Sunday, July 14, 2013

Hard water rings in the toilet - eco-clean removal

I am on a mission to find a way to remove hard yellow rings in my toilet without having to pour commercial products that I am quite sure are not very gentle.

So far to contenders are:

VINEGAR: says:
Vinegar actually cleans much like an all-purpose cleaner. All you need is to mix a solution of equal parts of water and vinegar in a spray bottle and you have a solution that will clean most areas of your home. Vinegar is a great natural cleaning product as well as a disinfectant and deodorizer. Be aware that improperly diluted vinegar is acidic and can eat away at tile grout. Vinegar isn't a good idea to use on marble surfaces, either. And, don't worry about your home smelling like vinegar. The smell disappears when it dries. 
Bathroom: Clean the bathtub, toilet, sink, and counter-tops. Use pure vinegar in the toilet bowl to get rid of unsightly rings. Flush the toilet to allow the water level to go down before pouring the undiluted vinegar around the inside of the rim. Scrub down the bowl. -

Mildly acidic white vinegar dissolves dirt, soap scum, and hard water deposits from smooth surfaces, yet is gentle enough to use in solution to clean hardwood flooring. White vinegar is a natural deodorizer, absorbing odors instead of covering them up. (And no, your bathroom won't smell like a salad! Any vinegar aroma disappears when dry.)

For really tough bathroom surfaces such as shower walls, pump up the cleaning power by removing the sprayer element and heating the solution in the microwave until barely hot. Spray shower walls with the warmed generously, allow to stand for 10 to 15 minutes, then scrub and rinse. The heat helps soften stubborn soap scum and loosens hard water deposits.

Undiluted white vinegar--straight from the jug--makes quick work of tougher cleaning problems involving hard water deposits or soap scum. Use undiluted white vinegar to scrub the inside of the toilet bowl. Before you begin, dump a bucket of water into the toilet to force water out of the bowl and allow access to the sides. Pour undiluted white vinegar around the bowl and scrub with a toilet brush to remove stains and odor. Use a pumice stone to remove any remaining hard water rings.

Lemon juice is another natural substance that can be used to clean your home. Lemon juice can be used to dissolve soap scum and hard water deposits. Lemon is a great substance to clean and shine brass and copper. Try mixing lemon juice with vinegar or baking soda to make cleaning pastes. Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section of the lemon. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces, and stains. Be aware that lemon juice can act as a natural bleach. Mix 1 cup olive oil with ½ cup lemon juice and you have a furniture polish for hardwood furniture. One of my favorite uses for the fruit is to put a whole lemon peel through the garbage disposal. It freshens the drain and the kitchen. Orange peels can be used with the same results. Lemon juice can also be used to treat stains because of its natural bleaching qualities.

This lady demonstrated the use of straight cut lemon to clean faucets to make them shiny


This lady uses a combination of baking soda and vinegar, and those make a foam, and she uses the mix for the entire bathroom, apparently, to get rid of smells, water stains, and what have you

She says that "For extreme hard water stains, I would suggest pouring a little baking soda on the tough spots first, let it sit for 5 mins and rinse before doing this remedy."

I will certainly try this one with maybe Dr. Braumer's Pine Soap for best smelling results


This girl uses vinegar, lemon juice, and liquid dish soap to clean her water stains. She mixes straight V with like a half a cup of lemon juice and then adds liquid dish soap of any kind to a spray bottle. Apparently, it works amazing things:

For a review of commercial products, this one is pretty cool:

I will make some pictures of before and after with just the vinegar, then vinegar plus baking soda if needed


Well, I did try the vinegar + BC recipe.
Here is my toilet before.

This was taken about 3 minutes later. The soda really made alot of foam. Once the foam started to come down, I took a brush and brushed the rings off effortlessly. They just came off as soon as I touched them. I am now a believer!!!

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