• Coleen Thomas

How to Clean a Stained Toilet: The Complete Guide

When you gotta go, you gotta go, and nothing is more obnoxious at that moment than a stained toilet.

You want your toilet time to be comfortable, but when your toilet looks gross instead of gleaming it's frustrating.

Cleaning a toilet isn't everyone's favorite activity, but it's necessary to keep germs at bay and from transferring diseases from one place to another.

If you have a toilet that needs a deep cleaning, here are some tips on how to clean a stained toilet.

Why Do Toilets Become Stained?

Normal cleaning is essential to the health of your toilet and most people clean their toilet on a regular basis. But sometimes toilets become stained and those stains are a challenge to remove.

There are different stains caused by a variety of problems, but depending on the color of the stain, you should be able to tell the cause. Most of the time, the stains are due to the type of water you have.

For example, stains that have a reddish-brown hue could mean you have iron bacteria in your water. Blueish stains could mean acidic water, and sulfur bacteria causes black stains.

The tough part about stains is that toilets are made of porcelain and stains on porcelain can be very hard to remove. But that doesn't mean it's impossible!

How to Clean a Stained Toilet

Before you get started, there are a few cleaning tools that might come in handy:

  • Bucket

  • Cleaning bristle brush or heavy-duty scrubber like a pumice stone

  • Gloves

  • Sponges

  • Facial mask if you're working with possible mold or mildew

  • Your choice of cleaning solutions

  • Your choice of disinfectant

To begin, you always want to clean the bowl before you do anything else. The bowl harbors the most stains and germs, so tackle this area first. Once the bowl is cleaned and disinfected, you can work around the other parts of the toilet to ensure they're clean and bacteria-free.

The cleaning products mentioned are some of the safest to use, however, not everyone's toilet responses well. Test the products on small inconspicuous areas of the toilet before committing to cleaning.

If you're ready to have a stain-free toilet, here are some of the best tips and tricks to get your toilet lovely in no time.

1. Use Vinegar

Vinegar is common household staple and also a great cleaning tool. The key to allowing vinegar to work is letting it sit for several minutes, hours, or even over night for especially stubborn stains, and then scrubbing the stained area with a cleaning brush.

White distilled vinegar is recommended and fairly inexpensive at your local grocery or drug store.

2. Baking Soda

Baking soda is another item you're likely to find in your pantry and it's a great cleaning product as well. This is because of its abrasiveness at removing stains. Baking soda is also a force when combined with vinegar.

To clean your toilet bowl using baking soda, add one cup of vinegar to the toilet bowl. When you're ready add a cup of baking soda and it will start to fizz. Allow the mixture to sit for several minutes before attempting to scrub away stains.

Baking soda is also very inexpensive if you can't find any in your kitchen.

3. Borax

Similar in appearance to baking soda, Borax (also knowns as sodium tetraborate), is another cleaning product, though you probably don't have it lingering in your pantry.

Borax's main purpose is cleaning, especially laundry, but it's a great stain remover, especially when used with vinegar.

You can use Borax and vinegar the same way as baking soda and vinegar, or you can add a small amount of vinegar to Borax to form a paste. Apply the paste to the stains and allow them to sit for about 20 minutes. Then, scrub the paste with a stone or steel wool if the stains are persistent.

If your toilet bowl is heavily stained, shut off the water to the toilet and remove water so the stains are exposed.

4. Bleach

Not only is bleach a fantastic disinfectant, but it also tackles stains due to its ability to brighten.

To use bleach safely and effectively, you'll need proper ventilation because prolonged exposure to bleach fumes is dangerous. Also, wear gloves to prevent it from harming your skin.

Be sure to read the directions on the back of the bleach container before cleaning your toilet to make sure you're using proper measurements.

5. Call the Professionals

Sometimes hard water stains are too stubborn to remove using regular household cleaners and tricks. When this happens it's best to call in the pros.

A professional cleaning service will have the tools and knowledge to get rid of toilet stains, so your toilet is spick and span.

How Often You Should Clean Your Toilet

Toilet cleaning is a chore that must be done, but how frequently should it be cleaned?

A good rule would be to clean and disinfect the toilet every few days to halt the transmission of germs. If someone is sick, it's recommended to clean and disinfect daily or after every use to prevent others from coming in contacts with bacteria or viruses.

Regular cleaning can prevent stains from forming and setting.

If you find you cannot master cleaning and disinfecting that frequently, commit to cleaning your toilet at least biweekly.

Cleaning a Toilet

The question of how to clean a stained toilet is easily answered with just a few products you already have in your home, combined with elbow grease and time. Using these tools, your toilet will be ready for you in no time!

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