14 Tips to Get Rid of Toilet Ring

I have to admit that I hate these rings! No matter how often I clean my American standard toilet, water in the region where I live is too hard, and I always have an issue with a yellowish toilet ring. Therefore, I did some research and discovered a few highly efficient ways to get rid of them.

Pick out any of the listed products you probably have in your home and start fighting these horrible stains. It is unbelievable how effective some products can be, even though you would never associate them with cleaning the toilet.

1. Pumice Stone

Material

  • Pumice stone or Pumie
  • Rubber gloves

Instructions

You probably use a pumice stone to remove dead skin cells from your feet. It seems that this natural volcanic rock is also the best option for getting rid of the toilet ring, as well.

There is also a more convenient possibility, specially created for this purpose. Go to the local store and purchase a Pumie, a pumice stone attached to a plastic stick.

Wear rubber gloves and take on a piece of the traditional pumice stone. Submerge it into the water for approximately 15 minutes to soften it before beginning with scrubbing.

Then start rubbing a toilet ring in the bowl. If you soften it enough, the pumice stone will act similar to a pencil eraser. Be sure that you have cleaned all traces of the ring before flushing the toilet.

Keep in mind that gray or black stone for scrubbing your feet is a little harder, so it may scratch the porcelain. Therefore, pick out the Pumie for safe rubbing.

2. Abrasive Sponge

Abrasive Sponge

Material

  • Abrasive sponge
  • Household cleaners
  • Rubber gloves

Instructions

If the toilet ring is not old and neglected, you can remove it by using the abrasive sponge. Wear rubber gloves, add any household cleaners on the sponge, and begin rubbing. After you get rid of stains, flush the toilet.

3. Magic Eraser

Magic Eraser

Material

  • Magic Eraser
  • Water

Instructions

There are numerous ways how to use this fantastic product. One of them is removing the toilet ring. The procedure is not complicated at all, but you need time for preparation.

Cut a piece of Magic Eraser and let it float in the bowl overnight. Don’t use the toilet until morning. By then, the toilet ring will disappear.

Unfortunately, since your Magic Eraser floats, you can’t flush it. Fish it out before flushing the toilet. To prevent the occurrence of new toilet rings, you can put a piece of this product into the toilet tank. That way, you will clean your bowl every time you flush.

Take care to attach it near the side of the tank. If it gets caught under the flapper, you will get a permanent water run-off.

4. Steel Wool

Steel Wool

Material

  • Steel wool
  • Rubber gloves

Instructions

If the toilet ring is particularly stubborn, you need a more drastic solution. Try to remove these hard water stains with the finest, 0000-grade steel wool. You should avoid coarser steel wool to prevent to scratch the porcelain.

Usually, steel wool will remove even the hardest stains, but you can combine white vinegar or any other household cleaners with it to get a better result. Don’t forget to wear rubber gloves to protect your skin and nails.

5. Coca-Cola

Coca-Cola

Material

  • Coca-Cola can

Instructions

For this action, it will be enough to purchase one can of Coca-Cola, but any similar Cola sodas will work effectively, as well. Pour it into the bowl and let the acid from the soda removes stains for an hour. Then flush the toilet.

The advantage of this solution is that you won’t need to scrub the remains of the toilet ring.

6. White Vinegar

White Vinegar 1

Material

  • 1/2 cup white vinegar
  • Toilet brush

Instructions

As soon as you notice the toilet ring occurs, you can remove it with white vinegar. Add vinegar to the bowl and flush the toilet after approximately 20 to 30 minutes. It will be enough if you react right away after stains appear.

If you need to get rid of more stubborn hard water stains, you should let the vinegar sit in the bowl for at least an hour. After that, you should use the toilet brush and scrub the rest of the ring.

7. Baking Soda and White Vinegar

Baking Soda and White Vinegar

Material

  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 2 to 3 cups white vinegar
  • Toilet brush
  • Spray bottle

Instructions

Pour white vinegar into the bowl with a spray bottle and use a toilet brush to cover the surface of the toilet, especially the toilet ring area. After a minute or two, add baking soda to the toilet and add another cup of vinegar.

Maybe you should close the toilet seat and the lid to prevent sprinkling as a result of a fizzing action. After about 10 minutes, you should spread the solution with the toilet brush around the bowl and pay attention to stains above the waterline.

Let it sit for at least one hour to allow the mix to begin breaking down stains. Flush your toilet two to three times to prevent the vinegar from damaging the porcelain.

8. Borax and Vinegar

Borax and Vinegar

Material

  • 1/4 cups borax
  • 1 cup white vinegar
  • Toilet brush

Instructions

You may use borax to get rid of the toilet ring effectively, but you shouldn’t use it too often or for smaller stains. However, if the ring of hard water is persistent and difficult for removing, borax is an ideal choice.

Pour prepared borax into the bowl and spread it over the entire surface by the toilet brush. Add white vinegar and let it sit there for approximately 20 to 30 minutes. Scrub the ring if necessary before flushing the toilet.

9. Borax

Borax 1

Material

  • 1 cup borax
  • Water
  • Toilet brush

Instructions

You can try to pour borax over the toilet ring if you want to avoid mixing it with vinegar. Let it dissolve in the water for a couple of hours and then scrub the stains with the toilet brush. Flush the toilet after finishing cleaning.

10. Borax Paste

Borax Paste

Material

  • 1/2 cups borax
  • White vinegar
  • Rubber gloves
  • Old cloth
  • Stiff-bristle nylon brush

Instructions

The borax paste is one of the best solutions if you need to remove stubborn hard water toilet ring. The best option is to switch off the valve to prevent water from wetting the bowl.

After flushing the toilet, dry the toilet with an old cloth to prevent covering stains with liquid during the action. Wear rubber gloves to protect your hands.

Then combine borax with as much vinegar as needed to achieve the right consistency of the paste. Spread it onto the hard water toilet ring and cover it entirely.

Keep in mind that borax hardens quickly, so you shouldn’t add the white vinegar before you adequately prepare everything. After letting the paste to sit for approximately 15 to 20 minutes, you should begin with scrubbing.

Remove the paste altogether with stains by a nylon brush. In the end, you need to flush the toilet to rinse all remains.

11. Lemon Kool-Aid

Lemon Kool-Aid
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Material

  • Smaller package of lemon Kool-aid
  • Toilet brush

Instructions

Purchase a smaller package of sugar-free lemon Kool-aid in the local store and apply it to the toilet bowl. Take care to cover the ring. Let it sit at least an hour and make sure no one uses and flushes the toilet during that period.

Use a toilet brush and scrub all the stains in a circular motion. When the ring disappears, you can flush the toilet.

12. Dryer Sheets

Dryer Sheets

Material

  • Used dryer sheets
  • Rubber gloves

Instructions

You can save used dryer sheets for this particular purpose. Believe it or not, they work even better than new ones. Before beginning cleaning, you should wear rubber gloves to avoid contact with water and dirt from the toilet.

Dry the bowl and rub the ring with the saved dryer sheet until it disappears. Take care not to throw them into the toilet and flush it down to the drain. I am sure that you don’t need to have a new problem with the clogged toilet.

13. Alka Seltzer

Alka Seltzer

Material

  • Alka Seltzer tablets

Instructions

The procedure for cleaning the toilet ring with Alka Seltzer is probably the most comfortable way possible. These tablets are magical for both cleaning your bowl and preventing the occurrence of the new stains.

If you want to remove the existing toilet ring, all you need to do is to put two Alka Seltzer tablets into the bowl and let them dissolve. The citric acid, in combination with bubbles, will clean the stubborn stains right away.

When you want to prevent the appearance of new rings, you should put Alka Seltzer tablets to the toilet tank. That way, you will keep your toilet fresh for a long period.

14. Denture Cleaning Tablets

Material

  • Box of Denture Cleaning tables

Instructions

Denture cleaning tablets are as useful for the toilet ring cleaning as Alka Seltzer. Put the tablet into the bowl and let the acid cleans stains. The advantage of these tablets is that they are less harsh than Alka Seltzer.

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