We moved into our home about 3 years ago, and after a few months I started to see stains in the bowl of my toilet. I found out that Bonney Lake has a severe problem with hot water. I was so stressed out about it, because I've always prided myself on having a clean home. I don't like people to see my home messy or my toilets looking uncleaned. Something this little had embarrassed me so much. Over the years I had tried just about everything I could think of, homemade and store bought.
I first just tried that blue stuff you squeeze around the rim of the toilet bowl and scrub it with the brush. That obviously cleaned the dirt and the grime along with the bacteria but those hard water stains weren't budging at all. I don't like to waste money so I continued to use the blue stuff until it was out before trying anything else. It definitely didn't make anything worse, but it didn't make it better.
I knew there had to be something I could buy that would help! I went back to the store and I found something that promised it would help with hard water stains. Again it was blue, (must be something about blue in the bathroom cleaning products), this time it went in the tank of the toilet and released a little bit of chemical with every flush. I thought for sure that would do it, because it was going to break down something in the water and preform some type of magic and make all my problems go away. In addition to that I put this blue sticky blob thing that goes in the bowl and said it would do the same thing essentially as the tablets I put into the tank. So I figured double the power, the better.....right? WRONG! So so very wrong my friend. Not only did this blue crap not work, it stained my toilet with blue line throughout the bowl. How was this getting worse? What is this!?
After that nightmare ran out, I thought I could just bleach the blue stains away. And that wasn't the right answer either. I had never experienced anything like this. But I was determined to solve this, if it was the last thing I do. ( Really hoping it wasn't going to take my whole life to figure out) I didn't want to make this my life's mission! I knew no one really noticed my hard water stains unless I pointed them out. Which I always did, so they wouldn't think I don't clean my toilets. It was my defense mechanism, LOL make fun of yourself before anyone else does.
This story isn't over yet, unfortunately! So after nothing chemically was seeming to do the job I figured some home recipes. I went straight to Pinterest which knows all about everything so naturally it would have some sort of plan for my disgusting toilet. The first thing I did was pour a two liter of coke into the toilet bowl. This idea seems insane, pure craziness but it was all over Pinterest on multiple blogs so I thought it would be a legit way to get rid of stains. It was saying that the chemicals will break down the limescale without damaging, it would loosen the grime. Was it just that easy? I followed the guidelines, let the coke sit for a bit and then flushed. What a joke! I was way too hopeful on that one.
The next thing that I had tried was different combinations of vinegar, baking soda and once in a while I would use borax or washing soda. These were all great at cleaning the toilet but still weren't a match for the stubborn blue, pink and brownish stains that covered the bowl of the toilet. I was so frustrated, and was thinking the best idea was just to buy new toilets. I was able to get the hard water stains out of my sinks and shower doors but these toilets would be the end of me!
A little over a year ago my mom mentioned to me that a pumice stone might work but it's a little sketchy because you could damage the porcelain if you scrub too hard. And at the time I wasn't sure what would be worse to have a scratched and stained toilet. Could I mentally handle that? I wasn't sure, and it sounded like it wasn't promising. So I put it in the back of my mind for a long time and I didn't think about it. So I just went on going on cleaning my toilet but not focusing on really getting those stains because I couldn't do it. But one morning I couldn't sleep and I was online looking up the best cleaning tools from Amazon. I don't know how I came across this article but I'm sure glad I did. While there were so many good products on there the one I was mostly into was the pumice stick. After reading all of the reviews and how well it really worked for people, I thought I should at least give it a try. So I bought it, and it sat in the box for the first few weeks. It came around Christmas time and I just didn't make time to try it out. But one day I sat down and I gave it a shot.
The only instructions were to get the stone wet and be gentle while scrubbing. So I got it wet and started scrub the ring on the water line. And it was coming off! It was working, it was actually taking the hard water stains right off without any scratches or weird marks on the porcelain what so ever! It was actually working! It took about a half hour to get all of the stains out, and on some of them I actually scrubbed pretty hard! I was almost crying with so much joy because my toilet looked brand new! Every single stain has disappeared. I was so pumped up I sent pictures to my best friend and my mom. I was obviously way more excited then they were but they were still very supportive! When I had Tyler's mom over she noticed and mentioned how great it looked! After I did my powder room toilet I did my other two bathrooms and I haven't had to do it again since! I did this about a month ago and they stains haven't come back yet. I know they will come back but I'm not sure how long in between it will be. But I will never worry again, because I know how to handle it! I'm not afraid of these hard water stains and you shouldn't be either! They are treatable and totally manageable!
I'm so excited for you to give this a try if you've had a tough time with hard water stains too. This will change everything, and like myself you will wonder why you haven't tried this whole time. I hope you find much luck with the pumice as I did, and if you have any upkeep ideas on hard water stains please send them my way! I would love to give them a try!