By Debby from San Diego, CA
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Wow!! "The Works" from the dollar store just wiped away all the stains. Seriously good stuff and I only used a bathroom brush with maybe 10 strokes and the stain was gone. Removed stains that nothing could get rid of before. The toilet bowl is super white now and clean. Thanks for the heads up on this product. Highly recommended.
I have a ten year old toilet which had those nasty calcium lines from the hard water, and that dirty looking ring. After trying lime away, vinegar and salt, The Works, I got out the wet/dry sandpaper, 400 grit. Magic. The toilet looks new in just a few minutes. After 45 years of housekeeping I thought I knew it all. That's for the great tip!
I have had a problem with mineral stains in my toilets living in a house with a well. The toilets have greenish horizontal stripes and a brown ring. These stains are clearly mineral deposits and not just your ordinary grime. I am always so embarrassed to have company! What must they think of my dirty looking bathroom?! I finally couldn't stand it anymore and went on a mission to find something that would remove mineral rings and stains.
Well, let me tell you, I spent a fortune on cleaning items. I tried every cleaning product suggested on all of the cleaning tip websites: pumice, The Works, Magic Eraser, Iron Works, Wet/Dry sandpaper, some super strong chemicals that hurt my lungs, and dozens more, but nothing worked until today. Someone suggested Shaw's Pads Toilet Ring Remover. I can't believe that I can be this excited to have clean toilets! These pads are absolutely amazing! They seem to be made of a strong mesh fiber that just rubs away the stains completely. The pumice stone took so much elbow grease and didn't work completely. Plus, it made an awful, irritating, squeaking sound when I rubbed the stone against the porcelain. These little pads removed every bit of stain with less effort.
The Shaw's Pads are really inexpensive, only around $1.00 each--and they don't have any chemicals or smells. I am so incredibly impressed and thought I would share my good fortune with others battling mineral stained bowls.
Don't give up, there's hope!
By Dena Roberts 02/18/2010
Another thing that works is denture cleaning tablets. Plug the "drainage hole" in your toilet with something that will hold the water in the bowl. I used a rubber toilet plunger and jammed it down tightly, then fill the bowl with hot water, using a pail, and add a couple of denture cleaning tablets. Let it sit over night...worked on my really badly stained toilet, which sat unused for over a year as we had to move out after a house fire.
I was about to get a new toilet it was stained so bad. " The Works " took care of it. I highly recommend it.
I have tried many, many products on our toilet. The only one that worked is called "The Works" and you can buy it at the Dollar Store. It works like a charm. Plus it's only a dollar!
I have very hard water which can & will turn things rust color. To remove the stain I found a product called. " The Works " found in the Dollar type store, They do have a web site that will tell what it is sold in your area. Just type in "The Works"
By Robyn Fed 02/15/2010
I have found out that mint listerene, and the off brand was first made to be a toilet cleaner. I keep a spray bottle in the bathroom and spray the bowl each time I flush. I clean the outside of the bowl with it also.
After a while, I noticed the hard water stains giving way. It takes a while..I haven't soaked the empty bowl in a full bottle of it yet, but I have yet to try that.
Most everything doesn't work on it. Only this, and I use listerene in the bottle fore many other things around the house. As a hand sanitizer and a yeast infection cure for the skin and also for mosquito repellent, and also as an air freshener, and also I can brush my teeth with it. So the spray bottle does lot of different jobs, and I spray the drains, too. It is supposed to be good for astringent for the face too. It is great to spray on sores or for dandruff control.
You can google this listerne uses around the house for lots of other uses! It is so cool!
Lots of blessings, Robyn
By Lisa 02/15/2010
Have you tried a pumice stone yet? I found out about using it on toilet stains from that BBC show (? I think it's called "How Clean is your House?"). The toilet bowl is harder than the stone, so it won't get scratched. You just wet the stone and start rubbing it against the stains. I had a problem with one of my toilets, and it worked like a charm. And no chemicals!
I found mine in the cleaning area of my store, near the sponges and other scrubbers. Best of luck!
I found two products one at the Home depot wich looks like a small metal mesh sheet and is sold for cleaning toilets works absolutely fantastic without a lot of work and the other one which my home would not be without these days is Mr.Clean Magic sponge.
If you have a 99 cent store in your area they have them under the name Rinso Magic Sponge same thing but way less expensive..only 99 cents for two of them. I also use those on anything else that needs cleaning even got rid of spilled nail polish on my bathroom counter top plus I use them on my enamel pans after I bake or broil in them makes clean up way too easy!
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