How To Use Washing Powder as a Substitute for Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Have you ever found yourself in the midst of a cleaning session only to realize your toilet bowl cleaner is finished? The last thing anyone wants is to dash to the store when all you crave is to complete your cleaning tasks and enjoy the rest of your day hassle-free.


Well, fear not! CleanFreakGermaphobe suggests using washing powder as a fantastic toilet bowl cleaner alternative. Let's dive in and put this household tip to the test

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Toilet bowl cleaner alternative with washing powder
Toilet bowl cleaner alternative with washing powder

When I embark on my bathroom cleaning routine, I always start by letting my toilet bowl cleaner sit while I tackle the rest of the bathroom. This gives it time to work its magic, making the toilet cleaning process more effective.

Sprinkle the detergent around the bowl
Sprinkle the detergent around the bowl

1. Pour the Washing Powder

Now, for the star of our show – washing powder. Begin your toilet cleaning process by pouring a cup of your preferred laundry detergent into the bowl. Ensure it's evenly distributed for optimal cleaning coverage.

Effective substitute for toilet bowl cleaner
Effective substitute for toilet bowl cleaner

2. Brush Away Grime

Get your toilet brush wet and swish it around the bowl, making sure to rub the detergent into all the cracks and crevices. This step ensures a thorough cleaning and tackles those hard-to-reach spots.


Leave the detergent to work its wonders.

Quick and easy bathroom cleaning tip
Quick and easy bathroom cleaning tip

3. Flush and Wipe

After completing the rest of your bathroom, return to the toilet. Give it a flush, and don't be surprised if it's extra bubbly – that's the washing powder doing its job.


Use the toilet brush again to rub off any residue, and then give it a final rinse with another flush.


More Toilet Cleaning Tips

For more tips on keeping your toilet sparkling, check out my tutorial on getting rid of toilet stains.

Washing powder as a toilet cleaner experiment
Washing powder as a toilet cleaner experiment

How to Clean a Toilet: Substitute for Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Your toilet bowl should now be sparkling clean, thanks to this ingenious toilet bowl cleaner alternative.


This little cleaning hack is a winner in my books and a fantastic option when you're in a pinch.

DIY toilet cleaning hack using laundry detergent
DIY toilet cleaning hack using laundry detergent

Give it a try, and let me know what you think in the comments.


I'm also eager to hear about your clever cleaning hacks – feel free to share your insights and experiences!

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  • Belinda Belinda on Dec 01, 2023
    Using this method - will it bubble - foam up too the top of the toilet - if not I will try it - also I use the clip deodorant too keep my toilet smelling good - but there's a residue from it - I can't get it off - any suggestions ? I thank you for the help and information ! Thank you !
  • Carol Harris Carol Harris on Dec 01, 2023
    can liquid detergent work as well?
  • Lucy Lucy on Dec 01, 2023
    Is this method safe for septic systems?
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