The Best Way to Remove Toilet Bowl Rings

If you’ve ever had toilet bowl rings and stains, you know that they seem next to impossible to remove. Toilet bowl rings are the result of hard water and mineral deposits that develop from standing water in the bowl or from the toilet not being flushed multiple times during the day. No amount of scrubbing, harsh chemical cleaners or bleach will completely remove this buildup. The solution to this is rather unexpected: PUMICE.  The same thing that you might use for callused heals works for removing toilet rings. Crazy right?

Why does it work? Pumice is a natural volcanic rock that does a superior job at removing surface stains in toilet bowls without scratching the surface. I recommend NOT using the pumice stone you’d use for your feet in the toilet – this type of pumice is a little harder and if it’s gray or black it might add a visible scratch to your toilet bowl.

Better yet, there’s a product that’s softer than a traditional pumice stone and works even better AND it has a handle so that you don’t need to stick your hand in the toilet bowl. Yay! Simply rub the pumice around the interior of your toilet bowl where the ring is and that’s it!  It couldn’t be much easier.  The Pumie is a pumice stone specifically designed to clean your toilet rings and stains.  You can use any pumice stone, but I like that this one has a handle and is designed specifically for toilet cleaning.

Here are the simple steps:

Clean your toilet the way you normally would – you’re using the pumice to remove those rings that you can’t remove with your usual toilet cleaning methods.

Use a bucket and pour water into the toilet until it manually flushes – you’ll hear a glugging sound.  This will keep the water from filling up in the tank so you can properly remove the toilet rings.

Wet your pumice stone. Rub the stone on any rings and marks.

Flush, rinse and admire that sparkling toilet!

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  1. I just purchased a pumice like this and plan to try this weekend.

    Will it take care of the gray coloring in the drain portion of the bowl…I can see you have the same problem.

  2. If you let the pumice stone soak for a few minutes before you use it, it’s a lot more effective and easy to use.

  3. I use that and it takes that ring away with a little scrubbing… It works!!!

  4. I started following you on Instagram about 6mos ago and haven’t stops since! I’m a germaphobe and find your ways such a delight and easy way of cleaning. You take the anxiety out cleaning too! Thank you for another tidbit, kudos to you Clean Mama:)

  5. Michelle Hinman says:

    I had been following another cleaning group on Facebook and they sucked me right in until I realized that the amount of harsh chemicals they were using was insane. I just couldn’t do it. I have been a natural cleaner for years so it went against everything I believed in. So thankful to have found your facebook groups and this site. And the funny thing is, the more chemicals I used the dirtier my house seemed. I feel like I can finally breathe again.

  6. I work nights and i could not find a good cleaning routine until I found Clean Mam this is so great 1 chore a day plus the other on the list I hit the jackpot . Thanks Clean mama!

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  8. This is the ONLY way to remove the dreaded gray ring!

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