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How To Wash Rust In The Toilet At Home, How To Quickly Get Rid Of Yellow Smudges With Improvised Means
How To Wash Rust In The Toilet At Home, How To Quickly Get Rid Of Yellow Smudges With Improvised Means

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How to Win the Toilet Rust Battle

the toilet is shining
the toilet is shining

Only one detail can spoil the impression of the most beautiful and expensive repair in the toilet - rusty smudges on the toilet. The main reason for the appearance of this trouble is improper care of the plumbing. Those who are familiar with the problem firsthand can blame everything on impurities in the water. Yes, of course, water quality also plays a significant role, but rust stains on sanitary ware can be removed with some effort.


  • 1 Professional methods

    1.1 Video: how to clean the rust inside the toilet cistern

  • 2 Folk remedies

    • 2.1 Oxalic acid
    • 2.2 Car battery electrolyte
    • 2.3 Whiteness or other chlorine bleaches
    • 2.4 Vinegar essence and soda
    • 2.5 Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia
    • 2.6 Citric acid
    • 2.7 Cola and other carbonated drinks

      2.7.1 Video: how to remove rust from a drain using Pepsi

  • 3 Prevention

Professional methods

Using store-bought cleaning products is the easiest way to solve the problem of removing rust from the toilet. By the way, unsightly spots can be not only on the toilet, but also in the cistern. Rust removers will be the same. Moreover, if you have changed the toilet, and the cistern remains old, then be sure to attend to the issue of cleaning it. Otherwise, the new "white friend" will soon be overgrown with bloom. You can choose one of three types of products:

  • abrasive powders such as pemolux. The cleaning process is to apply an abrasive to the cloth and wipe off the rusty stain. After a 15–20 minute procedure, the residues of the product are washed off. The option is rather tedious, despite its effectiveness. A significant disadvantage is that as a result of the action of the powder on the surface of the toilet bowl or cistern, microcracks form, which are even more susceptible to contamination. And next time, scrubbing may not be so successful, as the stains will eat into the pores of the material from which your bathroom is made. For the same reason, you cannot remove rust mechanically, that is, scrape off with sharp objects;
  • alkaline foods. For example, Domestos. Due to the content of caustic sodium, rust will dissolve without affecting the surface. Simply apply the product to the problem area for 15–20 minutes, and then rinse it off. There is practically no effort, but for heavily stubborn stains, the method may be powerless.

special acidic agents marked "Anti-rust". For example, the well-known Silith and Dressing Duck. The principle of use will be the same as with alkaline ones. Only you need to apply acid either on earthenware or porcelain. If the toilet is covered with enamel, then the surface of the "white friend" will become porous, rough, and, therefore, will absorb all the dirt more and faster

5 bottles of chemical cleaning agents
5 bottles of chemical cleaning agents

Liquid cleaners in curved-necked bottles are easy to apply under the rim of the toilet

Video: how to clean the rust inside the toilet cistern

Folk remedies

It is not for nothing that we have grouped household chemicals according to the principle of action, because acids and alkalis can be used not only in the form of professional rust cleaners. So, what methods does folk thought offer, not alien to the knowledge of chemical reactions?

Oxalic acid


  1. We put acid on a cloth.
  2. We wipe the rust stain.
  3. Leave for 7-10 minutes and rinse off.

If the contamination is very strong, then we mix oxalic acid with a solution of hydrochloric acid in a 1: 1 ratio, apply it with three brushes and leave for 20-30 minutes. It remains only to wash off. Just keep in mind that if the system has plastic pipes, this method is not suitable.

Oxalic acid bag
Oxalic acid bag

The effect of oxalic acid can be enhanced by adding hydrochloric acid, but only if the pipes are not metal

Car battery electrolyte

  1. Apply to pollution.
  2. We wait 15 minutes and wash off.

It should be remembered that working with electrolytes can be hazardous to health, therefore, safety precautions must be followed. A person working with this dangerous substance must have serviceable overalls and protective equipment. Overalls should be made of dense wool, not corroded by electrolyte, rubber boots, gloves, an apron and goggles are required.

Canister and 2 bottles of electrolyte
Canister and 2 bottles of electrolyte

Electrolyte is considered the most effective anti-rust agent

Whiteness or other chlorine bleaches

Fill the pollution with chlorine. We leave it overnight (provided that the hood is working), in the morning with three brush and wash it off.

Vinegar essence and soda

This method is suitable for those who are alien to cars and do not know where oxalic acid is sold (by the way, you can find it in hardware stores), but is well versed in baking. The method of application does not differ from that described above with an electrolyte. However, the popular cleaning hit "vinegar + soda" is more often used.


  1. We heat 1 glass of 70% vinegar to a temperature of 45 degrees.
  2. Add 1 tablespoon of baking soda.
  3. We apply to the problem area. If we are talking about the area under the rim, then for convenience we use a bottle with a narrow spout.
  4. After 10-12 hours, wash off.
  5. We repeat the procedure until the rust disappears.
Soda cartons
Soda cartons

Soda enhances the effect of vinegar essence

Hydrogen peroxide and ammonia


  1. We make a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and ammonia in a ratio of 1: 5.
  2. Apply to dirty areas.
  3. After half an hour, rubbing the dirt with a brush, wash off.

Lemon acid

2 packets of citric acid
2 packets of citric acid

Citric acid is the most affordable tool for removing rust stains from the toilet, though not the most effective

It should be noted that this method is only suitable if the rust spots are fresh and not too large.


  1. Pour lemon on a rag.
  2. We wipe the pollution.
  3. Leave for 1–1.5 hours and wash off.

Another method suitable for fresh small stains: apply the paste to the rust, three times and rinse off after half an hour.

Cola and other carbonated drinks

Only fresh stains can be removed with drinks.


  1. Pour 1 liter of cola to the problem area. If we are talking about a tank or a section under the rim, then you need to soak a rag with Sprite, attach.

    A can of cola is poured down the toilet
    A can of cola is poured down the toilet

    The action of carbonated drinks is based on the content of a small amount of phosphoric or citric acid

  2. We leave for 1 hour.
  3. We wash off with water.

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In order not to return to the issues of cleaning rust, we offer a short course of prevention of rust stains on the toilet or in the cistern:

  • if water leakage from the tank is detected, then it should be urgently eliminated;
  • Once every 7 days it is necessary to treat the "white friend" with a chlorine cleaner for plumbing;

    Cleaning the toilet bowl with a brush
    Cleaning the toilet bowl with a brush

    Regular weekly cleaning and disinfection is the best way to prevent stubborn dirt

  • 1 time in 30 days it is worth cleaning the surface with Silit or its analogs;
  • in order to prevent rust in the tank or in the drain, it is recommended to purchase special tablets that are placed in the tank (or suspended under the rim). A bonus to this measure will be the aroma that appears after each flush;
  • if possible, it is better to buy a porcelain toilet, since the surface of the faience will be too porous, which means it is prone to the growth of rust spots.

Despite the fact that cleaning rust is a laborious process, the result justifies the effort. The only caveat: with old dirt, cleaning will have to be repeated until the stains are washed off. And the choice of an industrial or folk remedy depends on the cleaning preferences of a particular housewife.

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