Dealing with Toilet Rust Stains

Rust stains in your toilet bowl are unsightly and are often founds in homes where there is a high level of iron in the water. In older homes with iron pipes, the pipes may be naturally deteriorating and leaching iron into the water. The good news is that iron won’t harm you, but if don’t address it, it can further damage your plumbing system. Removing iron stains from your toilet is pretty easy. It’s important to stay on top of it so the cleaning process doesn’t become more difficult over time. The licensed plumbers at Atlas Butler can check your plumbing system to see how the iron situation can be remedied. In many cases, adding a water filtration (softening) system will remove excess iron from your water. With older homes with pipes that are wearing out, the solution is to replace the iron pipes with ones made from copper or PEX.

If you want to use natural products to remove rust stains from your toilet bowl, you’ll need white distilled vinegar and baking soda. Do not use bleach as it can actually exacerbate the rust stains. Flush the toilet and you can also temporarily shut off the water to keep the bowl from refilling while you’re cleaning it. Mix a 1:1 solution of water and vinegar and spray the toilet bowl. You can also use a 3:1 mixture of baking soda and vinegar to create a paste to apply to stubborn stains. Let the vinegar or paste set for a couple of hours, then scrub using a soft cloth or old toothbrush. Turn the water back on and flush the toilet. To stay on top of a rust problem, once a week, you can add  1-2 cups of vinegar to the toilet bowl, scrub and flush.  There are also commercial products you can buy to remove rust stains but some of them may contain harsher chemicals than natural solutions.

If you want to conduct further investigation of heavy iron presence in your water, contact Atlas Butler at 614-681-2183. We can help you determine if a water softening system is the best solution for your home or replace your existing toilet with a shiny new white one. Our phones are answered 24/7/365 and in most cases, are available for same-day appointments.