If you’ve ever had toilet bowl rings and stains, you know that they seem next to impossible to remove. Toilet bowl rings are the result of hard water and mineral deposits that develop from standing water in the bowl or from the toilet not being flushed multiple times during the day. No amount of scrubbing, harsh chemical cleaners or bleach will completely remove this buildup. The solution to this is rather unexpected: PUMICE. The same thing that you might use for callused heals works for removing toilet rings. Crazy right?

Why does it work? Pumice is a natural volcanic rock that does a superior job at removing surface stains in toilet bowls without scratching the surface. I recommend NOT using the pumice stone you’d use for your feet in the toilet – this type of pumice is a little harder and if it’s gray or black it might add a visible scratch to your toilet bowl.

Better yet, there’s a product that’s softer than a traditional pumice stone and works even better AND it has a handle so that you don’t need to stick your hand in the toilet bowl. Yay! Simply rub the pumice around the interior of your toilet bowl where the ring is and that’s it! It couldn’t be much easier. The Pumie is a pumice stone specifically designed to clean your toilet rings and stains. You can use any pumice stone, but I like that this one has a handle and is designed specifically for toilet cleaning.

Here are the simple steps:

Clean your toilet the way you normally would – you’re using the pumice to remove those rings that you can’t remove with your usual toilet cleaning methods.

Use a bucket and pour water into the toilet until it manually flushes – you’ll hear a glugging sound. This will keep the water from filling up in the tank so you can properly remove the toilet rings.

Wet your pumice stone. Rub the stone on any rings and marks.

Flush, rinse and admire that sparkling toilet!

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