15 Toilet Cleaning Tips You’ve Probably Never Heard Of


Toilet cleaning tips- 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 curtain. But worst of all, the terrible odor coming from the toilet 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 tips you’ve probably never heard of. Hey, it’s worth a try, right?

Collage Title Page, toilet being sprayed with hydrogen peroxide, alka seltzer tavlet fizzing in water as it falls, coke being poured into toilet bowl, pinesol being poured into toilet brush holders, grapefruit cut in half with closest half covered in salt.

15 Genius Toilet Cleaning Tips

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 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.

hand holding Toilet bowl being sprayed with hydrogen peroxide with flower shower curtain in background

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:

  • water
  • castile soap
  • baking soda
  • 15-30 drops of your favorite essential oil

Mix these up in a bottle and then spray 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.

Dishsoap bottle labeled toilet sitting on a towel next to a bowl of homemade toilet cleaning bombs with flowers in the background in a glass vase and a soap dispenser pump in the foreground

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

Large bag of baking soda next to a gallon of vinegar

4. Toilet Pumice Stone

Does your toilet have an unsightly ring? Get rid of it with a toilet pumice stone. It’s called the Pumie 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!

Before and after photos of a toilet bowl. The before photo shows some hard water ring stains in the rim, the after photo shows a clean bowl without ring stains

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 bathroom cleaning hack that actually saves you time and effort?

Falling tab of alka seltzer fizzing with bubbles, leaving a trail of bubbles where it came down.

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 bathroom 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.

Two halves of a sliced grapefruit on a wooden cutting board. The half closest to the camera is covered in salt.

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. 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.

Toilet seat pulled up from the attachment to the bowl to show the grime that has accumulate there

9. Don’t Forget to Clean the Siphon Jets Under the Rim

Vinegar and duct tape can clean the siphon jets underneath your toilet rim. This needs to be done about once a year.

Open toilet seat with a zoomed in shot of the dirty jets that are under the rim with

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.

Hand pouring pinesol into an open toilet brush holder

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 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.

Open toilet bowl full of foam with an arrow pointing toward the water jets underneath the rim. Text at tend of arrow says

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)

Collage of 2 photos. Hand holding a tube of toothpaste squeezing it out over toilet, brush inside of toilet bowl scrubbing toothpaste that was applied.

13. Use Coke to Clean the Toilet (Proceed at Your Own Risk, This One Has Mixed Reviews)

Using Coke 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.

Coca cola being poured into toilet bowl


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.

Bottle of dish soap sitting on bathroom counter with toilet in background

15. Simple and Inexpensive Toilet Cleaning Tip: Use Vinegar

Plain distilled vinegar is an effective toilet 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!

Open toilet with a gloved hand pouring out vinegar from a gallon sized container

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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If you enjoyed these toilet cleaning tips, you’ll definitely want to check out these articles, too!


Collage of photoes, toilet cleaner in soapdish bottle next to toilet cleaning bombs with soap dispenser pump in foreground, bag of baking soda, tube of toothpaste being squeezed into toilet from above, bottle of dishsoap on couter next to toilet, brush being used to scrub toilet with toothpaste

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