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How to Remove Toilet Bowl Stains

Want to impress your guests with a spotless bathroom? Find out how to remove stains and get your toilet squeaky clean with this helpful guide.


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Written by Eunice Samson

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Your house guests are due any minute, and you’ve got the living room clean, the kitchen is spotless… but what about the toilet? A dirty toilet bowl isn’t very pleasant, but the good news is that cleaning a dirty toilet isn’t as bad as it sounds (yes, really). With a powerful bleach cleaner, and a few little extra ingredients from your kitchen cupboards, your toilet bowl will be so clean you won’t want to use it. If you want to know how to clean tough toilet bowl stains, here’s everything you need.

Say ‘no’ to watery bleach products if you want to clean toilet bowl stains. These products have low viscosity, which means they’ll simply run off the sides of the bowl and into the water. Bleach needs to stay on the sides of the bowl where it’s most needed, so opt for a thicker higher viscosity bleach like Domex, which will make cleaning the toilet much easier.

Key Steps for Cleaning Toilet Bowl Stains

How do you clean toilet bowl stains quickly and easily (and without getting too dirty)? These three simple steps will ensure the most common types of stain are banished from the bowl.

  • Step 1: Identify Your Stains

Do you know what sorts of stains you’re dealing with in your toilet? It’s not very nice to think about, but there are two types of common stain – waste stains, and limescale – and both need to be treated slightly differently. You may not have a limescale build up in your toilet, but you’re more likely to see these types of stains if you’re in a rural area of the Philippines with a deep well water source. What you’re seeing is a build up of minerals from the toilet water.

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  • Step 2: Tackle Toilet Stains with Bleach

There’s nothing quite like bleach to tackle those horrible waste stains in your toilet bowl. Bleach cleaners like Domex are very effective at lifting off stubborn stains – simply apply the bleach to the stained areas, leave for 30 minutes, then flush the toilet to rinse. Don’t forget that bleach is very powerful – and very smelly – so always wear gloves to protect your hands, follow the manufacturer’s instructions, and keep your bathroom well ventilated. Learn more about how to use disinfectants.

  • Step 3: Give a Natural Boost

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Bleach cleaners can work well on troublesome limescale stains, but these types of stain also respond very well to acid-based cleaners. One of the best acids to use is vinegar. Why? Because you’ve probably already got it in your kitchen cupboards. There’s no need to dilute the vinegar – just pour it onto the stain, leave to soak, and then flush to rinse. For very stubborn limescale marks, use the toilet brush to scour and scrub the inside of the bowl.

Understanding how to clean toilet bowl stains is easy, but remember – there’s no point in making cleaning any more difficult than it needs to be. If you’re using a bleach product without a spout, for example, consider changing to a spouted bottle that can easily reach underneath the toilet rim and get into all those hard-to-reach places. Why do more work than you really need to? Surely it’s better to spend less time cleaning, and more time relaxing. If you want to discover more bathroom cleaning hacks, check our tips here!

Do you want to learn which household cleaning tasks cause the most stress?  Then read our Heated Household data analysis. 

Frequently asked questions on cleaning toilet bowls & toilet seats

How do you remove blood stains from a toilet seat?

There are 4 simple steps for how to remove blood stains from toilet seat. First, mix together equal parts baking soda and warm water to create a paste. Second, use a clean cloth to smear the paste over the stain, ensuring it is fully covered. Third, allow it to sit and work for 20 minutes. Finally, use a clean, damp cloth to wipe away the paste and the stain should be gone.

How do you remove cement from a toilet bowl?

Here’s our easy steps for how to remove cement from toilet bowl. First, fill a bowl with vinegar and place a clean cloth, big enough to cover the cement stain, into the bowl to soak up the vinegar. Next, place the cloth over the cement and leave it to soak into the stain for a minimum of 2 hours. After the time has elapsed, remove the cloth, and scrub the stain with a stiff brush or scouring pad. Rinse the area with a damp sponge to clean away any remaining residue.

How do you remove mold from a toilet bowl?

There are a couple of simple home remedies for how to remove mold from toilet bowl. First, why not try a paste of borax and lemon juice. Rub the paste over the mould, allow it to sit for 30 minutes, then clean it away with a toilet brush, and a final flush of the toilet. Alternatively, you could try 1 cup of vinegar in the toilet bowl and 1 cup of vinegar in the tank. Sprinkle baking soda in the bowl and water inside the bowl. Close the lid and leave it for 15 minutes. Scrub away the stain with a toilet brush and flush the toilet to remove any leftover residue.

Are there any home remedies for clogged toilet?

Our two top home remedies for a clogged toilet that work are either pouring a few drops of washing up liquid and boiling water into the toilet, or adding ½ cup of baking soda and 1 cup of vinegar left over night.

Are there any materials that make for a no stain toilet seat?

A no stain toilet seat does exist! We recommend you invest in one made of polypropylene, wood, or a combination of these two materials.

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