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AIBU to use bleach to clean the loo?

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Kezi4 · 04/07/2017 14:06

Just had lunch with a rather sanctimonious friend, who had spent all morning cleaning his bathroom. It turns out he doesn't use bleach or anything but eco-products, and it takes ages (tbh, I've noticed how grimy his loo is before, so I don't think he cleans it often).

A squirt of bleach down the loo and the occasional wipe with a bit of tissue is all it takes in my household, but apparently I "don't care about the environment at all" because I use bleach.


OP posts:

Anatidae · 04/07/2017 14:07

No loo brush? (Ducks)


SistersOfPercy · 04/07/2017 14:09

I love bleach. I love the smell of bleach. To me nothing smells better and cleaner than bleach.
Happy to be told I'm weird though. Smile


RedStripeIassie · 04/07/2017 14:10

A bit of bleach is ok but I wouldn't bleach it daily. I use thouse flushable wipes for the toilet seat because I don't want to put pissy wipes in the bin.


Anatidae · 04/07/2017 14:11

Careful with the flushable wipes - they basically aren't flushable and cause loads of blockages. My folks had a sewer block on their road and were chatting to the guys fixing it. Apparently these wipes are one of the main culprits in blockages.


Kezi4 · 04/07/2017 14:12

I bleach it maybe once a week/every ten days?

No loo brush Grin (he has one though, and it's vile!)

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RedStripeIassie · 04/07/2017 14:12

Oh shit! Thanks for the heads up.


DramaInPyjamas · 04/07/2017 14:14

Same as sistersOfPercy

I love the smell of bleach and cleaning products. my happy place is the laundry aisle in the supermarket


pigsDOfly · 04/07/2017 14:17

Well good for him. If he wants to spend ages trying to clean his loo with something that cleans little better than using pain water that's his prerogative. And as for him saving the environment all on his own, good luck with that.

Like you OP I want something that works on the dirt and germs when I clean.


Changedtocovermyass · 04/07/2017 14:19

Sounds like my irritating ex who has recently gone all ecoaware. Remind him doing a bit herevand there is all anyone can do (there will be another area he sucks at eg fuel consumption; electricity usage; non eco/ ethical clothes/ food there is ALWAYS a more suitable option).


Fruitcocktail6 · 04/07/2017 14:20

I very rarely use bleach in my house and it's not grimy.


FruitBadger · 04/07/2017 14:21

I use bleach when the loo gets a "proper" clean once a week, in between it'll get a once over with one of those wipes (that then go in the bin). I use the Method bathroom cleaner spray, says it's eco friendly and does a good job on the sink / bath etc. Occasionally squirt a bit of bleach down the plug holes too.


BumWad · 04/07/2017 14:22


Bleach down the loo twice a week with a wipe down with stardrops

No loo brush here either


Littlecaf · 04/07/2017 14:24

The loo is the only place in our house bleach get used. Once a week maybe? Everything else is eco-ish, i.e. Ecover or vinegar or baking soda based. Tried it on the loo and it really didn't clean in, and still smelt so I went back to bleach.


lovemycatsanddog · 04/07/2017 14:29

I use bleach in the toilet,and some down the plugholes, it always smells clean, also use it for soaking dishcloths overnight
One of my ex daughters in law used bleach on everything, and i mean everything,all you could smell when you went in the house was bleach


toffeeboffin · 04/07/2017 14:32

I actually only started using bleach on the loo because everyone on here told me not.

It works an absolute treat does bleach Grin


toffeeboffin · 04/07/2017 14:32

I eat lentils daily so that's my contribution towards the environment.


TonicAndTonic · 04/07/2017 14:38

I will put bleach down the loo (don;t really use it anywhere else except occasionally down plugholes, but I wouldn't use it on the seat. I alternate between bleach and a regular toilet cleaner like harpic, as I'm in a very hard water area and bleach doesn't shift limescale, it just bleaches it so you can't see it as well!

And yes I have and use a (nice clean) loo brush.


SouthWindsWesterly · 04/07/2017 14:39

I've been chastised for using bleach. Apparently vinegar is better and nicer for the environment.

Made my loo smell like chips and didn't clean it properly. Nope. Naddah. Hand me the thick gel harpic


LongLostCherub · 04/07/2017 14:42

Bleach breaks down immediately during sewage treatment and therefore does not contaminate ground water, it's totally environmentally friendly, your eco warrior friend needs to do his homework and learn to clean his loo better.


notanurse2017 · 04/07/2017 14:43

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Ceto · 04/07/2017 14:44

Bleach mainly dyes the grime, doesn't it?


Shadow666 · 04/07/2017 14:44

I steam clean my toilet once a week and use bleach once a week. My DSes have awful aim.


SingaporeSlander · 04/07/2017 14:44

This no loo brush, how do you clean any, ahem, marks?


MissEliza · 04/07/2017 14:45

Don't use flushable wipes! We had a blockage last year about three months after I started using them.


scampimom · 04/07/2017 14:46

I don't use bleach because a) it doesn't "clean" so much as bleach the dirt b) it corrodes surfaces, making them more porous. This gives dirt, limescale and other nasties a foot (mandible?) hold, and actually makes things harder to clean in the long-run. Also, there's 0 need to kill bacteria living in your toilet, because they are only harmful if you ingest them, and if you have someone in your household who's running a finger round the bowl and having a feast, you've got bigger problems than a shiny throne Grin

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