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Most people don’t give much thought to which toilet cleaners they use. So they buy the one that is usually bought. However, it is important to take a look at the topic in order to save time and effort as well as the potential price. Not every toilet cleaner is the same. They come in different shapes, colours and contents. Here, too, it is important to consider what is actually contained in such a cleaner and what the ideal ingredients are. In any case, this should also be taken into account.


  • Toilet cleaners are something that everyone should have with them and there are so many of them that it can be hard to choose. Especially if you don’t know enough about them.
  • While looking for the most suitable product, you should also pay attention to the ingredients. Of course, as always, also look at the warning labels.
  • Whether in the home or hotel, hygiene should be an equal priority for everyone.

The Best Toilet cleaner: Our Picks

Buying and rating criteria for toilet cleaners

Often you have to click through various reviews for ages. So that this does not have to happen, we have already listed the most important criteria that you should pay attention to:

These categories are sometimes quite diverse and therefore it is good to look into them. This is the best way to determine for yourself how important they are for your own purchase.


Few people particularly enjoy cleaning, so it is of course good to at least make it as comfortable as possible. Most toilet cleaners are quite easy to use, with mostly liquid cleaners with a conveniently shaped neck being the most popular. When it comes to powder toilet cleaners, people often complain that a little of the powder is wasted each time they use it. This is then usually due to an awkward design.


As already mentioned, toilet cleaners come in different forms, but which one is the best compared to the others? Already in terms of handling, the liquid cleaners are usually the most popular, and this includes the gel cleaners. Toilet cleaner gel is usually the most recommended, precisely because it can be used almost all the time. And that means pretty much all of the usual toilet problems.


When you clean your toilet, you want it to last as long as possible, especially since it saves you labour and detergent. It is therefore advisable to look at the respective reviews or the product description and check how long the product lasts.


The smell of a toilet cleaner is probably the most personal criterion, as logically everyone has different preferences. Most cleaners have some kind of smell, with the most common being “fresh” smells, such as mint or lemon. Watch out for those who get respiratory distress from perfume, in which case it is important to check if the product is scented. Often, you can also see from the ratings how much it affects you.

(Without) chemistry

One question that many people ask is of course whether the cleaning product is more effective with or without chemicals. Here it is easy to say that there is not much difference in effectiveness and that the products without chemicals are even better because, as you can imagine, they are more environmentally friendly.

Chlorine-based toilet cleaners in particular can even be dangerous, as harmful chlorine gas can form when they come into contact with acidic agents. In addition, chemical ingredients are more difficult to break down, whereas cleaners with acids, especially organic acids such as citric acid, are neutralised by the drain water. The only problem here is that it is easier to find chemical agents.


This is another criterion that is more a matter of preference. For most toilet cleaners, you can simply buy refill canisters, which of course cost more depending on the content, so you should consider whether you would rather invest a lot at once or something for a long time. The refill should also be designed in such a way that the refilling process is as hygienic as possible. Some products are simply not refillable for safety reasons, such as highly irritating ones.

Guide: Frequently asked questions about toilet cleaners answered in detail

The best criteria to look for are now clear. But now a few more questions arise for one or the other. Here, too, the most important of these questions have been picked out and answered.

For whom are toilet cleaners suitable?

In principle, everyone should look into toilet cleaners at least once, not only to clean their toilet more productively, but also to save money and time.


Everyone visits the bathroom every day. Therefore, like one’s own hygiene, one should take care of it as thoroughly as possible. (Image source: Michael Jasmund/ Unsplash)

On top of that, everyone visits the bathroom every day, so you should also put some effort into cleaning it. Of course, cleaning a toilet is not the nicest task, but you can make it a bit more fun with some music, for example with a radio in the bathroom.

What types of toilet cleaners are there?

Basically, when it comes to toilet cleaners, there are differences between the base they are built on and the different cleaning products. They are either bleach-based or acid-based. You can buy cleaning gels and liquids in bottles, as well as powders, tabs, sprays and toilet blocks or toilet hangers that you leave in the toilet for a scent and a little cleaning every time you flush. You should also pay attention to which ingredients are best for your toilet.

How much does a toilet cleaner cost?

Actually, there is not too much of a price range here, in which case more money usually just means more content.

Price range Available products
Low-priced (0 – 5 €) all kinds of toilet cleaners, liquid mostly 750ml – 1 L, powder up to 1KG, scented flushers mostly double pack around 35g, also refill packs
Medium-priced (5 – 20 €) larger quantities, e.g. up to 10L liquid cleaner, mostly around 10 fragrance cleaner packs
High-priced (from 20 €) large quantities of all types or more concentrated products

As just mentioned, the price ranges are all very close to each other.

What do I do in the case of particularly heavy soiling?

In this case, it is usually not a case of “more is better”, but simply a longer exposure time of the respective agent is usually sufficient. If even then it doesn’t work, you will probably have to use a stronger product.

How often should I use toilet cleaner?

In order to prevent contamination in particular, it is advisable to use a toilet brush regularly to prevent a lot of dirt or limescale from accumulating in the first place. Depending on the person and the household, it may be necessary to clean the toilet thoroughly every week or even every month. In certain regions, it also depends on how calcareous the water is. For example, although water softeners are available for household use, the toilet will still be more affected by limescale. In that case, you should definitely keep an eye on the limescale deposits or let the cleaning agents work for longer to achieve a better lasting prevention.

Does the toilet cleaner have to contain disinfectant?

In principle, disinfectant is not necessary in the toilet cleaner, because the body does not come into contact with the part you are cleaning with it. After all, you are sitting on the toilet seat at the end of the day. In that case, it is not a factor to pay attention to when buying.


In general, it seems a bit difficult to choose the right toilet cleaner at first glance, but this guide should make the decision a lot easier. It is not too difficult as long as you pay attention to ingredients and, if possible, testimonials. Some criteria, such as the smell or the colour, are of course also based on personal preferences. What can be said in the end is that there is not much difference in the prices of the various cleaners and the most expensive ones are not necessarily the best, but in most cases a higher price simply means a larger quantity.

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