How to Remove Difficult Stains in a Toilet Bowl

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Clean difficult toilet stains with vinegar and baking soda.
Clean difficult toilet stains with vinegar and baking soda. (Image: Toilet bowl and bidet in a toilet image by terex from Fotolia.com)

Your toilet bowl quickly becomes stained with difficult built-up residue when lime scale and other residue accumulate on the surface of the bowl. To remove these stains, you have the option to purchase expensive commercial toilet bowl cleaning products, or you can save yourself money by using common household items that will remove the stains just as well, if not better. By applying a vinegar and baking soda solution, you will remove all of your toilet bowl stains with little effort.

Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Vinegar
  • Toilet brush

Pour 3 cups of white vinegar into your toilet bowl and 1 cup of baking soda. The vinegar will break up stain residue, while the baking soda adds an additional cleaning agent.

Put the lid down on the bowl and let it sit overnight. The vinegar and baking soda combination will loosen and dissolve the stained buildup.

Scrub the toilet bowl the following morning with a toilet brush.

Flush the toilet.

Repeat Steps 1 to 4, if needed, until all stains are removed.

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