A sparkling clean toilet not only makes your bathroom look and feel comfortable but also ensures that you and your entire household stay healthy. However, from time to time, you can notice poop sticking on the toilet bowl, making your toilet system ugly and unhygienic. In this guide, we discuss some useful tips on how to prevent poop from sticking to a toilet bowl. Read on!
Why Poop Sticks On Toilet Bowls
Poop can stick to your toilet bowl due to one or a combination of the following reasons:
1. A Stubborn Toilet Stain
A stained toilet bowl can affect how the flush water and poop slide down. This can get worse in areas with hard water. More often, minerals like iron and calcium can stain the otherwise polished porcelain surface, creating small bumps upon which poop can stick.
In order to have an efficient flush, the toilet bowl surface has to be smooth. If stains make the surface rough, then the water pressure and poop movement in the bowl will be inhibited, which affects the flushing action.
2. Manufacturer Defect
Toilets are made from porcelain that has to be properly smoothed in order to function properly, and especially the bowl. Statistics indicate that in every few hundred toilets that manufacturers roll out to the market, one is often defective. That is the reason toilet manufacturers give you a warranty.
An imperfect toilet bowl may have small ridges that are often impossible to see with a naked eye. Some poop may get trapped in those ridges whenever you use the toilet and fail to come off even after flushing the toilet.
If your toilet bowl consistently traps some poop, try holding a magnifying lens against the bowl to see if there are some ridges. If your warranty is still active, consider returning the toilet and get a good one.
3. Fatty Diet
According to health experts, your body only requires a certain amount of fats from the diet you consume. If you overwhelm your body with a lot of fat than it can absorb, the extra fats are passed down your gut and excreted with the poop.
The feces will exhibit a greasy texture that undoubtedly leaves a streak on the bowl and will not easily come off even after you’ve flushed the toilet. That’s how some people end up scrubbing the toilet bowl after every long call.
How to Prevent Pop from Sticking to a Toilet Bowl
There are different ways to prevent poop from sticking to your toilet bowl. If you don’t clean your toilet properly, you create a condition that allows bacteria to pile up and ultimately harm you and your family members. That’s why you should promptly address any issue that encourages poop to stick behind whenever you flush the toilet.
Here are some measures you can take to prevent to prevent poop from sticking to your toilet bowl. Note that the solution you pick will always depend on what is actually causing the problem.
1. Regularly Clean Your Toilet
Clean your toilet on a regular basis to keep the surface of your toilet bowl clean and smooth. When the surface is smooth, poop can seamlessly slide down, reducing the chances of sticking. If the toilet is used by multiple family members, daily cleaning is paramount. But if you use it alone, you can schedule weekly cleanings.
2. Use the Right Cleaning Agents
Toilet cleaning agents are not made equal. Some are more effective than others, and some do more than just cleaning the toilet. Consider cleaning agents that also act as lubricants to ensure that your toilet stays clean and lubricated at all times.
When your toilet bowl is correctly lubricated, there will be no chance of poop sticking to the bowl. A product such as Luxe Bidet Neo 120 – Self Cleaning Nozzle even allows for self-cleaning action every time you flush the toilet.
3. Get Rid of the Toilet Stains
If you use hard water in your home, your toilet bowl may develop stains that become difficult to remove. However, regular cleaning should help you prevent the stains from developing in the first place.
The best products for eliminating toilet stains at home are vinegar and baking soda. But if the stains are severe, simply replace baking soda with borax. You can also use a pumice stone to get rid of toilet rings.
4. Improve Your Diet
If you and your household consume foods rich in fats, consider reducing their intake. These are basically fast foods such as potato chips, pizza, and burgers.
As you cut down on your junk food intake, replace them with foods rich in fiber, such as veggies and fruits. You should also increase your water intake to make the stool softer.
5. Flush the Toilet Before Use
It is common knowledge that wet surfaces are slippery. Use this simple technique before using the toilet to ensure that poop slides seamlessly down the toilet bowl. Since this can slightly increase your water consumption, use the half flush options if your toilet system has a dual-flush mechanism.
6. Use Toilet Bowl Non-Stick Spray
You can find super-slippery coatings on the market that help slide down poop without leaving traces behind. A spray-on coating is more slippery than Teflon and reduces adhesion of sticky feces by up to 90 percent. Moreover, you will require less water to flush away poop and leave your toilet sparkling clean. Shoe protector spray also works great as shown in the video below.
7. Create a HYDROPHOBIC Self Cleaning Toilet
If you hate cleaning the toilet, the best way is to make the toilet bowl hydrophobic. Nothing sticks to hydrophobic surfaces, so your toilet will remain sparkling clean after every flush.
Here are the steps to follow in creating a hydrophobic self-cleaning toilet using NeverWet Rust-Oleum:
- Step 1: Get all the water out of the toilet bowl by turning off the water valve and flushing the toilet to eliminate as much water as possible. To get the rest of the water out, scoop it out using a small can that you can dispose of after use and then dry the surface of the toilet with a hair drier.
- Step 2: Spray the VeverWet Rust-Oleum on the inside surface of the toilet bowl in even coats allowing at least 30 minutes between the base coat and the final coat.
- Step 3: After the spay has fully dried, go ahead and turn the water back on and let the tank fill up. When you finally flush the toilet, it will self-clean in a dramatic way.
8. Replace Your Old Toilet
It’s no secret that toilets don’t last forever, and that modern toilet systems are simply more efficient than traditional ones. If your poop doesn’t stick on some types of toilets but somehow adheres on yours, you clearly need to invest in a new toilet.
Modern toilet systems come coated with a mirror-like substance that makes it seamless for poop to move down the bowl. American Standard calls their technology EverClean surface while Toto calls their Cefiontect glaze.
These features make toilet cleaning easy without the need to use harsh chemicals. They also keep the toilet looking newer and sparkling clean for longer. You should also consider a toilet with a larger trapway to ensure all the poop goes down in a single flush.
9. Use Pumice Stones
You can prevent poop from sticking to your toilet bowl by simply bleaching the toilet with a pumice stone. Get a lump of pumice stones to eliminate the yellow stain and restore the glossy white surface that won’t let any poop stick to the toilet bowl. Do it again after several days when you notice signs of yellow stain coming back.
10. Use Coca-Cola
As weird as it may sound, Coca-Cola has been proven to be an effective bleaching agent for toilets. Simply flush your toilet to drain off excess water and pour a bottle of Coca-Cola over the surface of the bowl and allow it to sit overnight.
The carbonic acid in Coca-Cola will soften the yellow stains that you can then scrub off using a toilet brush. Flush the toilet to get a clean and glossy surface that won’t allow poop to stick to the toilet bowl.
Seeing your poop always sticking on the toilet bowl can be both inconveniencing and embarrassing. The simplest way to avoid such embarrassments is to regularly clean your toilet using the right detergents. If that doesn’t work, try any of the above methods for a long-lasting solution or invest in a modern self-cleaning, non-clog toilet design.