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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.

Lemon Kool-Aid®

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.

Lemon juice

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.

A beautiful toilet means nothing if it’s clogged or otherwise not working. Give Mr. Rooter of San Francisco a call for any and all of your plumbing needs!

Stan Pomichter, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San FranciscoAbout the Author: Stan Pomichter, Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San Francisco

Stan has been a trusted Mr. Rooter owner of Mr. Rooter Plumbing of San Francisco since 2016. With years of experience to back him, Stan has experience with a wide range of plumbing related solutions and systems. He and his team specialize in sewer system repair, drain cleaning, gas line repair, and more.