The Best (Reusable) Cloth for Cleaning Your Toilet

Cleaning the toilet isn't exactly the highlight of anyone's week.

So let's make it cleaner and more efficient with the only cloth that is scientifically proven to remove 99% of germs from your toilet.

The absolute best reusable cloth to clean your toilet with is a high-quality microfibre cloth.

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According to studies, microfibre cloths, with their tiny fibres, trap and remove 99% of germs, including nasty bacteria like E. coli and Listeria.

Why Microfibre Cloths Are The Best Cloths For Cleaning The Toilet

I did some research to show you that microfibre cloths are not just hype.

They are scientifically the best bathroom cleaning cloth by far.

To summarise this study, here are the benefits of using a microfibre cloth:

  • High absorbency: Microfibre can hold up to seven times its weight in water.
  • Thoroughly removes dirt: The structure of the fibres acts like capillaries, removing even microscopic dirt particles.
  • Soft and gentle on surfaces: Microfibre cloths are less likely to scratch bathroom surfaces than some other cleaning cloths.
  • Reusable and washable: Microfibre cloths can be washed and reused hundreds of times without losing a drop in performance.
  • Can clean without chemicals: In many cases, microfibre cloths can clean surfaces effectively with just water, reducing the need for harsh chemicals.

However, microfibre cloths are not the only cloths you can use to clean your toilets.

Here are some other toilet cleaning cloths I love using and have had success with.



Paper Towels

The most hygienic way to clean

Cost of stocking up is high and it's not environmentally friendly

Scrub Sponge

Cleans set stains quicker

More likely to harbour bacteria and not remove microscopic germs

Microfibre Cloth

Saves money as they are reusable and easy to clean

Can be tough to find good quality ones

Disinfectant Wipes

Quick to use, removes germs on surfaces

Not the most environmentally friendly option

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How to Choose The Best Quality Microfibre Cloths

As already mentioned, microfibre cloths are a great way to clean your bathroom and toilet, but not all microfibre cloths are created equal. 

what are the best microfiber cloths

Here are a few things to keep in mind when choosing the best high-quality towels:

  • Microfibre blend: The best microfibre cloths are made from a blend of polyester and polyamide. A good quality microfibre cloth will be 80% polyester and 20% polyamide microfibre towel or 70/30 polyester to polyamide blend. So the first thing you should do before you buy is check the label to ensure you are buying premium microfibre towels.
  • Texture: Microfibre cloths come in different textures. Some are fluffy, which is perfect for dusting whilst some are textured. You want to buy the textured version to clean the toilet and remove surface dirt quicker. 
  • Price: What seems like a good deal might not actually be great deal after all. Microfibre cloths prices vary even for the same blend percentages. The only way you will truly find the best quality is to "kiss a few proverbial microfibre frogs." Try different brands to find the quality that works best for you. E-Cloths are a good option, but test to find your preference.
  • Care: No matter the quality you buy, your microfibre cloths will not last if you do not care for them. See how to care for your cloths here.

How To Clean The Toilet With A Microfibre Cloth

If you are wondering how to use a microfibre cloth to clean the toilet, here's a quick guide.

Although microfibre cloths are able to clean with just water, I don't feel comfortable using just water. 

Here's what I do instead.

Step #1: 

Fill a bowl with water and mix a very tiny bit of dish soap in it.

You don't want your water too soapy.

Simultaneously, flush your toilet and pour in any of your favourite toilet cleaners inside the toilet bowl. 

Step #2: 

Dip the cloth into the soap mix and wring.

Clean the outside part of your toilet, re-dipping into the soapy water and wringing, multiple times. 

Don't forget to clean the base of your toilet bowl. 

Step #3: 

Use a toilet brush to wash the toilet bowl as normal and flush.

Step #4: 

Wipe it down with a dry microfibre cloth. 

This is the way I clean the toilet and we have never had an issue with anyone getting sick even when one of us has the runs. 

Best Cloths For Cleaning The Bathroom

Now that you know what cloths to use for the toilet, you might be wondering if you should use the same microfibre cloth for the rest of the bathroom.

The answer is yes, microfibre cloths are the best cleaning cloths for the bathroom with the addition of a glass cloth for streak-free mirrors and glass. 

However, I have one more cloth that I recently started using that is perfect for your bathroom . 

It is the microfibre scrubbing pad. 

microfibre cleaning pad

Hands down, one of the best cloths for cleaning the bathroom is a microfibre scrubbing pad. 

The rough side can be used to scrub stubborn stains and the microfibre cloth side can be used to wipe.

I love it because it combines the power of a microfibre cloth and a non-scratch sponge making it tough enough to clean hard water stains, soap scum, and other tough messes on different surfaces. 

Just like microfibre cloths, they can be washed and reused many times, which makes them more sustainable than disposable wipes or cloths.


If you have a textured microfibre cloth, microfibre glass cloth and a microfibre scrubbing pad, you essentially have the best cleaning cloths for both your bathroom and toilet cleaning.

DIY Toilet Cleaner Recipe

Now let me show you how to make a simple toilet cleaner that you can use regularly.

This is a simple all purpose cleaner to clean the exterior part of your toilet.

cleaning spray
  • Use a simple mixture of 60% vinegar and 40% water in a spray bottle. 

Vinegar acts as a disinfectant and you can use this mix ever so often to refresh the toilet. 

It also makes your toilet smell fresh once the strong vinegar smell evaporates. 

{RELATED: How To Make The Best Self Cleaning Toilet Bombs}

Best Toilet Cleaning Products

If you are looking to stock up on toilet cleaning supplies, here are some of my favourite that you can add to your shopping list.

  • Microfibre cleaning cloth: for general cleaning, I use The E Cloth
  • Microfibre glass cloth: for mirrors and glass surfaces
  • Microfibre cleaning pad: for other bathroom surfaces like showers and bathtubs, tiles, sinks, countertops and taps.
  • Scrub brush: for tile and grout
  • Toilet brushes: for the toilet bowl
  • Bathroom cleaner/ Dish soap: to clean surfaces, tiles and tubs and remove tough stains
  • Liquid bleach: for disinfecting the toilet bowl
  • White vinegar: to disinfect, clean and remove watermarks
  • Citric acid: to remove rust from the toilet and water marks
  • Pumice stone: to remove stubborn stains
  • Cleaning gloves: To protect your hands

With these, you can be sure to always have what you need for a clean toilet.

toilet cleaning products

FAQs on Best Cleaning Cloth For Toilet and Bathroom

microfiber cloth

How should I clean and care for microfibre cloths?

Here are some of the best tips to care for your microfibre cloths

Hand wash or wash in the washing machine at 30-40ºC or lower. Do not wash on very high temperatures.

Do not use fabric softener or bleach as they can coat and degrade the fibres.

Avoid tumble drying if possible. Use low heat if needed between 49-57°C.

Do not mix with other fabrics, wash with only microfibre cloths. 

Lint from other fibres could clog the cloths and make them less effective

How often should you clean your toilet?

How frequently you clean your toilet depends on several factors.

Generally, it's recommended to do some regular cleaning at least once a week and do some deep cleaning once a month.

However, how often it is used and the number of people in your household should impact how frequently you clean the toilet.

The toilet holds a lot of bacteria so the more people use it, the more frequently it should be cleaned.

For instance, consider doing a thorough clean on Saturdays, then supplement with a mid-week refresh.

It's easy to do that by wiping the toilet seat and outside of the toilet with vinegar and water, then use a toilet bomb for the toilet bowl.

Should I use a sponge or cloth to clean the bathroom?

When choosing what to clean your bathroom with. It's best to use cleaning materials that can stay dry most of the time.

That's why I recommend using cleaning cloths rather than sponges.

Sponges are known for harbouring bacteria, and considering that the bathroom, particularly the toilet, tends to harbour the most bacteria in the house, it's wise to opt for cloths to minimise bacterial growth.

How many cleaning cloths do I need?

When it comes to cleaning cloths, it's important to have a designated cloth for each room in your house, or at least for each type of room.

For example, you could have separate cloths for bedrooms, toilets, and the kitchen.

This is crucial for preventing the transfer of bacteria between different areas of your home.

It may seem obvious, but it's worth reiterating:

Never use the same cleaning cloths for your bathroom and kitchen to avoid cross-contamination.

To ensure everyone follows this, consider colour coding your cloths.

For example, blue for bathrooms and pink for kitchens/general cleaning so that each family member can do the same.

toilet cleaning tools


Hey you, I’m Torera

Hey there! I am Torera, a home care and cleaning enthusiast with a mission to make cleaning as fun and easy as possible for women like you. As someone who had to learn everything from scratch, I have the mindset of a beginner and know exactly how to take you from A to Z. Let us ditch the overwhelm and create a space that is clean, cozy, and totally you!

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