Bye-Bye to Hard Water stains in the toilet

I found a chemical-free way to remove hard water stains from porcelain!  We’re always searching for cleaning products that are better for our health, well-being, and the environment as a whole.  I wish this item worked on more surfaces, but for now, I’ve only found a way to use it on porcelain.  It is totally chemical free and is NOT even a liquid!  And, oh yeah – costs next to nothing!!!

Not everyone has an issue with hard water, but if you, or someone you know does, you will recognize this, right?

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Sometimes there’s also a thick grey-ish/white ring around the top of the water line where the hard water sits and sits and develops this crust-like substance.  It is almost impossible to remove.

These are all due to high mineral content in your water source.  The minerals are calcium, manganese, and magnesium carbonate.  The amount of minerals determines the hardness level of the water.  It’s not usually harmful, however it IS undesirable.

I’ve been through a lot of cleaning products, trying to make these stains disappear for clients.  I thought CLR would do the trick.  After all, the name “CLR” is supposed to stand for “Calcium, Lime, Rust”.  That would lead most sensible people to feel there is a bit of a promise of ‘removal of said minerals’…. Don’t ya think?  Well, apparently we are all wrong!

I had heard, years ago, about someone using a pumice stone on their toilet because they had a water well and when you have well-water, you most always will have hard water.  It was just something I had heard in conversation and kinda forgot about this tip over the years.  When I began in this business a few years later, I revisited this idea.  So I headed out to the nearest Dollarama and bought myself a pumice stone.

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I have, now been using this stone for about a year aaaaand it was literally $1!  With all the uses I have got out of it, it really does cost next to nothing.  The pumice stone is made from volcanic rock, so it is totally natural and won’t harm the environment.

How to use it:
*Wet it.
*Rub the ceramic surface
(it will sound “scratchy”, but don’t worry. It will come out shiney as can be 🙂 ).  And also, it doesn’t even take a lot of elbow grease.  It takes very little effort. yay!
It’s really that simple.  Some sites, online may tell you to empty the water out of the toilet before doing it, but I have never done that and it always works. (I do suggest wearing gloves, just for the general “I don’t like putting my bare hands in a toilet” feeling.)

Here’s what the “before and after” looks like:

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This is one of my favorite “secret weapons”.  Results are awesome!  😀

My final advice – just because you like the results, do NOT go trying it on other surfaces besides porcelain.  My sister and I have already tested it on MANY, many other areas so that you don’t have to.  It can be used in a sink or if your tub is porcelain, but that’s about all.  We tried removing stickers on mirrors, cleaning barbeques, taps, stoves, etc.  It tends to scratch other surfaces, so please just keep it in the washroom, and ENJOY your chemical free, sparkling clean toilet. 😉

Thanks for tuning in. 🙂

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  1. Thanks for the great tip!!! I am going to try this at my cottage ASAP
    I’ll let you know how it works out.


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