Stained toilets are never a pretty sight. Not only do they make your toilet look dirty, but they can also be difficult to clean. Mineral stains are one of the most common types of toilet stains and can be tough to remove. It's inevitable, at some point you're going to get a mineral stain on your toilet bowl. Luckily, there are several ways to remove the stain without having to call a professional. In this blog post, we will walk you through 5 methods for removing mineral stains from your toilet bowl. Let's get started!
1. VINEGAR AND BAKING SODA
These are two powerful household cleaners, especially when used together. To eliminate mineral stains with these ingredients, follow this process:
-Pour one cup of vinegar into the bowl, mix it around with a toilet brush
-Add a cup of baking soda to the coated areas and immediately follow up by adding another cup of vinegar.
-Wait about 10 minutes to allow the baking soda and vinegar to interact, creating that effective fizzy action
-Use a toilet brush to move the baking soda and vinegar solution around the bowl, focusing on the areas with hard stains
-After completing the last step, let the solution sit for a while again, then scrub away the stains!
You may think putting soda in your toilet bowl to clean mineral stains is counterproductive, but it can do wonders for eliminating stubborn stains. Start by flushing the toilet to empty the bowl and then close the flapper to keep it from filling up again. Alternately, you can also turn the water off at the shut off valve and then flush the toilet, whichever you find works best. Once the bowl is nearly empty, fill it almost to the top with a few liters of cola. Let the liquid sit for a while so the acidic soda can eat away at the stains, overnight is recommended. The next morning, flush the soda down and use a stiff brush or pumice stone to scrub away the remaining residue.
3. VINEGAR AND BORAX
Borax is a great cleaning product that, when combined with vinegar, can successfully eliminate hard water and mineral deposits. You can use this combination in your toilet and most other plumbing fixtures too! Here's what to do:
-Pour 1/4 cup of borax into your toilet bowl, then using a toilet brush, swish it around
-Add 1 cup vinegar. Allow the solution to sit in your toilet bowl for 20 minutes.
-Use a toilet brush to scrub the bowl clean and eliminate any remaining stains.
4. BORAX PASTE
This cleaning method is for extremely stubborn mineral stains in your toilet. Here is what you need to do:
-Shut off the water to your toilet and flush it again to let all the water drain out of the bowl. You need to make sure the hard water stains are completely dry and not protected by water
-Using 1/2 cup of borax, add enough vinegar to make a paste
-Spread it onto the stains in your toilet bowl so they are completely covered. Note: the paste hardens quickly, so don't start this step until you are ready
-Let the paste sit for about 20 minutes, use a stiff brush to remove the paste and scrub the stains off.
5. SCRUB BRUSH
For any of the solutions listed above, a scrub brush may work better than a standard toilet brush, especially if you're dealing with extensive or extremely stubborn staining. The thicker tines of a scrub brush will achieve enough friction against the stains to have a good chance of getting rid of them.
While there are many ways to effectively and safely remove stains from your toilet, know that they may not work magic on the first try. Be prepared to repeat these steps several times, if necessary, to remove the stains. from your toilet bowl.
Mineral stains on your toilet bowl can be a pain to remove. We have shared 5 methods, but we want to know what works for you! Have you had any success removing mineral stains from your toilet bowl? What method do you use? Let us know! And if you haven't tried any of these methods yet, give them a shot!
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