The Product You Can Use Overnight To Clean Up Your Toilet

It's every homeowner's dream to go to sleep at night and wake up the next morning to a perfectly clean house. Sadly, nightshift disinfecting fairies are not a thing. However, there is a product that currently exists that will allow you to rise and shine to a clean and fresh toilet without having to scrub throughout the night. Turns out borax can help you conquer the task of sanitizing your potty, all while you're getting in some quality beauty sleep.

Regardless of how often you clean your toilet, a little sprinkle of the powdery white mineral will go a long way to achieving a sparkling throne. Composed primarily of boron, oxygen, and sodium, borax is best known as a buffering ingredient in toothpaste as well as an effective laundry detergent booster. However, its power as an affordable household solvent has gained traction over time with hacks for cleaning your garbage disposal to removing pet stains from carpets.

Since borax is extremely alkaline, it neutralizes acidic stains and odors. It does so because as a base featuring a high pH level, it cancels out spots and marks that contain low pH levels. Still, for all its wondrous merits in battling dirt and grime, borax's high alkalinity can irritate your skin and eyes, so it pays to be cautious.

How to use borax to clean toilets

Prior to cleaning your toilet with borax, consider protecting yourself by wearing gloves and making sure your work area is well-ventilated. Once that's taken care of, pour 1 cup of borax directly into your toilet bowl and allow it to sit for 8 hours or overnight. In the morning, use a brush to thoroughly scrub the inside of the commode targeting any remaining stains.

If you are battling chronic hard water stains, evenly sprinkle 1 cup of borax into the toilet bowl. Next, use a scrub brush to mix the powder with the water, then carefully pour in 1 cup of vinegar, and stir again. Allow the mixture to remain untouched overnight before scouring the next morning. Any grime or debris dislodged by the borax cleaner can be safely flushed down the toilet.

Another option to tackle tough toilet stains is to isolate and attack. Start by shutting off the water to the toilet and flushing to completely drain the bowl. This will allow you to treat the stains without interference from standing water. Next, mix ½-cup of borax with just enough vinegar to create a paste. Then use a toothbrush to apply the mixture directly to the stains. Otherwise, you can opt to coat the entire bowl, including all the sides and under the rim. In the morning, scrub off the paste, turn the water back on, and flush to rinse.