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Removing hard water stains from your toilet

Updated on November 25, 2012

Do you have ring around the toilet from hard water? Wanna know how to get rid of that?

I cannot believe I am writing about toilets, but it seems many have a need for this information. WE all use one and want it clean and if you suffer from hard water then you understand the hard water stain issues.

Well look no further - this is your answer for that hard water ring you may suffer from. NO harsh chemicals needed!!

So what is a hard water stain you ask?

The term “hard water” is used to describe water that is high in certain minerals, usually calcium and magnesium. A high enough concentration of these metals in your water can cause white lime scales on surfaces which the water comes into contact with. This can be anything from your toilet, showerhead to your tea pot or coffee maker. The scales build up over time and can become a real eye-sore, in the case of showerheads and spray-nozzles, they can even clog the small holes and reduce their efficiency. This can even happen when using a water softner.

You may also have heard of it being referred to as "Lime Scale".

So what is the best way to get rid of the "Ring Around the Toilet?"

Ok so I must admit - I was a victim myself of the dreaded "Ring around the Toilet" - but at least it was just a hard water ring. So after trying a million different harsh chemicals and scrub brushes nothing worked. So I did some research and found what I thought was a crazy idea, but I tried it and sure enough my ring is no longer and I have a sparkly clean toilet we all love to Sh... - ok well you get it.

So what is the trick you ask?

Simple: I used a Pumice Stone. A Pumice Stone is commonly used to remove dead skin off the bottom of your feet and found in the health section of the store. Who would of thought huh?

So I went out and bought one - a nice size brick type one. I also got gloves that went up my arm cause you will have to stick your hands into the toilet - ewww. So now you are gloved and armed with your stone and ready to get that ring... Just stick the stone into the water to get it a bit wet and start scrubbing the stain away. The stone will not scratch the toilet. It may take some time, but a little elbow grease is well worth it. The stone will get smaller as you scrub and the stain will slowly go away.

You will be amazed that after you have spent tons of money on cleaners and scrub brushes that all it took was this little piece of volcanic rock (Pumice Stone) to do the trick.

So now sit on your toilet, pick up a magazine and know that beneath you lies a toilet free of the dreaded "Hard Water Ring"

NOTE: That is not me in the photo - just thought I would let you know - lol

Pumice Stone Block

Pumice Stone Block
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    • anonymous 3 years ago

      Gah! Over! Hate the under method!

    • anonymous 5 years ago

      It has to be over. A huge pet peeve of mine is if you put the T.P. under, I will lose it!

    • anonymous 6 years ago

      definitely, over.

    • GrowWear 6 years ago

      Over. :)

    • Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

      Over is the only way to make a bathroom look natural.

    • Jimmie Lanley 9 years ago from Memphis, TN, USA

      of course

    • RuthCoffee 9 years ago

      over, always over.

    • Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

      Over the top but my husband likes it Under

    • thepartyanimal2 9 years ago

      Over - my preference


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      • Adriana 8 years ago from New Market

        Definitely under: I can't stand it when anyone else changes it and it's over, LOL!

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          JanieceTobey 8 years ago

          cool idea...but I do wish they made pumice stones on a stick. lol Someone oughta invent that!

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          AppalachianCoun 8 years ago

          Good lens. Thank-you for the tip about the pumice stone.

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          anonymous 8 years ago

          Drainish!! haha

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          Evelyn Saenz 8 years ago from Royalton

          This sounds like a great idea. I can hardly wait to try it.

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          sbucciarel 9 years ago

          Great lense. The Firestorm Forum is great for promoting your lenses and blogs. There's a very active Squidoo community there. Hope you check it out. I also have a lense about it at

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          mosaic lm 9 years ago

          This lens has me totally cracking up! Except only silently. Because I'm at work. Oops.

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          MexicoLarry 9 years ago

          OK, that's good to know! How about the mineral deposits in the shower head?

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          RuthCoffee 9 years ago

          Thanks for the info.! (My kitties love to drink from the toilet.)

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          nebby 9 years ago from USA

          We have very hard water and expected to see the same ole vinegar tips and I'm pleasantly surprised to hear about the pumice stone for toilets. It's a fun lens about a not so fun cleaning chore.

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          Mihaela Vrban 9 years ago from Croatia

          Fun, fun, fun! :)

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          Nancy Tate Hellams 9 years ago from Pendleton, SC

          Neat lens and very informative. I will try the Pumice Stone. You actually made reading about toilets enjoyable. Amazing. Thanks. 5*