I have well water and have rings in my toilets that I have tried to remove with numerous cleaning products. Does anyone have any suggestions as to what might work? I even have a water softener, but nothing seems to work.
By Alice from PA
Buy a roll of plumbers cloth at the hardware store. It's about 1 inch wide and comes in a roll several feet long, for less than $2 (it's similar to sandpaper). Tear off an inch or two and use it to clean lots of stuff, but it especially works well with hard water stains in a toilet. Same principle as a pumice stone, but soft and flexible so it conforms to the curves and you can really get under the rim, etc. I've been so happy about finding this tip! No chemicals needed at all.
Plumbers cloth is really wonderful and because it's flexable it's easier to use than a pumice stone, but I don't like using chemicals or commercial cleaners since you never really know what's in them or what they will do to you or your plumbing ( I've had some bad experiences) so I use plain old Borax. Flush the toilet and turn the water off so it doesn't refill, then sprinkle the borax all over the stains. Let it sit for several hours or over night. In the morning, scrub the stains, turn on the water and flush. Borax makes porcelain shine like new. I own my own cleaning business and this works on every toilet I clean.
When I had well water the best thing I found to clean my toilets was Muriatic acid. It is available from any hardware store (you have to ask for it). Just pour in the toilet wait a few minutes, brush and you're done. This stuff is extremely strong so be careful when opening it.
I also have well water and purchased The Works toilet bowl cleaner...it is amazing at removing stains!!! You can find it at Wal-mart or even the dollar tree stores. Be careful, it is potent stuff. I have tried the works shower and tub cleaner and didn't think it was as effective as the toilet bowl cleaner. And, if that does not work on the first try, buy a pumice stone (I get them at the dollar tree) and scrub your toilet out that way, then use the toilet bowl cleaner regularly. My mom's toilet was so bad from well water and looked gross and I went down and showed her my tips, and she was amazed! Hope this helps you!
I also use 'The Works". I tried everything before I found it. Is the best.
Get a pumice stone in the foot care section of Dollar General or Walmart. You can take the stone to the ring and it will get rid of it. I had hard water in my home and that was the best thing I found to get rid of the ugly ring and also where the water goes down the side of the bowl. I hope this helps.
I posted a suggestion on toilet stains you can also get a pumice stone in the cleaning section but it is cheaper here to get it out of the foot care isle. Go figure LOL
Thanks everyone I had used the cleaning product "THE WORKS" with no results so I tried the vinegar and sandpaper and couldn't believe it really worked'' but instead of filling the toilet with vinegar I just filled a spray bottle let it sit for awhile and used the 600 sandpaper. I even called my sister-in-law and passed the idea on to her, thanks so much for the idea. I should have taken a pic of before and after. I'm so glad i subscribed to this site there are so many good suggestions/feedback.
I have had the worst yellow stained calcium rings for the longest time. I tried "The Works" today from Walmart. I kid you not, after an hour of pouring it into the toilet, the stains were virtually gone! I will never use anything else to clean my toilets ever again!
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