17 Things That Actually Make Cleaning Toilets Incredibly Easy
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pumice scouring stone that, with a little light scrubbing, makes rust, calcium, and other mineral buildup disappear right before your eyes.
Promising review: "An absolute miracle, better than any cleaning chemical. I can't believe how well this works!! When I moved into my house the toilet bowls had stripes from the water that I just couldn't get off even with CLR and lots of scrubbing. Once I got these I just got one wet and scrubbed a little and everything came off. The sinks and toilets look new and clean. It's not a harsh chemical that stinks and makes you worried to inhale. Its just a little stone that doesn't take much elbow grease to get things clean. I will never waste time with anything else." — Jacob Rittenhouse
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toilet gel you can stamp just under the rim to clean the bowl each and every time it's flushed, keeping your commode sparkling clean for up to 20 weeks in a row.
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That's four months at a time! All you have to do is re-stamp as needed. If you can't imagine
not using your toilet brush, you can use the small remaining bit of gel to scrub down the bowl before applying more. I used this in college and can personally attest it really does work. Promising review: "These work really well. I used to clean my toilet every other week, but these really do keep it in check! The key to making these last and saving you money is PLACEMENT. Before applying, look to see how your toilet flushes and where the water cascades from. I found a location in my toilet where the water doesn't really drain, so I install the gel where water would not totally flush over it. I have noticed that after using the bathroom, it does seem to cover up any smells. Which is a plus!" — V_O_R
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easy-to-install kit to turns almost any tank toilet into a self-cleaning toilet. That's right: You may never have to scrub the bowl again.
You can get either the chlorine cartridges or the "blue" cleaning cartridges (that have a disinfecting cleaner that's less harsh than chlorine); but because the system stays in the overflow tube, you don't have to worry about damage to any of the plastic or rubber parts of your toilet tank if you do prefer the chlorine.
Promising review: "I've used many different toilet bowl cleaners in my day, all with very little success. This is the first one that actually did the job of regular manual bowl scrubbing. In our heavily used family bathroom, this unit lasted 3–4 months before it ran out of the cartridge, and the results started to become evident. The whole time it not only kept the water/scent clean, it kept the scum/mineral buildup around the waterline completely gone! Gone are the days of weekly scrubbing the nasty toilet! This is truly a great product." — Chris F
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compact toilet brush that only seems basic at first: its cover pops open when you pick it up, then closes when you set it down.
Plus the canister's design allows for airflow so it actually dries, instead of sitting in its own germs. (You can also trap it under the toilet seat to drip dry into the bowl before you put it away, if you prefer!)
Promising review: "I bought two of these a while ago. It's a neat and compact brush that hides away very well. The open/close mechanism is a handy feature—no need to balance the brush back in the cradle. The brush bristles are firm but not stiff. Bristles clean well without a lot of pressure. The shape of the brush helps with under the rim cleaning as well. Nice feature: the exchangeable brush. It saves the environment as well as cost." — Grauzellen
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$15.99 (five colors), and when/if the brush head wears out, a new one for $12.95.
brush with a similar canister design that *also* features special bristles so you can deep clean under the edge of the rim.
Promising review: "I like that it opens by pulling up with the handle and closes pushing down on the handle. Plus the part that cleans under the rim is handy and works well." — DC Jax
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tank cleaner because your bowl will probably stay nicer for longer if the water you use to flush sits somewhere that's not disgusting.
Promising review: "According to the instructions I was supposed to use the whole bottle but being that it was so big and that I had two toilets to clean, I only used half. I was pleasantly surprised. The toilet tank is from the 1960's and I doubt it's been cleaned within the last few decades. In the "after" photo you can see that there is still some rust leftover but large chunks fell off the sides and can be seen on the bottom of the tank." — Nicole
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toilet wand system — its single-use, disposable sponges come preloaded with disinfecting cleaner, so all you have to do is scrub your heart out.
And at no point do you have to touch the disposable sponge; a handy button on the handle ejects it straight into the trash.
Promising review: "Nothing could be easier than this. Just swish and toss! The soft squishy sponge gets under the rim easily, unlike a stiff brush. The best part, of course, is that you dispose of the sponge after just one use. No more keeping that dirty brush under the bathroom sink! This system is a keeper and I bought one for every bathroom in my house." — Carol Lynn
Get the starter kit on Amazon for
$9.19 (comes with the wand, caddy, and six refills. Thirty refills are $11.99, or about 40 cents each).
natural toilet bowl cleaner because if you're sensitive to chemical smells, sometimes something a little lighter (that actually works!) is just what the doctor ordered.
It's also safe for septic systems!
Promising review: "I had some tough stains in my toilet bowl. No other cleaner had ever worked, including bleach. This worked extremely well. This got the stains off almost entirely before I scrubbed with a pumice stone." — Abe2239
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electric scrubber that spins on its own, so all you have to do is give it some cleaner to work with, then wave it around to totally transform a grimy toilet inside and out.
Promising review: "The first time I used it, I scrubbed the tile, basin, and door of the shower stall in about 10mins. It was refreshing to not have to get on the ground to clean the shower. I like the different options of brushes. I used the smaller heads to clean around the toilet without having to get down on the floor. I would recommend this to anyone with back pain, you can definitely tell a big difference, it makes cleaning much easier." — Cindy
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A heavy duty
toilet bowl restorer — it promises to work on clogged flush holes and mineral deposits, where other products have failed.
Promising review: "I had a stubborn and dark hard water stain at the bottom of the bowl that no other cleaner managed to remove. As I applied Restorer, I was convinced it wouldn't work because it's very thin and runny. I allowed it to soak for about 30 minutes and then easily wiped the stain away with a bowl brush. I couldn't believe it. The toilet looks new. Out of curiosity, I then used the same procedure under the rim and "whoosh" — it freed up the flushing system. I didn't realize how slow the toilet flush and refill had become. This product utterly exceeded my expectations." — CoolCPA
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Magic Erasers designed specifically for bathroom cleaning, so you know they'll knock out all kinds of grime and hard water buildup with very little elbow grease.
These have a foaming cleaner in them to make tackling tough bathroom messes even easier!
Promising reviews: "I love these! I use one per bathroom. I clean the sink first then the bath, and finish with the toilet then toss in the trash. You can use gloves to get over the ick factor of putting your hand in the toilet. The Magic Eraser removes all of the yellow ring and brown water spots under the rim within seconds!" — Simply Sooney
"These are amazing! We have a rental property and the tenants trashed the house. The bathroom was in really bad shape, but these worked wonders. They probably cut my cleaning time in half. Water stains, grime, whatever it was that those tenants left on the floor near the toilet...it left everything looking as brand new as it could. These little guys pack a punch!" —
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elegant brush with an oil-rubbed bronze holder because you shouldn't have to sacrifice your bathroom's aesthetic for a clean potty.
Promising review: "Really nice piece, I didn't realize it was metal which made it even better!! I'm redoing my bathroom with all new everything and I didn't want anything in there that looked cheap. This DOES NOT look cheap!" — MARGIE
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magic spray duo so you can make that yucky mold in your tank, bowl, or on your seat disappear like it was never there — then actually prevent it from growing back again.
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specifically of toilets, but it works on all kinds of surfaces! Just be cautious not to accidentally mix it with any other cleaners you'd previously used. Promising review: "This set was VERY effective when used as directed. We had a mold problem developing in two bathrooms without windows — under the toilet tanks and in some cupboards. The heavier areas required a couple applications of the stain remover but after that every trace was gone and we haven't had any further growth. Be prepared to clear the space of any young children or pets and have very good ventilation as this stuff gives off very strong bleach-like fumes that you probably don't want to breathe in. Excellent product to keep mold invasions at bay." — Rosie
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toilet bowl cleaner specifically formulated to neutralize that pesky ring of lime and rust.
Promising reviews: "I have rusty water and it really started causing problems with my toilet bowl. My toilet got to the point that it always looked dirty. I used this as an experiment and it worked like a charm. It changed it back to white in seconds. It's the only cleaner I use now." — Searching for quality
"if you have trouble getting the water ring out of your toilet from other toilet bowl cleaners, then this product is for you! I found it years ago, and it was the first cleaner that I ever used on my toilets that actually gets the water ring out from the bowl. Highly recommend!!" —
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powder cleaner that you can count on anytime you need a deeper, more powerful overhaul of your rust-ridden pot, but have ZERO intention of scrubbing.
reports that it can even work wonders in a rusted-up toilet tank, and multiple reviewers mention adding it to laundry, too. Promising review: "We have horribly rusty water, even with a softener. The night before my in-laws visit I clean the toilet bowl (kills germs but won't touch the orange), dump in a bit of Iron Out, add a few cups of water to raise the water line above the rusty ring, and let it sit all night. In the morning I flush and my bowl is pristine white again — no pumice stone scrubbing. Makes it look like I spent my time scrubbing instead of eating Cheetos and watching Westworld." — sleeper
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A pack of
disinfecting sprays because now that the inside of your toilet is as fresh and clean as possible, it's time to sanitize the surfaces your hands touch most — the seat and the flush handle.
It uses hydrogen peroxide instead of bleach, meaning it's much easier on your nose and eyes. You can also totally use it to wipe down the rest of the bathroom!
Promising review: "My son suggested this hydrogen peroxide cleaner to me because he is tired of smelling chlorine every he visits. I tried it and it works in only a few minutes and leaves my counter tops, toilets, and sinks SPARKLING! The soap scum melts away and I don't have to scrub at all! Just spray and wipe. Also, I don't need a protective hazmat suit since the cleaner's main ingredient is hydrogen peroxide. "Cleaning day" has become "Cleaning HALF Day!"" — C. Temple
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And finally: a
gentle-scented spray that blocks bathroom odors before they even get started, so your bathroom always smells clean no matter what.
Promising review: "One bathroom in an apartment just isn't enough for two adults with a healthy colon. Enter Poo-Pourri. As this was the first time trying the product, I tried the original. It has an amazing lemon scent, very fresh and not overpowering or synthetic-smelling. With most room sprays, you end up just smelling flowery poo. This masks the smell completely. I can walk in the bathroom 30 seconds after my boyfriend and only smell lemon." — Allison H
Get it on Amazon: a 4 oz bottle (200 sprays) for
$11.19 or an 8 oz bottle (400 sprays) for $16.78.
You, enjoying your toilet that looks, smells, and just plain
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