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How to Clean a Toilet

Clean your toilet so it’s fit for royalty. They do call it a “porcelain throne,” after all!

Follow these five steps for cleaning dirty toilet bowls to remove toilet rings, stains and funky smells – quickly and efficiently!

  1. Apply toilet cleaner. Begin by applying toilet cleaner to the bowl, and allow it to soak. If you’re using vinegar in place of toilet cleaner, simply pour a cup into the bowl. Swish the cleaner around the bowl with a brush.
  2. Spray and wipe the exterior. While the cleaner soaks in, spray the exterior of the toilet with an all-purpose disinfectant. If the toilet is extra dirty, give it a preliminary wipe-down with paper towels and toss them in the trash.
  3. Scrub the exterior. Next, use a scrub sponge to clean the exterior of the toilet. Pay attention to the base and floor around the toilet while you’re there. If you have a modern toilet with a quick-disconnect toilet seat, remove the seat and clean it separately.
  4. Remove stains in the toilet bowl. Once the exterior is clean, use a toilet brush to clean the bowl. If you have hard water rings or stains, use a pumice stone to remove these.
  5. Scrub the underside of the rim. Do you know the area underneath the rim where water pours out? Since this is out of sight, many people don’t scrub it. Don’t ignore this area! Use your brush or sponge to clean the underside of the rim.

Best Way to Clean a Toilet

We get it. Not many people enjoy cleaning toilets. But like most household care, the best way to clean a toilet is often. The bowl and exterior should be wiped down twice a week, while a more thorough cleaning, following the above steps, only needs to be done once a week.

Regular toilet cleaning eliminates harmful bacteria and ugly mineral buildup.

With more than 30 years of toilet scrubbing experience, Molly Maid pros have found that the best way to clean a toilet is thoroughly and efficiently.

To do that, always have the right supplies on hand …

Toilet Cleaning Supplies

Keep these supplies separate from the rest of your cleaning supplies. No one wants to accidentally clean their sink with the toilet sponge or wash dishes with the same rubber gloves.

  • Waterproof rubber gloves
  • Scrub sponge
  • Toilet cleaner or vinegar
  • Toilet brush
  • All-purpose disinfectant spray
  • Cloth or towel
  • Pumice stone
  • Paper towels

Cleaning Your Toilet Water Tank

Don’t forget about the water tank!

Remove the lid and take a peek inside. If you see any mineral buildup or crud, pour four cups of vinegar into the tank. Allow this to soak for up to an hour. Next, turn the water off to your toilet and flush the toilet. This will drain the tank. Use a sponge or toilet brush to scrub the tank walls while the tank is empty. Turn the water back on, allow the tank to fill, and flush the toilet several times to rinse out the tank.

Don’t Stop There!

Once you’re finished, head back to the Bathroom Cleaning page to learn how to clean your showerhead, bathtub and more. If you would rather spend your precious free time outside of the bathroom, we understand.