Nobody likes cleaning the toilet. However, if you want to keep bacteria, germs, stains, and odors at bay, regularly keeping your toilet clean is essential.
Stain rings are a common problem that can develop surprisingly fast in your toilet bowl. It could be that your toilet has developed a ring that simply refuses to budge. Or you are dealing with a stain that consistently comes back no matter how many times you remove it.
If you want to remove stain rings from toilet bowls once and for all, read on to discover everything you need to know.
The baking soda and vinegar method
One of the most effective tried and tested methods for removing stain rings around toilet bowls, is baking soda and vinegar. This magical mixture is an extremely powerful cleaning solution that can also work wonders at eliminating unpleasant odors. You will need:
- Three cups of white vinegar
- Toilet brush
- One cup of baking soda
Step 1: Measure out one cup of vinegar and pour it into your toilet bowl.
Step 2: Use a clean toilet brush to help dissolve the vinegar and leave it for one minute.
Step 3: Add one cup of baking soda into the bowl, followed by two more cups of vinegar. This will create a fizzing reaction. Don’t worry, it’s totally normal and a sign that the solution is working.
Step 4: Leave the solution for around 10 minutes before using the toilet brush to apply it to the stain ring and under the toilet rim.
Step 5: Once the ring has been coated in the solution, leave it for another 30 minutes.
Step 6: Use the toilet brush once again to scrub off any stubborn remaining stains.
Step 7: Flush the toilet and repeat the steps above if any stains remain.
You’ll find this method mostly works on stains caused by hard water. However, it can also work well on other types of stains so it’s worth a try.
For tough stains: Vinegar and Borax
If you’re trying to eliminate tough stains, a mixture of vinegar and Borax is a good solution. Borax tends to be a little tougher than baking soda, and it has multiple uses around the home. Here’s what you’ll need to eliminate those tough toilet bowl stains using this method:
- ¼ cup Borax
- 1 cup vinegar
- Toilet brush
The method itself is quite simple, just follow these few steps:
Step 1: Add the cup of Borax to the toilet bowl, using the toilet brush to swirl it around.
Step 2: Pour the cup of vinegar into the bowl, again using the toilet brush to swish it around. Now leave it for around 20 minutes to soak.
Step 3: Scrub the toilet bowl using the toilet brush, scrubbing gently at the stains until they disappear. Flush the toilet to rinse the solution away.
Essential oils and lemon juice
If you want to clean the stain and add a pleasant odor to the toilet bowl, using essential oils with lemon juice is a great technique. As lemon juice is acidic, it is an effective whitening agent, helping to remove yellowish stains with ease. It is also great at eliminating a build-up of calcium.
For this technique, you will need:
- A spray bottle
- 1 cup lemon juice
- 10-15 drops essential oil (tea tree works particularly well)
- Scrubbing brush/toilet brush
Step 1: Add the lemon juice and essential oils to a clean spray bottle then spray the solution in the toilet bowl, focusing on the stains.
Step 2: Scrub the bowl well with the brush, then leave it for around 15 minutes.
Step 3: Flush the toilet to rinse away the solution and check the stains have gone.
Step 4: If any stains persist, repeat the steps above.
Try using a dryer sheet
Did you know dryer sheets can be an effective stain removing solution? Not only can these sheets effectively eliminate stains, but they are also easy to use. The only things you’ll need for this fix are:
- Rubber gloves
- A dryer sheet
Step 1: Put on your rubber gloves and get your dryer sheet ready.
Step 2: Scrub the stain ring with the dryer sheet until it disappears.
Step 3: Flush the toilet to rinse the bowl.
This method will work better on lighter, new stains.
Use bleach or a specialist toilet cleaner
If the natural methods above didn’t work, it’s time to bring out the professional cleaners. You can purchase specialist toilet cleaners that are designed to banish tough toilet bowl stains. Bleach is also a powerful solution, requiring just a quick soak in the bowl to remove stains.
These are the best solutions for how to remove stain rings from toilet bowls. If you want to save yourself a lot of time and effort, try and prevent the stains from building up in the first place. Regularly cleaning the toilet bowl will effectively prevent it from staining.