

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

Don’t buy them
They are grim

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.

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.

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.

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