How to clean toilet bowl??


yellowish color inside the bowl or urinal.

  14 answers
  • Try pouring 1/4 cup of borax in the toilet followed by a cup of vinegar. Swish it around and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. Scrub with a toilet brush and flush.

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 05, 2020

    How to Clean Urine Stains from A Toilet Bowl

  • Eliesha Eliesha on Apr 05, 2020

    Have you checked the inside of your toilet tank? I was cleaning ours every 3 days, wondering how it was getting so filthy so fast. Turned out to be a buildup of rust and gunk inside the tank! Pour baking soda and vinegar in the tank, let it sit for about 30 minutes. Grab a scrub brush and clean all the walls of it off. Flush, then add vinegar again, It removes the mineral deposits from hard water buildup. Whatever you do...DO NOT let bleach/bleach drop-ins sit in there! Bleach will break down the rubber seals and cause your toilet to leak!

  • Cindy Cindy on Apr 05, 2020

    Hi Fhebe. Sprinkle cleanser with bleach (Ajax or Comet) in the bowl. Swish it with your toilet brush. then let it set for a half hour. Then come back and scrub the bowl with the brush. I do this once a week, or sometimes a little more, and the toilet looks good. For in between times, you can throw a false teeth cleaning tablet in the toilet and should get you to the next cleaning time.

  • Betsy Betsy on Apr 06, 2020

    Hi Fhebe: Get something that will hold the rod in the tank up, or if you have a Flowmaster, to hold the little thing that goes up and down when you flush so that water doesn't go back into the tank. Flush the toilet, making sure the tank doesn't fill up, and flush again to get rid of the water in the toilet. Then, once it's empty, you can clean it. I use white vinegar and a magic eraser to clean the toilet. Then, get a mirror and check under the rim to be sure that's all clean and the holes are not clogged. Check them at least once a month. You can use a thin nail to stick into the holes and wiggle it around to be sure the holes are clear. You can also use Barkeepers Friend or Bon=Ami Cleanser, the type that doesn't scratch, to clean the toilet. Then, remove whatever you put into the tank to keep the water from coming in, and it should fill up. Flush and you're good to go.

  • Redcatcec Redcatcec on Apr 06, 2020

    Soft Scrub has worked well for us, give the bottle a mix, squirt it on, brush the toilet bowl, then flush.

  • Johnavallance82 Johnavallance82 on Apr 06, 2020

    Hi Fhebe,

    First try a Calcium Remover toilet cleaner. Then if that doesn't remove it use something like Cream cleaner and a good hard brush to see if that removes it. If not go in with a steel wool scourer. Best wishes.

  • Flipturn Flipturn on Apr 06, 2020

    To remove the water in the bowl, you can also turn off the tap shutting off the water source. (look against the wall) Flush once, and the bowl will fill up with the water in the tank. Flush again, and this time, as there is was new water coming into the tank on the first flush, the bowl should be empty.

  • Kate Garrett Kate Garrett on Apr 06, 2020

    You mentioned that the stains are yellow.

    The most common cause for this is hard water. Shutting off the water so you can clean both tank and bowl (see other responses) is most likely all you need to do. But then you need to clean the bowl more frequently. Most of us have time on our hands due to shutdowns, so you probably do too.


    It might not be hard water. Research any medications that you & your family take. I have multiple medical problems & cringe thinking about how much my mess would cost without insurance: roughly $3,000 U.S./month. I used to get similar stains.

    On advice of my doctor, I increased how much water I drank, swapped a generic med for a name brand, & still clean my toilet more often. But, I can go a week without scrubbing now & then. If I blamed it all on water quality, that wouldn't be true.

    Looking into a water filtration/softening system may help with hard water and/or drinking more. They can be costly, but saving up for one once things return to normal may be a good idea.

  • Vimarhonor Vimarhonor on Apr 06, 2020

    I have tried to make the most of the tips and tricks posted here including Kool-Aid Kool-Aid and other liquid solutions. With my hard water situation the only thing that worked was the pumice stick . I suggest you look into the pumice stick for your toilet bowl ring cleaning needs. Great for thick crusted calcium mineral build up that the toilet waterbowl collects.

    They are found at my local Walmart for less than two dollars -good for multiple uses.

    Be sure to follow the use instructions, soaking the pumice stone in water for a few minutes. While the stone is soaking, grab your toilet brush and splash water up around the ring. Note: It’s very important to keep both the stone and the surface wet while cleaning to avoid scratching your porcelain.

  • Dianacirce70 Dianacirce70 on Apr 06, 2020

    That is probably a calcium buildup. You need to use something that breaks down calcium like CLR or a good toilet bown cleaner. I use Lysol, let it sit a bit and all the yellow or other mineral buildup comes right off with the scrubbing.

  • Beth Beth on Apr 07, 2020

    I like Lysol Lime and Rust. It works well if the problem is due to hard water.