Cleaning a Toilet the RIGHT Way

It’s spring! You know what that means – time to embark on spring cleaning.

But, we all have that one not-so-fun task on the spring cleaning to-do list, right?

→ Clean the toilet.

We know it can be a difficult one to check off.

You don’t want to get all of the cleaning supplies out, so you put it off. You don’t want to put on those rubber gloves, so you put it off. You don’t want to wear a mask, so you put it off. Well, we are here to tell you, it’s a lot easier than you may think using our cleaning tip guides.

Toilet Cleaning Supplies

Organizing your Supplies

The first thing to do to prepare for an easy toilet cleaning experience is to make yourself a toilet cleaning kit.

Put it all in one place! It takes away all your extra steps and leaves you with a one stop shop for all of your cleaning needs.

My family has always had a bucket that lives in the closet where we keep all of our bathroom cleaning supplies.

We call it the bathroom bucket, and it is invaluable.

Creating a Bathroom Cleaning Bucket

Here is a checklist for the tools you need to supply your bathroom bucket. Print it out and use it for yourself on your next shopping trip!

  • A bucket with a handle (choose a fun color to brighten your chore day!)
  • One pair of elbow length rubber gloves
  • A FFP2 disposable respirator face mask
  • Paper towels
  • One pack of hand sponges
  • Glass cleaner
  • All purpose surface cleaner
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • Toilet brush
  • Squeegee

Pick up all your supplies at your local store for a one stop shop! Many of these supplies can double in other rooms around your house, too.

Keeping Supplies Clean

Make sure you are wiping down your supplies after use!

You are handling these items with your rubber gloves that are also touching the germs and bacteria on your toilet.

Take your disinfecting wipes and wipe down the body and sprayers of all your cleaning agents.

Then remember to thoroughly wash your hands before touching your face or moving on to another chore.

How to Properly Clean a Toilet

Cleaning a toilet is easy and quick, but should be done thoroughly. Follow these steps to properly clean your toilets at home.

  1. Put on your gloves and face mask – keep yourself protected from those cleaning chemicals!
  2. Pour your toilet cleaner around the inside of your toilet bowl. We recommend you let it soak for about 5 minutes.
  3. While your bowl cleaner is soaking, wipe the whole toilet down with disinfecting wipes. This will get any extra germy gunk off the toilet before you go in with your cleaning spray and hand sponge.
  4. Next, spray all the nooks and crannies with your all purpose surface cleaner.
  5. Use your hand sponge to scrub down the exterior of your toilet. Make sure to get into the crevices underneath and behind the toilet seat and lid!
  6. Then, take your toilet brush and scrub down the inside of your toilet bowl.
  7. Rinse your brush and flush!

Your toilet is now scrubbed and clean, ready for use.

Removing Hard Water Rings and Stains

Hard water stains come from water with extra sediment in it.

When it sits in your bowl, the minerals and sediment build up and stain the porcelain.

If your toilet bowl still has hard water rings and stains around the rim, try these tactics.

  1. Try adding a mixture of 2 cups vinegar to 1 cup baking soda. The water will fizz up, but let it sit for around 10 minutes. Scrub with your toilet brush, then let it sit again for another 20-30. Then flush! Watch the vinegar work its magic.
  2. If just plain vinegar and baking soda doesn’t work, try vinegar and Borax (a cleaning agent, like a stronger version of baking soda!)
  3. If that still doesn’t work, do the same method again, but use a 0000-grade steel wool scrub. This is the finest steel wool you can get, and should prevent scratches to your toilet bowl.

How Often Should I Clean My Toilet?

You should aim to thoroughly clean your toilets once a week, and more often if you live in an environment in which bugs and rodents find their way into your home.

Bathrooms are the perfect host for bacteria such as E.Coli and other germs to grow and spread.

Our toilets are usually very close to our sinks, bathtubs, and other products we use for our personal hygiene.

Keeping your toilet clean better keeps the rest of your bathroom clean, which, of course, keeps you clean!

Pro Tip:  Make sure you are closing your toilet lid before you flush! Keeping it open can spray bacteria around to your whole bathroom, giving them more places to hide and grow.

Our Suggested Methods and Supplies

Here is a list of the supplies we recommend!

  • Windex: An excellent multi-purpose glass and window cleaner, always a staple in any household!
  • Kaboom Mold & Mildew: Excellent for ridding yourself of those hard to reach corners.
    • Mr. Clean Scrubbing Sponges: All in one erasers for in between those bathroom tiles.
  • Drain Snake: Recommended for any bathroom of humans who have hair! Indispensable to the smooth running of your drains.
  • White Vinegar Mixtures: Budget-friendly and effective!

Natural Cleaning Approach

We understand! Sometimes all those harsh chemicals are not what you want in your home, or sometimes you may be allergic.

If you prefer natural cleaning mehods, here are some recipes we recommend.

  • DIY Countertop Cleaner: Take an empty spray bottle and pour in 1 cup baking soda, ½ cup white vinegar, ½ cup dish soap, and 1 cup of water. Shake it up and spray away!
  • DIY Tile Cleaner: Easy as pie, just take a bucket of warm water and measure 2 parts water to 1 part baking soda. Let the baking soda foam up, then take a scrubbing brush to your tile surfaces.
  • Natural Soap Scum Removal: Did you know you can remove soap scum with the aid of acidic fruit? If you have something like a grapefruit hanging around your house, cut it in half, pour on some salt, then rub it over any soap scum you see in your shower. Then wipe down with a paper towel.

We hope this has been a helpful guide, and happy spring cleaning!

Toilet Cleaning Special Recipe (DIY Guide 2023)

Why waste your holidays scrubbing your toilet when you have homemade toilet cleaning mixture in hand? Made of all-natural ingredients, homemade toilet cleaners are non-toxic and environmentally friendly.

The easiest homemade toilet cleaning mixture DIY method is to mix baking soda with citric acid and spray just a little amount of water into this mixture. After that, you can keep the mixture in a mold and leave it overnight to harden. Whenever you need to clean your toilet, toss a ‘cleaning mixture’ and see the magic!

If you want to learn the proper way of making a toilet cleaning mixture at home, we are here to help. Let’s dive deep into the details and find out how it works.

Key Takeaways

  • Toilet cleaning mixture are made of household ingredients like citric acid, baking soda, cornstarch, dish soap, hydrogen peroxide, and essential oils.
  • Mix citric acid and baking soda first add some dish soap. Spray some water until the mixture feels like damp sand. Put the mixture in silicone molds and wait for a day until it hardens.
  • Drop one cleaning mixture at a time on your toilet bowl. It will burst and fizz as the ingredients spread on the surface. After a few seconds, flush your toilet and it will be all clean and fresh!

What are Toilet-Cleaning Mixtures?

As the name suggests, toilet cleaning mixtures contain natural cleaning agents for clearing stains and removing bacteria from your toilet bowl. The cleaning mixtures is made by molding ingredients like citric acid, baking soda, essential oils, dish soap, cornstarch, or hydrogen peroxide.

When you drop one of these cleaning mixtures in your toilet bowl, they burst and fizz which cleans the toilet and pipes leaving behind a nice scent of essential oils.

How Do Toilet Cleaning Mixtures Work?

The main purpose of toilet cleaning mixtures is meant to deodorize the toilet and remove stains. They include two key ingredients: citric acid and baking soda.

Citric acid is a mild acid naturally found in lemon. It can be used to remove hard water stains, light escaping, clean mineral deposits, dirt, and grim. Citric acid binds to the mineral or dirt atoms and prevents them from redepositing on the surface. Besides, this ingredient can effectively fight against viruses and bacteria.

Baking soda dissolves any kind of dirt, grime, or grease that might be on your toilet bowl. It contains hydrogen ions which neutralize different types of acidic and alkaline odors. This way, your toilet becomes clean and fresh without any scratches.

Essential oils are also used to freshen the toilet environment with their sweet smell. You can also use borax or hydrogen peroxide. Both these ingredients remove stains and dirt while fighting harmful germs as well.

Make Homemade Toilet Cleaning Mixtures – 3 DIY recipes

Now it’s time to learn how to make your very own toilet-cleaning mixtures with household ingredients. We will discuss three easy methods so that you can pick the ingredients you prefer.

Method One – Preparation with Baking Soda, Citrus Acid, and Dish Soap

  • You’ll need one-fourth cup or 75g of citric acid and one cup or 180g of baking soda for this recipe. Mix the two dry ingredients with a spoon.
  • Now, take one tablespoon or 15mm liquid dish soap and mix it with the dry ingredients. It’s better to choose a mild dish soap that’s not foamy. Stir until the mixture reaches a damp sand-like texture. Spray some water if it looks too dry.
  • Take a silicone mold of any size and shape. You can also use the plastic icing mold of your refrigerator. Use a spoon to put the mixture into the mold. If you’re using your hands, be sure to wear your gloves.
  • Leave the mixture for drying overnight. It only takes 6 to 10 hours to fully dry. However, it’s better if you can wait for 24 hours. The moisture will evaporate during this time and the mixture will harden to form small cleaning tablets.

Pro Tip: If the mixture is too damp, the ingredients won’t stick or become hard. In this case, place the clumped mixture on parchment paper or a baking sheet and keep it in an open area for 3 to 4 days. If the mixture is too dry, spray some water to make things work. Once dried, store the cleaning mixtures in an airtight container.

Method Two – Preparation with Baking Soda, Citrus Acid, and Cornstarch

  • Take a small bowl and mix a half cup or 150g of citric acid, a half cup or 90g of baking soda, and half cup or 204g of cornstarch. You can use a half cup of borax instead of cornstarch. Stir all the dry ingredients together with a spoon.
  • You can add essential oils to the mixture to freshen up your toilet after each cleaning session. Lavender, lemon, tea tree, orange, etc., are some popular choices. Use whatever you like and mix different scents to add a twist. Use a dropper to mix 25 drops of essential oil with the dry ingredients.
  • Now, wear your gloves and take some water in a spray bottle. Spray the water 2-3 times into the mixture and knead it using your hands. Don’t spray too much water at a time as it will make the mixture fizz and it won’t work anymore.
  • Squeeze the damp mixture so that the ingredients clump together. Put the ingredients in a plastic or silicone mold and leave it to dry for 4 to 10 hours.

Method Three – Preparation with Baking Soda, Citrus Acid, and Hydrogen Peroxide

  • For this recipe, you’ll need one-fourth cup of citric acid (75g) and one cup of baking soda (180g). Mix the ingredients and proceed to the next step.
  • Now it’s time to prepare the hydrogen peroxide solution. Take a spray bottle and pour a half tablespoon of white vinegar into one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Shake the bottle to properly mix the wet ingredients.
  • Spray the hydrogen peroxide solution 2-3 times with the dry ingredients. Wear gloves to squeeze and clump the ingredients. Keep aside a small amount of hydrogen peroxide solution for later use. Add 15-20 drops of essential oil if you want. Again, don’t make the mixture too damp.
  • Use a deep spoon to pack the mixture. Remove the excess and press the mixture a bit to give it a domed shape. Tap the mixture on parchment paper or a baking sheet. Leave it to dry for 4-6 hours.
  • Occasionally spray the remaining hydrogen peroxide solution, but only a small amount of it. Once the cleaning mixtures become hard, you can store them in an airtight glass jar.

How to Use Toilet Cleaning Mixtures?

Once the cleaning mixtures are hardened, the rest of the process is easy. You pop them from the mold and toss one inside your toilet bowl. When the cleaning mixture comes in contact with water, it bursts, fizzes, and bubbles. Wait for a few moments until the fizzing stops.

You can use a brush to clean the stubborn stains and dirt. Once done, flush the toilet and enjoy the fresh scent of your clean toilet.

Wrapping Up!

So, that was all about homemade toilet cleaning mixtures DIY. As you can see, it’s super easy to make these cleaning mixtures with our given instructions. If you want deep cleaning, use hydrogen peroxide for better results. To enjoy long-lasting scents of different essential oils, mix them up in equal amounts. Be careful with the amount of moisture and the cleaning mixtures should be ready without any issues.

Best Homemade Toilet Bowl Recipes (Round-Up)

homemade toilet bowl cleaner

“Cleaning the toilet” is a task that is often left uncompleted on the household chore chart. Most people don’t enjoy cleaning the porcelain throne. We’re here to help you choose and/or create the best cleaners to make this crappy task a little more enjoyable.

Unfortunately, several common toilet bowl cleaners contain toxic ingredients. Let’s discuss some facts regarding commercial toilet bowl cleaners, and review some healthier, more environmentally-friendly alternatives.

Homemade Toilet Bowl Cleaner Recipe (Round-Up)

Many bowl cleaners you can purchase at your local store contain chemicals that are harsh and can pollute the environment. While these cleaners typically do a great job of cleaning tough stains, they can be harmful both to yourself, and the environment.

We did a true recipe rounded-up of some simple and safe way to clean your toilet at home – methods that won’t sacrifice cleaning ability (or your budget!).

Best Recipe for Hard Water Stains

An easy 1-ingredient solution for your toughest stains.

Recipe Steps in Action

STEP 1: Remove all water from toilet – you can do this by using a plunger and then removing any excess with a towel.

STEP 2: Pour cleaning vinegar (or distilled vinegar) into the bowl until it covers the stains at the bottom.

STEP 3: Soak pieces of toilet paper in the vinegar, and apply it around the edges of the bowl to soak stains around the edge.

STEP 4: Leave this to soak overnight.

STEP 5: Remove toilet paper.

STEP 6: Using gloves and a toilet brush, scrub the bottom of the bowl. Scrub the areas you let soak with vinegar and toilet paper around the rim.

If any stains remain, repeat these same steps again.

Our Thoughts of this Recipe

Overall, this appears to be a very easy way to clean your toilet. With only one needed ingredient, it is also cost effective. Vinegar is an effective cleaning agent without being corrosive or abrasive. It does take time, as you need to let it soak overnight. If you don’t have the time to let it soak overnight, try one of our other highlighted methods below!

Best Unique Recipe to Clean your Toilet

A relatively inexpensive and effective way to clean your toilet bowl.

Recipe Steps in Action

STEP 1: Remove the lid/seat of your toilet bowl

STEP 2 Squeeze a generous amount of toothpaste onto any visibly soiled or stained edges, as well as within the bowl itself

STEP 3: Use a toilet brush to scrub both the edges and the bowl of the toilet

STEP 4: Let this soak for approximately two hours

STEP 5: Use your toilet brush, as well as some water (preferably a bottle with a spray nozzle) to remove all toothpaste.

STEP 6: Use the same steps to clean the toilet seat/lid

STEP 7: Replace the lid

Our Thoughts of this Recipe

The average household has toothpaste, so this is a great option to try out as you should already have the necessary ingredients at home. In this video, the brand of toothpaste used appears to be Colgate. As most toothpastes contain the same active ingredients, it should not make a difference what type/brand of toothpaste you have lying around to use.

This method also requires some “soaking” time, however, you only need to let it soak for about 2 hours, as compared to overnight.

Best Recipe to Remove Stubborn Stains

An easy, environmentally friendly, two-ingredient way to remove stubborn stains.

Recipe Steps in Action

STEP 1: Pour a cup of distilled white vinegar into the toilet bowl. Mix it around with a brush, and let sit for a minute

STEP 2 Add 1 cup of baking soda to the bowl

STEP 3: Add another cup or two of vinegar

STEP 4: Let this sit for 10 minutes

STEP 5: Use a brush to get the solution onto all areas of the toilet bowl and beneath the rim

STEP 6: Let this sit for a while. Then scrub away any remaining stains.

STEP 7: Flush the toilet.

Repeat these steps as needed.

Our Thoughts of this Recipe

This video details yet another cost-effective way to clean your toilet. With only two ingredients, it is cheap and environmentally friendly. It is quicker than the other two methods already mentioned, as it does not need to soak for as long.

Bonus Hack Recipes – Dishwasher Tabs & Toilet Cleaning Bombs

Recipe Steps in Action

STEP 1: Drop a dishwasher tablet into your toilet bowl

STEP 2: Use a toilet brush to mix the water around and “swish” some of the solution made from the dissolving tablet onto all areas of the toilet bowl

STEP 3: Let this soak for several minutes, until the tablet is completely dissolved

STEP 4: Use a toilet brush to scrub the toilet bowl

STEP 5: Flush the toilet

Toilet Cleaning Bombs (Homemade)

Yes another DIY effective cleaning recipe for your toilet bowl. We covered the full recipe and guide about toilet cleaning bombs here.

Our Thoughts of this Recipe

Dishwasher tabs are another common household item. Do not go out and buy any sort of particular tablet to use – any kind/brand should work well. After the tablet fully dissolves, you may find or see the plastic wrapping of the tablet either within the water, or hanging on the edge of the bowl. You could remove this with a gloved hand, otherwise, it is small and should not cause any sort of damage or clog if you choose to flush it.

Final Recipe Takeaway

Cleaning the toilet doesn’t need to be a daunting, grueling, time-consuming task. Even for methods that require mixtures to soak overnight, you can complete other tasks while you are waiting for your bowl to soak. With very few, cheap ingredients, you can have a clean toilet without much effort or elbow grease.

Toilet Bowl Ring Guide of 2023

cleaning a toilet ring

There is nothing less attractive than a toilet ring. Even if you regularly clean, rings tend to return time and time again. Trust us; we know that using store-bought toilet cleaning solutions can be tempting. Grocery store aisles are lined with products that proclaim an instant clean.

However, these often contain harsh chemicals that can actually cause irreversible harm to your bowl. We believe that rings belong in jewelry stores, not in the center of your porcelain throne. 

The first step in getting rid of hard-to-remove toilet rings is understanding what makes them appear in the first place.

Luckily, our team of toilet experts here not only know the causes, but how to get rid. In this article, we will teach you all about where rings come from and how to eliminate the unsightly stain for good.

What Causes a Toilet Bowl Ring

A toilet bowl ring can appear for various reasons and with a variety of discolorations.

Much like a mood ring, the shade of your toilet ring can tell you a lot about what the underlying issue is. They can appear as a pink, red, brown, rust, green, and even black stain (source). Pink and red stains may indicate heavy levels of iron in your water, while green or blue stains often mean elevated bacteria levels that cause mold or mildew (source).

A toilet ring may not indicate your mood like its jeweled counterpart, but it can certainly help determine the best method to clean it.

If you have fallen victim to using typical household toilet cleaners, that may also cause discoloration in your bowl (source). Many cleaning chemicals that are supposed to disinfect toilet bowls can, unfortunately, remove the sealant in your toilet and cause a permanent ring on the water line.

In fact, most toilet cleaners contain harmful chemicals, according to the Environmental Health Association of Nova Scotia (source). Not only that, but cleaners on the market are often expensive. With our methods, you can avoid toxins without putting a painful dent in your bank account!

One of the leading causes of toilet rings is a change in conditions. A ring is unavoidable if there is a constant transition between wet and dry states.

Rings also appear due to hard water and mold or even from bacteria called Serratia Marcestens. Well water is another culprit that can even cause your toilet to turn black over time. We believe that it’s natural for your toilet to develop a ring.

However, we have plenty of expertly-tested solutions to help you remove a ring hassle-free.

Removing a Toilet Bowl Ring (6 Best Methods)

It is unlikely that a bowl ring will appear if you clean your toilet weekly. However, we know that it is easy to fall into the habit of neglecting your restroom until the final moment. Whether you have last-minute company or simply can’t stand another day without scrubbing the bowl, we’ve been there.

If a ring has already occurred and won’t go away, you can try general household items instead of using various commercial products. Some of them even work in as little as 15 minutes!

There are also plenty of natural solutions that are both good for your toilet and for you. So many toilet cleaners on the market contain toxic substances like sulfates, phosphoric acid, and sodium hydroxide.

If you struggle with asthma and breathing trouble or even eye, skin, or lung irritation, your toilet cleaner may be the culprit (source). Luckily, your health doesn’t have to suffer in order to have a crystal-clear toilet. 

Using our recommendations below will allow your toilet to have the same white, shiny look it had when you first purchased it. Simply choose one of the six options and get to work. Our team of toilet pros will guide you along the way!

Pro Tip: You should wear protective gloves when following any of the options below to avoid skin irritation.

1. Baking Soda and Vinegar Method

Baking soda isn’t just an excellent component in making a cake and vinegar is a wonderful product for more than salad dressings and marinades. If you have these products in your household, you’re in luck!

These are some of the most successful components for removing toilet bowl rings and, in general, are excellent multipurpose cleaners. They are also a non-toxic and hypoallergenic option for anyone sensitive to harsh chemicals (ie. most of the population). 

To clean your toilet with this method, you must first pour a cup of white vinegar into the toilet bowl and spread it around using a brush. After two minutes, sprinkle about 2 tablespoons of baking soda into the bowl. Once the baking soda is added, pour two more cups of vinegar into the toilet.

Pro Tip: Add in the baking soda slowly so that the solution doesn’t bubble over. We’re cleaning toilets here, not making a middle school science project!

After ten minutes have elapsed, use the brush to spread the solution around again. Make sure the cleaning mixture has also reached under the rim.

Finally, let everything sit for 15 more minutes, scrub the remaining stains with the brush, and then flush. Don’t flush prematurely. If you do, you’ll risk removing the cleaning solution before it has ample time to work its magic.

If you are looking for a new toilet brush, we have you covered in our toilet brush review article.

2. Borax and Vinegar Method

Borax is an excellent solution for removing stains, especially those caused by hard water. This compound is another mild option, so it should not irritate the lungs or skin.

Start by sprinkling 1/4 cup of Borax into the bowl. After this, swish it around with a brush.

Then, add a cup of vinegar and swirl it around again. Let the mixture sit for 30 minutes, then scrub the bowl with a toilet brush to remove the remaining stains.

Finally, flush to clear the toilet of the borax solution.

This method should be used for difficult-to-remove stains if the baking soda and vinegar method fails to work.

3. Bleaching Method

Bleach is a tried and true whitening solution that is perfect for sanitizing and brightening your toilet bowl. However, simply using bleach toilet cleaners is a huge mistake. These solutions may be easy to get, but can lead to permanent toilet bowl stains. Harsh cleaners can remove the sealant in toilet bowls and cause permanent rings. 

Instead of falling into the trap of purchasing a market toilet bowl cleaner, pour a cup of bleach into the bowl and let it sit for 30 minutes.

After this time has elapsed, scrub the bowl and the area under the rim with a brush to remove any remaining stains. Flush after cleansing, and the bowl stain should be cleared. 

Pro Tip: Bleach is the most toxic substance on this list! Be sure to wear protective gloves and never mix it with other cleaning products.

4. Pumice Method

Pumice stones are an excellent option for a hard-to-remove bowl stain, especially for toilets with chemical-caused toilet rings. However, avoid using pumice regularly and always be careful when using this option. You can permanently damage the bowl’s surface if you utilize this method too often or with too much force.

To use this method, simply scrub the toilet ring with a pumice stone. This will buff out the stain. 

After using the pumice, you may want to consider re-sealing your toilet bowl. Pumice can remove the sealant coating and lead to more stains down the line. 

Pro Tip: Think about purchasing a Pumice Toilet Ring Bowl Remover. They are soft and won’t damage the bowl if not overused.

5. Abrasive Sponge or Magic Eraser Method

We know, it can be incredibly frustrating when you try a few methods to clean your toilet and nothing seems to work. If the cleaners above fail, it may be time to break out a sponge and scrub away the stain yourself.

To do this, grab an abrasive sponge and rub away the stain. 

Pro Tip: Using a small amount of bleach and water in the scrubbing solution may also help. Just be sure to use gloves, bleach can irritate exposed skin. 

Magic Erasers are another excellent tool in your toilet-cleaning arsenal. If an abrasive sponge isn’t working, grab one of these from your local grocery store and get to work. A Magic Eraser does its job overnight.

Simply cut a rectangle off of the sponge and let it float in the bowl as you sleep. Remove the sponge from the toilet when you wake up, and the ring should magically be a thing of the past. Or, at least, a thing of the night before. 

6. Lemon Kool-Aid or Alka-Seltzer Method

Oddly enough, our toilet pros have successfully cleaned toilets using Lemon Kool-Aid and Alka-Seltzer tablets. Try one or the other, it doesn’t matter.

To use this method, grab one packet of sugar-free Lemon Kool-Aid or two Alka-Seltzer tablets and drop your selection into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for an hour, and then use a toilet brush to scrub.

This may be an unconventional method, but it is a great way to clean a toilet in a non-toxic and comfortable way. 

Pro Tip: Pour yourself a glass of Lemon Kool-Aid once the job is complete, you deserve it.

Regular Maintenance

Any of the above options are excellent ways to ward off a toilet stain out for good. However, if you want to keep the unsightly ring away, it is important to regularly maintenance your bowl. This should be done once a week. 

Some methods can be harsh on bowls like pumice stones and abrasive sponges, and should not be done once a week. A magic eraser is another excellent option, however, constantly buying new sponges can get expensive and is not recommended.

We believe that the best maintenance method is using borax. 

To do this, simply sprinkle a cup of Borax into the bowl before bed once per week. We recommend choosing one day of the week and incorporating it into your routine, so you don’t forget.

Make sure that the Borax solution covers the whole bowl. When you wake up, scrub the bowl with a brush and flush the toilet. The Borax will loosen any stains and make for effortless cleaning in the morning after staying on the surface for the whole night.

This solution will also ward off toilet odors, making it well worth the weekly maintenance time.

Frequently Asked Questions

Why do Toilet Rings Appear so Fast?

Toilet bowl rings occur for different reasons, but hard water is the main culprit (source). If you often get a ring, you should check the water’s hardness or pH level. If that’s not the problem, your water may have a high concentration of bacteria. You can also think about how often you regularly clean your toilet and whether your cleaning approach is effective.

Can I Remove the Ring Using Coca-Cola?

Coca-Cola is far more than America’s favorite carbonated beverage. If your toilet plumbing is sourced with hard water, this particular soda can be an excellent way to claen a stain. Although unconventional, this method is expertly-tested and non-toxic. Using the sugary beverage works as it removes limescale, a substance with a low pH value (source). 

For best results, remove all the water from your bowl. This doesn’t have to be perfect, but it will allow the beverage to work best for hard-to-clean stains. After that, pour a 2-liter bottle of coca-cola into the toilet bowl. You may need two bottles if this does not reach the ring. Make sure to pour the soda around the edges and under the rim. Scrub the toilet using a brush, and then let the Coca-Cola sit in the bowl for at least five hours. Scrub it again, and then flush the soda. 

While this may not work in severe cases, it could be an easy way to remove minor stains.

Bottom Line

Removing a toilet bowl ring doesn’t have to be strenuous. You don’t need harsh chemicals – simply follow our instructions using basic household items, and you will effortlessly get rid of a stain.