Anyone have any favorite methods of removing rust stains/streaks from
toilet bowls? I tried Sno-Bol and Clorax and Lysol toilet cleaners and
those toilet 'scrubbers' on a plastic handle with little or no success.
I'm tempted to try an SOS pad but it probably would ruin the toilet. I've
read lemon juice and borax works and will pick up some borax next time
I'm in town, probably tomorrow, and try it.
Any other suggestions? I have a septic tank so must be careful what I
Wonder where this is coming from? It only recently started. Water from
the faucets seems clear. I'm on well water in an agricultural area. Maybe
the toilet tank? If so, anyone have a good way to clean it out?
On Wed, 29 Aug 2007 17:43:11 +0000, Ken Knecht wrote:
I have had good luck with a product called "Rust Out". Same company also
makes "Yellow Out" to remove dinginess from clothes washed in rusty water.
While you are cleaning the bowl, you may wish to clean out tank. You
might be surprised how dirty that reservoir can become over time. I just
cleaned out one in a cabin recently acquired. The Rust Out did marvels.
If you think you've exhausted the possibilities on the grocery store
shelves, try a janitorial supply house for something with some real
Also, you're smart to go after the root of the problem, too. In an
agricultural area, it is common for mega-farm operators to irrigate
without regard to the underlying acquifer's sustainable capacity,
resulting in severe loss of water quality for well owners for miles
around. It would be prudent to have your water tested and well level
checked on a much more frequent basis to monitor any possible such
changes. Your well service professionals will then be avle to assist
you in whatever treatments seem necessary.. Good luck.
A reminder that some chemicals will actually etch the porcelain. Pay a
little extra and get what is appropriate for your problem.
If the porcelain becomes etched, there's not much else you can do.
Of course, this may be your chance to get a "green" toilet and save some
This is my second response. I didn't see yesterday's today.
I've used this in town where I didn't have a septic tank - works
extremely well. But I am afraid it would kill the bacteria in my septic
tank this time.
If you would like to try something relatively nontoxic, go to the
grocery store and take a look at the coffee pot cleaners, find one
that is citric acid. Same stuff as in lemonade mix, etc. I have had
good luck removing iron stains with it. -- H
I had unbelievable stains in a toilet that I coudn't get out with
chemicals. After trying several different things (CLR, Rust-Out,
etc.), I went at it with a pumice stone, figuring I would ruin the
porcelain and need to replace the toilet. I removed the stains
(probably significnatly "loosened" chemically) and had no visible
damage to the toilet. I was very gentle with the pumice stone, and
the rust seemed to just come right off.
On Fri, 31 Aug 2007 19:20:45 -0700, " firstname.lastname@example.org"
My solution was to first scrape crisscross lines into the stain using
a fork or something similar. Then I use fine wet and dry sandpaper to
abrade off the stain. If the sandpaper is fine enough it will
"polish" the ceramic surface. The initial scraping gives the
sandpaper something to "bite" on. I don't have enough strength to
scratch the ceramic surface with the fork.
As others have said use "Iron out".
Iron out is powder. Wet the side wall of the bowl and then throw a
light coat of the powder around the surface. Let it set for a while.
Caution: Do not breath the fumes!
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