VP J
VP J
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  • Norcross, GA
Asked on Mar 19, 2012

How do you get rust out of the toilet bowl and keep it out?

Charlotte FAntonietta MAmanda M
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39 answers
  • Sherrie S
    on Mar 19, 2012

    VP J - is your water in the house on a well or is it city water?

  • Joan L
    on Mar 20, 2012

    CLR

  • Kathy S
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Spray Iron Out. Spray and leave sit for a bit. And spraying the inside of the tank is a good idea too!

  • Rex W
    on Mar 20, 2012

    If the rust has etched itself into the porcelain it's nearly permanent. CLR is great but it won't budge the ring once it's started. You can use an abrasive but it will etch the finish and more rust will collect. I would like to try Kathy's idea on my own Sir John Harrington.

  • Irene S
    on Mar 20, 2012

    wink works well sqiurt on dissapears before your eyes not lying i use it i have well water...good luck!

  • Robin J
    on Mar 20, 2012

    i don't think it's possible to keep it out but IRON OUT does work very well. i didn't know it came in a spray but i put some of the powder in my tank every now & than. you have to remember to keep the lid down or door shut if you have pets (as we do).

  • Dee
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Try denture tablets. Once the foaming stops, brush and see what happens.

  • Phyllis B
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Whink. Someone told me it would just melt the rust away. She brought some over for me to try and it was gone before I could even get the brush. It is great stuff. I never even heard of it before but now I always have it on hand.

  • Ginny G
    on Mar 20, 2012

    I use "The Works". It comes in liquid and also a tablet you put in th tank. Start with he liquid, let it sit a few minutes, the scrub, and it should just fall off. I use the tablets all the time in the tank, and it keeps it sparkeling clean, without the nasty blue water. I swear by it.

  • Antonietta M
    on Mar 20, 2012

    I have the same problem but it doesn't look like rust but more brown. I called the toilet company and they said try distilled white vinegar or Bar Keeper's Friend. Take the water out of the toilet and spray cleaners and let sit. Hope it works.

  • Charlotte F
    on Mar 20, 2012

    I will be buying some wink! Thanks

  • Cheryl S
    on Mar 20, 2012

    can anyone tell me where to get wink or whink? we have a well and I fight the rust, but in just one toilet! ???

    • Susan Bechamp
      on May 28, 2015

      If you are not getting rusty water in other fixture, examine the condition of the water supply line. We replaced ours with that flexible type of water supply and that solved a lot of issues. (I looked inside of the old tubing -PVC- it was full of red sediment. We are on well water too.)

  • Novie R
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Please would love to know where to get that product.

  • Julie C
    on Mar 20, 2012

    I buy Whink at my local grocery. My grocer has it in the laundry section. It's in a brown bottle and is squeeze not spray. At least where I get mine. I've never seen spray. Also, my Walmart carries it. Fantastic stuff.

  • Cheryl S
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Thanks, Julie. We will be off to WalMart as soon as the snow melts enough that we can get out!

  • Gail K
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Also try Krud Kutter (sold at some stores, like Home Depot in paint dept.) It has worked on everything I tried it on. My ex had to move out of his house fast and asked if I could help clean. I'm not kidding, the formed bath/shower insert had 1/2" of caked soap scum and rust stains galore. Sprayed Krud Kutter, let it sit a bit, and all the crud melted away. Was able to take it all off with abrasive sponge.

  • Rachel Z
    on Mar 20, 2012

    I also have hard water (we have Culligan's and we still get the rust in the toilet!) and I use The Works and when I notice the orange starting to build up, I use bleach, then flush, then CLR or and of the iron-fighting cleaners that are out there. Whink is a great product btw.

  • Bill B
    on Mar 20, 2012

    I had to have a plumber plumb in 3 house filters and have Life Source Filter system put on my home. I change all filters every 3 months. Before, I replaced my Hot water Heater and all my toilets. I was out a lot of money but am happy now.

  • Cyndil L
    on Mar 20, 2012

    I have really rusty water from a Well, I use the works. empty the water out of the toilet, squirt in The Works almost no scrubbing. Then I use only Mortons Green in the Water Softner. Works great.

  • VP J
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Thanks to all who responded. I have tried CLR and vinegar and other abrasive cleaners ( even steelwood pads). it keeps coming back. Sherrie, it is city water. I have been in the house for 9 years and this has been happening for a year now. I will find this Whink and see if it works. Thanks again all.

    • Lyn Therese
      on Nov 24, 2015

      @VP J The rust is in your water so unless you install a filter, you will always have rust in the toilet. One cleaner I use all the time is called The Works. It just dissolves the rust in the bowl but it helps to use a toilet brush and than flush. It's cheap but works great.

  • Julie C
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Just to let you know, Whink won't keep it away permanently. It takes away the stains but I need to use it periodically to maintain. I have also used the works and it does pretty well too. Personally, I think Whink may be a bit stronger. Oh and you're welcome! ;D

  • Cindy C
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Using a Pumie scouring stick (Looks like a pumice stone) with acidic cleaner will get out etched in stains. It will not scratch the porcelain.

  • VP J
    on Mar 20, 2012

    I also used a pumice stone but it did scratch some. I guess I got frustrateded and rubbed too hard. It just keeps coming back! I will try the other suggestions. Thanks for the support.

  • Sharon B
    on Mar 20, 2012

    You can scrub it with a scotch brite and rubber gloves. Once it is clean, maintain it with clorox bowl cleaner. They make one for rust. it has an orange label. The clorox would help get rid of rust itself, it may take a few times.

  • VP J
    on Mar 20, 2012

    Sharon B, I have been using clorox for the bowl as I clean all bathroom fixture with it .But I didn't know there isa clorox for rust. I will look for it. Thanks

  • Debi E
    on Mar 20, 2012

    I heard Coke will do it

  • Sherrie S
    on Mar 20, 2012

    VP J, I thought you had well water and found you don't. My well turns everything orange. City water doesn't cause me any problem in the house. Hmmmm.

  • Michelle E
    on Mar 22, 2012

    I have well water and when I miss the salt running out- I get them too. The only thing that works well for me is the Lysol TB cleaner with rust and mineral remover (black and white bottle). I even use it in my tubs and sinks (rinse, rinse, rinse). Yes, they will come back if it keeps getting exposed to water. If the stains are really bad and thick, I drain the water from the bowl and apply and let sit. Brush and flush and repeat. Never takes more than twice even if it is heavy. You may want to look into getting a water softener if you want a permanent solution (at least till you run out of salt).

  • Sherrie S
    on Mar 22, 2012

    VP J - are you calling it rust because of the color? Iron causes a terrible rust look. I know because I have a well that makes a terrible rust color on anything it touches with the sprinklers.

  • VP J
    on Mar 23, 2012

    I looked for Whink at the store but they didn't have it, so I got IRON OUT. I tried it for two nights with no results. I have ordered Whink off the internet. I will let you know.

  • Sherrie S
    on Mar 23, 2012

    RustAid will remove all iron with no scrubbing. You will have to drain the water before adding it. Nothing else I ever used worked. I use it on white PVC fencing that gets hit by the sprinklers.

  • VP J
    on Mar 23, 2012

    Thanks Sherrie; still a work in progress.

  • Tami Mishel L
    on Mar 24, 2012

    Barkeepers friend.. Get it at Walmart or Target gro less than 2.00

  • Jan W
    on Mar 26, 2012

    K Mart sells Rust-away , usually in white jug on top shelve of cleaners, pour in bowl and put lid down, ventilate the area, this stuff works but it stinks real bad. Can be used to whiten white, really work.

  • Sherrie S
    on Apr 1, 2012

    VP J, it has been awhile since you posted. Has it been solved? If not I will send you recent pictures before/after using rust aid (which has now been renamed GOOF OFF).

  • VP J
    on Apr 2, 2012

    Thank you all for your suggestions. After trying them with no results, I used a wire pad and elbow grease and removed it..It is clean as a whisle now and I hope to keep it that way by cleaning with beach each day.

  • Amanda M
    on Apr 5, 2012

    If someone has not mentioned it, pour a can of Coca Cola, let it set, and scrub with a non-scratch scrubbing pad.

  • Antonietta M
    on Apr 6, 2012

    I used Bar Keeper's Friend - in the powder. The first time, I just put some in the toilet water and let soak overnight. In the morning you could already see a difference. I've even taken the water out of the tank and let soak, scrubbed it with a brush and it is all gone. I am very happy now.

  • Charlotte F
    on Apr 7, 2012

    Whink is doing the job Thank you soooo much

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