How To Remove Hard Water Stains From The Toilet Bowl

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How To Remove Hard Water Stains From The Toilet Bowl

White Toilet Image With Black BowlCleaning a toilet bowl will never rank as my favorite house cleaning chore.  I love having a clean toilet bowl but I hate cleaning the toilet….that is until now.  Making your toilet look as good as new, no longer has to be a task you want to put off until next week.

Every now and again it is essential to remove hard water stains from the toilet bowl if you want your toilet looking presentable.  In fact, the stains that build up in your toilet bowl are a natural part of having hard water. Hard water builds up because of mineral accumulation and over time these minerals (and bacteria that it collects along the way) accumulate to form lime scale.  This green or brown colored lime scale is found at the end of the toilet bowl, forming rings at the top of the toilet water or even growing under the toilet bowl rim.

Every toilet bowl will develop this lime scale, however there is a cheap and effective method to remove these stains and make your toilet bowl look as good as new.

Here Is What You Will Need :

  • Cleaning vinegar.  If you cannot find cleaning vinegar (around 6% acidity), then regular clear vinegar will do.
  • An old towel.
  • A plunger.
  • Rubber gloves.
  • Toilet paper.

How To Clean The Toilet Bowl :

  1. Put on your rubber gloves and start sticking the plunger into the toilet water.  Keep plunging the toilet water until the water has been pushed down and the bowl is empty.  There may be some water remaining after your plunging efforts, however this process works better if the vinegar is undiluted, so catch your old towel and stick it down the toilet bowl.  Soak up the rest of the water with the towel and then remove the towel.
  2. Next get the vinegar and pour some down the toilet until it not only covers up the stains in the bottom of the toilet but also covers the hard water stain lines as well (where the toilet water line was).
  3. Next grab the toilet paper and take a couple of pieces at a time, dip them into the vinegar (in the toilet bowl) and stick the vinegar soaked toilet paper on the stained rim.  Cover the rim all the way around.
  4. Now, let the vinegar soak for several hours (overnight is the easiest).
  5. When you come back in the morning, scrub the lower bowl with your toilet brush (with the vinegar still in there).  Remove the toilet paper from the rim and discard in the bin (because there will be too much to flush down the toilet all at once).   After removing the toilet paper, scrub the underside of the rim with the toilet brush.
  6. Flush and scrub a couple of times.
  7. Voila, your toilet should look as good as new.  Depending on how bad it was previously, you might need to do this process more than once.


In the first video below, you can see that the vinegar in the bowl worked great, however, just smearing vinegar on the rim wasn’t very effective.

In the second video, the guy had the clever idea of placing vinegar soaked toilet paper around the underside of the rim.  This meant the vinegar soaked into the rim a lot more effectively and the results were a lot better.



So there you go, a simple method on how to remove hard water stains from your toilet bowl, making your toilet look as good as new.  I hope you liked it and please share this article 🙂

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