How can I clean my toilets without water diluting the solution?


I need to scrub my toilet without water diluting the cleaning solution. Do I need to shut off the water, or is there an easier way? - thanks

  8 answers
  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Aug 04, 2019

    Hi Jeanette,

    You would have to shut off the water from the underside of the toilet, flush to drain the bowl and tank. Because the valve is closed no water will enter the tank. Now you can clean the toilet without any dilution. Re-open the valve when you are done, the tank will fill, then you can once again flush.

    The only other way I can think of is to siphon the water in the toilet bowl to another drain or a container, you would do his by using a hose and a source of suction.

  • J Brown J Brown on Aug 04, 2019

    I use a 2 liter soda bottle to suck up the remaining water from the toilet when needed. Squeeze the bottle then insert in the water, it will suck up the water as it returns to original shape.

  • Cheryl A Cheryl A on Aug 04, 2019

    you can use comet cleanser and the water doesn't dilute it enough to stop it from cleaning

  • Rosalie Rogers Rosalie Rogers on Aug 04, 2019

    You could use a pumice stone which is not affected by water. Personally, I have learned from housecleaning professionals that they use bleach in their cleaning. I have used bleach in my toilets and it does the job nicely even though it does get diluted.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Aug 04, 2019

    Are you finding that your solutions are ineffective?

    In my situation with very hard water I am finding that all the commercial solution and most tips and tricks are not very helpful. I have found using the Pumice stick to be the most effective way to clean my toilets. They can be found at Walmart for about two dollars.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Aug 04, 2019

    Hi Jeanette,

    I can't improve on Redcatcec's answer. That's the way to do it!!

  • Kathy Gunter Law Kathy Gunter Law on Aug 05, 2019

    I plunge my toilet until the water is almost all gone from the bowl. Then I add the cleanser and let it sit for a while before flushing and adding water.

  • Betsy Betsy on Jul 24, 2021

    Hi Jeanette: You don't have to shut off the water, just put something under the ball cock, if that's what you have (it's the rod with the ball on the end), or if you have a Flushmaster, put something to hold the thing that goes down when you flush, up. Then, flush the toilet and the water will go out and none will come in to fill the tank. Then, scrub your toilet, but don't us anything that will scratch the surface, or you will have more problems than you want. You can use Barkeepers Friend or Bon Ami. Be sure to clean out the little holes under the rim, too. You can use a mirror to check if they are clogged. If so, you can use a nail to poke out the minerals that are stuck in there. Some people swear by pouring Coke. Here's that site:

    Here are a lot of ideas from Hometalk:

    Good luck