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Stains in Toilet

I have a bad stain in my teen's toilet, right below the top edge of the toilet where it's hard to reach. I've used several different products to try and get this cleaned but they haven't worked. I've used lime away, Clorox Teflon for toilet bowls, etc.

Any suggestions?



Stains in Toilet

Try Wink. You can get it at any hardware store. Lots Of Love, Bonnie (05/10/2001)

Stains in Toilet

Don Aslett (the "cleaning guy") recommends using a toilet pumice. I like this because you're not pouring toxic chemicals into the sewer or septic. Not sure what stores carry them, but you can find one at his website (05/10/2001)

By cenozoicgal

Stains in Toilet

I've been told that pouring a can of Coke into the toilet and letting it set overnight will remove stains. I've also heard that using Alka Seltzer tablets or denture cleaning tablets help a lot. I've not tried them myself. (05/11/2001)

By las424

Stains in Toilet

Try denture cleanser--the kind you put in cup with teeth and soak overnight. It worked for me. (05/15/2001)

By Josephine

Stains in Toilet

I was told some of the Janitorial Supply Stores carry a product called "Pretty Potty" It really works good. You have to wear gloves and have really good ventilation. Good Luck (05/15/2001)

By Kelley

Stains in Toilet

If your stain problem is rust a product called Zud. It comes in a container like cleanser and worked for me. Hope it works for you. (05/21/2001)

By Kelley

Stains in Toilet

I put "LIME-AWAY" in my really bad toilet (My mom said I was going to have to replace it, the stains were so bad!) in less than 10 minutes, I scrubbed it with a quick swish of the toilet brush and I was almost done! (04/24/2004)

By Mary DiCroce

Stains in Toilet

I found a cleaner that WILL work, or they pay you ten dollars if it fails to work.

Go to:

If it fails to work, they will pay you ten dollars for your time, or you can order it off the net, at:

or it is better to buy it direct as you will get a better price and be able to talk to the owner.

By Paul

Stains in Toilet

Put vinegar into the toilet and let it sit overnight (or at least a few hours). Put some rubber gloves on and brush off the stains with a toilet bowl scrubber. Works wonders! (10/22/2004)

By Manda

Archived Request - 3/26/2005

We built a new house and have lived in it for 16 months. But after only a few short months two of my commodes developed terrible stains in them. I can't seem to get rid of them. I have tried CLR and THE WORKS, besides the normal Comet or toilet bowl cleaner. None have begun to make a difference. My mother used to use some type of industrial cleaner but I don't recall the name of it. Does anyone know of anything that is sure to get them out, or the name of an industrial cleaner I could purchase? (03/26/2005)

Stains in Toilet

We go to the hardware store and get the finest grade of sandpaper that you use in water only. It works wonders for our sink and commodes. Does not harm them..

By Tonya

toilet stains

It sounds weird, but spray a little oven cleaner on the stain and leave it for about 30 min. and wipe clean. Works like a CHARM! (03/26/2005)

Stains in Toilet

I have used ELIMINATE which I purchased at Home Depot. It worked fine; also good for the shower & tub. Be sure to open the window (s) or use the fan for ventilation if you have no windows in your bathrooms.

By Rosalie

Stains in Toilet

I have the same problem I used bicarb and lemon juice mixed it made it better. (03/26/2005)

By Kay Rose

Stains in Toilet


I am an Independent Watkins Associate (i.e. vanilla, spices, salves, liniments, household cleaners, etc.), and we carry a couple of products that will help you. If you don't like the product(s), there is a 100% money-back guarantee. We have the Watkins Toilet Bowl Cleaner, which is amazing and will take ANYTHING off (I cleaned my sister's and brother's-in-law "shop" toilet which had sat for ages with it, and you wouldn't believe it.) There's also the Bathroom Cleaner Plus, which I think might work well for you as it is thicker and clings to vertical surfaces. This cleaner is also multi-purpose and can be used in the whole bathroom (i.e. tubs, tile, porcelain, grout, and fiberglass), and is made to eliminate rust plus lime and organic deposits. My favorite thing about the Bathroom Cleaner Plus is its cherry/almond fragrance - no bad fumes at all!

I can send you a WATKINS catalog if you want to the look at the products and see what you think. (03/26/2005)

By Trudy Powell

Stains in Toilet

See if they sell Pumie Heavy Duty Scouring Stick in your area this is really good for stains in toilets. Use as directed on package. I find mine at the dollar stores. (03/29/2005)

By bigbee56

Stains in Toilet

I used some spray called "The Works" from Walmart on my son's toilet, it's awesome and it's cost is under a dollar. (04/13/2005)

By liz

Stains in Toilet

The Works is really good, but it is so bad on your skin, hair, and ALL metals - it has very awful vapors. You can't clean fiberglass toilet lids with it either.

Pretty Potty is the best so far. It has vapors but it smells SO pleasant and its vapors are minimal (From the acid - all working products need the hydro acid.) That and the use of a pumice stone for those very hard stubborn hard water stains, etc. The trick to pumice stones is elbow grease and to keep the pumice stone always wet. (05/07/2005)

By sunnyd

Stains in Toilet

I've just tried a lot of the suggestions included here. The oven cleaner just didn't cut it. In the end, the best one was "The Works" but be careful! The active ingredient is hydrochloric acid. It will eat up clothes, sponges, etc. So spills can be a problem. And be sure to wear good rubber gloves. (05/23/2005)


By Bill

Stains in Toilet

There are dozens of acid type products that remove Ca scale and rust, but all these products take elbow grease after waiting for them to work.

I'm looking for a cake that I can put in the tank that will prevent mineral build up before it starts to happen.

Everything sold that I can find is chlorine base and all that does is bleach the mineral deposit white. You can't see it, but it's still there. Found a solid cake that I think was citric acid at the dollar store that worked great, but they no longer have it. (08/14/2005)

By derfberger

Stains in Toilet

I squirted some toilet cleaner on my toilet and then I accidentally let it sit there over night, but now there are brownish red streaks where the cleaner was! Is this some kind of weird chemical reaction? How do I get it off?

Editor's Note:Chris, you don't say what the cleaner was which makes it hard to answer. (05/18/2006)

By chris

Stains in Toilet

There's a product called Whink; I think this is what Bonnie is recommending. (10/06/2006)

By nreynolds

Stains in Toilet P-U-M-I-C-E

Pumice Pumice Pumice. A pumice stone will get the hard-water mineral stain out of your toilet. I've seen one called "Pumie" for sale before, but I can't always find it in Albuquerque. I've bought a pedicure pumice stone the last time I had to deal with this in one of my rentals. (04/17/2007)

By Bob

Stains in Toilet

I had a toilet that had stains for 14 years. Add to that a teenage son who didn't clean his toilet. I used Whink (found at Walmart) in combination with a pumice and 14 years of grossness is gone! (04/30/2007)

By Belinda

Stains in Toilet

I used bicarb, it's better. (07/26/2007)

By poprodvame

Stains in Toilet

Is it rust? If it is - SNOWBOL - OH MY WORD you will not believe how this stuff works - I had a horrible IRON problem in my toilets and my sister in law told me about SNOWBOL and I just pour it on and it literally runs down the bowl -- the rust that is! I empty my toilet and turn the water off every week and leave snowbol in there overnight and walla - my toilet never needs SCRUBBING! (07/26/2007)

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