You don’t need to scrub for days in order to remove hard water stains from a toilet or tub. Just one tool! We’re even going to talk about how to remove soap scum in just one minute!
This post originally went life April 2016 and has since been updated.
I have been neglecting some of the deep cleaning in our home. Instead, I choose to spend 15 minutes here and there to make sure our home is presentable, sanitary, and safe.
But the stuff that takes some elbow grease? I haven’t had it in me. I’m sharing the above picture in mild shame.
Please do not judge me, I swear we’re clean people! We have super hard well water so the tub can look like that in one week or less.
What you need to remove hard water stains from your tub and toilet:
Spoiler: all you need to get these pesky home spots are these three items. It’s taken me some trial and error to figure our what’s needed with minimal effort, but I FINALLY got it.
Having 3 kiddos under 7 means eveything I do needs to be streamlined.
Time is not a luxury when you have 2 little time bombs who could go a crying jag at any time. Because of this, I need to find ways to cut time where I can. I’ve found that in order to clean the tough spots of our bathroom, these are the only 3 things I need!
First: Remove Soap Scum in 1 Minute
Confused by the toilet cleaner? Don’t be! It’s your new best friend.
When we first moved into our house, the tub and walls of the shower were so nastily neglected. I could scrape off soap scum with my nail. Not necessarily where you want to shower, to say the least!
I actually used a Brillo pad in order to get it all off once and for all.
Thankfully, i f=igured out an easier way that won’t strip the varnish off the tile.
Your toilet bowl cleaner! Spray your tub with cleaner of your choice, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub, scrub, scrub!
It only took me 1 minute to do our whole tub. This works on the tub AND the shower walls. Amazing, I tell you!! Spray it down the with the shower head to rinse the ick off after.
The Crazy Easy Way to Remove Hard Water Stains from the Toilet and Tub
Our tub and toilet have looked like this since before we moved in.
I assumed it was some kind of stain that would never be gone unless we got a new tub, since no amount of scrubbing, bleach, special cleaners worked. There’s a bit of a dip in the tub there where water collects, so I assumed that was that.
I found and ordered these scouring sticks and was so excited to see if it would work.
Spoiler alert: It worked so well I immediately tried it on the toilet too.
How to use a scouring stick for hard water stains:
- Wet the stick. I suggest using gloves, especially if going into the toilet, but to each her own.
- Scrub stain.
- Rinse occasionally to see progress.
- This is after maybe 15 seconds of scrubbing:
After maybe 2 minutes I was totally done. The toilet took a bit longer, but that’s because the shape is weirder. Seriously, you guys! How amazing is that?!??! No elbow grease required.
Okay, so have you ever tried a Scouring Stone? Do you have a great trick for cleaning hard spots? Let me now in the comments!
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