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HOW TO: Use Toilet Bowl Cleaners

Have you ever asked yourself if you really know “how to use a toilet bowl cleaner”? Because no matter how much you use it, and scrub it, on your toilet bowl, it still can’t remove the stains? We understand how you are feeling, and we have several feedback and testimonials that their chosen brand of toilet bowl cleaner doesn’t seem to work.

But don’t worry, we are here to show you how to use toilet bowl cleaners effectively.


  • Wet the toilet bowl
  • Spray your favorite toilet bowl cleaner
  • Soak
  • Scrub
  • Rinse your toilet bowl

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Step 1 – Wet Toilet Bowl

Start with wetting your toilet bowl with plain, tap water. You can use your bidet or a water hose to do this, and give your toilet bowl a good wetting. This will moisten and loosen up the stains and dirt a bit. Most toilet bowl cleaners already have water in them, but applying them directly on a dry toilet bowl can be costly on your part. Apart from body fluids, minerals from hard water contributes most of the stain in your toilet bowl.

Step 2 – Spray your Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Now you can spray your favorite toilet bowl cleaner on the toilet bowl. Don’t forget to shake it well before spraying and apply evenly on the surface. Add a few squeeze on the top part so that it would run down and cover other surfaces. Most of the stain trail marks starts from the top as well, so cleaning it in the same direction as how it was stained would help a lot. If you are asking us what is the best toilet bowl cleaner, you can check out our post on the Toilet and Bath Challenge. For other cleaning solutions, you can check out our list of Brand Names of Chemicals for Cleaning.

Step 3 – Soak

This is a very important step and should not be missed. Majority of the time toilet bowl cleaners fail is because it was not given enough time to react with the dirt and stains. Soaking for 5 – 10 minutes will help the toilet bowl cleaner work its magic, the ingredients will under go chemical reactions with the stains and will greatly help you in scrubbing later.

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Step 4 – Scrub

After soaking, scrub your toilet bowl to separate the dirt and stains. You can use basically any toilet bowl brush, or if you want to really get down and dirty, use a scouring pad (scotch brite). Don’t forget to use rubber gloves and face mask to for the unavoidable splashes.

Step 5 – Rinse

Once you’re done scrubbing, rinse your toilet bowl with water. If there are still leftover stains, repeat steps 2 – 4 until you are satisfied with the results. 

You can use these steps when cleaning your bathroom as well. Always remember when cleaning, soak your cleaning solution before scrubbing so that they can effectively clean your surfaces. When using a new brand of cleaning solution, check the label for instructions on how to use. Most of the time they are very helpful.

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