Cleaning the bathroom can be a stressful chore, especially when you have to be careful of mold and other nasty buildups. But it's particularly troublesome to deal with mineral stains; they are unpleasant to see and can even clog your toilet.
If removing stains from the toilet seems like a difficult task, don't fret! You can clean the buildup easily and with a DIY, all-natural method.
Here's how to clean mineral buildup in your toilet with only two cleaning products.
What are those stains in my toilet bowl?
At first sight, these disgusting stains can give you the impression that you didn't clean the toilet properly. However, this isn't because you cleaned poorly; it's the fault of hard water.
But, what is hard water exactly? Some water sources contain mineral deposits like lime and calcium. The more deposits in the water, the "harder" it is. When the water in the toilet evaporates, it leaves water stains and buildup behind.
How to clean mineral buildup
The issue with water stains and mineral deposits is that they harden over time. Most of the time, scrubbing isn't enough; you'll need to use something that breaks down the minerals so you can remove them from the bowl.
Luckily, household products like white vinegar and baking soda can do the job. Here's a powerful and wallet-friendly method to remove mineral stains in your toilet. You'll only need white vinegar, baking soda, and a toilet brush!
First, dissolve the buildup with vinegar and baking soda
White vinegar is an excellent choice for dissolving hard water stains in your toilet bowl. It has enough acidity to break down the layers of mineral deposits but won't burn a hole in your pocket. Baking soda adds its good share of dissolving power, too.
Follow these steps to clean your toilet bowl:
- Step 1: Turn the water off from the toilet.
- Step 2: Add 1 or 2 cups of vinegar to the toilet bowl. Then, add a few sprinkles of baking soda.
- Step 3: Mix the solution around the bowl with your brush for a couple of minutes.
- Step 4: Let it sit for about 15 minutes.
Then, scrub the toilet bowl
When the calcium deposits solidify, scrubbing them off seems almost impossible. However, vinegar and baking soda should dissolve the minerals buildup and make cleaning easier.
Follow these steps while the mix is still in your toilet bowl:
- Step 1: Dip your toilet brush in the cleaning solution resting in your toilet bowl and scrub the stains thoroughly.
- Step 2: If scrubbing doesn't remove the stain completely, you can spray vinegar directly on the stain to dissolve the remaining residue.
- Step 3: Turn the water back on and flush. If any spot remains, you can repeat the cleaning process—some stains are stubborn!
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