How to Get Rust Stains Out of Toilet

Dirty toilets are probably one of the worst things in life and rust stains make toilets look dirtier. Nobody wants that. So, if you want tips about how to get rust stains out of your toilet then keep reading this article. There are many effective ways to get rust stains out of a toilet. Some cost more money, some cost less. Pick a method which is suitable for you.

Why Does Rust Form

Many parts of a toilet are made of iron. In the presence of water or moisture iron and oxygen reacts and creates iron oxide. This iron oxide is rust and it is very common because iron reacts easily with oxygen especially in a wet place like a toilet. Not only rust corrodes the toilet but also leaves a stain. Also in many places around the world water has a lot of mineral in it. Also known as hard water. Hard water is one of the main culprits for creating rust stains in the toilet. There are many ways to remove rust stains from a toilet. Some methods involve store-bought cleaners, some methods involve home made products. You need to choose which one is best for you.

Methods of Getting Rust Stain Out of Toilet

Some tips and tricks to get a rust stain out of your toilet are given below

Store- Bought Cleaners

If you lead a busy life you might not have time to do DIYs. So, store bought cleaners are the best option for you. There are a lot of brands, varieties, and ingredients to choose from. If you don’t want to use harsh chemicals there are a lot of products with natural ingredients in them. Some products might be on the pricier side but there are also a lot of cheap products that work just fine. If your toilet has a lot of old rust stains in it you will need a stronger cleaner and you might not be able to clean all of it in one day. Don’t lose hope. Cleaning your toilet two-three times a week will reduce a lot of stains. Over time rest of the stain will also go away. But before buying any new toilet cleaner make sure you are not allergic to the ingredients. If you see any major changes in your health stop using the product immediately.

Homemade Cleaners

Some of the homemade toilet cleaners are given below:


  1. If your toilet has a lot of stains then just use vinegar but if your toilet only has a little stain then mix vinegar with water and spray the mixture all over the rust stains. Wait 10-15 minutes. Take your toilet cleaning brush before your shower and rub very well and wash it all with water. Do this at least twice a week and you will see some results. Vinegar is also a disinfectant. So, it will also reduce the bacteria in your toilet. So, it’s a double win.
  2. If your toilet has some hard stains you are going to need something stronger. Take some baking powder and sprinkle it all over the toilet. Spray some vinegar on it and wait a few moments. Then take a brush and start brushing your toilet. After brushing vigorously you will see that most of the stains if not all of them will come off. After that wash the residue with water.
  3. After all of this if there is still stain left on the toilet then you will need something stronger. Take some borax powder and sprinkle it all over the toilet then take a brush and rub vigorously. This will not only remove the stain but also remove odor and bacteria. After using borax powder hide the rest of the borax powder where children and pet can’t reach them. Other than that it is completely safe to use borax as a cleaner. But if you see any allergic reaction in your body then stop using it.
  4. For a stronger effect mix bleach with your regular toilet cleaner. Bleaching powder is a strong oxidizing agent so, it will clean your toilet faster and more effectively. Bleach is also safe to use. So, you don’t have to worry about that. Keep bleach out of children and pet’s reach.


Before you start cleaning make sure all the windows are open to ensure ventilation. Wear gloves and musk so that no harsh chemical can harm you. We use our toilet couple of times a day. So, it needs more cleaning than all of our rooms. Keep your bathroom clean and flush regularly. If the rust stain is really bad then soak the cleaner in the toilet for 30 minutes to an hour. If you have sensitive eyes wear protective eyewear before cleaning your toilet. Remember, regular cleaning can get rid of the hardest stain.


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