Skip to content   Skip to footer navigation 

How we test toilet cleaners

Here's how we get the results that help you choose the best toilet cleaner.

hand holding toilet brush

Whether you're a regular cleaner or an infrequent one, the job is made much easier with an effective toilet cleaner.

How we choose which toilet cleaners we test

With a range of products on the market, what makes us choose one toilet cleaner to test over another? As with most of our product testing, our aim is to test the brands and products you're most likely to see in stores.

We check in-store to see what's available and survey manufacturers to find out about their range of products. From this information we put together a final list that goes to our buyers. They then head out to the retailers and purchase each product, just as a normal consumer would. We do this so we can be sure they're the same as any consumer would find them and not 'tweaked' in any way.

How does CHOICE test toilet cleaners?

Lab experts put each toilet cleaner to the test by soiling white ceramic tiles with a NASA specification faecal test soil. The tiles are allowed to dry, squirted with a measured dose of toilet cleaner and then scrubbed using a sponge mounted to a  mechanical scrubbing apparatus, ensuring each tile receives exactly the same number of scrubs, at the same speed and pressure. The reflectance of the tiles are measured before and after cleaning using a sensitive photospectrometer to determine how much soil is removed, informing our overall score.

CHOICE Expert Rating

Soil removal accounts for 100% of this overall score.

We care about accuracy. See something that's not quite right in this article? Let us know or read more about fact-checking at CHOICE.

Stock images: Getty, unless otherwise stated.