Fact or Myth? Laundry Detergent Can Be Used as Toilet Cleaner


Can you use laundry detergent or fabric softener to clean your toilets, while adding extra aroma every time you flush? According to the Dropps Head of Research & Development, think twice before you turn to laundry products to clean your bathroom.

You may have seen this “cleaning hack” all over social media –– rumor has it that pouring one cup of laundry detergent or fabric softener into the tank of your toilet will release a fresh aroma every time you flush and will not damage your toilet or septic system. Long-lasting scent in your bathroom with little to no effort.

Sounds like a win-win, right? Well we're here to speak the facts. 

According to the Dropps Head of Research & Development this hack is very much a myth. Dropps laundry detergent pods was designed to dissolve in washing machines and release ingredients that will gently remove soil and stains. 

If you were to place one of the detergent pods into your toilet tank, the bubbles produced by the detergent would interfere with the flushing mechanism of your toilet. On top of that, fragranced fabric conditioners may encourage the growth of microorganisms (bacteria, molds and fungi) in your toilet, which can smell badly after time. That’s the opposite of clean!

Most toilets are flushed very regularly with clean water, which keeps them safe. However, if the tank does need cleaning and you’re looking for an easy and eco-friendly way to do that, our chlorine free Dropps Oxi Booster can help you do the job. Just add one pod to the tank, allow it to dissolve for an hour, and then rinse thoroughly by flushing twice. 

You can also add a Dropps Oxi Booster pod directly into the toilet bowl to deep clean the bowl itself. Leave the pod in the bowl for an hour to dissolve and clean, then rinse thoroughly by flushing twice. Make sure pets are kept away from the toilet while cleaning to prevent them from drinking from the bowl!

And there you have it, cleaning hack busted!