How to Use Toothpaste to Clean Your Toilet

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You may not think toothpaste, of all things, would be an effective ingredient in DIY toilet cleaning. I was skeptical at first as well. But it turns out that toothpaste is already formulated to remove stains and whiten ceramic—just like your toilet! It’s also a safe alternative to other harsher cleaners.

In this article, you’ll learn how easy it is to use toothpaste to clean your toilet.

Let’s get started.

What You’ll Need:

  • Toothpaste
  • Water
  • Toilet brush
  • Disinfecting product
  • Rubber cleaning gloves
  • Microfiber cloth


  1. Wear your rubber cleaning gloves. Safety first.
  2. Grab a cloth, then spread the toothpaste all over the toilet. Let it sit for about 10 minutes.
  3. Use a cloth or brush to scrub the toilet. Pay special attention to the grimy spots. 
  4. Next, rinse the toothpaste off with water.
  5. Finish by wiping down the toilet’s exterior with a wet cloth and then disinfecting it with a product like Lysol or Clorox. Make sure to rinse well and dry afterward.
  6. Flush it once. You’re done.

Does Toothpaste Damage Porcelain Toilets?

We’ve got good news: there’s no evidence that toothpaste is bad for porcelain toilets. It’s a very gentle abrasive cleaner, so you can use it on your toilet without any worries. 

In fact, using toothpaste to scrub your toilet bowl is a great alternative to chemical cleaners. 

Toothpaste contains ingredients like baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and glycerin that help make even the trickiest toilet stains disappear after just a few swipes with an old toothbrush.

What Toothpaste to Use For Cleaning Toilets?

Any kind of white toothpaste (not gel) will do the trick. 

The way it works is not with chemicals, but abrasives in the paste that scrub away at stains on porcelain surfaces like toilets.

How Often Should You Clean Your Toilet?

The frequency with which you clean the toilet depends on several factors, including how many people use it and how often it gets used. A family of five will likely use the toilet more than a couple or a single person, so they may need to clean it more frequently. If you have guests over or have recently had an illness in your home, that can also increase your cleaning schedule. 

In general, most toilets should be cleaned at least once a week; ideally, twice a week. However, if you’ve just had company and there are still some lingering germs, you might consider wiping down the bowl with disinfecting wipes and giving it a good scrub with some bleach after every use until people feel better again.

3 Tips to Keep Toilets Clean and Germ-Free

  • Clean the toilet regularly. It’s a good habit to clean your toilet regularly and prevent build-up from becoming harder to remove later.
  • Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush. To scrub the inside of the bowl, use a toilet brush that is made specifically for this use.
  • Spray down the outside of the toilet and wipe it dry with a paper towel or cloth diaper after every use, especially if you have young children who are prone to splashing water outside of the bowl when they flush or drop things into the bowl during potty training (it happens!).


And there you have it, the best way to clean your toilet. Just use a little bit of toothpaste and your toilet bowl will look new.

The importance of keeping your toilet clean can’t be expressed enough. Not only will it look better, but keeping it clean can also prevent potential health issues down the line. 

If you’re interested in learning another method of cleaning your toilet, read my article on how to clean toilets with baking soda.

Thanks for dropping by my blog.

-Baking Soda Guy

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