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DIY Methods for Preventing Toilet Bowl Stains
Finding hard water stains or rust streaks in your toilet makes this already less-than-glamorous fixture that much more disgusting. Bring your bowl back to its porcelain glory without the need for harsh chemicals or expensive cleaning materials.
Yup, you read that right — Kool-Aid®! It turns out, every kid’s favorite sugary drink is good for a lot more than just quenching your thirst on a hot day. Lemon Kool-Aid®, specifically, is excellent at powering through rust stains. Simply sprinkle a single-serve packet into your toilet and scrub the sides of the bowl, then leave it to sit overnight. In the morning, just flush and enjoy your sparkling clean (and probably slightly lemon-scented) toilet!
Water, Vinegar, and Baking Soda
Looking for a more conventional way to clean your toilet? Vinegar and baking soda are cleaning staples that every home should have. Mix 1 cup vinegar, 2 tbsp. baking soda, and 1 cup of water into a spray bottle and give it a good shake.
Baking Soda and Vinegar
If the above method wasn’t strong enough to tackle your stains, take water out of the equation. Mixing only baking soda and vinegar will create a paste, rather than a spray, that you can leave on your toilet for up to 15 minutes. Once enough time has passed, scrub it clean and rinse the bowl with water.
If hard water stains are building up around your bowl, simply spray the inside of your toilet with real lemon juice. This great alternative to chemical cleaners also works on other fixtures in your bathroom, like faucets and handles.