How to clean badly stained toilet

Have toilet bowl stains begun popping up? If so, you’re not alone. These unwelcome guests range from mineral deposits to organic residues and it’s a good thing you’re looking for ways to get rid of them. Toilet stains pose not only an aesthetic issue but also a hygienic concern. Let’s dive into eco-friendly cleaning strategies to erase these stains and ensure your toilet’s clean without using toxic chemicals. Here’s how to clean a badly stained toilet. 

In this article:

  • Types of Toilet Stains
  • Proactive Stain Prevention
  • Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for Removing Toilet Stains
  • Step-by-Step Guide to a Natural Clean
    • Step 1: Prepare your cleaning supplies
    • Step 2: Flush the toilet
    • Step 3: Apply baking soda
    • Step 4: Apply the white vinegar
    • Step 5 (optional): Apply citric acid
    • Step 6: Scrub 
    • Step 7: Rinse
    • Step 8: Check out the results
    • Maintain to sustain
  • When to Call the Pros
  • Conclusion

Types of Toilet Stains

Understanding the nature of toilet bowl stains is pivotal for removing them. Mineral stains form from hard water. If that’s what you’re dealing with, then you should check our detailed guide on how to remove limescale from your toilet bowl. Bodily waste over the years results in organic marks. They’re yellowish or brownish in colour. They’re easy to identify. Mould stains are also to be expected, considering your bathroom is a warm and damp place. They’re blackish or greenish in colour and might be accompanied by a damp smell. Rust stains form from corroded fixtures. It’s dark brown in colour so it’s hard to mistake it for organic stains.  Each demands a distinct approach. Regular cleaning, especially in a city like London, is essential to maintain both the hygiene and aesthetics of your toilet bowl.

Proactive Stain Prevention

If you don’t want to deal with the nightmare of removing stains from your toilet bowl, ward them off before they take hold. Regular flushing, weekly cleaning, and keeping the toilet dry (particularly under the rim) can significantly hinder organic stains and mould formation. Routine checks for leaks and fixing drips are also crucial to prevent rust stains. As for limescale, the best way to approach it is by regularly cleaning your toilet with white vinegar. If you don’t like the smell, you’re not alone. The good news is you can make scented vinegar at home. This way, you’ll not only keep your toilet bowl free from limescale, but you’ll keep your bathroom fresh. 

Eco-Friendly Cleaning Products for Removing Toilet Stains

Turn to nature’s own cleaners – vinegar, baking soda, and citric acid. These environmentally-friendly options are not just effective against stains but are also safe and non-toxic. That’s a significant advantage over their chemical counterparts in my book. You’re probably wondering if they really work. They do. Check out our cleaning recipes for more effective homemade cleaning products.

Step-by-Step Guide to a Natural Clean

Now, onto the “fun” part – the actual cleaning. We’ve procrastinated enough – time to clean those stains right out of the toilet bowl! Here’s how step-by-step:

Step 1: Prepare your cleaning supplies

Gather your arsenal: white vinegar, baking soda, citric acid or lemon, a toilet brush, gloves, and a spray bottle. We don’t want to be running around looking for cleaning supplies in the middle of the toilet cleaning process. Also, ensure good ventilation in your bathroom. We’re not going to be using harsh chemicals, but still – safety must always come first.

Step 2: Flush the toilet

A preliminary flush moistens the bowl and aids the adherence of cleaning agents to stains.

Step 3: Apply baking soda

Generously sprinkle baking soda around the bowl. Focus on stained areas. Baking soda’s mild abrasive properties will help loosen the stains.

Step 4: Apply the white vinegar

Pour white vinegar over the baking soda, targeting stains and rim areas. For stubborn stains, a vinegar-filled spray bottle ensures even coverage. This will give you a fizzing reaction which will loosen the stains. NoteDo not mix baking soda and white vinegar before you apply them to the toilet bowl. They’ll cancel each other out and all you’ll be left with will salt water – not an ideal cleaning solution.

Step 5 (optional): Apply citric acid

Apply citric acid or rub a lemon half on stains for hard water marks and natural disinfection. This is particularly useful if you’re dealing with stubborn limescale deposits.

Step 6: Scrub 

Once the fizzing stops, scrub the bowl. Make sure to reach all stained areas and hidden spots under the rim.

Step 7: Rinse

A final scrub followed by a flush rinses away the cleaning mixture and any residual stains.

Step 8: Check out the results

Examine the toilet for leftover stains. Repeat the process if the stains are still there.

Maintain to sustain

Adopt a weekly cleaning routine to prevent stain accumulation. Daily brushing helps, too.

When to Call the Pros

In extreme cases of mineral buildup or corrosion, don’t hesitate to seek professional cleaning services in London. They bring specialised tools and expertise to the table.


By embracing these green cleaning methods, you’re not just maintaining a sparkling toilet but also contributing to a healthier environment. The journey to a clean and sustainable bathroom starts with simple, natural steps. And, as always, if you need us, we’re never more than a phone call away.

Samyx Cleaning - Branding Consultant, Author - Atanas
Author: Atanas Dzhingarov

Hi, I’m Atanas - brand consultant and writer. I’m helping Samyx Cleaning create the best cleaning company blog on the Internet. Join us on our journey and learn how to live a cleaner, healthier, happier life in the process.