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The bathroom may be everyone’s least favorite room in the house to clean, especially when it comes time to clean the toilet. It’s all no fun, but it’s all necessary to keep you healthy and protect yourself from harmful bacteria, and there’s something so soothing about a fresh, clean-smelling bathroom. We usually don’t pay much attention to toilet brushes until our old ones stink or lose their shape, but a toilet brush that doesn’t clean well or is hard to use or just never dries (yikes!) is a nightmare.
The Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab continuously tests the best cleaning devices and tools to keep your entire home in top condition. Over the years we have tested thousands of vacuum cleaners, washing machines, floor cleaners and more. To compile this list of the best toilet brushes, our cleaning experts tested 12 toilet brushes by applying a mixture of sunflower butter to a ceramic toilet bowl, then determining the number of swipes each brush took to clean the inside of the toilet bowl and under the toilet bowl. to clean completely. edge. We also noted how easy each toilet brush was to use, clean, and store. The containers each toilet brush came in were also rated for ease of cleaning and how easily they tipped over.
Our top picks:
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Best General Toilet Brush
Toilet brush with wheel cleaner
- Replaceable brush head
- Holder stays open while brush is in use
- Brush holder is difficult to clean
This toilet brush from OXO has the look and feel of a traditional toilet brush with an added wheel cleaner. In our test, all it took was five swipes around the toilet bowl for this toilet brush to completely rid the bowl of clutter. We found the handle on this toilet brush easy to hold and didn’t have to turn our hands at an awkward angle to clean each side of the toilet bowl.
The brush holder keeps the brush out of sight when not in use and has a vented drip tray to prevent your brush from getting stuck in a pool of water. This ensures quick drying of the brush to deter odors and bacteria.
Best Silicone Toilet Brush
LOOEEZ Toilet Brush and Holder
- No water remains in the brush head
- Reaches easily below the brim
- The shape of the handle is a bit uncomfortable
A superstar in our testing, the Looeez tackled our sunflower butter blend with ease, requiring only four swipes around the bowl to completely remove all traces of the mess† Due to the space between each of the six blades, no debris was trapped in this brush and covered much of the bowl with each stroke. The brush head is flexible enough to make contact with all sides of the bowl without much effort and has perfectly angled top blades to easily reach under the rim.
This brush holder from Better Living is surprisingly sturdy and requires a deliberate push for it to fall over. It’s easy to clean and small enough to fit neatly into a corner of your bathroom.
Best Price Toilet Brush
Toilet brush and holder
- Can be mounted on the wall
- Reaches easily below the brim
- Not the easiest toilet brush to use
At a fraction of the price of most of our other picks, this quick-drying silicone toilet brush from Sellemer comes in a sleek, easy-to-store container. Our experts tested three brushes with this non-traditional shape and this one was their favorite. The Sellemer toilet brush made most of the sunflower butter mixture from a toilet bowl after swiping around the bowl seven times.
The brush holder is vented to allow the silicone brush to dry quickly and can be easily mounted on the wall, freeing up space on your bathroom floor. A drip tray in the holder keeps your floor dry and ensures that the brush does not come into contact with running water.
Most hygienic toilet brush
Drip-free toilet brush and holder
- Brush does not stay in dirty water in holder
- No dripping water on your floors
- Requires two hands to use
This drip-free toilet brush has built in the holder to effortlessly prevent the spread of toilet water in your bathroom at the touch of a button. Press the button on the handle and push the brush down to retract the holder for use. Pull the brush up to close the holder over the brush when you’re done cleaning. During testing, our expert found that the toilet brush holder retracted high enough on the handle to keep the holder out of the way and that the brush removed our test waste in just six swipes around the bowl. After cleaning, the brush remains raised above the water that drips into the holder and is easy to rinse and dry thanks to a fully exposed side.
Best Disposable Toilet Brush
ToiletWall Disposable Toilet Cleaning System
- No extra toilet bowl cleaner needed
- Eject the rod heads easily with one click
- Each cup can only be used once
For a disposable option that you won’t have to remember to clean, look no further than Clorox’s ToiletWand. The head of the swab will start dispensing detergent as soon as it comes into contact with the toilet bowl and will contain the perfect amount of single use detergent. You don’t have to touch the heads to attach or detach it from the handle, making this toilet bowl brush another hygienic option for your home. The holder is large enough to hold about ten refills at a time and takes up the same amount of space as a traditional toilet brush.
Best toilet brush and plunger combo set
Plunger with Brush & Caddy
- Holder has holes to dry the brush quickly
- Holder is easy to clean
- Does not clean under the rim and others tested
You can save space in your bathroom by storing your toilet brush with your plunger. This combo from Libman does just that, storing both in a well-ventilated container that makes it easy to dry both bathroom tools. With just five swipes around the toilet bowl, the Libman toilet brush removed most of the sunflower butter from our test toilet bowl. Even with a slightly shorter handle than the other toilet brushes our experts tested, they found this brush easy to use and didn’t need to bend over to reach into the farthest parts of the toilet bowl.
How we test toilet brushes
To find the best toilet brushes to clean your toilet bowl, the experts at the Cleaning Lab scoured the web for all the most popular toilet brushes available to consumers. There are hundreds, if not thousands, of toilet brushes on the market — everything from traditional brushes to silicone and biodegradable brushes made from coconut husks. We’ve chosen the 12 toilet brushes that represent the best available on the market today and put them all through the same performance and ease of use tests.
After a sunflower butter paste was smeared on the inside of a toilet bowl, each brush was used to clean the bowl without additional toilet bowl cleaner (except the Clorox ToiletWand [pictured] which has a purifier built into the wand’s head). After a total of just over 130 swipes around the bowl, our experts noted the number of swipes made with each brush to remove the paste, along with the effort it took for the expert to reach all sides of the toilet bowl. We also noted how well each brush under the brim cleaned and how easy the brush and holder were to clean and store. To test the sturdiness of the toilet brush holders, our experts pushed and pulled the holders and noted how easily they tipped over.
What to look for when buying the best toilet brushes
Buying a toilet brush seems quite easy, but when we are given so many options, it can be difficult to make a choice. Here are a few things to keep in mind when buying the best toilet brush for your home.
Bristles vs Silicone: There are two types of brush heads that make up the bulk of toilet brush on the market: plastic bristles and silicone. While both types of toilet brushes will clean your toilet bowl, most silicone brushes require a little more effort and wrist movement than those with plastic bristles. Silicone brushes retain less water in the brush head and can be more durable than traditional plastic brushes. On the other hand, traditional plastic bristled toilet brushes are easy to use, easy to clean, and more readily available at local stores.
Brush Holder: The holder for your toilet brush is just as important as the toilet brush itself. The container should provide good ventilation for quick drying and odor control. Also consider how much space you have on your bathroom floor for the holder. You may prefer a wall-mounted option.
Price: Toilet brushes cost anywhere from less than $5 at your local grocery store to over $100. Buying a reusable toilet brush should be about twice a year for your home. How much you’re comfortable spending on this bathroom cleaning tool is up to you, and it’s important to note that the price of the brush isn’t necessarily an indication of how well it will clean your toilet bowl. Disposable toilet brushes also incur additional costs when you need to buy refills.
How often should you replace your toilet brush?
Most manufacturers recommend that you replace your toilet brush every six months or whenever your brush becomes discolored, begins to lose hair, or has an odor that cannot be flushed away. Many toilet brushes, such as our best general purpose toilet brush from OXO, offer replacement heads that can be purchased instead of buying a brand new toilet brush, minimizing both the cost and amount of plastic waste you produce. If you are using a disposable toilet brush, you should replace the toilet brush head after each use.
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