How to Clean A Stained Toilet- Best DIY Techniques

Are you tired of purchasing expensive toilet cleaners that don’t bring out the desired results or concerned about the toxic chemicals the cleaners contain?

It’s about time to make your homemade toilet cleaner.

A stained toilet bowl is quite unsightly, but as luck would have it, there are a few tricks and equipment you can use on how to clean a stained toilet.

Though you may clean your toilet regularly, you might have noticed a buildup of a yellowish or brown ring on the toilet bowl or even stains that run down below the rim of the water level.

The buildup of minerals causes most of the stains from the water, i.e., hard water.

What Is a Hard Water Stain?

Also known as limescale, mineral deposits, and mineral buildup, hard water stains are chalky white residue that forms around faucets and water nozzles due to an excess of minerals in the water.

But before you run off and start scrubbing, you’ll need to be well equipped for the task ahead.

It’s prudent for you to have a separate set of cleaning tools for the bathrooms, different from the one you use to clean your house’s other surfaces.

This is crucial because it will help in avoiding contaminating the surfaces.

Whereas there are many commercially available cleaning products, it’s worth noting that a few household products will also get the job done, saving you some cash.

5-Methods on How to Clean A Stained Toilet and Have Everything Sparkling Clean

Note: It’s advisable always to wear gloves while cleaning your toilet to protect yourself from hurting your skin and coming in contact with the bacteria present in the bathroom. Afterward, wash the gloves and disinfect both your hands and the gloves.

1.   Using Baking soda and White Vinegar

For this, you will have to get out your cleaning tools, i.e., rubber gloves, clean toilet brush/ plunger, disinfecting wipes, and the natural toilet cleaners baking soda and vinegar.

  • # Step 1 Begin by clearing out the water in the toilet bowl using a toilet brush or a plunger.

Then pour our one cupful of the vinegar into the toilet bowl and swish around the walls of the toilet bowl.

Ensure to cover the stain thoroughly and then let it sit for a minute or two.

  • # Step 2 Into the toilet bowl, pour out a cupful of baking soda, and add two cupsful of vinegar.

The baking soda and Vinegar reaction will create a fizzle; let the solution sit for around ten minutes.

Note: If you don’t witness any fizzling action, it might indicate your baking soda is old or not using enough baking soda.

  • # Step 3 Using the toilet brush, swish the solution around the toilet walls while ensuring to cover all the nooks and crannies.

It’s necessary to note during all these processes, you don’t flush your toilet.

  • # Step 4 Let the solution sit for another 30minutes while at certain intervals swishing and scrubbing away the stains with the solution.

You can use a stiff-bristled nylon brush if the stains don’t seem like they are coming off.

Once the stain comes off, you can flush your toilet.

Pro Tip: While you are still cleaning with the baking and vinegar solution, you can also use it as a homemade drain cleaner to unclog your bathroom sink drain.

2.   Borax and Vinegar

  • # Step 1 Pour about ¼ of a cup of borax into the toilet bowl and swish it around, ensuring your cover up all the nooks and crannies.
  • # Step 2 Afterwards, add a cupful of vinegar and allow the mixture to sit for around twenty minutes. You will witness some fizzle, but it will go out.
  • # Step 3 Finally, give the toilet a thorough scrub with the toilet brush and flush to rinse once you’re sure all the stains are gone.

3.   Borax Paste.

It’s ideal for the stubborn stains that won’t come off in the above methods.

# 1 Drain all the water in the toilet bowl.

#2 Make a thick paste by mixing ½ cup of borax with the vinegar to achieve the right consistency.

# 3 Generously apply the paste to the sides of the toilet bowl, paying close attention to stained areas.

#4 Allow the paste to sit for around 20 minutes.

# 5 Afterwards, scrub off the paste with a stiff-bristled nylon brush and flush to rinse the toilet.

4.   Scrubbing with Steel wool

You can use 0000-grade steel wool, i.e., the finest grade, with some water steel wool is quite a useful scrubbing tool.

Ensure you have your gloves on, and the steel wool must be the finest grade to avoid scratching the porcelain surface.

You can use steel wool with the above solutions to scrub-off the stains and afterward flush the toilet.

5.   Scrubbing with Pumice stone

The best way to clean your stained toilet while still avoiding using harsh chemical cleaning agents.

  • #1 Soak the pumice stone is some warm water.
  • #2 Afterward, scrub the stained area gently
  • #3 Once you’re that stained has been cleared, you can flush to rinse the toilet.

Note: keep both the pumice stone and the area you are scrubbing off the stain wet to avoid scratching the porcelain.

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Various Types of Toilet Stains.

Hard water – These stains will appear as rings around your inner toilet bowl. They may be pink, red, brown, or white.

When you’re dealing with hard water stains, make a borax and vinegar paste and scrub the stained area. Tip: When making your cleaners, always be mindful of cleaning products you shouldn’t combine.

Mold stains -Can occur anywhere on your toilet. Mold will be slightly fuzzy and blue, green, yellow, grey, black, or white.

Not all molds are toxic, but many are. Because of this, you should leave mold removal to experts

Mold 101: Effects on Human Health

Mildew Stains – Can be found anywhere on your toilet, but mostly near the top of the toilet bowl or on the toilet tank. Mildew usually starts white but may turn yellow or brown in time.

First, flush the toilet to drain as much water as possible. Next, spray mildew stains with distilled white vinegar and scrub until you can’t see any more streaks or waterlines. You may need to repeat the flushing and scrubbing process a few times.

DIY-How to Make a Toilet Bomb to Clean and Disinfect your Toilet

You can use the ice cubes to clean and disinfect your toilet; all you to do is drop the ‘bombs’ in the toilet bowl.

You will require an ice cube tray or silicone mold,  a teaspoon full of disinfecting essential oil, for example; Tree oil, orange, pine, and lavender, baking soda, and citric acid.

Choose your favorite fragrance of the essential oils, or, better yet, blend them to create your unique scent.

In a mixing bowl, add the baking soda, essential oil, citric, and keep stirring to form a homogenous mix while adding the white vinegar with a teaspoon drop by drop.

Add only enough vinegar into the mixture to make it damp enough to hold its shape when molded in your hand

Place the mixture in the ice cube/silicone mold and allow the mix to dry for at least 24hours.

Pop the tablets and store them in a tightly closed glass jar.

You can now use the ‘toilet bombs’ to clean your toilet.

Drop into the toilet bowl a tablet to clean it and disinfect it simultaneously.

Final Thought on How to Clean A Stained Toilet

A stained and unclean toilet can harbor various disease-causing bacteria and viruses, which be quite deleterious to your home.

However, the above-discussed DIY-methods on how to clean a stained are significant enough to ensure that your toilet is clean.

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