How To Clean A Toilet + Which Cleaning Products Work Best On Toilets

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My recent purchase of 3 new toilet seats for our 3 old toilets has led me to now seek out “the perfect” toilet cleaning products.

I’d like to keep these sparkling white toilet seating looking fresh & new for longer than 5-1/2 years this time!

I’ve found a few interesting things (and one really cool thing!)… but others’ opinions on this topic would also be welcomed.

photo via Family Handyman


There are 2 main things that are important here:

  1. How to get your toilets clean (quickly!); and
  2. Which products to use for cleaning toilets.

I’ve finally found a handy toilet cleaning routine AND the best products for cleaning toilets. So I thought I’d share…


#1 – How To Clean A Toilet

Personally, I don’t feel like most of us need too much instruction on how to clean a toilet.

Still, there’s plenty of info about how to do it on the Internet — much more than there is on how to buy a toilet seat (…which amazes me).

So, if you need some basic tips, start here:


#2 – Which Products To Use For Cleaning Toilets

Okay, here’s where it gets good.

The biggest reason we had to ditch our old toilet seats after only 5-1/2 years was the fact that they were stained blue from all the cleaners we’ve used on them through the years.

And there were actually parts of the seats that were worn down to the bare (brown) wood; they were white when we bought them.

I think part of the problem is the fact that we used to leave the cleaning products on the bowl (or the seat) a little too long in order to “loosen up the stains.” So, depending on how long we left the cleaner on to soak, it would inevitably discolor the areas of the seat that had more cleaner on them

The worst offender: those darned BLUE cleaners!

Up til now, we hadn’t really found “the best” toilet cleaner, so just bought whatever was on sale. Sometimes, you hope it’s not another blue one — yet you never really know until you get it home and open the bottle.

Fast-forward through all the products we’ve tried in the past to now. We have finally found one we love!


Don Aslett’s Toilet Cleaning System

It’s hard to find. I’ve only seen it on QVC. It’s Don Aslett’s Safety Foam Toilet Cleaner.

It happens to be a light green in color — yet it’s non-staining.

I first watched it demo’d on QVC for over a year before I actually bought it.  Then, when we got all new toilet seats, I finally decided it was time to splurge and get a product that’s got a good track record.

I like it because it smells great. And it only takes a little bit… it’s highly concentrated.

I couldn’t be happier with this product.

But that’s not the best part!…


The Best Toilet Brush On Earth

The absolute best part about the Don Aslett toilet cleaning products is their unique “toilet bowl swab.”

That, and that fact that it comes in a complete little “set” (the cleaner, a bowl swab/brush, a pumice stone, and a swab/brush holder) makes Don Aslett’s the perfect toilet cleaning product around.

In case you’re wondering, yes you can find just the bowl swab elsewhere online. It’s really inexpensive too. But I’ve been wanting to try Don Aslett’s complete set for so long that now seemed like the perfect time to just order a complete set.

Plus, while Aslett’s bowl swab (they call it a Johnny Mop) appears to be made better (and bigger) than most of the other toilet swabs found online, if I ever wanted to buy some replacement (non-Don Aslett) swabs later, I certainly could.

And now I have a way to store it all together — thanks to Aslett’s handy toilet cleaning caddy!

I’m not the only one who thinks the bowl swab is the best invention ever!

The biggest difference between a using a bowl swab and a regular toilet brush is the fact that you pour the cleaning product directly onto the swab (like in the picture above), rather than inside the bowl. The swab is made to easily get the cleaner into all the right places — without dripping, scrubbing, or staining.

For even more toilet cleaning tips, be sure to check out the Don Aslett demo video at the QVC link above.

This next video shows you how a toilet swab works, in general:


UPDATE: I’ve been using the Don Aslett toilet cleaning set — and bowl swab — to clean all 3 toilets in our home for the past 8 years now. Each bottle of the cleaner lasts forever!


My “Think Outside The Box” Method

On a related note, we gave up the traditional toilet bowl brush years ago.

A friend of ours used to work for a commercial cleaning products distributor. She sent us a few of her favorite products to try out. One was this revolutionary (at the time) “toilet bowl swab.” She gave us 3 — one for each bathroom. And I am so thankful she did. We love these things!

The only downside: there was no way to wring out the excess water from the swab alone. So I made my own. Back when I first saw the Don Aslett toilet cleaning products being demonstrated on QVC, I realized that I could take a simple (thick & pliable) plastic cup… cut a small hole in the bottom (just enough to fit the wand through)… and then squeeze the cup itself (with the swab inside) to wring out the water!

Worked like a charm. They’ve lasted a long time too.

The best part is bowl swabs don’t get nearly as gunky and stained and icky looking as traditional toilet brushes do.

I’ll never go back to using a regular toilet brush.

But wait, it gets better!


A Few Questions I Have About Cleaning Toilets

  1. Regarding the care and cleaning of toilet seats, Kohler says “avoid using aerosol products.” I’m not exactly sure what that’s all about — they’re harsher I guess.
  2. Kohler also says, “painted wood seats require special care and cleaning. Use only mild detergent (such as dishwashing soap).” I would agree with this. In fact, I’m thinking regular dish soap would probably work just as well as anything else on the planet — except for the Aslett toilet cleaner.
  3. And finally… has anyone ever tried using vinegar to clean toilets?


Okay, Now Some Funny Toilet Stuff…

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I like to help people find unique ways to do things that will save time & money -- so I write about "outside the box" Household Tips and Life Hacks that most wouldn't think of. I'm super-organized. And I LOVE to clean! I even enjoy doing laundry (but not ironing). I’m also a lifelong dog owner -- so I often share my favorite tips for living with dogs inside your home (like smart home design choices and dog-friendly cleaning & decorating ideas). Career-wise, I've been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started... and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). Prior to that, I worked in Higher Ed over 10 years before switching gears to pursue activities that I'm truly passionate about instead. For example, I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. When I’m not cleaning, organizing, decorating, or fixing something… you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). To date, I've personally written over 200 articles about cleaning, organization, DIY repairs, and household hacks on this site! A few have over 2M shares; many others have over 100K shares.

4 thoughts on “How To Clean A Toilet + Which Cleaning Products Work Best On Toilets

  1. So cute that you included a link to the Toilet Seat Museum in your
    blog! I know this man and he takes his work very seriously. He is
    passionate about sharing his creations to any and all that come by! A
    “must see” if you’re ever in San Antonio, Texas and want to get off the
    track of the normal touristy sights! 😀

  2. Just some FYI fun. Your excitement over the swab is funny, but true, They do work, but they are not new, just better. Grandmother had one that did not have fluff but was like a string mop & with nothing to keep hands dry. She stuck to her brands and ways from the turn of the 1900’s, (OOooo! Water Closets were so POSH to have..LOL) Otherwise, Ladies of old donned the rubber gloves (if they had them )and took the plunge by hand with rags and Pumice. I can say the acid type cleaners work better and last longer ( like this Safety foam) ,and it takes less product..thus the expense is not all that expensive..longer between cleans and less used each ounce does the trick.( instuctions say to plunge water out of bowl first or turn water off and flush)The acid types and the pumice for mineral build up seem to remove more of the bio films and particles that from the water itself, therefore there is nothing for other matter to stick to and it stays clean longer. and the swab makes more contact than the brush..stands to reason. It does sound funny but once you understand the why and science(chemistry) of cleaning you really can save a bundle, do with less products. Ive found 32oz bottle lasts us six months if used correctly..much longer than those “thick” detergents

  3. Hey young pretty lady remember to clean/disinfect the floor thoroughly before you kneel on it cause I came home shitfaced last night and kind of missed a little.

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