Does your toilet bowl have nasty brownish or yellow
rings around it? Stains running from beneath the rim to the water
level? A brownish rust stain in the bottom? All of these stains are caused
by a buildup of minerals from hard water. Because porcelain is porous,
itís especially prone to picking up these nasty stains and holding
onto them forever.
Donít despair if this sounds familiar to you. There is a way to
eliminate these problems and to keep them from coming back. By following
these simple cleaning tips, your toilet will look great once again:
- Turn off the water to your toilet.
- Flush it repeatedly until the bowl is empty of water.
- Get some heavy duty paper towels and soak them with an all purpose
bathroom cleaner or orange citrus cleaner. You can also use white
- Line the toilet bowl with the paper towels. Let them sit there.
- Keep the paper towels wet for several hours by adding more citrus
cleaner as it dries out.
- When the water spots start dissolving, get out your stiff bristled
toilet brush and scrub to remove the scale. A toilet brush with a bent
tip will make the job easier by getting up under the rim and into the
trap to get at the source of the stains.
- Turn the water back on and rinse thoroughly.
- If the treatment didnít completely dissolve the stains, buy a
pumice stone at a janitorial supply store or a hardware store.
- Wet one end of the pumice stone. Keep it wet while you work. Rub
the pumice stone across the stains very, very gently.
- Switch to the nylon bent tip toilet brush again to scrub away the
remains of the stain.
- Maintain the cleanliness of the toilet by giving it a daily quick
scrubbing with the toilet brush. While youíre at it, scrub up under
the rim to remove hard water and lime deposits that will drip down the
insides of your toilet. Remember to rinse the brush well and to hang it
to dry when youíre done.
You can remove lime scale and alkaline deposits from your bathroom sink
using the same method. Just soak paper towels in citrus cleaner or
vinegar and line the bowl of the sink with them. Then, keep the towels wet
with the solution for several hours. After this time has passed, scrub
the stains with a nylon bristle toothbrush or cleaning brush and then
rinse with clear water. Voila! A sparkling clean sink to match your
perfectly clean toilet.
Reader comment: You CANNOT empty the toilet of all the water simply by
flushing it. The last of the water needs to be "dipped" out...Jenny
Reader comment: I use Bowl Brite. I have streaks of rust in toilet
bowl & sink & tub. Squirt this on rust stains. Gone in seconds...Lou
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