Rust stains are never attractive whether they are found on sinks, tubs, shower stalls, or particularly in toilet bowls. They are also tough to remove. That’s why many households and businesses rely on commercial cleaners. But, sadly, all-purpose bathroom cleaners are not always effective in removing these stains, and using bleach may even result in these stains sticking permanently to the surface.
Good alternatives are acid-based cleaners. Instead of using chlorine or bleach-based products, acid-based ones are much better when removing rust stains from surfaces. Some acidic compounds include citric acid from lemon juice, acetic acid from distilled white vinegar, tartaric acid from the cream of tartar, or hydrochloric and sulfuric acid, which are usually found in commercial products. A sneaky trick may also be to use Coca Cola
In this article today, we will share how you can remove rust stains from your toilet bowl using materials that you can find in your kitchen or that you can easily buy from the supermarket!
How to Remove Rust and Similar Stains from Your Toilet Bowl
- Utilize the power of citric acid
Citric acid comes from limes, lemons, and grapefruits. Aside from that, powdered citric acid is readily available from the supermarket and pharmacy. You can use this to clean rust from your toilet bowl by simply cutting the citrus fruit, dipping it in baking soda, and scrubbing it on the surface you need to whiten. This is great for the easy to reach parts.
If the surface is heavily stained by rust, you can create a paste by mixing lemon juice and baking soda and applying it to the affected area. Cover the paste with plastic wrap (if possible) for about an hour for the dirt to break down.
If you opt to use citric powder, you can create a paste by mixing a few drops of water and applying it directly to the rust-stained area before scrubbing it with a brush until all the dirt is gone.
- Use white vinegar
The acetic acid present in distilled white vinegar is one of the most effective substances in removing rust stains. The higher the acidity of the vinegar, the more effective it is in removing stubborn stains.
To accomplish this, you need to spray the vinegar on the stained part of your toilet bowl, scrub that part, and rinse it well with water or pour vinegar into the water in the toilet bowl. You will need to use a fair amount of vinegar because the water present will dilute the efficacy.
- Don’t forget cream of tartar.
You may not have the cream of tartar readily available in your pantry, (unless you bake meringues) but you can easily buy this in stores. Using this substance is relatively easy, just like using citrus acid and white vinegar. All you have to do is sprinkle cream of tartar on the rust-stained areas of your toilet bowl and scrub it with a damp brush. Remember to keep this brush separate from other cleaning brushes, or sterilize it after use in hydrogen peroxide or bleach.
Cleaning rust stains from your toilet doesn’t require much. Just grab a brush and the few ingredients that you can find in your kitchen – citrus fruits, vinegar, or cream of tartar. Using these natural ingredients is always better than opting for commercial cleaners filled with toxic chemicals.
Of course if it’s really bad, we are here to help you replace the old, disgusting stained toilet with a new fresh one.
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