How to Get the Brown Stains Out of a Commode

Brown stains in your commode make it appear perpetually unclean. Hard water leaves behind mineral accumulations that turn the bowl of your commode into an unsightly mess with a reddish-brown stain.

Ugly brown stains can make your commode appear unclean.

If despite regular cleaning these stains simply won’t budge, a little creative thinking is in order to effectively leave your commode looking as clean as you know it is.

  1. Clean the toilet with a toilet cleaner and a toilet brush. Follow all manufacturer's instructions for the chosen toilet cleaning product. Cleaning the commode first helps to lift any easily removed surface stains.

  2. Pour 1/2 cup of chlorine bleach or 1/2 can of regular (not diet) Coca-Cola into the bowl.

  3. Allow the bleach or Coca-Cola to remain in the toilet for at least two hours; overnight is optimal if possible.

  4. Scrub the commode with a toilet brush and flush to eliminate any residue that may have loosened from the toilet while it was soaking.

  5. Dampen a pumice stone with water and gently scrub away any residual stain that may be left. Pumice stones can scratch your commode so use caution and don’t scrub too hard.

  6. Tip

    A gentler alternative to a pumice stone is a damp cloth or sponge dipped in baking soda. White vinegar can be used in place of Coca-Cola or chlorine bleach. Wear long rubber gloves when scrubbing your commode to protect yourself from germs.


    Do not mix cleaners. Vinegar and bleach can produce harmful fumes.


  • Do not mix cleaners. Vinegar and bleach can produce harmful fumes.