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brown stain in bottom of the toilet bowl

Do you find that no regardless of how hard you scrub the toilet, it never seems to be clean enough these days? Don't be too harsh on yourself; your cleaning abilities aren't the issue. The cause is most likely stubborn discoloration in the toilet bowl. You can rest assured, however, that once you understand the origin of the stains, cleaning them will be much easier. It won't take nearly as much effort as you think!

What causes hard-to-remove stains in the toilet bowl?

The appearance of various colored spots around the toilet rim, as well as inside the bowl at the water level, is caused by a variety of circumstances. It's critical to understand what you're up against in order to apply the most effective cleaning approach.

Here are a few of the most typical stains found in toilet bowls:

Calcium deposit

Limescale deposits are the most common cause of yellow stains. They're caused by hard water, which is high in minerals that build up over time and show up in the toilet bowl. These minerals can eventually build up in your pipes, clogging your toilet. Calcium deposits have a rigid structure, which makes stain removal even more difficult. As a result, if you can prevent minerals from forming inside your toilet bowl by removing even the tiniest formations early on, you'll save yourself a lot of trouble later.

Rust stains are a common occurrence.

Rust is most likely the cause of dark brown or red discoloration in the toilet bowl. The reddish patches could be caused by pipe corrosion, but they could also be caused by iron in the water reacting with oxygen to generate iron oxide. Rust stains might be difficult to remove due to the white color of the toilet bowls and the porcelain material. And it's certainly not a pleasant sight!

Stains of blue color

These stains are typical in locations where the water is very acidic and rich in copper. Unfortunately, removing the stain from the toilet bowl only once will not prevent it from reappearing because the water will continue to flow. However, you can clean the toilet more frequently than usual and consult with a plumber.

Mold stains

It's difficult not to notice them because they cause not just the dark green or black patches but also a musky, unpleasant odor in your bathroom. Mould will only multiply if not removed quickly, so don't overlook this issue. Because the fungus is extremely toxic to inhale, it's even more important to act fast.

How to get the stains out of your toilet bowl as quickly as possible

Cleaning the stains from the toilet bowl isn't fun, but it's required. Whether you're dealing with rust spots or hard water build-up, giving the discoloration more time can simply make it worse, causing you additional labor and frustration.

It's a good idea to start with simple, environmentally friendly solutions. If your toilet bowl has lesser stains, you can use several DIY natural solutions to try to remove them.

Borax/baking soda with white vinegar

What better method to whiten the toilet bowl than with a paste made from baking soda and vinegar, two of the most regularly used eco-friendly household cleaners? Borax, a white crystal that dissolves instantly in water, can also be used in place of the first. They can assist eliminate hard water stains and restore your toilet bowl's beautiful white color:

  1. Apply a liberal amount of baking soda or borax to the discolored areas.
  2. Scrub a little with the toilet brush and disperse the powder.
  3. Pour 112 cup white vinegar into the mixing basin.
  4. Allow 15-30 minutes for the remedy to work.
  5. Rinse.
  6. If there are still stains visible, repeat the process.

NOTE :> Regardless of the cleaning method you choose, avoid using metal brushes when scrubbing the toilet bowl. After that, there's a good chance you'll notice scratch marks, which are difficult to miss or remove from a completely white toilet bowl.

Essential oils and lemon juice   

Lemon juice is known for its ability to whiten surfaces and, because to its acidic characteristics, it can help remove any yellow discoloration and calcium build-up, albeit some scrubbing will be required. Here's how you proceed to achieve the best results:

  1. Make use of a fresh spray bottle.
  2. 1 cup lemon juice, diluted with at least 10-15 drops of essential oils (we recommend you use lemon, tea tree oil, lavender, which work well against mold formations).
  3. Spray the entire toilet bowl, paying special attention to the stains.
  4. Scrub for a few minutes and then leave it on for around 15 minutes.
  5. Clean and check the toilet.
  6. Repeat the technique if you still see yellowing or any other evident symptoms of rust or other stains.


Although not a true natural toilet bowl cleanser, coke can nevertheless be used to remove rust, water, and hard water stains. This works great for light or heavy limescale build-up, and the greatest part is that you don't have to clean the toilet bowl:

  1. Pour a lot of Coca-Cola into the toilet bowl. If there is staining around the rim, be careful to cover it as well
  2. Leave the liquid on for as long as possible, even overnight, without scrubbing.
  3. After that, give it a rinse.
  4. If you're dealing with a very stained toilet bowl, you may need to use specialized cleaning products with a chemical formula. The following are some ideas:


It makes cleaning your toilet bowl a breeze. Wait a few minutes after spraying it on the spots before removing it. The most

an essential thing to remember is not to flush the product down the toilet, but rather to wipe it down with a clean cloth.


We recommend using bleach only in the worst-case scenario because it is exceedingly caustic and harmful. Remember to use protective gloves and open a window to allow the hazardous gases to escape. You may need to leave it on for at least 15 minutes, but if the scent bothers you, simply close the toilet until it's time to rinse.

What is the best way to keep the toilet bowl clean?

Going to all this bother to remove the stains from the toilet bowl just to have to do it all over again in a week or two seems unfair.

As a result, follow these guidelines:

  1. It's advisable to clean more thoroughly more frequently, especially if you're dealing with hard water stains that can quickly accumulate.
  2. At least once every few days, spray vinegar into the toilet bowl.
  3. Keep an eye on how your toilet looks. If stains persist despite your best efforts to clear them, there may be a more significant problem with the pipes or water that needs to be evaluated by a professional.


  1. Take the time to figure out what kind of stain you have, why it appeared in the first place, and how to effectively get rid of it.
  2. From an environmental and health standpoint, using natural methods to remove stains is the best alternative. Heavy-stained toilet bowls, on the other hand, will want more elbow grease and chemical prowess.
  3. Scrub your toilet as often as you can, if feasible every day. That's the most effective technique to avoid stains.

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