As one of the most visited places in your home and given what goes on there, it only makes sense that your toilet becomes germ-filled, stained and dirty over time, especially in a busy household. That’s why cleaning your toilet, including toilet bowl cleaning, is an important household chore.
While the thought of cleaning your toilet may conjure unpleasantness, the process doesn’t actually have to be as painful as some imagine. With the right tools and the right process, it can be done in a matter of minutes. Plus, with other handy products available which act to minimize germ and stink build up between deep cleans, it’s possible to keep your toilet bowl in good shape over time.
Here is a suggested five-piece cleaning kit that should be found in every household for the overall cleaning of your toilet as well as specific toilet bowl cleaning, too:
- Scrubbing brush
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- General all-purpose cleaner
- Disposable wipes/paper towel
- Rubber gloves (colored-coded for bathroom-only use is a good idea)
When it comes to the actual process of cleaning your toilet inside and out, it shouldn’t take much longer than a few minutes (so long as you clean your toilet on a semi-regular basis).
Here is a quick step-by-step guide to toilet cleaning:
1. Spray the outside of your toilet with your all-purpose cleaner (including the lid, seat and base).
2. Apply the toilet bowl cleaner under the rim and leave it to work.
3. While the toilet bowl cleaner is working, clean the outside of your toilet using paper towels or disposable wipes.
4. After the outside is complete and the bowl cleaner has had time to act on the limescale, bacteria and general dirt, use your toilet brush to further clean the bowl. Use additional cleaning tools if required to remove any stubborn stains.
5. Once satisfied, flush the toilet to clean the bowl and the brush.
6. Return your cleaning supplies to their storage areas and enjoy your freshly cleaned toilet.
Below, we’ve put together 10 of our favorite toilet bowl cleaning products. This list includes brushes and cleaning products. All of them will help get your bathroom throne looking and smelling cleaner than ever before.
1. mDesign Compact Freestanding Plastic Toilet Bowl Brush and Holder
When it comes to cleaning a toilet bowl, most people rely on a toilet brush. Our top pick is this attractive mDesign Compact Freestanding Plastic Toilet Bowl Brush and Holder. It’s made from durable, shatter-resistant plastic and is available in 13 different colors, so there’s one to suit almost every style of bathroom decor. Plus, it includes a mid-handle seal to hide the brush end away when it’s not in use. The handle also acts as a handy hook rather than resting your brush on the floor. The holder sports a slim and compact design that stores easily by your toilet, while a non-slip foam base prevents unwanted scratches on your floor.
2. Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaning Stamps
If you like the idea of keeping your toilet bowl as fresh and clean as possible between deeper cleans, it’s a great idea to use these Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaning Stamps. Simply use the included tool to attach one of the stamps onto the bowl and watch as it activates every time you flush, helping prevent stains and unwanted build-ups. You’ll also smell the cleanliness, as the stamps produce pleasant scents in either rainshower, citrus or lavender scents, depending on your preference.
3. Maryton Pumice Stone Toilet Bowl Cleaner
BEST FOR TOUGH STAINS
The Maryton Pumice Stone Toilet Bowl Cleaner is made for those times when your toilet brush just doesn’t cut the mustard. These rough-surfaced cleaning tools are ideal for removing rust, limescale and hard-water stains and can also be used on other bathroom surfaces, including sinks, bathtubs, showers and tiles. Simply wipe them over the stains and watch them disappear. Their compact size makes them especially easy to store around the house.
4. Lucy’s Natural Distilled White Vinegar
BEST HOMEMADE CLEANER
If you didn’t know already, vinegar, with its strong acidity, is an effective cleaning agent. Try using this Lucy’s Natural Distilled White Vinegar to clean inside and outside the toilet bowl to remove stubborn stains and give your toilet a like-new shine. We advise using white over brown as it won’t cause any lasting stains of its own. Plus, this harmful, chemical-free, naturally antibacterial solution can also be added to your tank for some in-toilet cleaning as you flush.
5. Comfun Toilet Bowl Pumice Cleaning Stone
Unlike the more budget-friendly, one-piece cleaning stone option above, these Comfun Toilet Bowl Pumice Cleaning Stone put a little more distance between your hands and the toilet grime. With their built-in handles, these effective cleaning tools are comfortable to hold and work to remove even the most stubborn stains and marks on your toilet bowls, bathtubs, sinks and other bathroom surfaces. Additionally, like their kin, these stones are compact and easily stored around the home.
Aside from tasting good, if you haven’t seen what Coca-Cola is also capable of in terms of bathroom cleaning, it might be worth checking out some of the educational videos on Youtube. Needless to say, this ‘versatile’ fizzy drink is actually a budget-friendly, effective and also a delicious alternative to standard cleaning products, including those you use in the bathroom. To use it in your toilet, you can cover the whole bowl or simply apply it to a stubborn stain and let it get to work dissolving the dirt and grime.
7. Asobeage Toilet Brush
BEST WALL MOUNTED
If floor space is at a premium in your bathroom, this smart Asobeage Toilet Brush solves the problem by offering a wall mount as well as a traditional floor-sitting option. It comes in either white or silver and features soft, dense and sturdy, TPR-material bristles on a flexible head which can get to all of those hard-to-reach areas. The holder also incorporates an advanced ventilation design for quick drying after use.
8. DUDE Bombs Deodorizing Toilet Freshener
BEST STANK FIGHTER
These DUDE Bombs Deodorizing Toilet Freshener offer two different functions in one pod. Firstly, each of the 40 pods can act as a general toilet freshener. Simply throw one in and enjoy the freshness for hours to come. Secondly, they can be used tactically to nearly instantly eliminate any unpleasant smell after toilet use. Simply drop one in the toilet, drop your business in and rest easy that anyone following you into the bathroom or outside will likely believe your body produces cedar, lime, eucalyptus and lavender-scented poop.
9. Lysol Clean & Fresh Toilet Bowl Cleaner
BEST BOWL CLEANER
You’re going to need a toilet bowl cleaner to go with your toilet brush, and there’s no better choice than this made-for-purpose Lysol Clean & Fresh Toilet Bowl Cleaner. This advanced gel clings to your bowl, allowing it to act for longer than more liquidy competitors. This longer exposure lets the cleaner more effectively remove stains and rings, kill viruses and bacteria and create a pleasant, fresh scent for you to enjoy.
10. Clorox ToiletWand Disposable Toilet Cleaning Kit
BEST DISPOSABLE SYSTEM
Rather than cleaning and storing a brush head which has contacted the germ-filled areas of your toilet bowl, the Clorox ToiletWand Disposable Toilet Cleaning Kit offers a disposable answer. The smart ToiletWand handle design makes it easy to temporarily attach one of the six included cleaning heads onto the device from the accompanying storage caddy. You can then disinfect the toilet bowl by reaching the remote areas with the multi-directional head, before detaching the disposable head and flushing it away. The final step is to simply return the handle to its place on the storage caddy.