How to clean your toilet bowl to a sparkling white

Patricia D
by Patricia D
I have a fairly new bathroom toilet, about 4 years old. The ring will not come out and there are darker streaks where the water comes into the bowl. I have numerous bathroom cleaners to no avail. Will lighten but not clean.
  24 answers
  • JACQUE JACQUE on Oct 17, 2015
    use baking soda mixed with vinager.Works like a charm.
  • Janet Pizaro Janet Pizaro on Oct 17, 2015
    Dont you love those black rings. Yes agreed try the method above.
  • Terry Tulak Terry Tulak on Oct 17, 2015
    yes and rub with a pumis stone
  • Karen Karen on Oct 18, 2015
    I use a pumice stone for toilets. It works very well. I have a friend that says it scratches the bowl, but I have not had that happen. Hope that helps!
  • Pam Walker Pam Walker on Oct 18, 2015
    Drop some denture cleaning tablets into your toilet & let it sit overnight. Should just flush clean by morning. Let them do the work for ya. :)
  • Carolyn rogers Carolyn rogers on Oct 18, 2015
    just be sure you keep the pumice stone, and the surface you are using it on, wet and it wont scratch
  • Lajobes Lajobes on Oct 18, 2015
    I try to avoid harsh chemicals, but toilet rings are stubborn especially when one has hard water. My solution is The Works Basic toilet bowl cleaner. You can find it at any dollar store. I turn off toilet bowl water, flush and plunge to get most water out of the bowl, and then apply The Works, letting it sit on stains for awhile before scrubbing with toilet brush and turning on the water. The Works is good for cleaning other hard to remove stains, besides in the bathroom. However, be careful where you use it because it will eat off finishes and tile grout.
  • Vlockee14 Vlockee14 on Oct 18, 2015
    Try baking soda and dawn
  • Diana Willoughby Diana Willoughby on Oct 18, 2015
    CLR works well and it is nature friendly. I put it in at night and the the next morning it is clean and looks new. Yes the pumice stone is wonderful for the ring and yes keep the pumice stone wet and it will not scratch.
  • Stephanie Fudge Stephanie Fudge on Oct 18, 2015
    I have the same problem and I don't use strong cleaners for the most part but sometimes you just have to. I use Clorox Toilet Bowl Cleaner with bleach in the black bottle, it's extra strength cleaner on steroids and it works. In fact I set it on my dark green bathroom vanity top and it bleached a ring spot from the bottle. I won't use anything else.
  • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Oct 18, 2015
    I live in AZ and anyone knows we have terrible water here. You cannot get the lime off with anything...........until I discovered the sanding material you use for dry wall. It is a black mesh and works great with just a little elbow grease. I have tried everything under the sun until I did this, including CLR, Kool-Aid, and every kind of toilet bowl cleaner made. Trust me, this is the only thing that worked for me.
  • Brenda Martin Brenda Martin on Oct 18, 2015
    If the ring is from hard water deposits, use a pumice stone. It won't scratch the toilet. It's used for cleaning hard water deposits on swimming pool tile.They can be purchased almost anywhere. Good luck!
  • Kyndle Perry Meyer Kyndle Perry Meyer on Oct 18, 2015
    Cream of tarter.
  • Kyndle Perry Meyer Kyndle Perry Meyer on Oct 18, 2015
    Cream of tarter.
  • Kathy Kathy on Oct 18, 2015
    Use a pumice stone. It works and doesn't scratch.
  • Connie Connie on Oct 19, 2015
    Pumice stone here too! Make sure to keep the stone wet as well as splashing water onto the cleaning area, to avoid any scratches and to see your progress. The pumice is softer than the porcelain and harder than the deposits, so there should be no issue with removal. Pummie is a common brand most hardware, home stores and larger supermarkets will have it in the cleaning isle.
  • Kristy Williams Tillman Kristy Williams Tillman on Oct 20, 2015
    Mine use to be so stained and I tried so many things to no avail. Then, this! take a bucket of water and pour it into your toilet bowl. That will get all the water out. Add vinegar up to the regular water level and leave overnight. You can scrub in the morning. I barely had to scrub at all and my toilet looked like new. It. Was. Amazing! So, I did the same with my kitchen sink using vinegar soaked towels instead. Wow. That worked amazingly too!
  • B. Enne B. Enne on Oct 24, 2015
    I just throw in a dishwasher tablet overnight, or for a few hours. Make sure to flush before using the toilet.
  • Barb Barb on Nov 01, 2015
    Don't waste your time. Go to Walmart get a good pair of rubber gloves and a pumice stone. It is the only thing that will work every time.You can try using a toilet brush every day with your favorite bowl cleaner, once you get the bowl clean. But if you do not stay on top of a daily cleaning, you will be back to the pumice stone very quickly.
    • Elaine Simmons Elaine Simmons on Nov 02, 2015
      @Barb I have wasted my time with a pumice stone. The only thing that works in my area is drywall screening.
  • Diana Willoughby Diana Willoughby on Nov 02, 2015
    I use a pumice stone for the ring then vinger and baking soda and let sit over night, then clean with a towel brush.
  • Chloe Crabtree Chloe Crabtree on Mar 15, 2023

    Flush the toilet and then pour a quarter cup of Borax into it. Use your toilet brush to swish it around. Next, add one to two cups of vinegar and let the mixture sit for 30 minutes. You should be able to scrub the stains away!

  • Mogie Mogie on Apr 03, 2023

    I soaked paper towels with bleach and patted them down over the stains. Let sit over night a rinse. Depending on how bad the stains are you might need to repeat this step.

  • Deb K Deb K on Oct 03, 2023

    Hi Patricia, pumice stone is the best for this, it won't mark the porcelain and removes hard water stains! You can soak it first with distilled vinegar to soften and lighten stains, then use the pumice to scrub at the hard stains.