Removing toilet stains can be particularly difficult if they’ve been neglected because stubborn stains can build up and become stubbornly difficult to remove. Stains can often occur in hard-to-reach toilet areas – or from hard water issues, meaning they will reappear on a regular basis even if the toilet is cleaned regularly. That’s why it’s so important to know how to thoroughly clean the toilet.
Chris Wootton, managing director of household cleaning company, Poppies, said there is a “rule of thumb” for spot cleaning toilet bowls.
He said: ‘The rule of thumb for cleaning toilet bowl stains is to use non-alkaline products.
“Most stains on toilet bowls show up in hard water areas, so it’s important to remember bleach won’t work and you’ll need to use an acid-based product such as a descaler.
“While bleach doesn’t get rid of limescale, it does make it invisible, which blends in with the color of the toilet bowl.
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“Next, apply white vinegar to the baking soda. This produces a fizzy reaction that activates the acid and can break down even the most stubborn limescale buildup.
“After about 10 minutes, scrub the toilet bowl thoroughly with a scouring pad – you may need to use some elbow grease!”
“Once you’ve done that, rinse a few times to rinse it all out. This should have done the trick, but if stubborn marks remain, you can also try lemon juice after you flush the toilet, as the acidic solution can help remove the toughest stains and deodorize the toilet bowl.
For a natural solution that requires no scrubbing, Lynsey Crombie, cleaning expert, TV star and Queen of Clean, shared her tips on how she tackles toilet bowl stains with her homemade solution.
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She said: “To clean unsightly brown stains in the toilet, I make my toilet cleaning powder with citric acid and baking soda.”
Explaining how she uses the solution, Lynsey detailed, “I use two large scoops of baking soda, one large scoop of citric acid, adding tea tree essential oil as it’s antibacterial.
“Mix them all together and pour straight down the toilet. Leave for 20 minutes before flushing and the stains will be gone.”
The expert explained that for those who want to use vinegar to get rid of stains “without rubbing”, submerge some of the water then add about 250ml of white vinegar and let sit overnight, rinsing off in the morning.
Of course, dirt and buildup in the toilet is no surprise, given its primary function.
But if you see discolored, nasty toilet stains on or around the rim, know that there are three main factors that could be to blame: bacterial growth, hard water, or waiting too long between cleanings. .
Tony Jones, Managing Director of Hard Water Softeners, explained: “Limescale can take on a multitude of colors depending on the different compounds that can be found in the water entering your home – the buildups usually taking on an off-white color. or gray. .
“Of all the areas and fixtures in our homes, the toilet is one of the most problematic and that’s because it gets a lot of use and there’s constant standing water in it, which is the ideal environment for limestone to grow.
“The staining is further influenced by the fact that as the limestone dries it picks up all the dirt particles with it and the stains slowly form layer by layer inside the toilet bowl.”