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The easiest way to get rid of hard water stains from the toilet

December 1st, 2020

Aside from the bedroom, there is another part of the house where you certainly need to be very comfortable. And nope, I don’t mean the dining room. It’s the bathroom!

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Yes, it’s the first place you run off to when you wake up and probably the last place you also come from before you go to bed. It is where you freshen up and clean yourself. It’s a place of relaxation and, well, relief if you know what I mean.

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Now, can you imagine going to the bathroom first thing in the morning and seeing a dark ring of hard water stains inside your toilet? Ew!

It’s even worse if the bathroom is a common bathroom, meaning everyone in the house gets to use the ever-reliable toilet and has to deal with the fact that there are water stains underneath their bums while doing their “business”. What should you do then?

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Unfortunately, these hard water stains can’t be removed easily but the good news is that they can still be eliminated. How? Read on to find out the easiest way to get rid of them. And mind you, it doesn’t result in getting the porcelain scratched!

The difference between hard and soft water

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So, here’s the thing. I definitely said hard water, right? Does that mean there is also soft water? Yes!

When we say “soft water”, we are referring to water that contains less amount of dissolved minerals. It only probably has sodium and a perfect example of that is rainwater.

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Now, when we say “hard water”, we mean water that contains a considerable amount of dissolved minerals such as calcium and magnesium. A perfect example of that would have to be the water that runs through pipes. This kind of water picks up the minerals as it travels in the pipes and eventually results in stains in places where it usually flows, like the toilet.

Back to the water stain removal. Yes, there is a solution to that. One mom, Jessica Randhawa, shared the incredible discovery she made after making a trip to her child’s favorite store.

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At first, she thought a pumice stone would do the trick, but it turned out it would be too harsh on the porcelain. In fact, she also tried a lot of other ways that people said would work on hard water stains.

She tried soaking the toilet in vinegar overnight, using baking soda as a cleaning agent, toilet bowl cleaner, and those tabs that turn the toilet water blue. She also used bleach which turned out to be doing more harm than good because it can even make the stains permanent!

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The “toilet angel” from the store gave her a great way to clean the dark rings and that is by using Fine-Grit Drywall Sanding Screens. After getting everything she needed, Jessica went back home to try out the new method.

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Here’s how she did the seemingly impossible task:

1. Gathered all the things you need which include the Fine-Grit Drywall Sanding Screens, Barkeeper’s Friend, and thick latex gloves.

2. Put the gloves on and cut the sanding screens into small squares so they can be easily used.

3. Open the Barkeepers Friend container carefully and sprinkle some of its content on the stains. You need to be careful with using this product as it can be very harmful to your skin.

4. Using the sanding screens, gently srub the stains away. Do not push too hard. You want to gently scrub the stains away, not destroy the porcelain. Work on it by doing small circular scrubbing motions until the stain is removed.

5. Flush and voila, a stain-free toilet!

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Wow, is it really that simple? Yes! Now, you get to keep your porcelain scratch-free and stain-free! Get to know more about the entire process by clicking this link.

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