How to Get Brown Rings & Stains Out of a Toilet Bowl

Nothing is less appealing in the bathroom than a toilet that looks dirty. Even if you've cleaned the toilet, hard water can leave brown mineral deposit buildup inside the toilet bowl, causing unsightly stains. Although commercial products are available to remove brown rings and stains in your toilet, home remedies provide effective alternatives to chemical-laden products. Once hard water stains are removed, it's important to keep the toilet bowl clean to prevent ugly stains from returning.

A clean stain-free toilet bowl is important to a sanitary bathroom.
Cola effectively removes stains from the toilet bowl.

Pour 12 oz. of cola into the stained toilet bowl and swish it around the inside of the toilet with a toilet brush. Leave the cola in the toilet bowl water for one hour to wear off mineral stains.

Step 2

Flush the toilet to wash away the cola and loosened brown rings and stains. Scrub the sides to remove any mineral deposits loosened by the cola.

Step 3

Add 1 cup of white vinegar to the toilet bowl water to dissolve the rest of the stains. Sprinkle baking soda over the toilet brush to add a mild abrasive.

Scrubbing action from a toilet brush aids in the cleaning process.

Scrub the toilet bowl surface with the baking-soda-covered brush to remove the rest of the stains. Flush the toilet to rinse the surface.