What can I use to get rid of hard brown stains in my toilet?
You can use a wet pumice stone and make sure you rub gently.
-- If the bowl has water in it, bail it out (or turn off the water supply and flush).
-- Put a cup of WHITE VINEGAR into the toilet bowl. Swish it around with the brush so it gets to every area in the bowl. Alternatively, using a spray bottle, cover the interior of the bowl with white vinegar.
-- Close the toilet lid. Let it sit for 30 minutes.
-- Sprinkle BAKING SODA all over the surface inside the toilet. -- -- -- Spray additional vinegar inside the bowl to produce a fizzy reaction.
Try about 2 cups of white distilled vinegar. Pour into bowl and let sit for an hour. Then sprinkle in about 1/2 cup of baking soda. It should start to bubble and foam. Let that sit for about 10 minutes, brush the bowl, then flush. If the stains are really bad, you may need to repeat a couple times. Most stains in a toilet bowl are hard water deposits. Lime Away or CLR are pretty good on those. You could also try straight bleach. Pour in about 2 cups and let sit for at least an hour, then brush bowl and flush.
Borax is great at multipurpose cleaning, especially on really tough stains. A mixture with vinegar only makes it better.
- Add about a cup of borax into the toilet bowl.
For those really stubborn stains, a borax paste should do the trick.
- Wipe down the toilet bowl to get a clear view of where the stain is.
- Make a paste in a dish using borax and water. Ensure the paste is thick enough to stick on the walls of the bowl.
- Apply the paste over the hard stained areas and scrub gently with the hand brush to make sure the paste all over the bowl.
- Leave it on for half an hour.
- Once back, scrub again gently to scrape off the brown stains.
- Flush the toilet to finish up.
You can replace the water for vinegar in case you want a more reactive solution. Just ensure you add only a little amount so the borax can still mount on the wall.
Brown stains are a sign of lime buildup. It happens because of the evaporation of hard water that leaves behind mineral deposits. These minerals dry out and catch other dirt and bacteria around the buildup, creating layers of brown stains.
Baking Soda and Vinegar will help you to remove stains.
Don't use bleach in the toilet bowl. It won't work on the stains and can damage a septic system.
Never mix bleach and ammonia. The resulting fumes can irritate respiratory passages and can even be fatal.
Don't scrub with anything metal or super-abrasive. You'll ruin the porcelain.