Have you noticed an unsightly ring on the inside of your toilet and tried to get rid of it with a little scrubbing but that didn’t work? That’s how most of us approach the toilet ring problem the first time it shows up. When we figure out that simply scrubbing at it with the toilet brush isn’t going to do the trick, that’s when we start looking for help. That is probably what brought you to this page.
So, we know where you are coming from. The good news is that we have some help for you, and we’re going to show you how to get rid of toilet ring so that there’s not even a hint left that it was there in the first place. You don’t have to resort to buying expensive toilet bowl cleaners either. While there are plenty of those that you could use, and they do work effectively, you probably have cleaning solutions on hand already that will work. Let’s see if we can save you some money while helping you get rid of the toilet ring.
The Bleach Method
There are a few different cleaners you can use to take care of this issue, and we will start with one that’s pretty simple and that uses a cleaner you are likely to have on hand. Even though a scrubbing brush doesn’t get rid of the toilet ring, you want to start the cleaning process by using the brush tone ring. See what you can get rid of with it and how much you can lighten the ring. Make sure to scrub the rim and just under the rim as well. You will still see the ring after you are done, but it shouldn’t be quite as apparent. This will make the next step more effective.
After you have scrubbed the inside of the toilet, you should rinse it down. Then, mix together a gallon of water and 2 tablespoons of bleach. If you go a little heavy on the beach, that’s okay. (Make sure the room is well ventilated when you are using bleach to clean.) Pour about half of that bleach mixture into the toilet bowl, aiming for the sides of the bowl in the top half. Then, pour the rest into the toilet water. Leave the bleach solution in the toilet for about 15 minutes, letting it do its work. As it sits there, it will break down the stains and make them easier to remove. You can leave it for longer and allow it to be even more effective, but 15 minutes is a good minimum time to work with.
After the bleach has done its thing, you can scrub at the bowl with the toilet brush again. Once you have scrubbed the bowl clean, you should rinse down the bleach on the sides of the toilet bowl with lots of water. Then, flush the toilet. It’s not a bad idea to pour a bucket of water into the bowl to rinse everything down and allow the water to flush the toilet at the same time.
The Vinegar Method
The other method we want to share with you uses vinegar, which you probably want to provide lots of ventilation for as well. There is no harm to working in an enclosed room with vinegar, but the smell can be strong and overpowering. Take a bottle of vinegar and add a cup of it to the toilet water. White vinegar works best, and you want to let it rest in the water for several minutes before you start cleaning.
Like the bleach, it works best if it is allowed to absorb into the stains and the toilet ring, as that loosens up the ring for easier cleaning. Add in a cup of baking soda next and then add in 2 more cups of white vinegar. When these two components combine, they will start fizzing in the toilet bowl. Close the lid and allow them to do their thing for about 10 minutes.
Then, take the toilet brush and dip it into the treated water. Use it to scrub at the toilet ring and the rim of the toilet bowl. Don’t rinse the vinegar and baking soda away yet. Allow them to res in the toilet for about half an hour. Then, flush the toilet and check to see if the ring is still there. If it is, you can go through the entire process again with the vinegar and baking soda. After a couple of times, even the toughest rings should be dealt with.
Why Is There a Ring in My Toilet?
You may be wondering what’s causing the ring in the bowl in the first place and if there is anything you can do to prevent it. A ring around the inside of the toilet is usually a sign that you have bacteria in the water. Sanitizing the water from time to time with some bleach is a good way to handle that, and you can use toilet bowl cleaners as well, if you wish. Mold or bacteria in the water or the toilet bowl can cause a buildup in the toilet. That can create a ring, as the bacteria on the surface of the toilet water tends to be the strongest and densest.
Hard water can also cause toilet rings. You can use softeners or just clean your toilet regularly to keep the minerals in your water from building up a ring inside the toilet. If you are having trouble cleaning your toilet effectively or any other part of the bathroom, you can call TidyHere for help. We offer full home cleaning services at affordable rates, and we’ll help you get rid of toilet rings, bathroom build up, and much more – see here.