The build-up in toilets is due to hard water stains. The hard water deposits form a dark ring where the water line rests, because of the calcium and minerals in the water. The unsightly ring can be removed with inexpensive household products instead of purchasing a harsh chemical cleaner. After you remove the build-up in the toilet, you will need to implement a schedule to clean the toilet bowl regularly to prevent it from returning.
Things You'll Need
- Baking soda
- Spray bottle
- Toilet brush
Turn the water valve to the off position at the base of the toilet. Flush the toilet so the water level drops below the build-up.
Wear gloves to protect your hands from germs. Lift the toilet seat. Sprinkle baking soda over the build-up.
Fill a spray bottle with white distilled vinegar. Spray the vinegar over the baking soda. Allow the solution to sit on the build-up for 10 minutes.
Scrub the build-up ring with a toilet brush Spray more vinegar over the build-up, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes.
Scrub the mineral build-up again. Repeat adding backing soda and spraying the area with vinegar. Continue to scrub the area until you remove all the build-up.
Turn the water back on to the toilet. Flush the toilet to rinse it.
Tips & Warnings
- Scrub the inside of your toilet weekly to help prevent the build-up.
- Always wear gloves when cleaning the toilet, and wash your hand immediately afterward with antibacterial soap to prevent illnesses due to harmful bacteria.
- Utah State University Cooperative Extension: Making a House a Home
- University of Maryland Cooperative Extension: Alternatives for Household Products
- North Carolina Cooperative Extension Service: Removing Mineral Deposits From Household Surfaces
- Michigan State University Extension: Homemade Cleaners
- VinegarTips.com: Cleaning
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