How to remove toilet hard water stains

by nightask - July 24, 2019

Toilet rings or “hard water build-up” is a big pain for most families. If you’ve encountered these annoying rings, you know that even when you don’t use the toilet, it can still build up the rusty looking stains on the inner part of your toilet bowl.

Where does toilet stains come from? The stubborn brown stains in toilets come from the hard water substance that sets in your toilet for periods of time. We call it “hard water” because it’s full of limestone matter, which is common in well water, and not so common in city tap water. It’s frustrating trying to remove stains with a scrub brush.

Limestone heavily and primarily consists of calcium deposits, which is a heavy substance that stays with the water when you use it in your indoor plumbing. The calcium typically settles in two areas of your toilet – the rim and the drain hole. The calcium will wash up and settle on the rim, and then the rest will float to the bottom of the bowl, sitting and eventually causing the rusty stains you see on the porcelain.

There are several easy ways to remove brown toilet bowl stains and also keep them from coming back so suddenly. Below are some effective methods for removing and keeping stains from growing in your toilet basin!

By hand using a steel wool pad and gloves

Before scrubbing the toilet by hand, be sure you have the following tools and products:

  • 1 box of BORAX
  • Pair of high-wear rubber gloves
  • Steel wool pad
  • Plunger

First, make sure you plunge as much water down the toilet drain as you can. Quick tip: an easier alternative to lowering the toilet water level is by filling up a large bucket or pot of water and quickly dumping it in the toilet bowl.

Next, pour a cup of BORAX in toilet and allow it to breakdown the calcium build-up for about 20 minutes. After that, wearing your rubber gloves, take your steel wool pad and gently scrub the stains away.

Using a Pumice toilet stone tool

A Pumice toilet stone tool is another effective tool for helping remove toilet stains. Made from the substance of volcanic rock that’s been softly crafted, these tools do such a great job because they’re harder than the calcium that builds up on your toilet, but softer than porcelain, which makes them safe to use.

Simply use the Pumice tool to gently scrub in the bowl, starting from one point and working your way around the basin until you’ve made a full circle.

Avoiding hard water toilet stains

If your home plumbing uses well water, there are few tips you can use to help prevent the calcium from building up as quickly. A natural way to do this is by pouring lemon juice mixed with vinegar into your toilet basin after each flush. The citric-acid found in vinegar and lemon helps break down calcium so it doesn’t build up as much.