How To Properly Use A Toilet Brush: 5 Easy Instructions

Keeping your washroom clean is an important part of maintaining hygiene in today’s day and age. One of the most important parts of this is keeping your toilet clean. This is because unlike the rest of your washroom, toilets are much harder to clean. Instead of a basic cloth, you often need to use specialized tools such as a plunger or toilet brush. Dirty toilets can lead to drain flies or worms so you have to avoid this.


In this article, we’ll be understanding how to use a toilet brush properly. These cleaning items are designed with a long handle to keep your hand away from the water and many bristles at the end for cleaning. If you are a bachelor, living with family, or just need to clean your washroom, a toilet brush can make it a lot easier. So, let’s cover some steps you can follow.

5 Steps To Using A Toilet Brush Correctly: Instructions

Use a Toilet Cleaner On The Inside Bowl

The first step to using a toilet brush for cleaning your toilet doesn’t actually involve the brush itself. You need to start off by using a toilet cleaner liquid and pouring it in and around the bowl of your toilet. Make sure to get the liquid into the sides and all corners of your toilet bowl as they are often much harder to reach.

After using the toilet cleaner, you will also have to wait for some time. While this time is different for each individual cleaner and should be written on the packaging, waiting for 2 minutes should be fine. This is done so that the liquid can begin removing bacteria and germs in your toilet bowl.

Using the right cleaning gloves is essential as you are dealing with cleaning products:

Scrub The Toilet Thoroughly

Now, once the toilet cleaner has had some time to settle, you can get your toilet brush. Hold it by the handle and start scrubbing the inside of your toilet bowl in a circular motion. Focus on getting out any stains and then gradually work your way to the rim and hard to reach corners. Also, as this step can get a bit messy, we would advise that you use gloves to keep your hands safe from any splashes.

Flush The Toilet

Once you have completed scrubbing all parts of your toilet, you can now clean it out with water. The easiest way to do this is to just flush your toilet 1-2 times to get all the soap and dirt down the drain. On the other hand, if this doesn’t get the job done, you can also use a bucket or spray to get all the soap out of the rim and bowl of your toilet.

Now, with this step, you may find that once the soap is cleared out, your toilet may still have some dirt on it. If this happens, you can repeat step 2 to get out the specific spots and areas with dirt. Just remember to clear out all the remaining soap and dirt with water and flush your toilet. Leaving any debris or even cleaner in your toilet bowl can lead to spots and marks that are even harder to clean.

Clean The Toilet Brush

Once your toilet is clean, you need to shift your focus to your toilet brush. Cleaning toilets can often leave waste and dirt between the bristles of your brush. While being quite unhygienic, this can also make it more difficult to use the brush in the future. So, you need to get all this out of your toilet brush and clean it out thoroughly.

For this, you only need a water spray or bucket. With the water spray, you can spray water at your toilet brush over the bowl and the first should fall into your toilet. On the other hand, with a bucket, fill it with water and rotate your brush inside it quickly to loosen any stuck particles.

Store the Brush Properly

With that, you are left with one last thing which is to store your toilet brush. Now, while many of you may want to just throw it in a corner after all this hard work, we would suggest otherwise. This is because improper storage of your brush can lead to bending of the bristles and reduce its effectiveness over time. Thus, proper storage is essential.

The best way to store your brush is either in a proper holder or with its bristles facing upwards. Most normal toilet brushes come with a basic stand/holder where you can place the brush for it to sit and also dry. That being said, if you don’t have one, place it with the bristles in the air to avoid putting excess weight on them.

Following these steps will help you properly use most normal synthetic toilet brushes. That being said, if you aren’t comfortable with these steps, there are also other types of toilet brushes you can use.

Alternative Types Of Toilet Brushes


Electric brushes use a motor to rotate the brush head making cleaning a lot easier. With these, you don’t need to vigorously scrub your toilet but can just let the scrubbing brush do this for you. This also makes these brushes a lot better if you have any physical restraints that make bending and scrubbing difficult


Synthetic brushes don’t have any cool moving parts, but they are often much easier to use. Unlike normal brushes, these are mostly found in elongated shapes that can bend and reach hard to reach parts of your toilet. Along with this, cleaning synthetic brushes is a lot easier as the silicon bristles don’t stick to debris as well.


While these steps can help you get the hang of using a normal toilet brush, they are not absolute rules. There are many types of brushes and toilets which may need different methods to clean. So, if you think that incorporating a different type of cleaner or brush works better for you, be sure to incorporate it.

With that, we hope that this article can help you keep your washroom cleaner and more hygienic.