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I Clean Our Toilet With Toothpaste

Have you ever stopped by a friends house to drop off a book she let you borrow (was it this one?) and you popped in to use the bathroom?

And you are good friends, so she didn’t even bother to pick up the Legos on the living room floor, and you smiled as you walked by and decided that you love her just a little bit more for letting you see that.

And when you get to the bathroom you notice that the toilet is clean. And you are happy it’s clean because you are going to use it, but secretly you hate her a little bit because you know your toilet wouldn’t look that clean if someone was just popping in. And you know she didn’t just clean it for you because she was kind enough to leave the kids’ bath towels in a pile on the floor and besides, it doesn’t smell like bathroom cleaner in here.

I’m going to tell you how to cheat so you can always be that friend with the clean toilet. Because who doesn’t want to be that friend?

Use toothpaste.

Crazy toilet cleaning trick that works! Great for just before guests come over.

It totally works. It’s weird, but it is awesome.

I read this tip a few years ago on a list of something like “101 unusual uses for household objects.” I tried it and I was hooked. It takes less than 30 seconds. 

I don’t clean the toilet like this every time, obviously, but I do it a lot if I have short notice that company is coming over. I don’t want the house to smell like chemicals. I’d rather give the “Of course I keep it this clean all the time.” ::wink. wink.:: impression.

So I wipe the outside and the seat of the toilet with a baby wipe and I squirt toothpaste in the bowl.

True story.

Hold it up high so it doesn’t actually get near the toilet, especially if you still plan on using the same toothpaste to brush your teeth, and squirt a dollop down in the bowl.

(Please don’t try to clean the outside of your toilet with toothpaste, that will just make a big mess! Baby wipes, people. they’re amazing.)

Photographic evidence:

Crazy Toilet Cleaning Trick That Works! 

Toothpaste is made for cleaning the enamel on your teeth, so it also works really well to clean the enamel on your porcelain throne.

I don’t make up the rules. It’s called science.

Let me know if you try it!

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Want another crazy, money saving cleaning tip? Check out how I use regular dish soap (like Dawn) and one more secret ingredient to make homemade dishwasher detergent that works better than anything you can but at the store. 

Use Dawn in the dishwasher




  1. My husband recently busted out our cast iron tub and when he did, a shard flew and put hairline fractures all over our toilet. Now, when we flush it, it weeps tears of toilet water. Once we get the new one in I’ll make sure to try this!

    For now, as long as your toilet doesn’t spew like a fountain all over your bathroom when your guests flush it, you’re doing better than I am!

  2. Wow, I have never thought of this! I might actually try it! Pinning!

  3. Love this! I will try it out today.

  4. I’m so happy that you recommended keeping toilet splash off the toothpaste tube!

  5. Who knew?! Besides you I mean. What a great tip!! Thanks.

  6. This is an awesome way for me to unload the kid toothpaste my kids have previously rejected.

  7. Can you use any toothpaste?

    • I would think so, although I have never tried the extra gentle baby toothpaste. That might not work quite as well, I imagine, since it is made to be less abrasive. I usually just use whatever we have on hand.

  8. Okay seriosuly so Im a couponer and I always have extra toothpaste. Im gonna try this today (moms coming down tommorrow) Wow!

  9. How long do you have to let the toothpaste sit in there before scrubbing the toilet clean?

  10. Lyndsey Gavin says:

    what’s the point in this when you do everything the same as if you were using actual toilet bowl cleaner? Unless, like another said, use up the stuff your kids didn’t like.

    • Hi Lyndsey. Yes, you can do it to use up extra toothpaste that kids didn’t like or couponsers often get for free. Personally, I use it often before company comes over so that the bathroom is clean, but doesn’t smell like chemicals. I also used it a lot when our previous home was on the market and I was having to clean the bathrooms before every showing, sometimes multiple times a day. With three very young kids at home it was just faster than dragging out all of my cleaning supplies. (Our house sold in 6 weeks, so I don’t think it hurt us any.) :)

  11. Diane Masuo says:

    Just found this and I haven’t tried it yet (I am an “empty-nester”). But you were too nice to Lyndsey. The reason to use this is rather obvious to me: NO CHEMICALS and SAFE FOR HUMAN CONSUMPTION. Just needed to say something I guess. Thanks for this tip and I will certainly be trying it. “Think ENVIRONMENT”!!

  12. Rosanna Giambrone says:

    Does it work on the rust stains?

  13. I also like this because my cats persist in drinking from the toilet! With toothpaste, I don’t have to worry about chemical residue if someone forgets to close the lid.

  14. Great idea, we purchased a ton of tooth paste on clearance with coupons, so it cost me next to nothing for all of them but you can only brush your teeth so much. This will help use up some of those and use the ones I purchased that no one liked along with the expired ones. I’m sure the toilet won’t mind if it’s expired.Ha Ha.

  15. I am going to try this. Thanks.

  16. Debra Smerz says:

    Plus, if your dog drinks out of the toilet, it may freshen their breath

  17. I tried it and had no more success than when I use a wet rag.


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