Things You'll Need
Commercial rust remover
Alternative home remedies for minor rust stains can be used to avoid chemicals. Make a paste of lemon juice and table salt or white vinegar and baking soda to scrub the inside of your toilet.
Open the window in the bathroom when using commercial rust remover to circulate fresh air and eliminate odor from the fumes.
An orange or brown ring around the inside of your toilet is a disgusting sight when you're in the bathroom. Iron stains caused by mineral-laden well water build up inside the toilet over time. Anything that comes in contact with the water on a repeated basis is fair game for these ugly stains, particularly the toilet bowl. You don't have to live with ugly iron stains in the toilet. You can remove them and prevent the stains from returning with the right supplies and stain removal techniques.
Turn off the water to the toilet. Flush the toilet once to empty the bowl.
Put on rubber gloves to protect your hands against chemical irritation. Wear old clothing to avoid staining or bleaching it with the chemicals.
Pour a commercial rust remover containing oxalic acid into the toilet bowl. Allow it to sit as long as possible, according to the package directions.
Turn the water back on. Flush the toilet to rinse the rust remover out of the toilet.
Wet a scouring pad with water. Sprinkle scouring powder over the pad.
Scrub any remaining rust stains with the scouring powder and pad until removed. Flush the toilet to rinse.
- Illinois Department of Health; Iron in Drinking Water; December 2010
- North Carolina Cooperative Extension; Iron and Manganese in Household Water; Glenda M. Herman; March 1996
- North Carolina Cooperative Extension; Removing Mineral Deposits From Household Surfaces; Sandra A. Zaslow; March 1996
- "Good Housekeeping"; Tackle the Toilet; Heloise
- Alabama Cooperative Extension; Iron and Manganese; James E. Hairston; August 2001
- North Dakota State University; Iron and Manganese Removal; Bruce Seelig; February 1992
Mary Ylisela is a former teacher with a Bachelor of Arts in elementary education and mathematics. She has been a writer since 1996, specializing in business, fitness and education. Prior to teaching, Ylisela worked as a certified fitness instructor and a small-business owner.