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How to Clean Hard Water Stains in your Toilet

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Hard water stains are formed due to a massive accumulation of highly-concentrated mineral water. The amount of hard water in your water supply will depend on which countryside you’re living since some areas have high concentration of this type of water. Although the stains aren’t harmful compared to moulds & mildew, it’s very hideous look at. It makes your toilet look unclean and dirty. Removing the blotches can be difficult without the proper cleaning materials. This article will certainly help you out as it teaches you how to clean hard water stains on your toilet.

Use Borax

Borax is a cleaning product that is actually effective in eliminating hard water stains. Applying borax is really easy, all you need to do is to pour ¼ cup of borax into the bowl and spread it around the stains. To make the cleaning agent more effective, add a cup of vinegar together with the borax and let it stick onto the stains for around 20 minutes. The final step is to brush the stains and flush the toilet after the allotted time.

Pour Baking Soda

One of the most used household items that is used for cleaning is baking soda. It’s poured into kitchens sinks to unclog and clean the drains and even used to counteract oxidation on metallic items. It turns out that baking soda can also be applied to hard water stains. Again, you can add vinegar to have a better cleaning solution. If you do plan on adding vinegar be sure to pour it first before the baking soda. Pour one cup of white vinegar followed by one cup of baking soda. Give it at least 10 minutes for the solution to reach. The baking soda and vinegar should stick onto the hard water stains. Scrub off the remains of the hard water speck with a toilet brush.

Scrub Sandpaper

Aside from the mixtures above, you can also try a more direct and manual approach with the use of sandpaper. It’s best to use the fine drywall sandpaper but the standard sandpapers are good enough as well. However, if you plan on scrubbing the porcelain, you must use fine sandpaper to avoid scratches. Using the sandpaper alone can be more time-consuming. You can make it effortless by applying any of the cleaning solutions earlier and brush sandpaper after the cleaning agents have settled down.

Hydrochloric Acid

If the hard water is really tough to remove and the methods prior to this one prove to have little to no effect then you need the strongest cleaning product–hydrochloric acid. Again, you should only use this as your last resort since it’s dangerous to handle the chemicals. It’s safer to put the acid in a spray container. More importantly, you must wear gloves when applying hydrochloric acid and be sure to keep the bathroom ventilated so that the acid fumes won’t be kept. Rinse the acid and stains thoroughly to remove the scum and chemicals.