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Well-Water Stains in toilet...yuck!

Recently moving from the city to the country, we now have a well. I have tried everything (so I think!) to get rid of the orangish stains that are in my toilets. My husband told me not to buy anything with bleach, as supposedly this is not good for our septic system. Does anyone know of a product that works great but is eco-friendly? Thanks!

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I have a home in the country with the same problem. I use a product called The Works. It is septic tank safe. The best part is that it is cheep.
C.

Not eco-friendly but Whink is the only thing that has ever gotten the rust stain removed from my toilet bowl and bathtub WITHOUT scrubbing. All I do is squirt it on and it instantly disappears. It is sometimes hard to find but Meijer sells it.

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That is rust stains in your toilet. Get any product for rust removal. "The Works" toilet bowl cleaner is pretty good. I am not sure on the whole eco friendly aspect, but you could read the label.

I would recommend the Get Clean line from Shaklee. The products are non-toxic and biodegradable. I have not found a job yet that the products couldn't handle! For my toilet, I use the Basic H2 straight and then you could also use the Nature Bright Stain Remover. I even removed green paint from my berber carpet with this combination! Let me know if you would like info on how to order.

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Try "the works toilet bowl cleaner" and if u are having the problem in the shower as well "the works bath/ and shower' just spray them on or for the toilet squirt it in let it soak about 1/2 hr an it should come right out however never use the toilet bowl cleaner in the tub and besure to rinse the shower well and wear gloves or be very careful not ot get it on your skin> it does work to remove the rust and lime scum u are getting

I've lived in several different places with wells. Unfortunately, the stains are mostly something you just have to deal with. Do you have a water softener? If not, definitely check into getting one. It doesn't get rid of it entirely, but it will make your rust-treatments less frequent and it will definitely help with the rust build up on your HAIR!!

I'm not sure of the eco-friendly factor... I can only say that The Works is the only thing that I've found that will do it with little scrubbing. It stinks to high hell, but it does what it says (works!) and with little effort on your part. They usually carry it at Meijer, Walmart, Sams, etc. Or, you can go here to find a store: http://www.theworkscleans.com/default.asp

Like I said, I don't know how eco-friendly it is, but if you pair once every 10-14 days of cleaning with the Works and a water softener, you'll be using less cleaner than if you just used cleaner alone.

Oh, and Bleach... won't do ANYTHING to rust stains. Don't bother trying! Good luck!

Bleach is NOT what you want for rust stains. Use any toilet bowl cleaner that says for Rust, but not with bleach in it. You also may need IRON-OUT POWDER. We had real bad rust and I used Iron-out powder to clean most everything. I even put it in the washer when I washed white clothes (bleach made the white clothes still come out yellow - Iron-out is the key).

Try a product called Iron Out. It is found in the cleaning supply aisle at the store. You can also put it in with your white clothes as they too will turn orange. It really does work quite well. A water softener will help, but possibly not completely depending on how high the iron content of your water is.

You need a water softener. I grew up on a lake with well water ... my mom has blond hair and the rust in the water turned her hair carrot orange, I kid you not. She had to use special shampoo to get it out until my father replaced the water softener. Then, buy the Morton's water saver salt ... big green bag is rust remover ... it will take awhile but it will work ... as for the stain, this will be the one time I would recommend using bleach on something.

I have a home in the country with the same problem. I use a product called The Works. It is septic tank safe. The best part is that it is cheep.
C.

K.-
I live in the country also and have a well and septic. I use lysol toilet bowl cleaner. The deep reach stuff that is in the black and blue bottle. I usually put it in the toilet and let it sit while I clean the rest of the house, and do the toilet last. I have lived in my house for 4 years, and have never had anything that has bleach hurt my septic. My mom has lived in her house with a seotic for 12 years, and has never had any probs. with bleach products hurting anything. Other than the ususal pumping it out. Hope this helps!

Not eco-friendly but Whink is the only thing that has ever gotten the rust stain removed from my toilet bowl and bathtub WITHOUT scrubbing. All I do is squirt it on and it instantly disappears. It is sometimes hard to find but Meijer sells it.

Snow bol works great for this. I used to have a house cleaning business and this is what I always used. Plunge the water out of the toilet first if possible, squirt, let sit, and voila!
AND, if you have blond hair, after time, you may see an orange tint--this will help remove it ( not exactly gently so have a good conditioner ready to follow).
K.

I use "the works" toilet bowl cleaner on my rusty toilets! Works like a charm! J.

When we were growing up with a septic system, my mom always used WHINK Rust Stain Remover. Small brown bottle. It was not an "every day" solution but she used it once the stain got so bad she couldn't stand it. It worked like magic -- some chemical reaction took place and the rust literally disappeared. Not sure about eco-friendly...most cleaning products from the 70s and 80s aren't.

Hi Kim,

I've heard that if you take a can of Coca-Cola and pour it into the bowl of your toilet and let it sit for 5-10 minutes that it is supposed to help rid of the stains.

Good Luck!

Try "The Works" it is not eco friendly it is a very strong chemical but it works! You may also want to look into some sort of water softner cause you will see that your clothes will start to turn orange from the wash - this will happen over time. One of the joys of living in the green.

I hope to find out from emails you received.

Hope you get an answer.

R.

I don't know if it is eco-friendly, but Sno-Bol works great on toilet stains. I think as long as you add your Rid-X every month, your septic system should be fine. Just don't buy sno bol at wal-mart. They have the best price but it is like a watered down version of the real thing. I haven't had a problem buying it anywhere else.

You may want to look into getting a rust filter for your home, I wish we had when we built our house. I use an entire line of reasonably priced, effective, eco-friendly cleaning products which are safer for my home and the environment. You definately don't want to have any septic problems that can be caused from using caustic chemicals. I'm new to this website and know they have strict rules about advertising products and services so if you would like more information just send me an e-mail at ____@____.com - good luck

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