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Cleaning Tricks For Pesky Ring in Toilet — Help, I've Tried Everything!

Here's a post from community member Miss Kaylie from the Assisted Living group.

The title pretty much says it all. I moved into an apartment and my toilet has that familiar disgusting "ring" in the bowl. No matter what cleaning product I try nothing seems to work, or even fade the mark. I've tried leaving the cleaner on longer than what the bottle says, I've even tried non-toilet bowl cleaners. My apartment was built in 1970 and I believe it's the original toilet. Might this mean I'm just stuck with the stain? It's embarrassing when I have company. Any ideas are totally welcome! Thanks!

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Sarabear Sarabear 6 years
I also use a pumice stone, you definite need to put some effort behind it, but it really does work.
katialoves katialoves 6 years
ok OP please give an update! i am curious if any of these thins worked for you
CourtneyOutLoud CourtneyOutLoud 6 years
I have used the denture cleaner and it has worked -- you will need to add several cups of water to get the level above the original water line. Add in half a box of the cleaner and let it soak over night.
BabyNorbert BabyNorbert 6 years
I just wanted to back up The Ugly Duckling House and say that Coca Cola really does the trick :)
EverSoClever EverSoClever 6 years
Another vote for the pumice stone. Takes a little elbow grease but it really works well.
limelindsey limelindsey 6 years
I've also heard scrubbing it with a pumice stone can help.
mollyparnis mollyparnis 6 years
This worked like a charm on my scratched vintage toilet. I would test an area first on yours to make sure it doesn't hurt the porcelain: How To Do It : Flush the toilet, then immediately turn off the water valve so the tank doesn’t refill with water. Next, use a big sponge to sop up the water in the bowl until you can get the porcelain surface of the inside of the bowl bone dry. You may also need to follow up with paper towels to make sure the surface is completely dry. Mix a stiff paste using a little water and the Bar Keeper's Friend (you will probably need to use at least 1/3 of the can). With a household paint brush, brush a fairly thick coating completely covering the scratched areas and let it sit, undisturbed, overnight.
deekai deekai 6 years
Yep, coke is awesome for that. You can even use the store brand knock offs for it. It's also really good on slow-moving toilets.
RainyDays RainyDays 6 years
I was going to suggest the liquid version of Barkeep's Friend, of you can get it to stay on the stain for a few minutes. I know Coke works on cleaning burnt pots, so why not try the above suggestion? Good Luck!
The-Ugly-Duckling-House The-Ugly-Duckling-House 6 years
Here is an article with the how-to:
The-Ugly-Duckling-House The-Ugly-Duckling-House 6 years
This may sound completely off the wall, but I've gotta represent my Atlanta heritage here: Coca-Cola. Believe it or not, it works! Just pour a can in, and let it sit for a while. It only works up to the water line, FYI.
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