- British mother divided opinion after revealing that she secures her toilet brush between the lid and the seat after cleaning the bowl, to let it 'dry off'
- Took to Mumsnet to share her cleaning hack, admitting that the thought of 'toilet brush soup' - the leftover water on the brush - repelled her
- Explained that she leaves her brush to dry before placing it back in the holder, starting off a fierce thread of conversation
- Some admitted to doing the same thing, while others were surprised at the tactic and suggested placing bleach in the holder - or 'flushing before using the brush'
A mother has divided opinion after revealing that she secures her toilet brush between the lid and the seat after cleaning the bowl, to let it 'dry off'.
The unnamed British woman took to Mumsnet to share her cleaning hack, admitting that the thought of 'toilet brush soup' - the leftover water on the brush - repelled her.
She explained that she leaves her brush to dry before placing it back in the holder to avoid dripping dirty water over the floor or container, starting off a fierce thread of conversation.
Among the parents, some admitted to doing the same thing, while others were surprised at the tactic and suggested simply placing bleach in the holder - or 'flushing before using the brush'.
Kicking off the thread, the mother wrote: 'If you can bring yourself to live without a brush and clean the toilet by hand, please accept my congratulations.
'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 concluded of the unusual tip: 'Voila no more toilet brush soup.'
Marvelling over her technique, one user wrote: 'You clean the loo seat every time you use the loo brush? I’m clearly a slattern.'
Another questioned: 'But then... the handle bit that people have to touch, has been in contact with the toilet.
'You could instead put some dry toilet paper in the toilet and dab the toilet brush onto it so that it doesn’t drip on its way back to the holder.'
Elsewhere one reasoned: '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!'.
Suggesting an alternative way to keep the toilet brush holder clean, another said: 'Alternatively, get a silicone brush with a ventilated holder that allows any water to vapour away and keeps the base clean.'
However others agreed with the mother, with one admitting: 'I do that, it's a very handy way of drying it, although it I discovered that it comes with the risk of my DS's (dear sons) weeing on it, and then the seat, if I've forgotten about it.'
Elsewhere another wrote: '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.
'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.'
And another toilet enthusiast recommended: 'I do this. Stops the holder getting wet. I also clean the handle/seat/rim first.
'I've never used a brush in a toilet that's not clear first. I flush to make sure there's no cr**/paper in there first, bleach all the inside, and leave it sit for 20 minutes then scrub with the brush. Quick flush with the brush under the clean water then leave like that to dry.'