Whether you’ve just moved to a place with stubbornly stained toilets or you’ve fallen back on your household chores, toilet stains are one of the less-favourable chores that must be done on a routine basis.
In Calgary, hard water can take its toll on everything that it comes into contact with – faucets, toilets, sinks. Often, the toughest stains are found in toilets, where water constantly sits. And while there are many commercial products that claim to cut through these tough hard-water stains, you may have noticed that is not always the case. Even the most expensive toilet bowl cleaners might leave behind a noticeable layer of scum that no amount of scrubbing will penetrate.
Surprisingly (or not!), the best options for these tough stains are common household products. Safe and non-toxic, they are always incredibly effective and cheap!
Read below to see how you can get your toilet to a shiny white again.
Borax and Vinegar
Gentle yet effective, borax is a great alternative to powdered bleach. Simply pour ¼ - ½ cup of borax into the toilet bowl and use a toilet brush to ensure the entire surface area is covered. You can then add 1 cup of vinegar to the bowl and let it sit for around 20 minutes, letting the solution do most of the hard work for you. After this time, you can take the toilet brush to the bowl again and easily scrub away the hardwater stains.
Yet another use for this powerful duo – removing hardwater stains from the toilet bowl. (If you keep reading our blog you will find countless other uses for these common household products!) To get your toilet shiny white again, simply pour around a cup of vinegar into the toilet and use a toilet brush to swish the water and vinegar around the toilet. You can then add around a cup of baking soda to the bowl, followed by another cup of vinegar. Note that measurements are entirely estimates – feel free to adjust the amounts as necessary. Let the vinegar and baking soda fizz in the toilet for around 10 minutes, then use your toilet brush to mix the solution around the toilet. If the stains are super tough, let this solution sit in the toilet for another 10 – 20 minutes and then scrub it some more. Your toilet should come out nice and white!
P.S, you can use baking soda and vinegar to create a simple drain cleaning solution!
Trisodium Phosphate (TSP)
This powerful cleaner is considered safe to use in the home and is especially great for removing stains in toilet bowls. Simply mix 1 – 2 tbsps. of the product into your toilet, swish around with a toilet brush and let sit for around 10 minutes. Take the brush to it again after this time and any stains should easily wipe away.
For ultra tough stains, try using sandpaper to whisk away the hardwater deposits. Obviously, you’ll want to avoid scratching the porcelain, so opt for ultra fine grit wet sandpaper. Keep the toilet bowl dry as you scrub with the sandpaper to ensure that you do not damage the finish.
It may surprise you to see this here, as it is not particularly “safe and non-toxic,” but as a last resort, it is absolutely an effective toilet bowl cleaner. Used in very small amounts, it will break down even the toughest of hard-water stains and leave behind a glistening glean that is sure to empress even the strictest in-laws. Just spray a little in the water, scrub briefly, let sit for 15 minutes and scrub again. Flush and scrub once more with vinegar to remove any oil residue and you’re good to go.
Regularly Clean The Toilet Bowl
Once you have gotten your toilet to the shiny white that you have so long desired, make sure to regularly clean the toilet bowl to prevent excess hardwater build-up. If you don’t have the time for weekly toilet scrubbing, give ComPro a call!