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I’ve lived in my Edwardian terrace house for 20 years this year. Whilst I have changed my kitchen and remodelled my bathroom, the toilet in my house bathroom is the same one that was here when I moved in. Now, new toilets are quite easy to maintain from scratch. But my house bathroom toilet has never really been pristine. I assumed it was because it was old. But in recent months, I have noticed some really stubborn staining in the toilet pan. I’ve tried all sorts to remove it, but it really wasn’t shifting. Until I found the ultimate solution. Here is how to remove stubborn stained limescale from your toilet bowl.
How To Remove Stubborn Stained Limescale From Your Toilet
I can’t say when I first noticed the staining start to build up. But over the past few years it really had got to look dreadful. And I had tried everything to clean it. Limescale hates acid, so I tried everything I could think of. And I had googled a lot! I had tried
- fizzy cola (which only stained it more)
- specialist limescale removers from the supermarket like Viakal and Hg Limescale remover
- white vinegar – which is supposed to clear everything – it helped but didn’t remove everything
Nothing seemed to be working, and I was getting more self conscious about my loo. I hated using some of the products, as they certainly were not environmentally friendly, full of surfactants and chemical agents. And then I realised I had the solution in my cupboard since making my bath bombs.
I’d bought a box of citric acid powder to make bath bombs before Christmas, but still had half a packet left locked under the kitchen sink. It mentions on the side that it is good for removing limescale but did not mention toilets. I thought that I could try it and see.
I bought my citric acid at Wilkinsons, but you can get it here
After flushing, I removed the majority of the water from the pan using an old cup, leaving as little water in there as possible.
Then I added my half a packet of citric acid crystals.
Finally, I added some very hot water (as hot as your hands can stand – but not boiling water just in case your toilet cracks) from the tap to just above the staining line.
This is an acid.
- Use protective eyewear, gloves and clothes.
- Try to avoid splashing.
- Keep any remaining powder out of the reach of children.
I waited until the house was empty for the day, free of my little girl and OH, and gave the solution a few hours to get to work.
After a while the solution turned a really horrid brown colour. I flushed the toilet (taking care not to splash the acidic solution everywhere) and then checked how the bowl was.
I needed to clean away the final staining using an old toothbrush, but actually I was amazed with the results! My bowl was spotless!
Now I know that citric acid is a great natural cleaner for everyday use when diluted, but this just shows how effective it can be even in the most extreme circumstances. I am delighted to get my toilet back to looking pristine.
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