At what time in life did I reach the point in which I knew I would be excited to post on the internet how I clean my toilets? I know while I was in college I would not have sat around a table and dished with my friends about scrubbing nastiness off the john. In fact, I don’t even think I cleaned my john in college…except when moving in and moving out. I was too busy. But friends – when I finally got the hard water stains cleaned off my toilet, I had to rejoice!
The first thing that entered my mind was “Oh my gosh! I have to blog about this!” See…that’s how my life rolls now. If I do something exciting, I have to blog about it. So, I apologize in advance if you’re not totally excited about this like I am…just shake your head and chalk it up to the fact that Stacy is just bored and nuts.
So, here they are. I’m not sure how they got there. I feel like they popped up overnight. They were driving me crazy. When I would use the potty, I would attempt to not look directly in the bowl. I’d already tried scrubbing them off with my usual toilet cleaner, Borax. That didn’t work. I’ll even tell you that I tried scratching them off with my fingernails. Nothing.
Did you know that the water in a toilet bowl is really cold? It’s like there is ice in there or something. BRRRRR!!! Don’t try sticking your hand down in that water unless you want a shock. But anyway, I digress. So, of course I had to dig out my awesome book, The Big Book of Hints From Heloise. I got this book when we got married and I use it all the time. It’s a gold mine, y’all. Buy one and save your sanity.
So, what does Heloise say? Scrub those puppies with a pumice stone! Yes, you heard me…do you know that I had to go out and buy one? I didn’t have one. I don’t have time to scrub the bottom of my feet with a pumice stone to make them all nice and soft – because folks, I’ll be honest – if I get a bath and use some soap, I feel like I’ve really accomplished something.
I found a blue one at the Dollar Tree for…$1. In hind sight, I would rather have had one without the blue tint, because then I had to clean the blue tint off too…but things that are $1 usually make me happy enough to deal with it.
Now, wet the stone down and start scrubbing. It won’t take much pressure, but you will have to use a scrubbing motion. Some stains will take more work than others, but keep rubbing and they’ll eventually come off. Try not to think about the fact that you’re sitting in the floor, scrubbing your toilet with your head almost in there…..or else you might get a little bit nauseated and you might think about vomiting…or so I’ve heard from OTHER PEOPLE. *Cough*
TA DA!!! Aren’t you as astonished as I am?! Do you know why it works? I do…because I had to look it up. Pumice is a stone that’s softer than porcelain….so it gets rid of the stain without harming the toilet. Now, make sure you have a porcelain toilet. As far as I know, most toilets are porcelain…..but I know there has to be an exception to that rule. Someone somewhere has a toilet that is not porcelain – so this is my disclaimer.
I cannot believe I took a picture of my toilet and posted it on the internet for the whole free world to see. I’ve really changed from my college days. Please tell me I’m not the only one excited about this?
*This post is linked at Simple Lives Thursday on GNOWFGLINS, at Barn Hop #50 at Homestead Revival, at Works for Me Wednesday on We Are That Family, at Frugal Days Sustainable Ways at Frugally Sustainable, and at Weekend Whatever on Your Thriving Family.