Keeping your bathroom fixtures shiny and clean should be a housekeeping priority.

We all know what rust marks on the inside of a toilet might be mistaken for; that’s why it’s important to do whatever is possible to prevent rust marks and hard water stains from accumulating on or inside your toilet.

Attending to that area of the bathroom is a task nobody wants to do, however it’s one that has to be done in order to ensure that the whole bathroom is clean and sanitary.

Below are some tips regarding how to prevent and treat rust marks and hard water stains that accumulate on or inside your toilet.

Preventing Rust Marks –

When the dissolved iron in your toilet water oxidizes on the inner surface of the bowl, some unsightly brownish-orange rust marks will almost always appear. If you want to prevent this unpleasant situation from happening in your toilet at home, you can:

  • Clean Regularly – If you clean all the surfaces of your toilet at least once a week, you’ll prevent iron and other deposits from building up.
  • Upgrade Your Pipes – Iron pipes will continue to rust until they are upgraded; this is especially true in homes that are older.
  • Install a Water Softener in Your Home – Water softener salts specially formulated to remove iron from water will prevent rust stains from marring the surface of your toilet. Rust Out, Red Out or Iron Fighter Pellets are popular water softening products.

Getting Rid of Rust Marks –

  • Use a Pumice Stone – Rub the pumice stone on the surfaces of the toilet. As you rub, the pumice will dissolve in the water and form a paste. Scrubbing rust stains with the paste will remove them.
  • White Vinegar and Lemon Juice Mixture – Spraying this mixture on rust spots and scrubbing them out with a hard bristled brush is quite effective.

Preventing Hard Water Stains –

Hard water stains accumulate in the same way that rust marks do, which means preventative measures are similar as well.

You’re going to want to clean the surfaces of your toilet regularly, that way you can prevent the accumulation of ANYTHING, whether it be rust, hard water stains, germs, etc.

Getting Rid of Hard Water Stains –

  • Baking Soda and Vinegar Mixture – This is a common household mixture that is used to clean and get rid of many things, including hard water stains in your toilet. Applying the mixture to the effected areas in the toilet—and scrubbing them out shortly after—will do wonders!
  • Borax and Vinegar – Borax is an effective multi-purpose cleaning product that can treat hard water stains. Using Borax in conjunction with vinegar will do the most to get rid of those pesky stains.
  • Use Borax Paste – Borax paste will work like the pumice stone, which is to say you can use either to accomplish the same end. When it comes to scrubbing out stains, rust or hard water, either of these products are incredibly effective.