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I Can't Get My Toilet Clean!!

Hey Moms! My toilets have a yucky ring around them, that I can't scrub off with any product I've tried so far. Do any of you have any secrets or products you love that get rid of that "ring around the toilet"? Thanks!

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Thank you so much for all your wonderful advice. I scrubbed it clean with the pumice stone. Feels good to be clean:-)

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I use very fine sandpaper or emery cloth and sometimes a little elbow grease-works every time!

Good luck!

I have used plumbers screen. You can buy a sheet of it.......cut a little square of it off, and use it. I used to clean houses professionally and that was what we used to get rid of the ring around the toilets. It worked great and did not scratch or damage it.

I had the same problem. Get a pumice stone! I found mine in the cleaner aisle at Fred Meyer, only ~$3. It took a little elbow grease, but worked great!

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I wouldn't use steel wool or sandpaper, once the porceline is scratched then the germs just sit in there and it's harder to clean.

I finally found something that worked for me. Both purchases at Home Depot. a pool tile pumus stone and CLR. The pool tile stone is safe on the surface and won't scratch. It worked really well for me and no more rings. Wear gloves! Good Luck

When using a pumice stone, you're suppose to get it wet so it makes like a abrasive paste. I don't recommend using a pumice stone on your sink or tub because it will scratch it. You might not notice the scratches right away, but if you continue using it, you'll end up with scratches because your sink and tub are not made out of the same type of porcelin your toilet is. And don't use the pumice stone dry and don't scrub real hard because it is an abrasive product and it IS putting very fine scratches in your porceline that you don't see until you get enough of them. I've used a pumice stone for years and my toilets are starting to show the wear.
It is a great product, just go easy with it.
Pumice stones also work great for cleaning barbeque grills. I found this out while camping at a lake that had a pumice beach.

yes!! get out a piece of window screen. i found one at lowe's in their cleaning department labeled as a hard water remover but really it's just a 3inch square of metal screen. and let me tell you, it works like a charm. after i sanitize the toilet, i get this out and scrub off the ring. good luck!

Hi A.,
I agree with all these ladies about the pumice stone. We use one when needed and it works wonderful!! We also use it on our sink and tub when needed. Also, since we have hard water and within a day or two of cleaning the toilet it would have another ring in it that would need cleaned again, we recently bought the Kaboom toilet bowl cleaner. It's a little cylinder that you put in the tank and add 2 tablets that come with it, into the cylinder. It is awesome!!!!! We've used it now about 3-4 weeks and we have not ONCE had anything but a sparkling clean white toilet!! Talk about a miracle cleaner!! :)

I agree with putting the coke in. It works great. But I have found from experience that the generic cokes do not work! Hope it cleans up for you!

I use all natural products that work great for everyday cleaning. It feels good to know I'm not harming the environment, but most importantly.....my children are safe.

However, the water can be pretty harsh here sometimes and sometimes I might need a little help. The pumice stone is awesome. I recommend flushing the toilet and turning the water off momentarily. Then scrub away. It's not harmful to the environment or your health in any way and it gets that baby clean!

Proud WAHM of 4 Great Kiddos!

I know this sounds odd, but try pouring a can of Coke into your toilet and let is sit for an hour. Scrub and flush.

I had the same problem. Get a pumice stone! I found mine in the cleaner aisle at Fred Meyer, only ~$3. It took a little elbow grease, but worked great!

I wouldn't use anything that scratches the finish on your toilet. Scratches will trap particles and bacteria. This will lead to more and more difficulty getting it clean, and will even allow the bacteria to soak into the porous porcelain.

Have you tried turning off the water, flushing to get all the water out of the bowl, and then letting bleach or hydrogen peroxide soak on the stain? Or, some of the hard water stain removers available at a hardware store (if you have hard water)?

Good luck.

I got a steel wool type scrubbing pad and scrubbed it off. The downside of this is that I think it actually scratches the ceramic/porcelain so that it sets it up for the mold to grow on it again. But, I don't care, because the ring is gone after I scrub. Just wear gloves!

Pumice stone, scrub hard.

Easy way to remove water from the toilet bowl:

When the toilet is done flushing and the water level is at it's normal level,
Use a pitcher and pour about 2+ quarts of water directly into the drain hole quickly from a foot or two above the toilet. You don't have to make a big splash, but the force of this water draining out of the toilet will siphon the water out of the bowl, leaving it empty so you can clean it.

Try a pumice stone. You can find them in the cleaning section or footcare section of your grocery store.

Get a pumice stone at the hardware store and scrub, scrub, scrub. It's the only thing that works on our toilet bowl ring. You can also find them at some grocery stores, or online from cleaning supply vendors.

I use a pumice stone. Works wonders.

A pumice stone will get the calcium deposits off

I tried I don't know how many toilet bowl cleaners way back when & nothing seemed to help until someone told me about a pumice stone. I bought it at an IGA, but the last time I bought one was at an ACE Hardware store. It lasts forever. It comes in a box & is like a stone-type stick. I was amazed at how quickly it worked. You just scrub it against the insides of your toilet & pronto all the yuk, the ring, is gone.

All of the other advice given re: CLR and other calcium and rust removers work IF YOU Shut off the water to the toilet bowl by closing the tank water supply valve. Flush to empty toilet bowl, then wait until the surface is dry. Apply a small amount of remover to a regular toilet cleaning brush and gently scrub the rust stain until it lightens. Turn water back on and flush to rinse toilet bowl. Repeat if necessary.

A white pumice stone works wonders. I just throw on a pair of rubber gloves and scrub away. It will be completely gone!

Sounds crazy but pour a couple cans of coke in there and just let it sit for a while. Its been said the acid in the coke will eat away just about anything if its applied to it long enough. I've never tried it but if none of this other stuff works who knows, it justmight.

I work in a small office -- and ever since we moved to our current location the toilet has driven me nuts. I recently bought a cleaning stone from Fred Meyer (in the cleaner section). I think it's pumis, but it's pretty soft and it has taken it all off.


I use a couple of different products that I found at my local Home Depot - they are acid based cleaners. They are easily found in the cleaning supply aisle. You have to be careful as they are pretty heavy duty, but they work really really well. I am on well water, so it is a constant battle for us too...no more scrubbing than a usual toilet cleaner though, and it seems to stay clean longer.


Try a product called CLR. You can find it at BiMart or any other similar store. It's pretty strong and you will need to wear rubber gloves. It says to dilute it but if you use alittle straight out of the bottle it should work. You may need to scrub it with a pummis type stone but I've had luck with the toilet scrubber brush alone. Good luck

Pummice stone worked for me.

Pumice stone works great on mine.

I use very fine sandpaper or emery cloth and sometimes a little elbow grease-works every time!

Good luck!

My daughter has this problem. I think its because she has very hard water. But I bought her lime away. she sprays it and lets it set for a few minutes before she cleans it and it works so great. I tell you before this we had tried everything and nothing work. This so works you have to try it and its way easy!. Good luck

Hi A.:

You may have hard water and a water softener will help (and also help your skin!). The disadvantage is that they are a bit pricey.

I have had good luck with a pumice stone scrubber which I was able to find on line at the Vermont Country Store. It's hard to believe, but it will not scratch the porcelain of the toilet, but it will take off the mineral deposits.

Good Luck!

Try a pumis (sp?) stone. Works like a charm!

We use a product called The Works. I usually can find it at any Walmart type store. It has a nasty strong smell, but has even gotten rust out of our tub before (without scrubbing)

Bar Keeper's Friend works well for me. It's a powder I found at Bed Bath and Beyond or Fred Meyer.

You need to go buy a Pumice Stone. This will get it off...
It's what I use with my cleaning business.


I have used plumbers screen. You can buy a sheet of it.......cut a little square of it off, and use it. I used to clean houses professionally and that was what we used to get rid of the ring around the toilets. It worked great and did not scratch or damage it.

Are you letting the commercial products have the time to do the work? Most of the time you have to let them sit for 5-10 minutes to be effective. I always put my cleaner in the toilet first and wash the sink or tub and then the toilet after the product has sat a while. If you end up using a pumice stone then make sure you keep it wet so it won't scratch the bowl. You could also use sheetrock sandpaper as well, but don't press hard because it will scratch. If you use a can of coke then make sure spalshes of cola are not allowed to dry because they will stain as well, you could get a product with phosphoric acid in it that should work just as well and not stain.

Have you tried using just straight bleach? I used that on a few toilets & let it sit for a few hours. I returned, flushed and then scrubbed with the cleaner & it worked. It might be a quick option of using what you have at home. Take Care

Try a pumice stone. I have used it and it works really well. Empty the bowl of water just below the ring and scrub away. Good luck!

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