Your Most Embarrassing Cleaning Questions—Answered!
Jolie Kerr, cleaning expert and author of the new book My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag...and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha
has seen it all, from stinky dishwashers to lipstick on your collar.
I can't get the back of my toilet clean—and even though I can't see it, I know it's not pretty.
To prepare for a big party, you've wiped down the bathroom counter, swept the hair off the floor and scrubbed the inside of the bowl. If only cleaning behind the toilet was so easy; this area can harbor some seriously off-putting smells (especially if there's grout). To get back there, take two or three paper towels and roll them up tightly, as if you're rolling a cigar, dip them in a bucket of cleaner (like Scrubbing Bubbles). Then, while facing the toilet, place the roll of towels behind it; take one end in either hand, and "floss" the back base. Let the cleaner sit for five or ten minutes, and "floss" the base again, this time with dry paper towels, which should also remove lint.