Keeping a toilet maintenance-free, by buying the best home toilet, self-dispensing cleaners, and other tricks

Every lazy homeowner’s nightmare is the toilet. It’s the dirtiest part of the house, and if your toilet clogs, ugh. That’s work nobody wants to do, especially if you’re lazy. I’m proud of the way I’ve basically eliminated maintenance from my bathroom life, so I’m writing this blog to share some tips with you.


The first thing to do is get a new toilet. I know, that sounds like the last thing a lazy person’s going to want to do. But according to my own experiences and wise words from a plumber, it doesn’t matter how much you fiddle or tweak an old toilet if it doesn’t flush well in the first place. You’re always going to end up with clogs. The same thing for a bad drain design. If it doesn’t change water cleanly, you’re gonna get mold stains and that filmy crap right away, even if you clean on a weekly basis (and do you really want to have to?).


Start off by just biting the bullet and switching your toilet to a more powerful flusher. I’ve had great success with a Toto Ultramax I found by searching for the best home toilet. It’s super low-profile, so there aren’t any stupid nooks and crannies to have to clean, and it flushes so, so hard. It’s the most satisfying thing. You can hear it cleaning itself every time you go to the bathroom. Obviously prices change all the time, but I got mine for about $500 with installation.

Ok. So now you’ve got  a toilet that’s pretty much impossible to clog and basically cleans itself. You’re pretty much done, now, to be honest. But I’ve got a few more tips for you and a closer look at toilet models through this resource.


You can buy these little cleaner pellets that stick to the inside of the toilet bowl and self-dispense whenever water runs over them (each time you flush). I have to say, I was skeptical at first, but a former roommate totally converted me. You can get away without scrubbing your toilet for a month without anything building up if you use these things. So get one. Next is a toilet paper stand next to your toilet. You never want to have to wander around in search of a roll while you’re on the throne, so having a stand that holds at least 4-6 rolls is ideal. These things also keep your paper safe and dry, which isn’t always the case under the sink.

Finally, Seventh Generation makes some really great disinfecting bathroom cleaner that’s the perfect toilet scrub for when you do have to clean the outside. I’ve never really had to work hard–everything just comes right off. That makes the Lazy Homeowner grade for me!

Ok, that’s it. So, upgrade your toilet, put in an automatic cleaner dispenser, get a convenient toilet paper case, and buy some cleaner that does the cleaning for you. Good to go!