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 toilet cleaner would get the stains off. My aunt made a recommendation that worked like a charm.
What You Need to Remove Toilet Stains
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- 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.
How to Remove Toilet Stains
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 I thought I’d start with a more “typical” looking stain.
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. Put on some gloves and grab your pumice stone. Dip it in some water and scrub it over 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 using the pumice stone to remove the toilet stains.
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 stains be, but since I’m showing you this technique, I thought I’d also share how well it works, even on tough stains. Here’s the after. Promise. Same toilet.
And for a little side-by-side comparison…
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.