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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.

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Key facts about toilet cleaner:

  • 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.

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:

Price

Most products fall within the $2 to $10 price range, but some products are priced as high as $20 or even $30. Remember to consider the amount of cleaner you're purchasing so that you can work out the price per 100mL or per litre and compare products on a like-for-like basis.

Effectiveness

Don't automatically assume that spending big bucks on a toilet cleaner will produce the best results. We recommend checking out independent reviews online from people who have actually used the product in question. What sort of results does it produce? How much scrubbing is required? Does it have an unpleasant or overpowering odour?

Ease of use

Read the label to find out exactly how to apply the cleaner to your toilet. Most liquids and gels require you to flush the toilet, spray the cleaner around the bowl, leave it for a specified period of time – usually 10 or 15 minutes – and then scrub clean. Many products can be used straight from the bottle, but some need to be diluted with water.

Fragrance

From lemon or citrus to sandalwood and eucalyptus, toilet cleaners come in a variety of fragrances. There's not really any way to tell whether you'll find the odour bearable until you use it, but many manufacturers offer a choice of fragrances so that you can at least pick the one that sounds the best.

Disinfectant

Check the label to find out whether the cleaner you're using also disinfects or whether its main use is removing stains.

Environmentally friendly

If you're an eco-conscious cleaner, check the ingredients on the label to find out exactly what sort of chemicals you're using. Some manufacturers use entirely plant-derived formulas and recycled packaging.

Design

Many toilet bowl cleaners come with an angled neck that allows you to spray the liquid under the rim, where all sorts of nasty stains and bacteria tend to gather. However, others may only have a straight neck or nozzle which may make them difficult to apply and may require a little extra elbow grease on your part.

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