How to Clean and Deodorize Your Toilet

Keeping your toilet clean and fresh is important. Preventing bacteria and germs from living in the toilet is especially important if you have little kids. If you're worried that bleach might be harmful to your children and pets, your septic system or the city sewer system, learn about some effective, unexpected alternatives to clean and deodorize your toilet.

A clean toilet is especially important if you have small children.

Step 1

Drop 2 tablets of Alka-Seltzer into the toilet. Wait 20 minutes, brush clean and flush. The sodium bicarbonate and fizz of the Alka-Seltzer tablets will clean and freshen the toilet.

Step 2

Pour 1 tsp. Cascade dishwasher detergent into the toilet. Brush the toilet bowl well and let it sit for 10 minutes. Brush the toilet bowl again and flush. The phosphates in the Cascade will create a sparkling clean toilet.

Step 3

Empty a packet of Kool-Aid into the toilet and scrub with a toilet brush. Flush the toilet. The citric acid in the Kool-Aid will clean and deodorizes the bowl.

Step 4

Pour 1/4 cup Listerine Mouthwash into the toilet and let it sit for 30 minutes. Brush the bowl clean and flush. The antiseptic qualities of the mouthwash kill germs and the alcohol cleans and deodorizes the toilet.

Step 5

Pour 2 tbsp. Tang powered breakfast drink mix into the toilet bowl and let sit for 15 minutes. Brush the solution with a toilet brush and flush. The citric acid in the Tang removes stains, and cleans and deodorizes the toilet.

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