How to Prevent Poop From Sticking to Toilet Bowl? – 5 Methods

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how to prevent poop from sticking to toilet bowl

Have you ever taken a number two and it turns out that the poop doesn’t go directly into the drain but instead sticks itself to the toilet’s sides? We feel you! It can be embarrassing especially if someone will use the bathroom next.

That is why in this article, we are going to teach you how to prevent poop from sticking to the toilet bowl.

We have prepared complete steps as a guide to prevent poop stains in the toilet, as well as the things you will need in the process.

5 Ways to Keep Poop From Sticking to the Toilet

In this section, we have listed the steps and the materials that you need to prepare for each. Some of them are probably available in your home already.

Now, you are ready to try ways to stop poop from sticking to the toilet.

Method 1: Don’t Forget to Clean Your Toilet


What you will need:

If poop gets stuck to the toilet bowl, chances are that your toilet only needs regular cleaning.

The purpose of cleaning the bowl is not only to remove visible dirt and stains but also to keep it smooth. As we mentioned in the first method, we use porcelain because its smoothness allows waste to slide down the drain easily.

  1. Start by wearing your cleaning gloves and applying toilet cleaner to the bowl. We recommend the brands Clorox and Lysol.
  2. Once you applied the cleaner, brush and spread it around the bowl.
  3. Check if the toilet bowl has tiny bumps or ridges since they might be the culprit for why the remains of poop get stuck. Brush them extra thoroughly.
  4. After brushing, leave the toilet bowl with the cleaner for at least five minutes.
  5. Spray an all-purpose disinfectant on the toilet’s exterior and clean it with a sponge.
  6. Brush the bowl one last time, including the bottom, before flushing. This is also a solution if the poop sticks to the bottom of the toilet.
  7. Rinse the exterior of the toilet as well to finish the cleaning process.

Method 2: Use a Toilet Bowl Coating

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What you will need:

  • cleaning gloves (preferably elbow length)
  • all-purpose cleaner
  • toilet coating or toilet bowl non-stick spray
  • toilet paper

Another way to stop poop from leaving streaks in the toilet is to use a protective coating or a non-stick spray for the bowl’s surface. A toilet coating helps reduce hard water stains and prevent skid marks in the toilet.

To apply this toilet coating, follow these easy steps:

  1. Start by turning off the shut-off valve and flushing the toilet after, so only a little amount of water will be left.
  2. Clean the bowl’s surface using an all-purpose cleaner. Make sure you are wearing your gloves too.
  3. When the toilet is dry, apply the toilet coating and spread it all over using toilet paper.

We may also use a maintenance spray to maintain and lengthen the effectiveness of the toilet coating. Just spray it into the clean bowl (meaning, there should be no dirt or debris) and flush it after.

Method 3: Grab a Pumice Stone


What you will need:

  • Cleaning gloves (preferably elbow length)
  • Pumice stones (at least two pieces)

If you’ve been following our other articles about toilet care and maintenance, we often have pumice stones as one of our materials. Guess what? This can also be the solution to the mushy poop that sticks to the toilet.

Yellow stains caused by hard water make the toilet surface less smooth compared to how we want it to be, so the waste can slide with no problem. This is where pumice comes in.

We recommend doing this after cleaning your toilet. You can follow the second method in this article.

  • Turn off the shut-off valve and flush the toilet so the water level won’t be too much. Although, we will need water in the next steps.
  • Wear your gloves and dip the pumice stone into the water.
  • Wet the surface of the bowl. We need it wet together with the stone so we can avoid damage to the porcelain while scrubbing.
  • Nothing special here. Just scrub the toilet until the stains disappear. Pour water every now and then to keep the bowl wet and dip the stone into the water.

You might consume more than one pumice stone in this step, so we recommend that you get at least two. Once you are finished, you will notice that the bowl becomes smoother as well.

Method 4: Use Baking soda and Vinegar


What you will need:

  • Cleaning gloves (preferably elbow length)
  • Toilet brush
  • White vinegar (3 cups)
  • Baking soda (1 cup)

Hard water causes calcium buildup that later gives way to toilet stains. To remove sticky poop from the toilet bowl, we also need to prevent these unsightly yellow marks.

White vinegar and baking soda mixture is a powerful cleaning agent and we will teach you how to use it.

  1. As usual, turn off the toilet water valve and flush.
  2. Pour two cups of white vinegar directly into the stains and brush. Leave it for an hour.
  3. After waiting, pour one cup of baking soda onto the stain and pour another cup of white vinegar. Wait for 15 minutes and let the mixture fizz.
  4. Brush and scrub diligently. This will also remove poop stains from the toilet bowl.
  5. You may leave the mixture for another 15 minutes after brushing then proceed to flush it.
  6. We can repeat the procedure if the stains aren’t completely removed.

Method 5: Incorporate Less Fat Into Your Diet


This might not cross our minds, but our waste can represent the diet that we are currently in. It has been medically proven that a fatty diet leads to stickier poop.

Our body can only absorb a certain amount of fat, so the excess goes to our stool. The latter can be:

  • Dark and tarry
  • Greasy and pale

So if you want to get poop stains out of the toilet, start by improving your diet.

Why Does Poop Stick to the Toilet Bowl?

Our poop sticks to the toilet bowl for various reasons that include:

  • fatty diet;
  • ridged toilet surface or bowl with small bumps;
  • stained toilet due to hard water that hinders the waste from easily falling down the drain and;
  • a dirty toilet.

How Often Should the Toilet Bowl Be Cleaned?


We recommend doing a general cleaning of the toilet bowl at least once to twice a week.

This will help us prevent the growth of dirt and avoid yellow stains due to calcium buildup from hard water. If we regularly clean our toilet bowl, we can ensure a sanitized and odorless bathroom.


The solutions for how to prevent poop from sticking to the toilet bowl are simple. But first, we have to understand that a porcelain toilet should be smooth so waste doesn’t get trapped.

We can do this by making sure that we clean the toilet bowl regularly and remove the stains if there are any. Next, we can apply a toilet coating that is made to reduce waste leftover. Lastly, we might want to incorporate a healthy diet and remove fatty food from the table.

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