Pregnant woman, grossed out by dirty toilet, nags husband for ‘Cleaning’ it wrong

Gillian Sisley

*This is a work of non-fiction sourced from social media discussion boards and verified experts/specialists.*

A Reddit user is seeking advice on how to handle a frustrating situation with her husband.

The author explains that she is currently pregnant and dealing with frequent bouts of sickness. She details further:

“I asked my husband to clean the toilet because I'm pregnant and throwing up often. For a variety of reasons that are equally our fault, the toilet in our master bathroom has gotten quite gross, though we have kept the guest bathroom clean. I was frustrated that he didn't do it yesterday like he said he would (I've thrown up in a gross toilet twice since he said he'd clean it), so I nagged him to do it today. I'm in our room, so I'm 10 ft from the bathroom, and hear him immediately start scraping the bowl with a pumice stone.”

The author immediately suggested how to properly do the cleaning, but he wasn’t happy to hear her words:

“I interrupted him and told him he needs to scrub it with the toilet brush to get the gunk off first, and that the stone is for stains. He got annoyed and said, "I know how to clean a toilet." I often find that he doesn't seem to know basic housekeeping skills, but instead of taking my advice he insists he knows what he is doing.”

According to The Spruce, to properly clean a toilet, start by applying a toilet bowl cleaner to the inside of the bowl and letting it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a toilet brush to scrub the inside of the bowl, paying special attention to the rim and under the rim, before flushing to rinse away the cleaner, as suggested by The New York Times.

While the author acknowledges that her husband has taken on more household responsibilities due to her pregnancy, she still finds it frustrating that he does not seem receptive to her advice. She concludes with:

“I feel like maybe I can be too harsh, but I also was very explicitly taught how to clean, and he was not. I wish he would defer to my expertise instead of just doing it wrong, and insisting it's fine and he knows what he is doing.”

What do you think?

Was the author completely justified to give her husband cleaning advice, since he isn’t exactly doing it the right way?

Or does the author just need to be happy that her husband is doing any cleaning at all, and she needs to get off his back?

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