"No more toilet brush soup," announced the clean-crazy mum.
No-one likes cleaning the toilet, but everyone wants it clean. It is a dilemma that has plagued generations of spring cleaners.
One mother took to the online forum, Mumsnet, to share her secret to the best toilet cleaning experience, and it divided opinions. Her maverick move is motivated by her hatred of "toilet brush soup", the liquid that remains on the toilet brush after a wipe down.
Instead of immediately returning the brush to its holder, she explained that she likes to trap the toilet brush between the toilet seat and toilet, allowing any excess to drip into the bowl. She then places it back to its rightful place, once it has dried - avoiding any possible drips onto the bathroom floor.
"For the rest of you who, like me, have to live with the necessary evil of a toilet brush, trap the handle between the ring and bowl after use so the brush can dry before going back in the holder," she began the post.
Finishing her explanation with, "Voila no more toilet brush soup."
This revelation led to heated discussion. Parties formed. Many responded that they, too, the same thing, while others wrote that a much simpler solution was to get a silicone brush that can be held in bleach.
"I do that, it's a very handy way of drying it, although I discovered that it comes with the risk of my [sons] weeing on it, and then the seat, if I've forgotten about it."
Another agreed this was a good method: "I do this too. I clean the whole toilet including the seat and rim before I put the loo brush under the seat to dry. I also wipe the loo brush handle with antibacterial spray. It really works."
Suggesting a less involved approach, one mum commented: "Alternatively, get a silicone brush with a ventilated holder that allows any water to vapour away and keeps the base clean." In agreement, another said: "I use a silicon loo brush so don't end up with rust marks around the bristles with added advantage that brush can be soaked in disinfectant."
Some believed her hack to be even less hygienic than normal toilet brush procedure: "But then... the handle bit that people have to touch, has been in contact with the toilet."
One cleaning-savvy mum wrote that when cleaning her toilet, she must be satisfied that it is disinfected before using the brush: "I clean the whole toilet (lid/seat/ring) with spray cleaner before I use the brush on the inside so not really a problem. Plus I grab the end of the brush, not the middle!"
So, where do you stand? Is the toilet brush trick the future or one step too far?
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