back

How To Make Your Toilet Sparkle

Got stains? Toilet stains, I mean. How embarrassing! If you’re thinking, ‘DON’T GO IN THERE’ every time your guests excuse themselves, it’s time to get down and dirty. Roll up your sleeves and grab those rubber gloves because there are solutions to stains. It just takes a little elbow grease.


Your toilet might be clean, but look gross. If you’re toilet is in perfect working condition, replacing it based on such a minor things seems silly. So what is causing those unsightly rings and stains? And how do you get rid of them?


First of all, it’s not your fault. We promise this is not going to stand in the way of you and any housekeeper of the year award, and yes, there is such a thing.


About Those Stains


Usually, toilet rings and stains are a build-up of mineral deposits from the hard water, but they could be rust stains. In order to properly determine how you to get rid of the stains, you need to determine what kind of stains they are and how set-in they have become.


The more set-in the stains are, the harsher products you will have to use. We suggest starting with eco-friendly, natural cleansers before going to a chemical level. Not only are chemicals bad for the planet, they can be very hazardous to work with and dangerous to your health.


If you do opt to use a harsh chemical, be sure to wear rubber gloves and read the precautions and directions carefully.



The Natural Solution


Here's how to make your toilet sparkle:


  1. Gather the things you will need to complete your task. This includes, rubber gloves, a heavy duty pumice scrubbing stick (look for one that is used for cleaning rust off metal), household toilet bowl brush and a sponge. You may also want to grab vinegar and baking soda.
  2. Wet the pumice stick completely, slowly scrub back and forth on the stains, letting a paste build on the stain.
  3. Flush the residue down when scouring is complete.
  4. With your toilet brush, clean the inside of your toilet bowl.
  5. With your sponge, clean the inside lip and the outer surface of the bowl.
  6. Flush one last time and you are done.

If there are still stains remaining, pour baking soda all over inside the bowl. Pour the vinegar in the bowl as well. This is more effective if the bowl is drained of water. Letting the baking soda bubble is a natural chemical reaction with a natural acid that removes stains from hard surfaces.


If you rinse and repeat these steps and your bowl stains don’t disappear, you may have to opt for a commercial grade acid or chemical to remove set-in rust stains. See your local hardware store for the best product for your particular issue.