NOTHING has cleaned these hard water/rust stains. HELP!!!!!

q nothing has cleaned these hard water rust stains help
  21 answers
  • Gma Kirk Gma Kirk on Jul 02, 2017
    Have you tried CLR?

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    • Sharon Sharon on Jul 02, 2017
      Buy a few bottles of CLR at the Dollar Tree, pour the bottle in at night before you go to bed so the water rises above the stain level. Leave sit as long as you can .... repeat until it goes away.

  • Chas' Crazy Creations Chas' Crazy Creations on Jul 02, 2017
    Here is an video that might be helpful - - good luck

  • Greene34 Greene34 on Jul 02, 2017
    Try "Whink" Rust Stain Remover, but only for white sinks/toilets. Works very fast. Can get at Walmart, Ace Hardware or Amazon.

    THE WORKS TUB AND TILE in green labeled squirting bottle. Cheap and best. Does work as well in water as dry.

  • Tish Lyn-Home Stager Tish Lyn-Home Stager on Jul 02, 2017
    Be careful using any of the stuff mentioned here if you have a septic tank. I'd rather have clean stains than have to fight septic system issues.

  • Sheila Saint John Sheila Saint John on Jul 02, 2017
    I use a product I got from Home Depot called Zep Acidic Toilet Bowl Cleaner it works like a charm, just pour in and let it stand for a while even over night and the best part is it costs less than $5.00 . I'll never go thru all the trouble trying to get rust stains out again, it's a great product.

  • Xra25054201 Xra25054201 on Jul 02, 2017
    Thank you! on my way to Home Depot! I'll give it a try!!!

  • Jackie Wassmann Jackie Wassmann on Jul 02, 2017
    My mom always used a product called Sno-bowl. She lived in the country and the well water was really hard. She would push all the water out of the bowl with a toilet mop and then add the Sno-Bowl. I used to get it from my local hardware store,but they had to order it. Good Luck!!

  • Gma Kirk Gma Kirk on Jul 02, 2017
    Ok, this is the only other suggestion I would have. Start by shutting off the water to the toilet and draining the toilet so that the hard water stains are not covered by water.
    Make a paste by mixing 1/2 cup of Borax and enough vinegar to form a thick paste.
    Immediately spread the paste onto the hard water stains in the toilet to cover them. The Borax will harden quickly so don’t add the vinegar until you are ready.
    Allow the paste to sit for 15 to 20 minutes. Then, scrub the paste and stains off.

  • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 02, 2017
    Drain as mich water as you can and pour in a bottle of cheap (non-diet) cola, and let sit overnight. In the a.m. brush and flush it out. If it is really bad, it may take a couple of tries.

  • Sharon Sharon on Jul 02, 2017
    I would also clean the water tank, chances are thats where your rust is coming from. I put bleach tablet cleaner in tank once and awhile.

    • B. Enne B. Enne on Jul 02, 2017
      I agree with cleaning the tank. However bleach in the toilet tank wears away the rubber. I had a gasket and flapper turn into black gunk (hard to wash off of anything, including hands and fingernails) from one beach tablet. The tank started leaking. Since we had a new toilet in a box, we just had it switched out, rather than put in new parts again. We had a plumber installing a water heater use our toilet, he said that bleach should never be used. The one who changed the toilet, said the same thing. Our parts were good quality too, not the cheap ones.

  • Rhonda Rhonda on Jul 02, 2017
    I used a pumice stone (and elbow grease )on the hard water line that had been developing in my toilet for years. It worked like magic! It was attached to a handle and made especially for cleaning toilets. It was an "as even on tv" item I found at the dollar store.

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    • Brenda Brenda on Jul 04, 2017
      I use a PUMIE Scouring Stick Heavy Duty. About two dollars at Home Depot, Loew's or the local hardware store. Work great on toilets, takes off mineral scale too. Does not scratch.

  • Christine M. Christine M. on Jul 02, 2017
    I use Iron Out it comes also in spray bottle too. We also put the powdered form in with our softener salt. Works Miracles!

  • Kristina Kristina on Jul 02, 2017
    Try a bottle of coke pour in and then flush it may take 2

  • Crystle Gibson Crystle Gibson on Jul 02, 2017
    What exactly have you tried?

  • Trish Trish on Jul 03, 2017
    I worked for years as a cleaner at a camp ground. Every few years we would give the toilets a sand inside with a very fine wet and dry sandpaper. Did mine at home too and it came up like new and it's over 40 years old ...was so pleased with the results

  • Angie Waldner Angie Waldner on Jul 04, 2017
    I had a little line of rust in my toilet I put a cup in a half of Borax in the toilet left it for 2 hours. Then flushed and brushed ,no luck I thought ,I then used a sanding block Do you know what that is .? It's like a sponge with sanding stuff on each side. Well I started rubbing the sanding block in the rust line ,using the not so rough side. Yes it worked it came off and no scratches in the toilet. I think the Borax minerals started getting into the rust. The sanding block I got at Walmart was the heavy hitter I hope that helped Grandma Angie

  • Dia32656501 Dia32656501 on Mar 26, 2018
    This is the question I am also asking about..... I did read a great remedy not long ago but I can't remember if it was Apple Cider Vinegar or Magic Eraser that worked as it was such a simple fix & silly me forgot to write it down. Don't think it was the Apple Cider Vinegar and Bi Carb soda mix but I guess I too will have to try.

  • Kimalea Kimalea on Dec 27, 2021

    Use Bar Keepers Friend...I have the same problem with our toilet,bathroom sink and the bathtub. Sprinkle it on ,let sit a bit and brush. I find the power works the best Works like magic !