Why Are There Red Stains in the Toilet Bowl?

If you notice red stains in the toilet, they are likely caused by iron in the water.

Significance

Red stains sometimes occur in the toilet.Red stains sometimes occur in the toilet.
Although the stains are not harmful to your porcelain, they can be unsightly and even embarrassing if you have guests visiting.

As little as 0.3 ppm of iron in your water supply can stain the porcelain of your toilet bowl, according to Water Doctors. When the iron in the water reacts with oxygen, it rusts and can turn your bowl into a reddish color.

Cleaning

Using a commercial cleaning product designed to remove iron deposits is an effective way for removing red stains from your toilet bowl. You may need to treat the toilet numerous times before you completely remove any red stains.

Prevention/Solution

A water conditioning system that has both a filter and a softener can help remove iron from your water. Adding a water conditioner or a filter that recharges the water with chlorine can help reduce the iron in your water, according to Water Doctors.

About the Author

David Harris is a writer living in Portland, Ore. He currently is the editor-in-chief of the online magazine Spectrum Culture. He holds a Master of Fine Arts in creative writing from Sarah Lawrence College.