CHOICE put popular toilet cleaners to the test – and a $2.19 Aldi gel takes the top spot 

A $2.19 toilet cleaner from Aldi has been crowned the best on the market after consumer experts put well-known supermarket brands to the test. 

Australia’s leading consumer organisation CHOICE trialled 21 toilet cleaners on stubborn stains to determine which cleans the surfaces most effectively.

Of the products tested, Aldi Power Force Bright & Clean OXY Toilet Gel ($2.19) came out on top with a stellar 75 per cent.

Australia's leading consumer organisation CHOICE trialled 21 toilet cleaners on stubborn stains to determine which cleans the surfaces most effectively

Australia’s leading consumer organisation CHOICE trialled 21 toilet cleaners on stubborn stains to determine which cleans the surfaces most effectively

Choice’s toilet cleaner review 

1. Aldi Power Force Bright & Clean OXY Toilet Gel ($2.19): 75%

2. Harpic Fresh Power ($5): 70%

3. White King Premium Bleach ($4.25): 70%

4. Duck Deep Action Gel ($4): 65%

5. Duck Extra Power Toilet Shield ($4): 65%  

6. White King Toilet Gel Power Clean 5 in 1 ($4.60): 65% 

7. Aldi Green Action Toilet Cleaner ($1.98): 60%

8. Aldi Power Force Bright & Clean Thick Bleach Toilet Gel ($2.19): 60%

9. Bref 10x Effect Toilet Gel ($3.50): 60%

10. Duck Foaming Bleach Gel ($4): 60%

11. Harpic White & Shine Ultimate Bleach Power ($3): 60%

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Harpic Fresh Power ($5) and White King Premium Bleach ($4.25) both took out second place with a creditable 70 per cent.

The experts recommended just three bottles of the 21 products tested.

Duck Deep Action Gel ($4), Duck Extra Power Toilet Shield ($4) and White King Toilet Gel Power Clean 5 in 1 ($4.60) all received 65 per cent.

At the bottom of the rankings, the experts found several ‘poor performing’ toilet cleaners after plain water scored 45 per cent.

At the bottom of the rankings, the experts found several 'poor performing' toilet cleaners after plain water scored 45 per cent

At the bottom of the rankings, the experts found several ‘poor performing’ toilet cleaners after plain water scored 45 per cent

Woolworths own-brand Essentials Toilet Cleaner ($4), Organic Choice Antibacterial Toilet Gel ($5.79) and Earth Choice Toilet Power Gel ($3.20) were given the lowest ratings of just 50 per cent.

Other ‘poor performing’ products included Harpic Platinum Pro-Shield ($4), Harpic Oxy Action Bleach Crystals ($6.55), Coles Ultra Bleach Toilet Gel With Baking Soda ($2.30), Bref Fresh Boost ($3.50) and Aldi Power Force Power Toilet Gel ($2.08).

The experts tested the popular brands on the market based on what shoppers are most likely to see in stores.

Consumer expert Ashley Iredale said the experts put each toilet cleaner to the test by soiling white ceramic tiles with a NASA specification faecal test soil.

‘The tiles are allowed to dry, squirted with a measured dose of toilet cleaner and then scrubbed using a sponge mounted to a mechanical scrubbing apparatus, ensuring each tile receives exactly the same number of scrubs, at the same speed and pressure,’ he explained. 

‘The reflectance of the tiles are measured before and after cleaning using a sensitive photospectrometer to determine how much soil is removed, informing our overall score.’