A little maintenance often leads to yellow stains in urinals and toilets. That’s an eyesore for sure! You can save yourself from this embarrassment if you know how to remove yellow stains from toilet.
A clean and shiny toilet defines you and your humble home. Due to less cleaning or whatever reasons, if you notice any such stains including black rings on the toilet bowl or seat, this guide will help you make it shiny again.
In total, you will get 5 proven to be effective techniques to deal with such stubborn stains!
5 Guides To Remove Stubborn Stains From Toilet
You can have a dirty toilet base, seat, and bowl. Each requires a different mechanism to clean them. Yet, nothing to worry about here.
At the end of reading this guide, you will learn the right way of giving your toilet a thorough cleaning.
However, a missing cleaning element in the middle of cleaning will diminish your enthusiasm and hamper the process.
So, before you start cleaning the toilet seat first, get a coffee and make sure you have those items in your easy access:
- A toilet brush/sponge.
- Rubber glove.
- A bucket.
- Old toothbrush.
- Baking soda, Bleach, a bathroom cleaner.
- White Vinegar.
- Toilet cleaner.
- Paper towel/rag.
Method 1: Use Bleach To Clean Toilet Seat & Bowl
From home-made solutions to highly recommended cleaning products, I will show you how to clean all the parts of your toilet in various ways.
But first, let’s remove the yellow stains from your toilet seat & bowl with bleach. Because to sanitize and disinfect toilets, bleach is second to none!
However, do not use the bleach on any rusty parts of the toilet to avoid further damages. Follow these steps:
- Wear your rubber glove and a mask to cover your mouth and nose.
- Get a measuring cup and pour ¼ of bleach into that cup.
- Open the toilet lid and pour the bleach into the toilet seat and edge of the seat. Use a rag or towel to wipe any bleach spillover on the floor.
- Get the bucket and fill it with water. Mix 1/3 or the remaining bleach into the bucket to form a bleach solution.
- Completely remove the seat and dip it into the bucket. Let it sit there for 10 minutes. Depending on how stubborn the yellow stain is, you may need to increase the time.
- Use the toilet brush to scrub the seat until all the stains fade. You can repeat the soaking and scrubbing until all the stains fade completely.
- Now, scrub the bowl with the brush and other parts of the toilet. Flush two or three times when done scrubbing.
- Rinse and towel dry the toilet seat.
- Reattach the toilet seat carefully and you are done!
This method seems labor-intensive and requires massive efforts. You should clean the toilet at a regular interval so that you don’t have to apply this method a lot.
Keeping it clean will prevent stain accumulation. So, it will require your minimal effort to clean it the next time.
Method 2: Use Vinegar To Clean The Toilet
Sometimes, the bleach can’t remove the hard stains. So, you need something to render such hard stains powerless.
The vinegar has some natural ingredients to render them loose! You can even use the vinegar to clean toilet siphons! Follow these steps to remove the toilet stains with vinegar:
- Soak the paper towel with distilled white vinegar. Soak a couple of them. You can easily find such a bottle of vinegar from the online store.
- Your toilet seat needs to be covered fully with such fully damped pieces of paper towel.
- Let the damped paper sit there for 2 hours and then remove them.
- Use the toilet brush to scrub the seat gently.
- Keep scrubbing and pouring more vinegar until all the hard stain is completely gone.
- Use a damp cloth to wipe clean. Use a good disinfectant and freshener later.
If you notice a bad smell due to the urine and the freshener is not doing a good job, you can make a vinegar mix to remove the unpleasant smell too.
Various microorganisms cause such a bad smell. If you can kill them, you can get rid of the smell too. Here is a deadly weapon to kill such microorganisms.
Fill a spray bottle with such vinegar. Heat up the bottle for 1 minute in the microwave. Hot vinegar is a deadly machine to kill fungus and bacterial.
Spray the vinegar on the toilet bowl surface. Wait for a couple of minutes. Flush the toilet and you are done. Use any odor remover if you can’t tolerate the smell of vinegar.
Method 3: Clean The Toilet With Baking Soda
Another great alternative to using bleach and vinegar is baking soda. Yes, the baking soda is perfectly capable of removing the unholy sight of your dirty toilet.
It’s a much subtler solution for people who don’t like the idea of touching bleach.
Also, using bleach requires a massive effort. So, let’s see the right way to clean your toile with baking soda in this step by step approach:
- Every household should have a germ-killing toilet cleaner in stock. Apply the cleaner to the toilet seat surface and let it sit there for 10 minutes.
- Use a wet towel to wipe off the cleaner after 10 minutes.
- Get a bucket and add 50 ml of warm water. Pour one-quarter of baking soda into the warm water and stir to form a paste.
- Smear the paste on all the strained surfaces and where you notice yellow stain around the toilet base. Let the paste sit there for 10 minutes as well.
- Use a sponge or a toilet brush to scrub the seat and other surfaces of the toilet in a circular motion.
- If required, add the paste again to the hard stained surfaces and keep scrubbing repeatedly.
- Rinse the toilet with water and towel dry.
- Apply a disinfectant to the surfaces and wipe off with a towel to get a fresh smelling and sparkling toilet.
Method 4: Vinegar + Baking Soda (The Ultimate Solution)
It becomes hard to prevent hard water stains in the toilet when your area has a hard water source only. You need something deadly to render them loose.
To deal with such hard water stains and the yellow stains from the constant urination, a solution mix of white vinegar and baking soda is far better than any other solution you can imagine.
It becomes a powerful toilet cleaner when the two mix together! The mix is even better than most other commercial toilet cleaners out there. More importantly, it’s safe to use, unlike chemically-enriched cleaners.
The mix is safe for you and your toilet. Let’s see how to apply this method in this step by step guide:
- Get a small bowl. Mix ¼ cup of both white vinegar and baking soda into the bowl. Make a paste.
- Dip an old toothbrush into the paste and start scrubbing over such yellow stains.
- Let the paste sit on the stains for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Soak a towel with warm water and start removing the paste from the toilet surface.
- It should take care of the problem. But if you don’t get the desired result in your first trial, repeat the entire process again.
- As the last step, throw a toilet cleaner tablet in the tank and flush your toilet several times to remove the waste.
Method 5: How To Clean Toilet Bowl Stains With Coke?
Not just the bowl, you can apply the coke to clean the seat as well. This may sound absurd but if you watch some YouTube videos, you will see it works like charm!
The reason it’s so effective is its main ingredient – the phosphoric acid. And this ingredient is highly effective to break limescale.
Follow these steps and see how it works like a magic!
- Sprinkle cola into the toilet bowl just like you would with Harpic or something like that. Let it sit there for a while.
- Get a small bucket and add cola to it. Damp a piece of cloth or towel with the cola.
- Place the damped cloth on the toilet seat and keep it there for 10 minutes.
- Lastly, scrub the whole toilet with a scrubbing brush and rinse with clean water.
- Use any good disinfectant and freshener as the last step.
Coke is never meant to clean your toilet. Of course, it cleans your toilet but keeps in mind that it’s not a disinfectant. In fact, some bacteria love cola!
So, I don’t recommend this method to be used often. You can apply this method only when none other methods work for your situation.
Cleaning the toilet should not be a daunting or difficult task. Give it a regular cleaning. There won’t be any black rings or yellow stains from the urine.
I have discussed 5 methods on how to remove yellow stains from toilet already. That’s enough to give your toilet a new look.