Add to GuideAsk a Question
To Top

Cleaning Hard Water Stains from a Toilet

Category Bathroom
Toilet being scrubbed with a toilet brush by someone wearing pink rubber gloves
Hard water leaves mineral deposits on many surfaces. This is a guide about cleaning hard water stains from a toilet.
Ad

Questions

Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

By 0 found this helpful
February 14, 2010

I would like to get some help cleaning and disinfecting the toilet that the dog drinks from. I have hard water stains which are only getting worse, because I cannot find a product that actually works.

Ad



Thanks, all you tippers. I'm waiting for a response.

Hearts1

By Debby from San Diego, CA

Answer Was this helpful? Yes

Answers

February 15, 20101 found this helpful
Best Answer

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!

Reply Was this helpful? 1
February 18, 20100 found this helpful
Best Answer

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!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad

By 0 found this helpful
May 27, 2011

How do I remove or keep hard water stains from my toilet?

By Edith

Answer Was this helpful? Yes
May 27, 20110 found this helpful

For hard water stains in the toilet, I use a piece of pumice and really scrub. It has always worked without scratching. Give it a try.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
May 31, 20110 found this helpful

I had purchased some toilet bowl cleaner at the Dollar Tree. I had some hard water and rust stains in my toilet, the immediately disappeared! Since it did so well I decided to try it on my old cast iron tub that had spots. It cleaned it, too.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Ad

May 31, 20110 found this helpful

Try denture cleaner tablets or Lime Away, that always works for me.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
May 31, 20110 found this helpful

I have extremely hard water and had lime deposits that would not come off no matter what I tried. I found "The Works" at Dollar Tree, it works wonders, no excess scrubbing.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
June 1, 20110 found this helpful

Lime Away or SLR both found in grocery stores, hardware stores, big box stores.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Archives

ThriftyFun is one of the longest running frugal living communities on the Internet. These are archives of older discussions.

February 14, 20100 found this helpful

Does anyone have a tip as to how to get really bad hard water deposits out of a toilet bowl?

Gwen Smith from Palatka, FL

Answers:

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Ad

Have you tried CLR and let it soak? It is great for removing tough stains. You may have to scrub some with a pumice type scrubber to aid in removing the stain. (07/29/2008)

By Linda

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Don't know if it will work or not, but I read recently that plain old soft drink (Coca Cola was recommended by writer) will dissolve hardwater stains. It's worth a try. Good luck and God bless you. (07/29/2008)

By tedsmom

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

When I can't stand looking at mine for awhile, what I do is sit on the edge of the tub and just use a good old SOS pad. It works all the time. (07/30/2008)

By Barbara

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

I've been having a battle with yellow stains in 2 of my toilets for months. I've used everything and nothing has worked. I just bought and used The Works and the stains were gone with out me even scrubbing. Praise the lord, I can stop obsessing about my toilets now. (08/03/2008)

By Nicole, PA

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

I just purchased a pool stone (found with the pool supplies at Home Depot) and used it on my toilet and finally the stains are gone. It took little effort to do this and now my bowl is clean again. (08/10/2008)

By Karla

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Out of all I have read, I have heard no one mention vinegar. My research on the internet mentions a drained toilet bowl and 1 liter of vinegar in the bowl/scrub and add 1 liter of pure vinegar to water tank to get the rim on the next flushing of the toilet.

Thanks for all the tip on hard water and toilet bowls (09/10/2008)

By Crystal

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Using bleach will just exacerbate the problem if you have rust.

The Works and Iron Out are the best cleaners to use on your toilet or shower for hard water and iron staining. They work almost immediately without scrubbing too much. A water treatment system will only do so much to remove the iron in your water, unless it is seriously heavy duty.

Ad


As for the sulfur smell, you can chlorinate your well with pool shock powder. Pour about a pound in your well, run it into the pipes in the house until you can smell the chlorine, then let it sit for 24 hours. Run off the chlorine from a garden hose (never into your septic system!) This will also kill any bacteria in your well. (01/15/2009)

By Nicole

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Flush your toilet and pour bleach into the "back" of the toilet let it set for 3 hours and then flush. No scrubbing needed, how great is that. (10/20/2009)

By sandi65

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

July 28, 20080 found this helpful

We just bought a newer home, only 5 years old. The toilets and tub/showers have awful hard water stains. I have tried CLR, toilet bowl cleaners, Easy Off Bam and even oven cleaner. Bleach dulls it. Any ideas, we have a water softener that we use, but the stains have been there awhile. Thanks!

PS-Any ideas on chlorinating our well if that would help. There is a rotten egg smell to our water.

Sarah from Indiana

Answers:

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Have you tried Clorox with teflon for toilets? It comes in a bright blue bottle. We used to live in a house that was on a well and that's what I used. It's worth the extra money. I swear by the shower cleaner with teflon too but haven't been able to find it anywhere in a while.

The toilet was really stained and it didn't take it all the stain away, but it did help. We put the shower in and about 6 month later was when I found this product and it took 6 months of hard water stain out that nothing else had been about to touch. (02/07/2008)

By kjbeckstead

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Try Mr. Clean Magic Eraser... it works wonders! (02/07/2008)

By Tammie from Moody,Al

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Use The Works from the dollar store. Use the tub and shower. Do NOT mix with anything this contains phosphoric acid so can't be mixed. My sister inlaw ignored and almost knocked herself out. lol she passed out! It works miracles. I use it on whites sometimes for rust or hard stains. If that doesn't work, I will be amazed. If it does not, try Barkeepers Friend, kinda like Comet! (02/07/2008)

By KimmyLynn

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

I use The Works all the time and my toilets sparkle. I use nothing else; works and a toilet brush. I swear by the works! I keep 2 bottles in all my bathrooms! Nothing is 100 percent with out scrubbing, that's like hoping for a miracle! (02/07/2008)

By KimmyLynn

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Try Bathroom Cleaner Plus, it is from Amway(It has a big plus sign on the bottle). It may seem expensive at @ 15.00 a bottle, but it works especially on set in hard water stains. You only need a little, the bottle goes a long way. Just drain your toilet and spray on the stain. You won't be disappointed. (02/08/2008)

By PICO

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Please get a lab test done to ascertain whether or not you have coliform bacteria in your well water. About $250.00 will get you a full testing battery. Please post the results, or ask the thrifty.com people to put you directly in touch with me. I'll be happy to help once you have results. There are things you can do for very little money that pros will charge a fortune for. The stains are cosmetic. It's the symptomatic sulfur smell that you need to be concerned with. (02/09/2008)

By Doggy

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

WalMart carries a product called Iron-Out. They have it in two sizes. I use it to clean my toilets, and also add a little to my whites when I do laundry, because bleach turns my clothes orange.And my dishes get rusty stains, too, that disappear if I soak them in water with Iron-Out.
Sarah doesn't say if she has well water, but if she does, she might think about putting a charcoal filter between the pump and the holding tank. That will take care of most of her water staining problems as well as the sulfur smell which is what the rotten egg smell is.
Harlean from Arkansas (02/09/2008)

By Harlean from Arkansas

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Put in two denture cleaning tablets and let sit overnight. Amazing how clean it will become! (02/11/2008)

By Ronda

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

I can along with some of the others vouch for the Works. I clean houses on the side and we cleaned some apartments that had been abandoned for ten years. You can imagine what those toilets and tubs looked like. I used it not only in the toilets, but tubs and sinks as well and it's only $1 a bottle. You don't have to do anything but wipe and rinse and you are done! It was something short of a miracle! The owners thought for sure they would have to replace everything in the bathrooms! (02/11/2008)

By suzi_homemaker01

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Please think about the chemicals that you are flushing into the water sytem or ground. Very scary stuff to use just for a hard water stain. A little pumice stone made for toilet bowls works like a charm and does not remove the porcelin if done softly.
Thanks for reading. (03/06/2008)

By Linda

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Use Lime Away or lime remover, it works!! (04/24/2008)

By Claire

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Aaron, you have iron that the bleach is oxidizing. Get yourself a filter with "KDF" media (google it) and the problem will vanish (04/25/2008)

By

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

I tried all of those other items and none of them worked...UNTIL I purchased Zep's Professional Strength Calcium, Lime & Rust remover at Home Depot for about $5. The hydrochloric acid knocks it out...quick! Just drain your bowl and pour it in. Within 10 mins. this hard caked on crap was gone. No scrubbing period!

One more bathroom tip: The Easy Off Bam (in the toilet bowl dispenser "bleach jell") removes the hardest tile grout stains. Just be careful, the fumes are rough. It removed my hard to clean shower in SECONDS. What took hours the last time I did it only took seconds. This stuff is gold!

I ran a bead down 2 grout lines and walked away. 5 mins. later the lines were winter white! I've NEVER had anything work this quick. NO SCRUBBING! After that...it was on! I finished the whole shower in under 15 minutes. I can now return the never used "As seen on TV" grout pen. (05/18/2008)

By Ella

Hard Water Stains In Toilet

Any brand of carburetor cleaner will take mineral stains off. Just drain bowl, spray the affected area liberally, let sit 20 minutes. Turn water back on, flush. That simple. (07/11/2008)

By Har

Comment Was this helpful? Yes

February 7, 20080 found this helpful

We live in a community that has some really hard water. I use a pumice stone to clean the hard water stains.

Comment Was this helpful? Yes
Read More...
Related Content
In This Guide
Toilet bowl
Removing Toilet Bowl Stains
Categories
Home and Garden Cleaning BathroomJune 11, 2016
Guides
black toilet illustration
Cleaning Water Spots in a Black Toilet
A toilet being cleaned with blue water.
Cleaning Blue Stains in a Toilet
Water Softener
Buying a Water Softener
Clean glass coffee carafe in dish strainer
Cleaning Hard Water Stains on Glass Coffee Pot
More
📓
Back to School Ideas!
😎
Summer Ideas!
Facebook
Pinterest
YouTube
Contests!
Newsletters
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Categories
Desktop Page | View Mobile

Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us

© 1997-2017 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.

Published by .

Generated 2017/08/18 12:39:49 in 1 secs. ⛅️️ ⚡️
Loading Something Awesome!