Toilet cleaner buying guide: How to find the best toilet cleaner

We'll help you find the best toilet cleaner to keep your loo looking as good as new.

A good-quality toilet cleaner can help you keep your loo in pristine condition with minimal scrubbing and polishing. From liquids and gels to automatic toilet cleaners, there's a wide range of toilet cleaning products available. To decide which one is right for you, consider the cleaning performance of a range of products, as well as their price tag and environmental friendliness.

Our guide will help you compare cleaning products to find the best toilet cleaner for your porcelain.

Compare some of the best toilet cleaners

Data obtained December 2018. Prices are subject to change and should be used only as a general guide.
Name Product Average Price (AUD) Type Bottle size Fragrance Applicator Purchase today
Bref 10x Effect Ultra White
Bref 10x Effect Ultra White
$3
Gel
450
Lime & Mint
Angled neck bottle
Bref’s 10x Effect Ultra White provides hospital grade cleansing and malodour removal.
Harpic Original White & Shine Bleach Gel
Harpic Original White & Shine Bleach Gel
$3
Gel
450
Regular
Angled neck bottle
White & Shine Ultimate Bleach Power. Deeply cleans and freshens, leaving your toilet bowl whiter after 1 use.
Harpic Oxi Action Toilet Cleaner Crystals
Harpic Oxi Action Toilet Cleaner Crystals
$6.55
Crystals
750
Regular
Straight nozzle
Harpic Oxi Action Bleach Crystals are best on tough stains.
Harpic Fresh Power Marine Splash Toilet Cleaner
Harpic Fresh Power Marine Splash Toilet Cleaner
$5
Gel
700
Fresh
Angled neck bottle
Harpic Fresh Power has a fresh fragrance and the power to kill odour-causing bacteria(E.Coli).
Bref 10x Effect - Micro Brush
Bref 10x Effect - Micro Brush
$2.99
Gel
450
Lemon
Angled neck bottle
Bref’s 10x Effect - Micro Brush makes it easier to clean a toilet with less scrubbing required.
Domestos Thick Original
Domestos Thick Original
$7.95
Liquid
1,250
Regular
Straight neck with squirt nozzle
The Domestos Thick Original contains hospital grade disinfectant for removing dirt, mould and germs.
Earth Choice Antibacterial Aqua Fresh
Earth Choice Antibacterial Aqua Fresh
$2.24
Gel
750
Aqua Fresh
Straight neck bottle with angled applicator
Earth Choice’s Antibacterial Aqua Fresh is eco-friendly and made from plant-based ingredients.
Ecostore Antibacterial Eucalyptus
Ecostore Antibacterial Eucalyptus
$9.95
Gel
500
Eucalyptus
Angled neck bottle
Ecostore’s Antibacterial Eucalyptus comes in 100% recyclable packaging and is suitable for ceramic and porcelain toilets.
Ecostore Antibacterial Citrus
Ecostore Antibacterial Citrus
$9.95
Gel
500
Citrus
Angled neck bottle
Ecostore’s Antibacterial Citrus is eco-friendly, vegan and not tested on animals.
One Shot Thick Concentrated Acidic Bowl Cleaner
One Shot Thick Concentrated Acidic Bowl Cleaner
$27.95
Gel
1,000
Regular
Straight nozzle
The One Shot Thick Concentrated Acidic Bowl Cleaner is designed to remove stains and uric acid build up.
Oomph Citrus
Oomph Citrus
$17.05
Gel
750
Citrus
Angled neck bottle
Oomph’s Citrus is designed to disinfect the toilet and effectively remove stains.
Oomph Sandalwood
Oomph Sandalwood
$17.05
Gel
750
Sandalwood
Angled neck bottle
Oomph’s Sandalwood is a premium disinfectant that removes stains and offers with a pleasant fragrance.
White King Powerclean Lemon
White King Powerclean Lemon
$4.89
Gel
700
Lemon
Angled neck bottle
The White King Powerclean Lemon is an economical toilet bleach gel that prevents limescale.

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What types are available?

You've got a few options to consider when wandering down the cleaning aisle of your local supermarket. Toilet cleaners come in the following forms:

Liquids and gels

If you want to give your toilet a really deep clean, this is the sort of product you'll need. These products can be sprayed into the bowl, left to sit for a while and then scrubbed clean. These are the most commonly available toilet cleaners and often come with an upwards-angled nozzle to help you spray under the toilet rim.

In-tank toilet cleaners

These automatic toilet cleaners come in the form of tablets that can be placed in the cistern, which release cleaning agents every time you flush. The idea is that your toilet stays sparkling for longer without the need for excess scrubbing.

In-bowl cleaners

These cleaners are also designed to clean the toilet as you flush. They typically take the form of a gel held in a cage suspended from the edge of the bowl, or that can be attached directly to the wall of the bowl. These cleaners remove bacteria and stains and reduce the time and effort required to scrub the bowl clean.

How to compare toilet cleaners

While buying toilet cleaner is relatively straightforward, there are still a few important factors that you should consider before deciding which product is right for your bathroom:

Toilet cleaner safety

Some toilet cleaners can pose serious health hazards including eye damage or skin irritation if not used correctly. Make sure you read the safety and usage instructions on the label and follow them closely to avoid any potential problems.

Remember to always keep cleaning products out of reach of children and pets.


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