I just couldn’t start this post off with a picture of toilet stains, so I tried to give you the idea with a pretty graphic… How’d I do?
Before we start talkin’ toilets, I want thank those of you that took my “One Year Blogging” survey. The responses have been so helpful and encouraging. I also want to let you know that on March 21st, there are going to be some BIG changes happening on this little blog. I’ll be sharing everything in my emails later on this week, and next week I’ll be sharing on social media and here, on the blog. I am SO excited, I can hardly wait. Stay tuned…
Okay. Let’s talk toilets. Last week we made toilet bombs (to clean and freshen our toilets between cleanings), and today we’re getting down and dirty by removing those stubborn water stains that often appear. I first learned this trick when our family moved into a house that had, what I can only describe as, gross toilets. They looked dirty, but no cleaner would get the stains off. Finally, my aunt recommended using a pumice stone, and it worked like a charm.
Here’s What You’ll Need
- Pumice Stone– Buy one specifically for the toilet. Keep it with your cleaning supplies, so it doesn’t get confused with one you have for personal use.
- Disposable Gloves– Recommended when sticking your hands in the toilet.
Let’s start off with a before picture, so you can see where I started. (Yep. Sneak peek into my toilets… aren’t you glad you’re here?) I’ve got a MUCH more disturbing toilet to show you later in the post, but thought I’d start with a more “typical” looking stain. You’re excited, right?
First thing’s first. Clean your toilet. (Here’s my DIY toilet cleaner if you’d like to try it out.) After the toilet is clean, you may notice there are some stained areas. Simply dip the pumice stone in some water and scrub it on the stains. Depending on how bad the stains are, you may need to use a little elbow grease.
Some of the pumice stone will rub off on the toilet bowl, so flush the toilet every once in awhile; that way you can see any areas you may have missed. And that’s it. Here’s the toilet after.
Okay. Time for an embarrassing moment. We have an unfinished basement with a finished bathroom. I know. Weird. This means the downstairs bathroom never gets used. Never. Every few months, I go down and clear the cobwebs, and each time I lift the toilet seat, my skin crawls. Because no one uses the toilet, water stains build up, and they’re nasty. Warning: Graphic image below. And yes, this toilet has been cleaned. Yikes!
I’ll be honest, I typically just clean the toilet and let the stain be, but since I’m showing you this technique, I thought I’d also share how well it works, even on tougher stains. Here’s the after. Promise. Same toilet.
Pretty good, right? Now let’s all applaud the fact that I didn’t drop my phone in the toilet while taking pictures for this post, because trust me, it is something I would do.
Tomorrow I’ve got one incredible paint story to share with you. I hope you’ll join me.
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