July 16, 2021
For years I struggled trying to figure out how to remove toilet ring from hard water in all the toilet bowls in my home. No cleaner I tried, no brush, and no amount of elbow grease worked. You know the ring I'm talking about, right? The dark, usually black but sometimes pink (weird) ring that forms at the top of the water line in your toilet bowls. It took awhile for me to even figure that it was hard water deposits that created the ring. I was getting worried that someone in my family had a serious digestive issue that produced bowel movements no cleaner or cleaning method could tackle. But, if you have hard water, you understand know the ring I'm talking about and how frustrating it is. No matter how hard you clean, it's still there, and it's really embarrassing. You worry that guests who come to your home to visit will think you never clean your toilets.

Then I found Pumie. I don't remember how I found it. I've been using it for several years now. I probably found it after hours and hours of searching on Google. Or I might have just stumbled upon it when shopping for other toilet cleaning supplies on Amazon, which is where I have always purchased it. But now that I blog about these kinds of things, I wanted to share how to get rid how get rid of rings in toilet bowls with the world, especially my home staging clients who are getting ready to sell a home..
Remove Toilet Ring

Pumie is so inexpensive and simple. It's a soft pumice stick that scrapes away the hard water ring in your toilet bowls. It can be used on several other surfaces, as well. According to the marketing copy on Amazon, Pumie also works on ceramic tile, porcelain, masonry, concrete and iron. However, I don't recommend using it on plumbing fixtures, such as drain stoppers, unless your sure it isn't covered in a painted metallic finish. I was getting hard water around my drain stoppers, and Pumie worked to remove the hard water there, too, but it also started to remove the chrome finish. I now know my drain stoppers are brass underneath that finish. (Fun fact: nothing is made with solid chrome. Instead, chrome plating is used. I learned this the hard way).

Pumie still takes a little time and elbow grease, but it's the only thing I've found that removes toilet bowl ring. There are several other similar pumice stones sold for cleaning toilet bowl rings that probably work just as well, but I haven't tried any other, so I can't testify to their effectiveness.

The pumice does wear away as you scrub. This part is actually useful, though, because the stick starts to form a slanted tip at the end, which helps you get the dark ring just under the rim of the toilet bowl, as well as other hard to reach places around your home that may have hard water deposits. Because it wears away, it needs to be replaced frequently, but it's cheap. I have a multi-pack shipped to me every couple of months using Amazon Subscribe and Save.

Have you found another great way to remove toilet bowl ring? Tell us about it in the comments below. I'd love to hear about it. I'm always searching for great cleaning hacks to share with my pre-listing consultation clients who are preparing a home for sale.

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