Toilet cleaning hacks- cause cleaning the toilet stinks! (haha, see what I did there?) Anything that can help us get that toilet cleaner faster is a win!
How many times have you gone into the bathroom and wondered when the last time it was you cleaned it? The watermarks on the mirror mock you. The soap scum is screaming at you from behind the shower fabric curtain. But worst of all, the terrible odor coming from the toilet and toilet tank is enough to make you want to run away screaming and never return.
No one wants to clean the toilet. Heck, no one even wants to talk about cleaning the toilet. But since we find ourselves on the porcelain throne several times a day, it’s important that your potty is as clean as possible. But if the products you’ve been trying just aren’t cutting it for you, we’ve rounded up some toilet cleaning hacks you’ve probably never heard of. Hey, it’s worth a try, right?
15 Genius Toilet Cleaning Hacks and Tips To Try
These brilliant toilet cleaning hacks will make your throne absolutely sparkle! There are some seriously creative solutions on this list – give them a try and see which one works best for your household.
1. Disinfect Your Toilet with Hydrogen Peroxide.
Instead of using harsh chemicals, you can disinfect your toilet and get rid of rust with hydrogen peroxide. It needs to sit for 30 minutes before flushing. She also explains the difference between disinfecting and cleaning really well.
Cleaning happens regularly while disinfecting is something that is done after cleaning and doesn’t have to be done nearly as often as cleaning. This toilet cleaning tip can be used sparingly as a heavy clean instead of being the regular cleaning routine.
2. Homemade Toilet Cleaner
Speaking of cleaning, you’ll have to try her homemade toilet cleaner!
All you need is a few simple natural ingredients:
- castile soap
- baking soda
- 15-30 drops of your favorite essential or baby oil
Mix these up in a bottle and then spray them on your toilet bowl. Follow up with some hydrogen peroxide or some vinegar to kick the stain blasting power into overdrive! Let that concoction sit in the toilet bowl for a few minutes, scrub with your toilet brush and you’re done!
Because of the essential oils, not only will your toilet bowl be nice and shiny, your bathroom is going to smell amazing, too! Why not enjoy a little aromatherapy as you clean?
Make sure you boil the water if you are going to store your cleaning solution long-term.
3. Baking soda toilet cleaning bombs
Make your own toilet bombs with baking soda, citric acid, and 3 essential oils: lavender, peppermint, and lemon.
Mix everything together and then mold in ice cube trays. Once they have hardened you can store them in a ziplock bag,
I use two per toilet cleaning about once a week just to keep my toilets fresh and clean. Simply drop them into the toilet and watch them fiz away. Close the lid and let sit for about 20-30 minutes so they can do their job. If you like, you can use a scrub brush and scrub the mixture around the toilet, or just flush and move on!
-Jessica, Mom 4 Real Blog
4. Toilet Pumice Stone
Does your toilet have an unsightly ring? Get rid of it with a toilet pumice stone. It’s called the Pumice and the reviews on Amazon are stellar. If you have stubborn rings in your toilet, this may be the toilet cleaning tip you have been waiting to find!
5. Clean Your Toilet Using Alka Seltzer
Clean your toilet with almost no effort using Alka Seltzer. Drop two tablets in, and leave for 5-15 minutes, depending on how long it takes them to dissolve. Swirl your brush, and you’re done! Don’t you love a toilet cleaning hack that actually saves you time and effort?
6. Use This No-Scrub Toilet Bowl Cleaning Idea
Calcium and lime buildup in your toilet can make it look… well, just plain gross. Grab a bottle of bleach and some baking soda to get rid of it, without any scrubbing. Seriously… just watch the video!
7. Toilet Cleaning Tips With Grapefruit and Salt
Here’s another green cleaning solution: grapefruit and salt. Just cut a grapefruit in half, dip it in salt, and scrub the toilet. I bet it smells great after!
If your bathroom is very dirty you may need to use both sides of the grapefruit. To take advantage of this toilet cleaning hack, make sure you lift up the grapefruit to grab new salt from the rim for maximum effectiveness. You can squeeze out some extra juice from the grapefruit for the stains, and you can use the grind of the grapefruit to scrub out any tough spots.
8. Toilet Cleaning Tips: Don’t Forget to Clean Under the Seat Joints
This next picture may make you go “Ick,” but for good reason… We often neglect to remove the seat to clean around the toilet seat joints fixtures. Here’s what could be hiding there, which may be causing an unpleasant urine odor, especially if you have boys in your house. This is a great task to add to our yearly spring cleaning list as you may need to get your tools out for this one.
If this hasn’t been done in a while and you are horrified by what you find, don’t fear! Toilet seats are really inexpensive to replace.
9. Don’t Forget to Clean the Siphon Jets Under the Rim
White Vinegar and duct tape can clean the siphon jets underneath your toilet rim. This needs to be done about once a year.
10. Pro Cleaning Tip: Don’t Neglect Your Toilet Bowl Brush
Don’t neglect your toilet bowl brush. Pour some all-purpose cleaner into your brush holder to keep it clean and sanitized between uses.
11. Another Way to Easily Clean the Siphon Jets Under the Toilet Rim
Castille soap and borax form a wonderful toilet cleaning foam, and you can use a toothbrush to really get up under the rim to buff and clean the siphon jets.
Siphon jets are the small holes under the rim of the toilet where water comes out of when you flush it. These siphon jets can really tough to get clean using just your toilet brush, so it’s a good idea to do a deep clean at least once a year to keep your bathroom fresh and clean.
12. Clean Your Toilet With Toothpaste to Avoid Chemical Smells
If you have company coming over and don’t want to stink up the bathroom with the smell of chemicals, clean your toilet with toothpaste instead. See our other toothpaste tricks while you’re at it! This simple cleaning hack works since toothpaste is made to clean the enamel on your teeth, and toilets are made from the stuff! This probably shouldn’t be your go-to cleaning method, but works great in a pinch.
Don’t forget to squeeze the toothpaste from up high so you don’t get any toilet water on it. (yuck)
13. Use Coke to Clean the Toilet (Proceed at Your Own Risk, This One Has Mixed Reviews)
Using Coca-cola to clean the toilet is a popular trick on Pinterest, but it has mixed results. It may work for light cleaning, but it appears to make hard water stains look even worse. Try at your own risk!
The magic of this cleaning method is in the bubbles, not in the actual ingredients of the coke, so you could use whatever carbonated drink you happen to have. Also, you won’t need an entire bottle, you will probably only need about a cup.
14. Unclog Your Toilet Without Harsh Chemicals
The next time your toilet is clogged (and your plunger isn’t working or you don’t have one handy), pour hot water and dish soap down the toilet. Warning: do not pour boiling water down the toilet, though, as this could crack your bowl.
This is a great bathroom hack if you don’t have a plunger or drain clearing solution available. After all, those are things we don’t really think about until we need them, huh?
Simply squirt a few drops of the soap into the toilet bowl and then pour the hot (but not boiling!) water into the toilet bowl to get it flowing again.
15. Simple and Inexpensive Toilet Cleaning Tip: Use Vinegar
Plain distilled vinegar is an effective toilet handle cleaner, too. For stains that are higher than the water reaches, soak some paper towels in vinegar and place them on the stain for a few hours. Remember to remove the paper towels from the bowl… Don’t flush them!
There is no need to fear the toilet cleaning process. Yes, it’s gross but with these tips in your mental cleaning basket, you’ll be able to conquer whatever cleaning task comes your way.
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Which toilet cleaning hack do you find useful and effective? Vinegar and baking soda really works!