Although nobody really enjoys cleaning the toilet, most of us prefer to have a fresh-smelling, sparkly clean loo. There are lots of products available on the market now to help achieve this, including powerful cleaning liquids, cleaning tablets and gentle cleaning formulas containing less harsh chemicals.
Whichever option you choose, you will need to leave the product to work for a while, usually for an hour or two or even overnight. This lets the product do the hard work so you have less scrubbing to do later! Always check the instructions first to get the best results.
1. Duck Dissolves Limescale 5-in-1 Pine
Duck Dissolves Limescale 5-in-1 Pine cleaner is a liquid cleaner with the added advantage of a bottle with a uniquely shaped bent neck. This makes cleaning right underneath the rim a lot easier, and gives peace of mind that all areas have been completely and hygienically cleaned. It leaves a long lasting, pleasant pine fragrance and also kills 99.99% of germs and bacteria.
This product has excellent cleaning properties and a fresh smell; however there can be a problem with the product staining the toilet bowl after use.
2. Astonish Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Astonish Toilet Bowl Cleaner tablets are quick and easy to use, and specially formulated for a deep clean. You can leave them down the toilet overnight, so you can wake up to a sparkling clean toilet, and it will also kill germs and bacteria. The tablets work as soon as you drop them into the water, with a foaming action breaking down stains and removing limescale.
This is an easy and effective product for cleaning a toilet bowl, however the smell is not as pleasant as some other cleaners, and sometimes the process needs to be repeated for a truly clean toilet bowl.
3. HG Toilet Renovation Kit
The HG Toilet Renovation Kit contains a liquid cleaner, and also a handy scrubber with scratch-free scrubbing pad and plastic gloves. HG Toilet Renovation Cleaner sticks to the toilet surface to remove even the most persistent deposits. When used in combination with the special scrubber, all limescale and dirt can be effectively removed.
This product requires a bit more effort than some other options, but is very effective at removing even the most stubborn stains.
4. Method Bowl Patrol Toilet Cleaner
Method Bowl Patrol Toilet Cleaner is a non-toxic, biodegradable gel toilet cleaner, and it’s a good choice for those who prefer fewer chemicals in their home. Although this cleaner doesn’t claim to kill the same percentage of germs and bacteria as some of the chemical-based options, it still cleans effectively and removes tough stains using natural citric acid. It’s also much more pleasant smelling than many other toilet bowl cleaners, leaving a fresh scent of spearmint behind after cleaning and no residue.
5. Harpic Power Plus Toilet Cleaner
Harpic recommend their Power Plus Toilet Cleaner for when you need an extra deep clean, both above and below the waterline. The formula kills 99.9% of bacteria and viruses and removes 100% limescale. The thick texture of the liquid means it clings to the bowl to remove stains effectively.
The thick consistency of this cleaner means you don’t need to use as much as with more watery cleaners, so it lasts longer. This is a good quality cleaning product, however one downside is that a chemical residue may sometimes be left after using it.