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How to really clean your toilet

Every home deserves a clean toilet that is hygienic and fresh-smelling, but do you know the best way to clean a toilet? Find out with this four step guide.


Keeping the outside of your toilet clean is just as important as cleaning your toilet bowl. To quickly freshen up your toilet seat, it’s useful to have antibacterial flushable wipes such as Domestos Toilet Wipes handy.

Key Points:

  1. Use a thick bleach or toilet bowl disinfectant around the rim, making sure to leave it for a while before rinsing.
  2. Thoroughly clean and dry the outside of the toilet.
  3. Use a rimblock like Domestos Turbo Fresh Rimblock to preserve your toilet’s freshness between cleanings.


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Before You Start:

  • For a properly clean toilet, you need clean apparatus. The best way to clean toilet brushes and other tools is to rinse them, and any holders, in a hot water and bleach solution. This should be down regularly, and before you use the brush to scrub the bowl. This article has more detailed information about how best to do this but remember to take all necessary safety precautions.
  • Make sure you have the cleaning agents that are right for you. When cleaning the toilet it’s usually better to use products that have been formulated especially for bathroom use, but if for you prefer to limit the number of chemicals you use around your home there are natural alternatives available, such as vinegar or baking soda.
  • Always wear appropriate protective clothing when handling bleach-based products. The chemicals you will be using can cause damage to your skin and eyes if used incorrectly, so wear rubber gloves, make sure the area is well ventilated and keep cleaning solutions well away from your face.

Safety Warning

Use biocides safely. Always read the label and product information before use.

Get Your Toilet Spotless – Step by Step

  1. The best way to clean a toilet is to make sure you can clean as much surface area as possible, so start by draining as much of the water in the bowl away as you can. You can do this by siphoning, with a plunger, or by turning the water valve off and flushing your toilet.
  2. Lift the toilet seat and apply your chosen bleach or cleaning liquid around the rim, letting it run down the sides. Use your toilet brush to scrub any surface stains away and spread the cleaner around. Then leave it for at least twenty minutes, or overnight if it’s safe to do so – this is the deepest and best way to clean a toilet bowl. Then go over the bowl with the brush once again and flush the toilet to rinse away the cleaner, making sure that you continue to scrub as the water drains away.
  3. Now focus on the outside of your toilet. Some people use multi-purpose cleaner and a damp cloth for this, or you can use flushable wipes. Start from the top and wipe down the entire area, including the tank lid and flush handle; make sure you get at both sides of the seat and lid. Stains and bacteria also accumulate at the base of the toilet and behind it. These places can be hard to clean properly, so you might want to put some Cif Cream or similar onto an old toothbrush and scrub the area.
  4. Finally, hook your chosen rimblock over the rim of your toilet to prevent dirt build-up until your next clean.

As with most household chores, cleaning the toilet is easiest if you maintain it as part of a routine. Thorough cleans like this one won’t seem so daunting if you give the bowl a quick scrub on a regular basis or wipe down the seat every couple of days, and using a rimblock will keep everything smelling fresh and clean. Just follow these steps and you’ll never have to worry about the state of your loo again!

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