Comparing Traditional vs. Viral Toilet Cleaning Hacks: What Really Works?

March 15, 2024 • Jamie Dorman

It’s all about potty training but in a different context than you might think. We’re talking about all those crazy toilet-cleaning hacks that are taking TikTok by storm. We’re here to get to the bottom of the best techniques to clean your porcelain throne and those that don’t. Natural products you probably have in your kitchen pantry are chemical-free DIY toilet bowl cleaner solutions that are better for you and the environment, too.

Your friends at Sheets Laundry Club are here to compare traditional to viral cleaning hacks and flush the fakes right down the drain. Here's what works.

Denture Cleaning Tablets: A Toilet Bowl Winner

These dandy little bacteria busters, originally designed for cleaning dentures, also double as a toilet bowl cleaning dynamo. The ingredients that are meant to remove bacteria and residue from food and drink do the same for build-up in the bathroom bowl. Simply drop a few tablets into the toilet water, allow them to dissolve for a few minutes, swish with a toilet bowl brush, and flush. Unfortunately, they don’t remove hard water stains but make a homemade toilet bowl cleaner in a pinch.

Lemon's Powerful Citrus Beats The Dirty Bowl

Lemon has powerful natural acidic components that clean hard water stains and kill germs and bacteria. This yummy yellow fruit leaves your bathroom smelling amazing. Many major household cleaning brands add lemon to their products to make them work and smell better. Simply cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into the toilet bowl. Next, sprinkle in some table salt and scrub it with your toilet brush. Let the mixture work its magic for 10 minutes and flush. The result is a bright, breathtaking, freshly scented toilet.

Hydrogen Peroxide: A Super Toilet Cleaning Hero

You probably use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect a boo-boo or as a breath-freshening mouthwash. But it has some hidden cleaning talents you need to know. Hydrogen Peroxide is a DIY toilet bowl cleaner. Pour 1/2 cup of this disinfecting superhero right into the toilet. For additional power, pour in one cup of baking soda. Let the combo sit for at least 15 minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush. While waiting, spay or wipe the seat and lid with hydrogen peroxide and zap all the fanny germs away.

White Vinegar Wipes Soaks Stains Away

This everyday homemade toilet bowl cleaner is a pantry staple that can do wonders for cleaning the bathroom. This includes killing bacteria, yucky germs, and viruses and removing ugly stains. Instead of chlorine bleach or other toxic products, reach for white vinegar. That's right! Simply pour it into both the bowl and the tank. Let it do its magic overnight and wake up to a sparkly clean toilet. You can also use diluted white vinegar to clean your shower, bathtub, floor, sinks, glass, and mirrors!

Shaving Cream Cleans and Refreshes

This unexpected toilet cleaner does the toilet-cleaning trick every time. Take a can of shaving cream, that’s right, shaving cream, and squirt a generous amount right into the toilet water. Don’t flush right away. The foaming properties in the formulation destroy uric acid and their nose-pinching odors. Let the foam dissolve and work its magic for about 10 to 15 minutes. Next, use a toilet brush and swish the water around. Go ahead and clean the rest of the bathroom. When you're all done, flush and enjoy a fresh and clean commode.

Baking Soda Stamps Out Stinky Stains

Baking Soda, sodium carbonate is a natural substance that is used for many household chores. It's a natural and safe substance that puts the hurt on stains and odors, especially in your commode. Simply sprinkle one cup of baking soda right into the toilet bowl. Next, pour a gallon of hot water and allow the mixture to set for at least a half hour. You can also add a cup of white vinegar for even more fizzy power that will loosen the built-up grime and minerals. Use your toilet brush for an extra layer of clean. You can also clean the seat and lid with baking soda.

Now Let's Talk TikTok Hack No-Nos

It might be fun to try out all those social media viral hacks that are floating around the internet, but it's best to research before tackling your trusty toilet with something new and nifty. Those not-so-nifty hacks might just be a prescription for toilet trouble.

Fabuloso Could Tank Your Tank

Some are touting that Fabuloso cleaning solution will keep your toilet clean all the time. The trend is to pour an entire bottle of the bright blue solution directly into the tank or cut a hole in the bottom and place the entire bottle into the tank. Every time you flush, the bowl fills up with this fragrant cleaner, keeping it looking as good as new. Well, think again. Fabuloso eats right through rubber and plastic and will ruin the functionality of your flusher. It's also wasteful, expensive, and will harm you and the environment.

Loading the Toilet With Multiple Cleaners Causes Damage

Common sense should keep you away from loading the toilet with multiple cleaners at the same time. While it might be a pretty and colorful sight to see, chemicals are dangerous and should never, ever be combined. It's simply science! Plus, doing this will damage the components in your tank, and the pipes in your home and is awful for the environment! It can also hurt you!

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