Use these methods to remove hard water stains in a toilet
This article will go into how to remove hard water stains from a toilet and restore your toilet bowl to its original glory. There’s nothing quite more embarrassing than having hard water stains in your toilet. When we used to have friends over we’d remind them that we had hard water and that the stain in the toilet is from that, and not our neglect of a house cleaning checklist. Luckily we found out that we can do something about these hard water stains in a toilet.
Let’s get cleaning!
What causes hard water stains in a toilet bowl?
The hard water stains in your toilet bowl are from the extra minerals and sediment that are in your water source. All water has minerals and sediment in it but hard water has an excess of these minerals like iron, calcium and magnesium. It is these excess minerals in your hard water that can start to stick to the inside of the bowl giving it a brown or rust color.
The stains show up in your toilet bowl because there is standing water. This can cause a hard water ring in your toilet as well, though not all toilet rings are caused by hard water. These minerals are present in your water through the house, it’s why you periodically need to remove calcium build up on your taps and showers. There are plenty of hot water tanks in the scrap yard near me because of hard water build up inside of them.
How to clean hard water stains in the toilet with baking soda and vinegar
This is truly one of the great cleaning tips. If you are wondering “How do you remove mineral deposits from a toilet” This is the first thing you should try when removing stubborn hard water stains from your porcelain toilet bowl. It’s an easy to make homemade cleaner and you likely have both of these in your pantry. Plus this solution is great for cleaning bathtub drains, and cleaning stainless steel sinks. Here are the steps to cleaning hard water stains in a toilet with baking soda and vinegar.
Step 1 Put your gloves on
This should be in your household cleaning supplies. Put them on and get started.
Step 2 Flush the toilet
It’s always good to get rid of the water that is in the bowl before you start. If the hard water stain is at a lower level than the water you may want to turn off the water supply to the toilet and then flush so that you can have a concentrated mixture going on the stained area.
Step 3 Pour in the vinegar
Step 4: Add baking soda
Next add a cup of baking soda followed by another cup of vinegar. This will cause the mixture to fizz, (a la school volcano experiment) and bubble. As this mixture starts to fizz it will begin to break down the build up of the hard water. Scrub the mixture all over the bowl with the toilet brush and make sure you get all of the hard water stains.
Let it sit for 30 minutes, then come back.
Step 5 Remove the hard water
Now take your toilet scrubber and scrub away the hard water stains. Give the toilet a flush and you should have a nice clean toilet.
How to clean hard water stains in the toilet with borax
If the baking soda and vinegar cleaning solution didn’t do the trick, the next step is to try Borax and vinegar. This method is fairly similar but uses a different combination of household items to get your toilet clean.
Step 1 Put your gloves on
Make sure you have a good pair of rubber gloves for cleaning these water stains. They make cleaning a toilet so much easier to handle.
Step 2 Flush the toilet
Give the toilet a flush to remove and refresh the water that is in there. Always make sure the toilet water is fresh.
Step 3 Pour in Borax
Pour a 1/4 cup of Borax into the toilet and swish the Borax around with your toilet brush.
Step 4 Add vinegar
Add one to two cups of vinegar. Let the Borax and vinegar mixture sit for 30 minutes. Make sure you give the mixture enough time to do it’s magic. Tell the family that the toilet is not in use and go about the rest of your bathroom cleaning schedule.
Step 5 Scrub the toilet bowl
Once you have waited long enough, grab your best toilet brush and start scrubbing the sides of the bowl and remove the hard water stains from the toilet. The combination should have loosened the build up. Once you’re done scrubbing, give the toilet a powerful flush and you are done.
How to remove stubborn stains from toilet bowl
If you are still not having any luck removing the stubborn hard water toilet stains then you may need to take it to the next level. You will have to use something store bought to get your toilet clean.
Use a scouring stick to remove the stains. Use a Pumie scouring stick (it’s like a pumice stone) to remove the hard water in your toilet bowl. The one thing to be careful when you are using an abrasive scouring pad like a pumice stone or steel wool is that you can damage the finish of the bowl and that can give you other issues like black mold in your toilet.
We don’t want to create a new problem, so be cautious when using any type of abrasive scrubber when removing your hard water toilet stains. If at all possible it’s better to use a nylon brush but any hard object could potentially damage your toilets finish.
Last method: toilet bowl cleaner
If none of these methods have worked the last step is to get a stronger toilet bowl cleaner. There are several strong toilet bowl cleaners on the market. You can find them here on Amazon. They’re great for removing mineral build up and getting rid of toilet rings.
Final thoughts on removing hard water toilet stains
All of these solutions don’t address the issue of having hard water in your house. Many parts of the country have hard water and the best way to get rid of hard water all together is to install a water treatment system like a water softener. That is what we did and it has helped with our hard water issues throughout the house.
Looking for more cleaning articles? Read these…
- How to clean a stainless steel sink
- How to unclog a kitchen sink
- A 5 step plan to cleaning a hoarder’s house
- How to clean a bathtub with bleach