How to Clean Toilet Bowl Ring Stains Using Natural Ingredients

In your quest to keep your home spic and span, you may have amassed a small arsenal of cleaning products.

Citric Acid

You can use common household ingredients to clean your home.You can use common household ingredients to clean your home.
There are myriad cleaners available to eradicate all manner of stains, and toilet bowl rings and water deposits have their own devoted products. If you want to reduce your grocery store bill or to minimize your use of chemicals, try natural ingredients already available in your home. The toilet bowl will be spotless and shiny, and the air in your home will be naturally fresh.

Step 1

Flush the toilet so the bowl is wet.

Step 2

Pour powdered orange juice or lemonade drink mix directly into the bowl and on the stains.

Step 3

Allow the citric acid in the mix to oxidize the stains overnight. In the morning, flush the toilet and the stains should disappear.

Borax

Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar in a spray bottle.

Step 2

Flush the toilet so the bowl is wet.

Step 3

Pour borax onto a toilet brush and scrub the stains with the brush, working under the rim, along the sides and into the well.

Step 4

Spray the vinegar around the bowl.

Step 5

Allow the borax and vinegar to work on the stains overnight. Flush the toilet in the morning to reveal a clean toilet.

Cola

Step 1

Flush the toilet so the bowl is wet.

Step 2

Pour a can of cola into the bowl and on the stains. You don’t need to scrub the stains as the acid in the cola will eat away at them but not harm the porcelain.

Step 3

Allow the cola to work for two to three hours. Flush the toilet to reveal a clean bowl.

Toothpaste

Step 1

Pull on cleaning gloves.

Step 2

Squeeze 2 to 4 tablespoons of toothpaste onto a paper towel.

Step 3

Flush the toilet so the bowl is wet.

Step 4

Dip the old toothbrush into the paste on the towel and scrub the stains with the brush, using the toothpaste as a cleanser. The toothpaste works on stubborn stains, and the minty smell will leave a fresh fragrance after you flush the toilet.

Baking Soda

Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup baking soda into the bowl.

Step 2

Flush the toilet so the bowl is wet.

Step 3

Pour a portion of the baking soda onto the toilet brush and scrub the stains. The baking soda will mix with the water to create a paste. Continue dipping the brush in the baking soda and scrub the remainder of the stains.

Step 4

Allow the baking soda to work on the stains overnight. Flush the toilet in the morning.

Things You Will Need

  • Powdered orange juice or lemonade drink mix
  • 1/2 cup distilled white vinegar
  • Spray bottle
  • 1 cup borax
  • Toilet brush
  • Can of cola
  • Cleaning gloves
  • 2 to 4 tablespoons toothpaste
  • Paper towel
  • Old toothbrush
  • 1/2 cup baking soda
  • Medium bowl

About the Author

Kristie Brown is a publisher, writer and editor. She has contributed to magazines, textbooks and online publications. Brown holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from the University of Texas at Austin.