Toilet Cleaning: How To Effortlessly Remove Hard Water Stains

Perhaps you don’t give much thought to cleaning the toilet, and you scrub it quickly whenever you remember. Everything seems fine until you run into weird stains on the bowl, like a ring at the water level or a layer on the surface.

So, if you waited too long and the hard water has stained the bowl, here’s the best way to remove these nasty stains from your toilet.

What’s up with hard water stains?

Your toilet has this kind of stain because of the hard water in the supply, which is rich in minerals. Thanks to the moisture from the toilet bowl, the minerals build up and harden and show color. Normally, these stains are chalky white or rust-colored.

However, some stains can be of a more unusual color. You might have one of these:

  • Red. It’s an iron concentration in your water supply.
  • Pink. Although not a hard water issue, it’s still a problem. There are bacteria in your bathroom, which you can remove by disinfecting the bowl with 3% hydrogen peroxide.
  • Green or blue. Your water supply has a copper issue which makes the water slightly corrosive.

The bottom line is that if the toilet stains aren’t white or brown, you should have a water expert check your plumbing to address these problems. However, if that isn’t the case, you can now clean the toilet!

Quick method: Hydrogen peroxide

If the stains are too light, 3% hydrogen peroxide is a great choice to cut through hard water and disinfect the toilet. If you want to try this cleaner, apply hydrogen peroxide directly from the bottle to the stains and scrub with your toilet brush until the stain is gone.

Warning: Don’t mix this product with any other agent, especially vinegar, as it forms a dangerous corrosive acid.

Potent method: Vinegar and baking soda

If the minerals are stubborn, you can trust the power of vinegar and baking soda. Compared to any premium cleaning product, this cost-effective method is just as excellent at dissolving the mineral layers. To make this cleaning agent, you will need:

  • One toilet brush
  • White vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Gloves

Step1 Add vinegar and baking soda

Add two cups of vinegar directly to the bowl and swish it, then add one cup of baking soda and carefully add another cup of vinegar.

Step 2 Let the toilet bowl fizz

The mix will start to fizz inside the toilet—that’s a sign of the reaction working. Now, swish the cleaning solution a little with your brush and let it sit for at least thirty minutes. 

Step 3 Scrub the stains and flush

After waiting, the minerals should have broken down on the bowl, so scrub the stains well and give the whole bowl a finishing scrub. After you flush, your toilet should be spotless. It’s normal that some stains don’t disappear at first. In that case, apply more cleaning solution and scrub harder!

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