How to Remove Rust Stains from Your Toilet Bowl

September 1, 2020

Toilet bowl rust stains make your home look as though it’s in a perpetual state of disrepair, even if you regularly scrub your toilet and fixtures. The unmistakable reddish-brown stains are not only unsightly, but stubborn, too. Regular toilet cleaners won’t get the job done—in fact, they may actually set the stain, making it even harder to remove.

Luckily, there are a few ways you can get rid of rust stains, including using Magica® Rust Removers. Read on to learn more about how rust forms in your toilet bowl and what you can do to stop it.

Why does rust form in your toilet bowl?

Many people wonder how rust can form on porcelain toilets. After all, doesn’t rust form on metal? The problem isn’t the toilet bowl itself—it’s the water. As you probably know, rust forms when iron and oxygen react with water. If you have excessive amounts of iron in your water, those dissolved particles can be exposed to oxygen in your toilet bowl, leaving behind rust stains.

The only way to keep rust stains from coming back is to install a water filtration system and/or softener in your home or business. Look for a model that is specifically designed to remove iron content. Otherwise, you’ll be subjecting yourself to a lot of scrubbing until you move.

How to get rust out of your toilet bowl

Depending on where the stains are located, you can use several different methods to get rust off your porcelain throne:

  • Vinegar and lemon juice: First, pour two cups of basic white vinegar into the toilet bowl, and let it sit overnight. If there are stains above the water line, make sure to coat them with the vinegar. This method will work on the stains above the water line, but will primarily take care of rusty rings. Next, make a paste of lemon juice and baking soda, and apply that above the water line. Let it sit for an hour, then scrub the stains off.
  • Coca-Cola: Everyone’s favorite acidic, sugary drink doesn’t just eat away at your tooth enamel—it will also eat away at rust. Turn off the water supply and fill the bowl with Coca-Cola, then allow to sit overnight. When you wake up, turn the water supply back on and flush. The rust should be gone, or at least broken up enough that you can scrub it away with a toilet brush.
  • Pumice stones: Pumice is a natural volcanic stone that is safe and gentle enough to use on porcelain (with your bare hands). Use it to scrub the rust stains away, particularly if one of the above methods left you wanting more.
  • Magica® Rust Removers: If you want to make the job a lot easier, our toilet rust stain remover quickly and easily gets rid of rust—just turn off the water supply and apply to the rust stains. Follow the package directions, and enjoy your newly clean toilet.

To purchase Magica® Rust Remover, shop online with us today!

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