And this, my friends, brings me to my next point…
WHAT IS CAUSING THAT UGLY RING IN MY TOILETS?
Hard Water. Period. The end.
Of course, it can be more complex than this as not all toilet rings are created equally. However, if your toilet rings look like mine, it’s safe to say that you have hard water.
Now, let’s fix this problem. Kay?
SUPPLIES NEEDED TO REMOVE HARD WATER STAINS FROM TOILETS
Fine-Grit Drywall Sanding Screens
Reusable Latex Gloves
Before I say anything else, let me clarify something:
THESE TOILETS ARE CLEAN.
Yes you guys, my toilets were, in fact, clean.
Unless they weren’t…but that’s a separate story titled “my kid pees everywhere except IN the toilet”.
Anyway, I Googled, “how to remove toilet bowl ring” or “how to remove hard water stains from the toilet”. Everything I found led me to some cleaning product (thanks, but, no thanks) or a pumice stone.
Since Home Depot is Octavian’s favorite store in the world, we made the trip. So that we could spend as much time as possible in the gardening equipment aisle, I asked a nice man where to find the pumice stones. Then I asked him if a pumice stone would actually work to clean hard water rings from toilet bowls.
He stopped me right there.
No no no no no pumice stone. Too much risk of scratching the porcelain. So frustrated I almost asked the man to show me to the toilet section.
Thank goodness, this toilet angel from Home Depot had a better idea- Fine-Grit Drywall Sanding Screens. YOU GUYS, this man saved my toilets!
Oh yeah, and it only took me 5 minutes…
METHODS THAT DID NOT REMOVE THE RING FROM MY TOILETS
- Toilet bowl cleaner
- Vinegar solution overnight
- Those tabs that turn your toilet water blue
- Baking soda
None of the above worked. In fact, I later learned that bleach may make toilet rings caused by hard water worse. or even permanent! So you can only imagine how pissed I was at the claims made by people and products that such-and-such or such-and-such would fix this problem.
Trust me, you guys. I don’t want to piss you off. That would be super lame.
Anyway, let’s clean some toilets!!!
STEPS ON HOW TO REMOVE HARD WATER STAINS FROM TOILETS
- Gather supplies.
- Put on gloves and cut 1-2 small square pieces of Fine-Grit Drywall Sanding Screens. Set them aside.
- Carefully open the Barkeepers Friend and sprinkle inside your toilet.
- Wearing the gloves, gently yet firmly, begin to scrub away at the hard water buildup in a circular motion with the Drywall screen. Don’t press TOO HARD. Our goal is to remove hard water stains, not destroy the porcelain.
- Flush and be amazed!