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Toilet Ring Cleaning Technique

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I finally figured it out! It's all about the technique. The 3 things you need are:

  1. a toilet bowl brush
  2. a decent cleaner in a spray bottle (the Works, Kaboom, CLR, or any similar)

  3. a bucket (most important!)

Here goes:

First, pour just enough water from the bucket into bowl to get it to flush (I use an empty 33.9 oz. plastic Folgers container, poured as quickly as possible). The water level in the bowl will now stay in the bottom of the bowl, and this eliminates the need to turn off water supply (which can be a hassle). Spray all around ring with cleaner.

Now go clean the tub, sweep floor, empty trash, get coffee, or whatever. Come back to the toilet ring in 30 minutes or so, and scrub ring with brush. Part of ring will probably be gone...maybe all. A stubborn ring will be lighter. Flush. Repeat as many times as needed. I had a stubborn ring that I'd tried everything on. It took 4 times to get ring completely gone.

Now I keep cleaner, brush, bucket nearby. Once in awhile before bed I'll pour bucket, spray ring, and go to bed. Rings don't stand a chance!

By Rob S. from Fairborn, OH


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November 30, 20110 found this helpful

I do something similar, but use less toxic chemicals (and less steps). I simply pour plain white vinegar into my toilet. About a cup will do. I swish it around a bit with the brush and let it sit for 1/2 hour. Then all I have to do is swish it once more and flush. Clean, shiny bowl is left.

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November 30, 20110 found this helpful

Wow, I saw a friend do this and didn't understand the concept. TY!

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April 30, 20160 found this helpful

I have never been able to remove the water level ring with any of the bowl cleaners. and I have tried many. They clean the bowl....even under the rim, but won't touch the ring left by my well water. I new there was a stone for this job, but was afraid it would scratch the finish in the bowl. But finally ot brave enough to try it. I find that if you dip it into the water, you can scrape around the ring until it disappears and then flush the commode to reveal the absence of the ring.


And it will not scratch or damage the toilet bowl in any way. And the best bowl cleaner I have found it an all purpose whitener called "Iron Out". Once you have cleaned the ring, sprinkle a small amount of Iron Out powder around the sides of the bow.l Swish it around to wet down under the rim. Close the lid and leave it for a while. I do this just before bed, and scrub it down with the brush in the morning. Be a little careful when you use Iron Out because it does produce a strong powdery substance that you will want to avoid breathing in.

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June 20, 20170 found this helpful

what if it's more of a line rather then a ring

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December 24, 20170 found this helpful

For years I suffered with the blue stain in the toilet bowl. I went online at different times seeking a solution that would remove the stain but nothing worked. Recently I was in a store looking for a drop in to the water tank and found a 4 pack of Clorox Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaner.


Considering how long I've been trying different methods with no success I wasn't holding out hope. To my utter surprise I began to notice the blue was not as pronounced after a week or so and after a month the ring is completely gone. My bowl is pure white once again. I hope it works for you.

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August 15, 20180 found this helpful

I gave you a P for being persistent!

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