How To Use A Knife To Clean Out Your Toilet Bowl

How about that, right? If you’ve ever done a quick, dirty wash in your sink, you know it would be great for cleaning and sanitizing things around the home – but that’s just me.

For most people, cleaning a toilet bowl is not as scary as it is for the rest of us. A little bit of soap and water should do the trick and most times it works – after the water is flushed, the bowl is clean and ready to use. I’m sure there are some people out there who have experienced bathroom issues, so let me share my technique with you to help you have one less experience of that particular issue in the house. It worked.

When you take a bowl outside, you’ll want to clean it up before you take it inside, but even then, you shouldn’t worry too much. I’ve been using this technique for over five years now, and it works every time. Here’s how to accomplish just that using a knife:

1. Find the knife you’re using. There are various types of knives on the market: serrated knives, flat knives, hollow-shaped knives, and round-shaped knives. Most of the knives that are for general household use come in different shapes and sizes, but if you’re looking for one that fits perfectly in your bathroom bowl, then you’re in the right place. For the purposes of this article, we’ll be using a Serrated Sharp Pocket Knife. As you can see, you can pick one up at any number of different retailers and the sharp edge of this knife will work just fine. Some toilet bowls are just slightly thicker, so you may need a knife that’s at least a little thicker to get all of the dirt out of the bowl.

2. Begin by removing the bowl’s lid. I use a flathead screwdriver to do this, and I begin by flipping the lid over and removing the lids. The lids are the part with the flaps attached.

To clean the bowl, flip the lid over and remove the lid. It may take a little more force to remove the lid than to remove the lid of a toilet bowl, but you should be able to do both with very little effort.  Once the lid is off of the bowl, you’ll want to grab a flathead screwdriver and twist it into the little holes that have the flaps on them, which has a distinct ring that looks like this:

Once you’ve removed the lid, you’ll want to pick up a very small sized screwdriver that matches with the size of the hole with the flaps on it. This will help you push the knife into the bowl. To do this, I have a small flathead screwdriver on the right and a very small serrated knife on the left. I hold the very small flathead screwdriver between the flaps to give me a little more leverage and help me pull the knife along more quickly. The very small serrated knife doesn’t really hurt me, as it just helps the knife get the flaps easier and faster.

In the picture above, you see exactly how to hold the flathead screwdriver. In this particular application, I’m using the little bit of space between the flaps to push the knife in as slow, gentle, and efficient as possible. When I’m done, I use the screwdriver to spin the bowl around so that I can begin the next step.

3. With the flathead screwdriver spinning the bowl around, begin scraping the bowl with the knife. This first step is to push the water out through the bowl and then push back in water out. To do this, I spin the bowl around to ensure that I’m getting all of the water out and push the knife into the bowl, scraping until I can’t move.