Removing Rust Stains in the Bathroom

Your bathroom fixtures can be stained by rust from several sources, such as old leaky pipes or well water. This is a guide about removing rust stains in the bathroom.
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February 28, 2012 Flag
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This is a guide about removing rust stains from a sink. Rusty pipes, well water, and even a crack in the porcelain on a cast iron sink can lead to rust stains.

Removing rust stains from a sink.

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August 25, 2010 Flag
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We are camping in Ohio and our shower and tub in our camper have some rust from the water on the walls and tub. Nothing I have used so far gets off the rust and soap scum.

By MaryJo from Wooster, OH

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August 26, 20100 found this helpful

I live in Ohio, and before we installed our water system we had a terrible rust problem in the tub for about a month; The Works brand has a cleaner that removes rust etc. It worked easily and immediately! It is in a green bottle. If you can't get that I would try CLR brand.

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August 27, 20100 found this helpful

Bar Keepers Friend works great on rust stains in our shower.

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April 18, 2010 Flag
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I have well water and can't get the iron stains out of the shower and tub. Anyone know what works?

By Maggie from St. Augustine, FL

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April 11, 20050 found this helpful

For 20 years I have put up with a rust stained ceramic toilet bowl. I have tried cleaning it by removing all of the water and soaking it in vinegar and baking soda, all commercial cleaners available here in New Zealand, and every method known to Womankind to get it clean. And still it remains very stained and unpleasant looking, so I have resorted to using a blue coloured toilet cleaner which at least you cannot see the stains through.

I would appreciate any tips my fellow readers might have. Many thanks

Ang

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April 16, 20160 found this helpful

Citric acid left in the bowl can help. Sprinkle powder in water in toilet bowl, leave for a few hours, then clean as usual.

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February 15, 2011 Flag
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I have well water and can't get the iron stains out of the shower and tub. Anyone know what works?

By Maggie from St. Augustine, FL

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Removing Rust Stains in the Bathroom

Vinegar always works for me, good luck. (04/18/2010)

By kffrmw88

Removing Rust Stains in the Bathroom

Use Tang or powdered Lemonade mix. Put it in a Parmesan cheese shaker from the dollar store. Simply shake it on a wet surface and let it sit for about half an hour (or overnight) then scrub lightly with a toothbrush and rinse. I saw this tip on the TV show "The Queen of Clean" and it really works! Even for rust on Cement driveways and garage floors!


* It's the "Citric Acid" in these drink mixes that makes them work. It's cheaper to buy straight Citric Acid powder an any "Ethnic" store especially an East Indian store for about $3 or $4 and it will last you for a year or two! You can also buy Citric Acid Powder anywhere you would find Candy Making supplies. (04/19/2010)

By Cyinda

Removing Rust Stains in the Bathroom

Try scrubbing it with lemon juice and salt if that don't work try a pumice stone. Hope this helps. (04/19/2010)

By laura343

Removing Rust Stains in the Bathroom

Pumice stone (06/19/2010)

By missipooh82

Removing Rust Stains in the Bathroom

I found the miracle answer! We replaced our community well pump over Christmas, what a mess. Our water has been disgusting. I think we finally are on our way to clean water again. I purchased a product called Whink Rust Stain Remover and it is incredible (found it a Menards). No need to scrub hard. The directions say to use on only white fixtures, but our sinks, showers and toilets are all off white and they now look like they are brand new! I did also use this on our dark blue granite sink and the product worked awesome as well without any damage to the color. Good luck.


(01/08/2011)

By khelger904

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April 18, 2010 Flag
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What is the best way to remove rusty toilet bowl stains?

By argo12 from London, Ontario

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Removing Rust Stains in the Bathroom

I always use a paste of lemon juice and Comet or any good cleaning powder, leave it on then rinse off. (02/01/2010)

By GAILDARLENE

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January 27, 2010 Flag
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We bought a duplex in an area with a lot of rust in the water. We have 3 bathrooms and 2 kitchens. How can I get the rust out of our toilets, bathtubs, sinks, etc.? I've used Poly Z and it works great, but it damages the shower surrounds. I need something to get it off the surrounds and the tub, toilet, etc. without damaging the surrounds. Thank you in advance for any help.


Cindy from North Pole, AK

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Rust Stained Ceramic Toilet Bowl

I don't know whether or not you get "Tang Orange Drink" crystals in N.Z. They remove rust from toilet bowls, bath tubs, dishwashers, you name it. Simply fill with water add packets of crystals. A tub would need about 4. Leave to soak overnight. (04/11/2005)

By Shirley

Rust Stained Ceramic Toilet Bowl

Try a pumice stone. It takes a little elbow grease, but it restored my toilet to a sparkling white state I hadn't seen in years. (04/11/2005)

By Jen

Rust Stained Ceramic Toilet Bowl

Wet and dry sandpaper, the black stuff sold by the sheet in hardware stores or Bunnings, (if you have them. I'm in Oz). It comes in different grades like 200, 400, etc, grit. It sounds like you will need a fairly coarse one. I have done it for a badly stained toilet I wanted to recycle in a new bathroom and it works. It does need a bit of elbow grease, too. If it's very slow just move up to a coarser grade. I cut up the sheets and use smaller pieces. It's not cheap, but it is reusable if the stains build up again.

Regards.

(04/12/2005)

By Jo

Rust Stained Ceramic Toilet Bowl

We had orange stains on everything in our house because of rusty water. Installing a water softener took care of the continuous problem, but the only thing I could find that would get out the rust stains was a product called Wink. I tried The Works and it didn't get it out. But Wink did. It comes in a little brown bottle. If this doesn't work nothing will. (04/26/2005)

By Pam

Rust Stained Ceramic Toilet Bowl

Try soaking your rusted toilet bowl with Coke for an hour. (07/14/2005)

By Terry

Rust Stained Ceramic Toilet Bowl

We have yellow-orange stains on all the toilets in our town. I guess it's rust, I really don't know. The only thing I found that worked was a product I got at a paper supply store called TRR (toilet ring remover). But it is very expensive and takes nearly a whole bottle for each toilet, because you have to soak it. I'm going to try the Tang or the Wink (if I can find it). Any other suggestions would be great. The Works doesn't work on this problem. (08/23/2005)

By Mom in LA

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

Easy Off BAM. It's in a kind of purple squeeze bottle. It got rust off of my tile in the bathroom. (01/04/2006)

By Paula in GA

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

How about trying Barkeeper's Friend? It's available at most grocery stores with the cleansers (like Comet). It even removes rust stains from clothing; the instructions are on the container. We had well water at one time and this is what I used to clean bathtubs, sinks, etc. I even used it on good china which would build up rust stains from the dishwasher. Good luck. (01/05/2006)

By Joankay

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

The Works does work, but it's so caustic and impossible to use around children. Walmart carries it and it is $.97 for the toilet cleaner, which is the only one I'll use. Vinegar or baking soda or both works in the shower and tub. (02/24/2006)

By Madelynnsmama

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

Try Lime-A-Way toilet bowl cleaner. It works wonders on orange rust stains in the toilet, and I imagine it would do just as well on other porcelain fixtures. Be sure and use gloves and minimize inhalation of the product, it contains hydrochloric acid. (02/24/2006)

By Antheia

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

I have tried anything and everything to remove years of rust stains from our toilets in our new house and nothing worked, until I tried Lysol Power Toilet Bowl Cleaner. This works like magic. My toilets are sparkling new.

Make sure all water is removed from toilet bowl and dry. Then apply cleaner starting at the rim and allow to run down the rim. Leave on for 15 minutes or more and Voila, the rust is gone. Try on sinks and showers, it works great. Remember to use gloves. (07/06/2006)

By Janie

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

Most of the products mentioned are not available in my neck of the woods. (Northwestern Ontario) I did find Janie's suggested product, Lysol Power, and it worked very well. For the first time in years all the rust in the toilet bowls is really gone. Thanks for your help. (07/21/2007)

By Dorothy

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

Where I work, the public restroom is really nasty with toilet bowl stains. The rust engulfed everything in the bowl. I finally tried a product called Iron Out. You just pour it in the bowl (powder) let sit a few minutes, and very little scrubbing was needed. I fell in love with this stuff. (09/12/2007)

By Jan

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

Use the Mr. Clean original sponges and then use Gel Gloss it is excellent for tubs, showers, and chrome and makes it really shine. (10/26/2007)

By D Schoonover

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

I have an ongoing problem so once a week I take Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner (Blue Bottle) squeeze it on and rub everywhere with a rag. Then I thoroughly rinse with hot water. Do not leave it on very long. My tub comes out like new. (11/22/2008)

By Pam from Brighton, Ontario

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

I just read "do not" use Clorox on the rust stains because it "sets" them.

Found that warning on the Reader's Digest website:

rd.com

(12/20/2008)

By Guest

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

Forget Coca-Cola, bleach, vinegar, CLR, or a pumice stone. Run, don't walk to your nearest Lowe's and purchase a red bottle of RUSTAID. I was beside myself and felt so dirty because of the rust in my toilets and tub, until I used this product. Wipe it on full strength (drain the water from the bowl), and before you can get the bucket of water (you collected this before-hand), the stains are gone. (12/27/2008)

By Nancy

Removing Rust in the Bathroom

Thanks for the tip on Barkeepers Friend. It works wonderfully. If you have issues with getting behind a tiny sink and facet, regular hydrogen peroxide works great. Just let it soak and wipe off (I used a Q-tip). It eats the dirt away. (11/23/2009)

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