Does regular toilet cleaning do nothing for some of the stains? If so, you may be dealing with hard water stains. Fortunately, cleaning hard water stains is actually pretty simple, so you don’t have to worry too much! Just follow the guide below to leave your toilet spotless.
Why does my toilet have hard water stains?
Hard water stains are caused when water with high mineral content runs through your pipes, leaving some mineral residue behind. Therefore, it’s natural for your toilet to build up this scaly layer.
Hard water stains can be cleaned with acidic products regardless of color (likely chalky white or brownish).
Warning: Sometimes, certain stains may be of a more unusual color, like blue, red, or green. Check with a water professional, as these stains could be a bigger issue that cleaning the toilet may not solve.
Why use vinegar and baking soda to clean the toilet?
While hard water stains are better dissolved with acidic cleaners, you don’t need to go overboard and use muriatic acid or CLR; natural household items are enough!
For example, vinegar is a naturally acidic product that works just as well without being potentially dangerous to your health. In this case, you’ll enhance its cleaning power with baking soda, making this process easier!
Step 1. Pour vinegar into the toilet bowl
First, pour two cups of white vinegar into the toilet bowl and, without flushing, let it sit for a minute to start dissolving the minerals.
Step 2. Pour baking soda into the toilet
Add one cup of baking soda and two cups of white vinegar to the toilet bowl. The solution will start to fizz, so you know it’s working! Simply wait for ten more minutes without flushing.
Step 3. Brush the toilet with the solution
After you wait, grab a toilet brush and ensure the solution gets everywhere in the bowl, even in the highest spots near the toilet rim.
Step 4. Wait and rinse the bowl
After you’ve finished brushing, all that’s left to do is wait for the solution to do the rest of the work. Then, after half an hour, simply rinse the toilet to remove the vinegar and baking soda.
Step 5. Use a pumice stone on the stubborn stains (optional)
After flushing, you can check if any of the stains remain. If some did, don’t worry, this step will work to remove even the toughest stains!
Start by thoroughly soaking a pumice stone and the toilet bowl with plain water. Then, use that stone to scrub the remaining stains away. That’s it! Just remember to wear gloves to avoid hurting your hands while scrubbing.
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