How To Clean A Toilet From Top To Bottom

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Many of you know I like a clean home and I’m always looking for more information on the best way to do it. I have always cleaned my dirty toilet with white vinegar, but recently while doing research I found out there was a better germ killer. It’s not an all purpose cleaner, no harsh chemicals, and doesn’t include expensive cleaning products. This cleaning solution I wanted to share is something you probably already have. I’m going to share how to clean your toilet from top to bottom to keep your porcelain throne in tip top shape.

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The magic ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide and it needs to be no more than 3% which is usually the kind you can pick up at any regular store. Hydrogen Peroxide contains antimicrobial ingredients and is very biodegradable. Put your Hydrogen Peroxide in a squirt bottle.

The magic ingredient is Hydrogen Peroxide and it needs to be no more than 3% which is usually the kind you can pick up at any regular store. Hydrogen Peroxide contains antimicrobial ingredients and is very biodegradable. Put your Hydrogen Peroxide in a squirt bottle.

The first thing you'll want to do is spray the inside of your toilet with the Hydrogen Peroxide. Make sure to get up under the lip of the toilet.

The first thing you’ll want to do is spray the inside of your toilet with the Hydrogen Peroxide. Make sure to get up under the lip of the toilet.

Pour about 1/2-1 cup into your toilet bowl and let it soak.

Pour about 1/2-1 cup into your toilet water and let it soak.

Pull off the lid of your tank and pour 1/2-1 cup in there as well.

Pull off the lid of your water tank and pour 1/2-1 cup in there as well.

Cleaning from top to bottom is usually the best order to clean your toilet. You can use paper towels, or if you'd like to be more Eco friendly you can use an old rag that you'll launder appropriately to disinfect it.

Cleaning from top to bottom is usually the best order to clean your toilet. You can use paper towels, or if you’d like to be more Eco friendly you can use an old rag that you’ll launder appropriately to disinfect it.

Spray the top of the tank and wipe it down. Next, spray and wipe the tank and be sure to clean the toilet handle well.

If you can, remove the toilet seat. We have fantastic removable toilet lids that you twist to unlock and they pop right off. If you cannot remove your toilet lid, simply lift it and continue to the next step.

If you can, remove the toilet seat. We have fantastic removable toilet lids that you twist the toilet seat hinges to unlock and they pop right off. If you cannot remove your toilet lid, simply lift it and continue to the next step.

Use a toilet cleaner brush of your choice and scrub out the bowl. Be sure to scrub well under the lip. Flush your toilet one you are done with this step.

Use a toilet cleaner brush or scrub brush of your choice and scrub out the bowl to remove any toilet rings. Be sure to scrub well under the rim of the toilet. Flush your toilet once you are done with this step.

If your toilet seat comes off, spray the top of the toilet and wipe clean.

If your toilet seat comes off, spray the top of the toilet and wipe clean.

*If your toilet seat does not come off, you’ll do this step later.

Put your toilet seat back on.

Put your toilet seat back on.

Spray and clean the lid.

Spray and clean the lid.

Spray and clean the bottom of the lid, and hinges.

Spray and clean the bottom of the lid, and hinges.

Spray and clean the toilet seat.

Spray and clean the toilet seat.

Spray and clean the bottom of your toilet seat.

Spray and clean the underside of the seat.

*If your lid doesn’t come off, you would now clean the top of the base of your toilet.

Spray and wipe the bottom of your toilet. There are a lot of nooks and crannies here so be sure to get them all. Remove the small cap that hides the screws holding your toilet seat down and clean that area as well. Clean the cap before returning back into place.

Spray and wipe the outside of the toilet and the base of the toilet. There are a lot of nooks and crannies here so be sure to get them all. Remove the small cap that hides the screws holding your toilet seat down and clean that area as well. Clean the cap before returning back into place.

Your toilet is now clean!

Good news, your toilet is now clean!

This toilet cleaning is a good idea for flu season and kills germs with just a few simple steps.

What are some other items you can use to clean a toilet?

  • pumice stone
  • old toothbrush
  • rubber gloves
  • white vinegar
  • baking soda
  • disinfectant spray
  • damp cloth or damp microfiber cloth
  • toilet bowl cleaner tablets
  • citric acid
  • oxygen bleach
  • disinfecting wipe
  • spray bottle
  • dish soap
  • clean sponge
  • clean paper towels
  • disinfectant bathroom cleaner

If you have stubborn stains, hard water stains, rust stains, mineral stains, limescale stains, or mineral deposits you might find help in my post How To Remove Stains

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29 Comments

    1. Thank you Jean and I’m so glad you want to give it a try. Thanks for being a part of Grandma’s House 🙂

    2. When u are done use a black light. Its great because it will show any urine spots u might have missed

  1. I had no idea you could use peroxide for cleaning. I just cleaned my bathroom today. Great tips! Thanks for sharing at Merry Monday, see you next week!

    1. Thank you Jenny, it was a new find for me doing all the research. See you next week.

  2. I’ll have to give Hydrogen Peroxide for the toilet, it sounds worth a try.
    I think I’ll send this post to my teenage sons too, we live in a 3 story townhouse and they have a bathroom up at the very top that they share. They’ve had many lessons from me but that toilet is never as clean as I would like!

    1. Thanks Julie and I totally understand. I’m still working with my kids on what “clean” really looks like – lol. I’m sure it’ll matter more when it’s their own place someday.

  3. We use Hydrogen Peroxide as a mouth rinse in our household. And for getting red wine stains out of the carpet! Thanks for sharing this post on Traffic Jam Weekend. Never thought to put cleanser in the toilet tank. Great tips! My husband and son both have horrible aim, so this is a helpful post for me. LOL

    1. Thank you Kimberly. Thanks for sharing how you use Hydrogen Peroxide with us as well. Thanks for stopping by, and see you next week.

  4. Hydrogen peroxide is one of my favorite products, but I’ve never thought about using it for cleaning toilets! Thanks so much for this tip.

    Thanks so much for joining the Grace at Home party at Imparting Grace. I’m featuring you this week!

    1. Thank you so much Richella, and thanks for the feature. I’m excited to link up this week.

  5. Hi, These are all useful tips about cleaning toilet. I’ve never thought to try hydrogen peroxide for this task! Must try this for cleaning my toilet. Thank you for hosting.

    1. Thank you so much Dennis and and excited you want to give it a try.

  6. Have a question: this is good procedure even if we have a septic tank?

  7. Peroxide!
    This job is so important to do regularly. Thanks for the recommendations.

    1. Thank you so much Michele, and I’m so glad you think so too.

  8. Wow! I had no idea you could use hydrogen proxide to clean your toilet. I am adding it to my shopping list.
    Thank you for the tips:)
    Have a great week,
    Kippi

    1. Thank you so much Kippi, I’m thrilled you want to give this a try too.

  9. Have you found any way to remove stains in the toilet bowl that don’t go away with most cleaners?

  10. I so needed this tutorial! I’ve been stumped for awhile now at how to get my toilet fully clean and sanitized without using chlorine bleach. I have never tried peroxide, but I’m going to give it a go! Thanks Chas!

    1. Thank you so much Julie, I’m so glad you want to give it a try. I have really enjoyed not using the harsh chemicals.

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    1. Thank you so much Marilyn, I appreciate the support. Have a great week!

  12. I’m new at this, but wanting to try the cleaning ideas and can’t wait to get started but would love to get other ideas on decorating bathroom and kitchen and whatever you can show me
    Thank you very much Love it

    1. Thank you so much Cindy and I’ll send you some ideas and posts I have that might help.

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