Do you have some nasty toil bowl rings? We clean our house on a regular basis but even so, we have toilet rings that start to show in between cleanings. We’ve tried many of the commercial toilet cleaning products out there, but we have to spend a decent amount of time scrubbing (who wants to do that!?) and sadly, they really don’t work as well as they should.
This includes us trying toilet bowl cleaner, those tabs you put in the tank that turn your water blue, and even bleach.
If only there was a way for how to clean toilet rings more effectively, safer for the environment and without so much manual labor. Well, there is. Read on for how to clean toilet rings using 8 different alternatives.
8 Options For How To Clean Toilet Rings
#1. Use Magic Eraser
I’ve found countless uses for the Magic Eraser. Add toilet bowl rings to that list. To use, simply cut a small piece of your Magic Eraser from the scrub pad and place it in the bowl overnight – it will float, it doesn’t need to be submerged. In the morning you will find that most of the ring will be removed.
The downside to this method is that you have to fish out the Magic Eraser as you cannot flush it. Luckily, you only have to do this once.
Once you get the ring cleaned, you can place a piece of Magic Eraser in your toilet tank. Then every time you flush, you will clean your toilet bowl. Just be aware of the placement of the piece of Magic Eraser in the tank.
If you don’t place it near the side of the tank, there is a chance it gets caught under the flapper, causing your toilet to constantly run. A solution to this problem is to secure it to the side of the tank so that you don’t have to worry about it getting caught.
#2. Use Soda
Simply take a can of cola soda (it doesn’t have to be name brand cola, a store brand version works just as effectively) and pour it into your toilet bowl is a great solution for how to clean toilet rings. Just let the cola sit for about an hour before you flush. The acid in the soda will work to remove stains and lime scale.
The nice thing about this option is there is no scrubbing. Of course if your stain is really stubborn, you might have to get the brush out and scrub, but many times you won’t have to go this route. Plus, you don’t have to fish out the cola like with the Magic Eraser above.
Once you get your toilet bowl clean, think about what cola (and soda in general) does to your body if it can remove nasty rings in the toilet and stop drinking it!
#3. Use Alka Seltzer
This trick is probably the easiest on the list. All you have to do is drop two Alka Seltzer tabs in your toilets tank and/or bowl and let them dissolve. The effervescence and citric acid works to keep your tank fresh.
I would suggest you start off by placing the tabs in your bowl where the rings are and letting the Alka Seltzer work its magic there first. As with cola, in some cases, you might have to scrub really stubborn rings.
Once the stain is removed though, you can place the tabs in the tank so that when you flush, you have the Alka Seltzer working for you.
#4. Use Denture Cleaning Tabs
Instead of Alka Seltzer, you can try denture cleaning tabs. They work similarly to Alka Seltzer in that the acid in them will work to remove the toilet bowl stains.
The reason you might want to use denture cleaning tabs instead of Alka Seltzer is that the denture tabs are less harsh.
#5. Use The Pumie
If you aren’t familiar with The Pumie, you probably are scratching your head at this one. The Pumie is a pumice stone cleaner for your toilet. You might have heard of or even used a pumice stone to scrub away dead skin on your feet.
Well, this is the same thing, only with a handle for using on your toilet. Now, this one does require some manual labor in the form of scrubbing, but everyone I know swears by this thing.
You can get it on Amazon here, or if you have a pumice stone already, you can try that one out. Just make sure you wear gloves since your hands will get wet!
Some of you might use a Borax based solution for cheaper cleaning product alternatives around your house. If so, why not use it to clean toilet rings too? It is just as effective and is simple to use.
Instead of mixing Borax with other ingredients however, all you have to do is pour one cup of Borax into your bowl and let it sit for a few hours and then flush. The Borax will dissolve in the water and go to work.
As with many of the other options in this list, if your toilet ring is really bad, chances are you will have to do some scrubbing too. But before you resort to that, flush the toilet and add another cup of Borax and a half cup of vinegar to your bowl and let that sit for an hour. In some case, this could do the trick and help you to avoid scrubbing altogether.
#7. Dryer Sheets
Here is an option that might blow your mind. You can use dryer sheets as a strategy for how to remove toilet rings. Who would have thought?
Now, this tip does involve some manual labor on your part as you have to scrub the rings with the dryer sheets. Also, be sure to throw the dryer sheet away and not flush it down the toilet. But with that said, this is a very cost effective option to try.
And what makes it even better is that you can use new or used dry sheets. I personally would repurpose my used dryer sheets instead of throwing them away to get double the use out of them.
#8. Lemon Kool Aid
I loved drinking Kool Aid as a kid. As an adult, I would have never guessed your could effectively use it to clean toilet rings, but you can.
All you have to do is buy a small packet of sugar free lemonade Kool Aid and dump the powder in your bowl. Depending on how bad your rings are, you can leave it in the bowl for as little as 15 minutes to as long as a day before flushing the toilet.
In most cases, you won’t have to scrub the bowl as the Kool Aid will do all of the work for you. The key to this try is to buy the sugar free version. I don’t know why this version works to remove toilet rings, but it does.
Overall, using these tips for how to clean toilet rings will save you money and protect the environment by using fewer harsh chemicals. If you haven’t cleaned your toilet bowl in a while, or if your ring is really bad, you might still need to scrub a little to get tough stains out or even try a combination of the ideas here.
But once you remove those stubborn stains using these tips, you can keep using them and be assured that the toilet bowl rings will not return.
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