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#1 of 18 Old 12-22-2009, 02:27 PM - Thread Starter
 
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So if you're green but a Flylady follower, what do you use to swish and swipe the bowl? If I buy a plastic toilet brush and holder to keep in the bathroom, it gets icky after a year and I throw it away (or into the recycling bin if the plastic is recyclable). I have one of those Clorox wand thingys where you put on a chemically treated square and then flush it down the toilet, but that seems to be costly and wasteful too, not to mention I have no good place to keep it in our bathroom so it stays in our basement (and doesn't get used).

What do you do?
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I have a platic brush and holder with Sal Suds or concentrated citrus oil cleaner in the holder.
When it's dirty I just clean it

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I keep a spray bottle of vinegar and water in my bathroom for cleaning the mirrors, etc. I spray that in the toilet and brush it.

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Yeah, our brush gets mildewy too, and then I just run it through the dishwasher and it's good as new.....

Kidding! I put borax in and let it sit overnight. Not real fly-lady like, but it works for us. and before i go to bed I clean the sink and swipe the rim after I'm done. I gave up on the holder and brush method - I have little ones and worry about them getting in it if there was cleaner, and I suspect that without a strong cleaner, there is no way to keep a brush in those holder things from going moldy.

Now if I could just get DH to sit so the floor stays cleaner.......
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I don't bother with the cleanser in the toilet brush holder. Instead, I give the toilet a squirt of shampoo or body wash (I seem to get a ton of body wash as gifts, and I often don't like the scent or it gives me a rash) that I don't like and use that. I think it's just as easy, and it uses up something that might otherwise go to waste.
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I have one of those wands that holds a replaceable cleaning sponge and I've since run out and just fold over a wad of TP and use that in place of the disposable pad--with a little cleaner if necessary. If cleaned often enough, that is usually enough to keep it clean w/o more scrubbing.

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I just pour a swig of white vinegar into the toilet, and then swish with the brush. The brush dries in a little holder that's open at the back, so it dries thoroughly and doesn't go icky. I do wipe out the little holder with a rag and some vinegar every once in a while, because it does wind up being wet a lot and thus might breed yuckies. I probably wipe it the brush holder once a month or so.

For cleaning the rest of the toilet, I use diluted vinegar in a spray bottle.

I don't use toilet bowl cleaners because I don't want to add those chemicals to the water supply.
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Most of the times, I just squirt a little liquid hand soap in the bowl and brush with it. Our brush sits in an "open" holder (like a cup), so I can easily pour it out.
From time to time, I put some vinegar or water with tea tree oil in the brush holder. I haven't had problems with mold (as far as I'm aware) and I've had the brush for almost a year now.
And btw, I haven't done this for too long. When my children were smaller I kept the brush out of reach.

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I keep a mason jar full of baking soda, with a little scoop in it, right near the toilet, and Dr. Bronner's peppermint soap diluted with water in the cup that holds the brush. I throw a scoop of baking soda in the toilet, add the brush, swish, swipe, swirl, the baking soda makes it like a paste, I shower, and then I flush it.

Never had a problem with the brush getting gross. I get a new brush every time I move, so every year or two....I move a lot.

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when i had my own bathroom and stuff, i would keep the brush dry and under the sink. i would have a spray bottle of bronners and water, and one of vinegar, baking soda and water.

i would wipe out the toilet, then sanitize the brush with vinegar and hot water, and then put the brush under the sink on a towel. that kept it clean.
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[QUOTE=bigteamug;14850749]Yeah, our brush gets mildewy too, and then I just run it through the dishwasher and it's good as new.....

Kidding! QUOTE]

Old post, but Oh boy did coffee just come out my nose! No fair :-)
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[QUOTE=bigteamug;14850749]Yeah, our brush gets mildewy too, and then I just run it through the dishwasher and it's good as new.....

Kidding! QUOTE]

Old post, but Oh boy did coffee just come out my nose! No fair :-)
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When I was a kid, my parents taught me to use a rag from the reg-bag.

1st - use it to clean the outside of the toilet (either hot soapy water)

2nd -Use it to clean the lid and the seat (hot soapy water)

3rd - use it to clean inside the toilet bowl itself (often used something heavy-duty like "Comet").

Then you can either put the old rag in the wash w/ other things (like the bathmats) or throw it away.
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we also do the vinegar and wipe it with a brush. I just started doing this and love it. Vinegar is the bomb!

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A couple squirts of dr. bronners or a capful of murphy's oil soap. Love that stuff
Vinegar if I"m out of the above.

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i use a small glazed flower pot to hold the brush. it doesn't hold smells or get too icky without being able to be wiped clean.

the reason for the bag, though, is that the toilet is the one place in the house where i actually use bleach. a splash of bleach (a liter sized bottle lasts us over a year...i figure, that's not too bad) diluted with water in the flower pot. the brush sits in it, so it gets disinfected as well. and it's so little bleach that i haven't noticed any breakdown of the brush.

we needed the bleach though because a dirty toilet SERIOUSLY skeeves me out, and we do the yellow-mellow at our house. without the bleach smells and stains were driving me batty.

i figure like 1/16th cup of bleach per month in the toilet, in order to save gallons and gallons of water is worth it.

and we do family cloth, so it's not even like we have to flush before too much paper will clog the drain.

i used to use grapefruit seed extract, which took care of smells...but not stains.

i really just can't park my butt comfortably on a dirty toilet. it's me. i know.

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Yeah, our brush gets mildewy too, and then I just run it through the dishwasher and it's good as new.....

Kidding! I put borax in and let it sit overnight. Not real fly-lady like, but it works for us. and before i go to bed I clean the sink and swipe the rim after I'm done. I gave up on the holder and brush method - I have little ones and worry about them getting in it if there was cleaner, and I suspect that without a strong cleaner, there is no way to keep a brush in those holder things from going moldy.

Now if I could just get DH to sit so the floor stays cleaner.......
Hey you got me there when you said you ran the brush through the dishwasher.

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to be honest I just keep reusing the same brush for years and years. I don't think I have changed it in 8 years. Yeah I know that sounds nasty. It does get gross but it gets cleaned as the toilet gets cleaned. We use comet for the most part. The brush stays in a closed toilet brush holder. It gets gross too....but I just don't have it in me to clean it or throw it away. It is out of sight..out of mind! lol
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