Thanks for all the help I have received from you all in the past... but
I now have another situation. In one of my bathrooms I have a plastic
type toilet bowl. It is porcelain on the outer part... but the inner
part of the bowl that the water touches is a plastic. I had been gone &
I noticed that rust has formed through out where the water is. It is
hardened & not where I can just easily wipe or use a toilet brush to
remove it. When I use a toilet brush it has the effect of getting the
water brown & so I know I am getting something off... but this can take
ages. Is there anything I can use that is not caustic or harmful? I was
thinking of using the product called Soft Scrub. Would that be okay to
try??? Thanks! ..Mindy
Go to any hardware or home center store. In the plumbing section they
have rust stain remover products. They work so fast, I was amazed.
When I did it, I just poured some on and in a few secs the stain was
I think I know the contruction you mean. It's polyurythane I think but yes,
a sort of heavy 'plastic'.
I lived in a trailer for several years as a college student and had one of
those. RV's have them too I think.
Sure! There's other things but that would be my first choice as it cant
hurt anything. If you follow the other folks suggestion as the hardware
store, be sure to check the label carefully for it's use with your 'plastic'
type. Some of them can be damaging if not the right product, especially if
used frequently. To get at hard to reach areas, consider a baby bottle
brush <g>. Cheap but effective for where a regular toilet bowl brush cant
reach. Not very strong, but you shouldnt need much.
The problem is that rust (iron oxide) is not soluble in water. Trying
to remove it with bleach and a number of other products will likely
exacerbate the problem.
Go to a good hardware store, or paint store and look for wood bleach.
Make sure that it is oxalic acid, not some other composition. Pour a
cup of this in and let it dissolve and wait several hours, or a day.
You may need to repeat the process to get all of the rust out.
Oxalic acid, a white powder, when dissolved reacts with he rust (iron
oxide) and creates iron oxalate. Iron oxalate is one of the few iron
compounds that is water soluble.
Note, although present in green leafy vegetables, oxalates are poisonous
so don't eat it.
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