How to Remove Rust Stains from the Toilet Bowl Naturally

6 February 2023
Est. Reading: 2 minutes
What's in This Guide?
Cleaning Items You'll Need.
Protective rubber gloves
White Vinegar
Toilet Paper
Wet/Dry Vacuum or Cup


The battle with cringe-worthy rust stains in your toilet bowl, is enough to drive you up the wall. Normal bathroom cleaners will not remove rust stains, no matter how hard you scrub.

What is the cause of rust in your toilet, you may ask?

This is only caused by high concentrations of iron in the water. These, in turn oxidize when exposed to air and turn into those embarrassing red-brown stains.

Luckily, there is an easy way to remove rust stains. The trick is using the correct cleaning products.

In this article, we will show you how to remove stubborn rust stains from your toilet both efficiently and effectively.

Step-By-Step Instructions

Five simple steps to remove rust stains from your toilet bowl.

Step One:
Empty the water out of the toilet bowl.

  • Turn off the water supply to your toilet and flush.
  • Remove the remaining water at the bottom of the bowl with a wet-dry vacuum or scoop it out with a cup.

Step Two:
Pour vinegar in its place (we used about 2 litres).

Step Three:
Get your toilet paper and soak it in the reservoir of vinegar. Then place it in the rim so that the rust stain and vinegar come into contact.

Step Four:
Leave it to soak for about 3 and a half hours for light stains. Leave it longer for stubborn stains.

Step Five
Remove the toilet paper from the rim. The stain should have migrated onto the toilet paper and been lifted off the toilet rim.

Final Thoughts on Removing Rust Stains From Your Toilet

It goes without say, clean your bowl regularly. Cleaning your bowl once a week will help to minimise the rust build-up.

Do you want to learn how to make a natural bathroom? One that is chemical free and perfect for cleaning your toilet. Find out more.

Watch The Video

Share it with the world!
cleaning warehouse logothe wikid agency logorugspa logo