Get Rid of the Lime Scale Ring in the Toilet Bowl

30 Minutes

With just a couple of simple ingredients and a little elbow grease, you can remove the unsightly black ring of lime scale that forms in your toilet bowl. This really works! All you need to do is pour some borax and vinegar into the water in the bowl. Let it sit for a while and then use your muscles and some sandpaper to remove it! No more ugly ring! Just a bright shiny toilet bowl! Use a foam sanding tool with a fine grit so you won't scratch the porcelain. What a difference!
Does Your Toilet Bowl Look Like This?
Over time...lime scale build up looks like this!B
You will need some Borax
You can buy Borax in the laundry aisle at the grocery store.
You will need some vinegar
Vinegar is a wonderful staple for many cleaning jobs.
This foam sanding tool is fine grit
Sanding blocks are a great tool to have for lots of jobs!
Success! No more ugly ring!

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Have a question about this project?

3 of 8 questions
  • Gayle S.
    on Mar 18, 2019

    Can you please tell me how much Borax and vinager to put in for the stain removal and how long to leave it? I have a stain in mine I can't remove. How do you keep them out after you remove it? Thanks, Going to try this.

  • Itsmemic
    on Sep 13, 2019

    sheetrock sandpaper? Brilliant !!! Thank you guys !!!

  • Stasha
    on Dec 26, 2019

    Im trying to wrap my head around the fact that you would have water in the toilet bowl while you're scrubbing it with the sanding sponge.

    Do you turn the water valve off on the side of the toilet and flush it before you do any of this?

    My second question is do you get a different reaction by using Borax than you would using common baking soda and vinegar?

    I have used the vinegar/baking soda mix before but i take off the tank lid add it to the water tank and let it do its thing in there instead

    After a few minutes simply flush the toilet and let your mixture drain from the tank into the bowl

    By doing it this way im cleaning the entire toilet and not just the bowl. The mixture follows the regular water path so it unclogs the drain holes too.

    After letting the water in the bowl sit for a few minutes in the bowl and scrubbing the ring with your toilet brush the last step is to flush again

    No extra supplies are needed. Just vinegar, baking soda and your toilet brush

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  • Val
    on Jan 3, 2020

    Sprinkle in a pack of lemon kool-aide into your toilet bowl at night - you will be amazed what the citric acid in the kool-aide will clean in your bowl. Especially down in the bowl neck.

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    on Mar 14, 2020

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