UPDATED: How to Clean a Toilet. Or… my toilet brush doesn’t work for crap.

I caught myself muttering in the bathroom the other night as I scrubbed and scrubbed and scrubbed the toilet with sadly limited results.

This toilet brush doesn’t work for crap, I mumbled. Which was true and also true.

My toilet needed help. Medication. A special forces team. Euthanasia. Something. Because the toilet brush + gritty cleaning product + pumice stone can only do so much, apparently. And by “only so much” I mean “not close to enough.”

Thanks to the pencil sketch feature in my photo editing software, I’ll show you exactly what I mean without, I hope, grossing either of us out. I still want to be able to make eye contact with you at the grocery store, after all.

For the first time ever on the world wide web, I’d like to introduce you to my toilet, post-scrubbing, complete with water rings and bottom build-up and a hefty dose of ew.

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This will either make you feel not so alone or vastly superior, so I figure it’s a win/win. If you just ran gagging from the screen, though, I offer my sincere apologies.


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Same toilet, friends! After 15 minutes of quality time with a piece of drywall screen.

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Thanks to my friend, Jenn, who dropped this tip at book club the other night, my toilet has a new lease on life.

As for me, I’d like to be put in charge of marketing this miracle product. My campaign will go like this:

Drywall Screen: It Works for Crap


P.S. As Greg likes to point out, drywall screen is just heavy-duty sandpaper minus the paper so it doesn’t get soggy in water, and using sandpaper on porcelain means scratching can occur. I figure we have two options, and we already tried the first, which is protecting the porcelain under layers of gross. Risking a scratched bowl? A worthy alternative, in my opinion. But use at your own risk, K? K.

P.P.S. If you have other unusual, magical cleaning tips, please share! 



I’m not saying I never clean the toilet. I’m just saying my son thought it was an occasion worthy of a homemade card.

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Also, my expression while cleaning the toilet? He nailed it.


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34 responses to “UPDATED: How to Clean a Toilet. Or… my toilet brush doesn’t work for crap.”

  1. Thanks for the tip about LemiShine!! I found it near the Jet Dry at WinCo. It works wonders. I sprinkled it around the bowl before bed last night (ten-ish). After my daughter woke me up saying she might barf (4:00 am) and I sneaked the small, extra mattress out of my son’s room so she could bed down near the bathroom, I cleaned the toilet so she could face a fresh bowl. The LemiShine had done its work, and all the grody crud came right off with a swirl of toilet bowl cleaner and a few strokes of the toilet brush. My weird and disgusting toilet has never been so easy to clean.



  2. I’d watch out for the tablet you put in your tank. We used to use those but they eat up the mechanism in the tank something fierce. After having to replace parts in two less-than-a-year-old toilets we stopped using them.

  3. Beth- DENTURE CLEANING TABLETS. I kid you not. Two-three of them in there for a good while (15 min? An hour? Overnight? Whatever works.). Then brush away and it all slips off. I got a box of a zillion at Nap’s for like 3 bucks!

  4. Wow. I can’t even get a thank you for taking my kids to Disneyworld and you get one for cleaning the toilet? How’s that fair?

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