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Project

DIY Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Materials

  • 1/2 cup of vinegar
  • Toilet brush
  • 1/2 cup of borax

Steps

  1. Step 1

    Add 1/2 cup vinegar to the toilet bowl, let stand a few minutes, brush, and flush.

  2. Step 2

    If you have hard water, let the vinegar sit for an hour, and you may have to do some light scrubbing.

  3. Step 3

    To remove stains, add 1/2 cup borax to the water, swish it around, and let it soak overnight.

Source
Healthy Home 2008, Spring 2008

Reviews (11)

  • clk1000 2 Nov, 2012

    Pumice stone works fantastic on hard water stains in a toilet....lil bit of elbow grease and sayonara ring around the toilet! Vinegar may help to soften the ring up a lil bit though.

  • mocakhan 5 Apr, 2010

    I tried this and it didn't work for 2 reasons: First, it does nothing to address the hard water stains which lead from the outlet holes at the top of the bowl.

    Secondly, if I put the vinegar in it either does not raise the level of water enough to cover the hard water line OR when it does the water syphons back out because of the low-flow toilet feature.

    I think I'll try the pumice stone because nothing seems to work (not even those drop in tablets) on new house's hard water problem.

  • mocakhan 5 Apr, 2010

    I tried this and it didn't work for 2 reasons: First, it does nothing to address the hard water stains which lead from the outlet holes at the top of the bowl.

    Secondly, if I put the vinegar in it either does not raise the level of water enough to cover the hard water line OR when it does the water syphons back out because of the low-flow toilet feature.

    I think I'll try the pumice stone because nothing seems to work (not even those drop in tablets) on new house's hard water problem.

  • imredeemed 4 Feb, 2009

    I have just used the pumice stone on the hard water and mineral deposits to clean a toilet...it was the worst I have ever seen...I thought the toilet would need to be replaced....the results were incredible, all that was needed was the pumice stone to get the job done ...No harsh chemicals needed...the toilet bowl looks so clean....l highly recommend the pumice stone...by the way, it doesn't scratch the porcelain.

  • imredeemed 4 Feb, 2009

    I have just used the pumice stone on the hard water

  • imredeemed 4 Feb, 2009

    I have just used the pumice stone on the hard water

  • lisamarie0604 14 Nov, 2008

    i swear by dawn dish detergent and a little elbow grease with the toilet bowl...it works wonders!

  • meganrachel 18 Oct, 2008

    We live in an area with hard water. My friend told me she scrubs the inside of her toilet with a pumice stone to get rid of the mineral deposits ("ring around the toilet"). I haven't tried yet, but she swears by it. Hope thais will help some of you.

  • cobibridge 23 Sep, 2008

    I have a small housecleaning service,and my clients are always asking me to use greener products,and so I try and find good ones .Thankyou for the info especially how to clean the toilet using vinagar and borax cant wait to try it

  • anniedon 24 Aug, 2008

    Help!!! I'm looking for a solution to the stubborn stain around the top of the toilet bowl, any suggestion is greatly appreciated.

  • PinkGranny 12 May, 2008

    I have hard water and have tried numerous cleaners without success. I am going to get some Borax, add vineger and let it get to work. I use vinegar in other rooms successfully, but hadn't thought of it in the bathroom!