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How to Get Rid of a Ring Around the Toilet

Melynda Sorrels

A ring around the toilet can give the entire bathroom an unclean feeling. These rings are usually the result of hard water, which has a high content of magnesium and calcium, and can leave nasty stains and residue on everything it touches.

Get Rid of a Ring Around the Toilet

These difficult stains seem near impossible to remove with ordinary cleaners and require special attention. Fortunately there are several proven methods that can eliminate a toilet ring from your toilet.

  1. Soak a pumice stone in water for at least 15 minutes. Dip the stone into some baking soda and use it to scrub away the ring.

  2. Pour 1 cup of bleach in the toilet and allow it to sit overnight, without flushing. In the morning if there is any stain left, scrub the toilet with a toilet brush.

  3. Dampen a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and scrub the ring away.

  4. Pour a can of cola in the toilet and allow it to sit at least 2 hours. Scrub the area with a toilet brush and flush. The acidity in the soda will eat up the minerals that cause the ring. Diet soda will not work.

  5. Drop a denture tablet, such as Efferdent, in the toilet and allow it to sit for at least 20 minutes. As it bubbles, it will eat away the stain.

  6. Pour 1 cup of vinegar in the toilet at least once a month to help prevent the ring from coming back.