How to Clean a Toilet

The gross-out factor of cleaning a toilet cannot be underestimated—but the gross-out factor of not cleaning a toilet is even worse. Better clean the toilet.


Up next in How to Clean Your Kitchen & Bathroom (34 videos)

Keeping the bathroom and kitchen clean is an ongoing battle. Make it easier with the cleaning tips and tricks in these videos. You'll learn fast, easy ways to get rid of bathroom mold, hard water marks, rust stains, bathtub rings, lime scale, mildew stains, soap scum, and more. Plus, tips on how to clean a granite countertop, a toaster oven, the garbage disposal, a sink drain, chrome, grout, your microwave, shower curtains, and many other hard-to-clean household appliances and surfaces.

You Will Need

  • A pair of rubber gloves
  • Some toilet cleaner
  • All-purpose disinfectant spray cleaner
  • Paper towels
  • And a toilet brush
  • Goggles or glasses
  • An old toothbrush
  • And a wet pumice stone


  1. Step 1

    Ventilate room

    Ventilate the room by turning on any fans and opening any doors or windows. Remove any items sitting on top of your toilet tank.

  2. Step 2

    Put on gloves

    Put on the gloves.

  3. If you're especially grossed out, or if you just want to look especially nutty, wear goggles or glasses to protect your eyes from being splashed with water or chemicals.

  4. Step 3

    Flush toilet

    Flush the toilet.

  5. Step 4

    Lift seat

    Lift the toilet seat.

  6. Step 5

    Apply cleaner

    According to product instructions, apply toilet cleaner to the inside of your toilet bowl, making sure to reach under the rim. Allow the cleaner to stand, as directed, while you clean the rest of your toilet.

  7. Step 6

    Spray outside

    Spray the outside surfaces of the toilet with the all-purpose cleaner, making sure to cover the entire commode, tank, handle, rim, both sides of the seat and lid, and the hinges.

  8. To avoid creating toxic fumes, be careful not to mix your cleaning products.

  9. Step 7

    Wipe down toilet

    Using paper towels, wipe down all of the areas of the toilet that you just sprayed.

  10. You can use an old toothbrush to clean any cracks and crevices that are hard to reach.

  11. Step 8

    Scrub toilet

    The bowl should be ready to clean by now. Scrub it thoroughly with the toilet brush, especially under the rim.

  12. Scrub vigorously along the waterline, but if a ring remains, rub it with a wet pumice stone.

  13. Step 9

    Flush toilet

    Flush the toilet and use the clean water to rinse the brush before you put it away. Just think: If you did this again soon, your toilet would never have the chance to get dirty...

  14. The first flushable toilet dates to more than 2,800 years ago, and it was a throne fit for a king -- King Minos of Crete, to be exact.