How to Clean a Black Toilet

Deb asked: How do I clean a black toilet? I’m going to be the proud owner of a brand new black toilet. I want to make sure I take the best care of it. What is the best way to keep it clean? Can I use the bleach tabs that go in the tank?

A black toilet can offer a dramatic look to any bathroom, but keeping them clean can be problematic. Most water contains minerals, and the white deposits they leave are especially noticeable on a black surface. Additionally, dust shows readily, so to keep your black toilet looking its best you will need to follow these steps frequently.


You Will Need:

Steps to Clean the Toilet:

  1. Squirt The Works into the toilet bowl, making sure you get under the rim. This product quickly dissolves hard water and mineral stains that are more noticeable in black toilets.
  2. Wait a few moments, then scrub the bowl with a toilet brush.
  3. Flush away the cleaning product after scrubbing. If needed, repeat steps 1-3.
  4. Next, apply Gel-Gloss to exterior surfaces with a towel.
  5. Wait for it to dry to a haze.
  6. Buff to a polished shine.
  7. Repeat as needed to remove routine dust and bathroom messes.

Additional Tips and Advice

  • Drop in bleach tablets aren’t recommended for use in tanks because they damage rubber parts -including seals, which may cause leakage. Regular cleanings with the above methods are best.



  1. I’ve been reading about how to take hard water spots and rings out of my black toilet, but, where do I get the gel gloss and what is the name of it?

    Thank You,

  2. Darla,
    Gel-Gloss is the name of the product. It can be found online or at some major retailers, such as Walmart.

  3. Hi,
    Are vinegar and baking soda safe to use on a black toilet and tub?

  4. Lani,
    Yes, you should be able to safely use vinegar and baking soda on a black toilet. A toilet is usually made of either vitreous china or porcelain, both of which can tolerate those cleaners. However, it is always best to test a new cleaner on a small hidden area of a surface first just to be sure. You can also double check with your toilet manufacturer to be sure your toilet is either porcelain or vitreous china. Some toilets do have specialty coatings on them, such as the EverClean surface by American Standard, which may have special requirements.
    Source: Home Depot – 2-piece High-Efficiency Dual Flush Elongated Toilet in Black
    Source: American Standard – Features & Innovations

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