A stained toilet is not a pleasant sight. And when it’s badly stained, it is simply unacceptable. However, the question arises why the toilet has come to the point of badly staining. We need to understand how important it is to clean the toilets regularly.
Not just to avoid staining but also for hygiene purposes. If you want to lead a healthy life, maintaining toilet hygiene by brushing it once or twice a week at the least is crucial. But, having said all that, we also know several reasons cause a stained toilet even if you are cleaning it every second day.
It could be the water and iron in it, the chemical products you use to clean it. It could even be your toilet, made of not-so-good-quality materials. Whatever, the reason is there is an easy, safe and reasonable way to clean it with a simple household product.
What is it, and how can you make it work to clean your badly stained toilet; let’s learn the process step by step.
We emphasize using household products because they are natural and safe. No simple products can clean a badly stained toilet. For that, you will have to take professional help. But as we are encouraging you to do it all by yourself, keep it safe and natural for your own sake.
Keep in mind that this product will not clean the stains in the toilet at one go, in just one cleaning attempt. It will take repeated attempts, week after week, rinsing after rinsing to get rid of the nasty stain. So, be patient and work hard.
The Product We Are Recommending
The product we are pretty much trusting in is the vinegar. Please, use white vinegar, not apple cider vinegar. Apple cider vinegar is also great in cleansing stuff, but as your toilet material is mostly white or light-colored, the brown apple cider vinegar will leave stains. And we do not want that on an already stained toilet.
Step #1 – Heat The White Vinegar Up
We prefer using warm vinegar, not boiling hot, though. Heat it in low heat. Depending on the stains, we pretty much measure the quantity. And when it’s badly stained, we think you will need an entire bottle to pour in the toilet. It’s on you.
Step #2 – Pour Hot Boiled Water In The Toilet
Before you use vinegar, first cleanse the entire toilet with hot boiled water once. The boiled water will help to loosen up the not so badly stuck dirt, if any is there. It will inactivate some germs and bacteria. Also, it works like a primer that will prepare the toilet for a vinegar rinse.
Step #3 – Pour The Hot Vinegar
After you have poured warm water into the toilet, wait for about 15-20 minutes and then pour the hot vinegar in it. Do not pour a liquid on a freshly wet toilet. Let it air dry a bit, and then let the vinegar work on the stains.
You just need to pour all the vinegar to the last drop in that badly stained toilet. Make sure not to miss the grooves and crevices in the toilet. Pour a little more where the stains are too bad because not the entire toilet has to be badly stained, right? That doesn’t make sense.
Step #4 – Keep It Overnight
It is not a product with chemicals that will work within half an hour of applying. It’s simple white vinegar, and it will work slowly. So the more you let it sit and set, the more effectively it works. The best is to keep it overnight. So, when you are attempting to clean a specific toilet with vinegar, let everyone else in your family know that it is unusable for at least a day or two.
Step #5 – Brush It Thoroughly
Take your toilet brush that reaches every crevice and grooves of the toilet and thoroughly scrub the entire toilet. In between, moisten the toilet surface with boiled water. The hot water will further work on breaking the stains and make the scrubbing smooth.
The Additional Step
Now the first try will let you know how well the vinegar worked. Some stains will be gone. Some will turn too light to get noticed, and some will be still there. So, you will get an idea of how many attempts more you will require to get your toilet back to decent. To amp up the effectiveness of vinegar and attack the still-too-bad stains in the next effort, try making a baking soda paste with vinegar.
In this attempt, do the hot water rinse, then pour the hot vinegar, but after you have poured the vinegar, just apply the baking soda paste on the remaining nasty stains. Keep it overnight and brush the toilet well the next day. Hopefully, just a few attempts will clean your badly stained toilet quite well.