This section is from the book "A Manual Of Home-Making", by Martha Van Rensselaer. Also available from Amazon: A Manual of Home-Making.
Absolute cleanliness and abundant ventilation are essential in a sanitary bathroom. Kerosene applied with a special brush or cloth to the bathtub, bowl, and toilet and washed off with a good soap solution will solve most of the difficulties of cleaning. All brushes or cloths used in cleaning the bathroom should be thoroughly washed in clean soap-suds, rinsed in hot water, and dried in the sunlight each time after being used. Occasional flushing of the toilet with a strong solution of washing-soda is desirable.
Faucets, door knobs, and all parts of the toilet ever touched by the hands, as well as the usually cleaned parts, should be washed occasionally with a solution of some good disinfectant, such as creolin, lysol, or alcohol.