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Question DetailsAsked on 4/21/2017

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What is best way to remove hardened xxxx from bottom of toilet

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Here is a prior question with suggestions on mineral buildup and staining.

When you say hardened, I presume you mean dried out liek in a toilet that was left fuyll and evaporated in an empty apartment or such. I would saturate and flush out what will move with full-hot water from the tub/shower (in a bucket) with a good shot of Dawn or similar liquid dish soap mixed in it, then for any remaining material left above the static toilet bowl water line after flushing, drape a single layer of toilet paper over the dried material (so it stays wet with wicking inbto the toilet paper from the water in the bottom of the bowl) - just a single layer and only where needed, so not enough to risk clogging the toilet.

Let sit for a number of hours (preferably over two), maybe with some additional liquid detergent or liquid enzyme type laundry stain remover like Shout drizzled over the top to further break it down - then flush after that period. Or if worried about clogging, use a bucket with full hot water and work from bottom toward top of the bowl bit by bit with the hot water, flushing the debris/paper down the toilet. Using a bucket allows you to control the water inflow so no risk of overflow.

If really stuck on, may need to do several soaking cycles like this to soften it all up, or use some elbow grease with a toilet scrub brush - but softening by wetting with detergent should pretty well do the job except for any residual staining and probably a waterline mold line, which you can handle using the methods in the first listed response.

Another possibility - a foaming cleaner (get one listed as safe for ceramics toilets and tubs) like Scrubbing Bubbles might work well, as might enzyme based "green" cleaners.

Another thing that some people swear by for cleaning dry tub and toilet surfaces (though you have to then apply detergent to remove the oil) is WD-40 spray.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD



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Answered 3 years ago by Member Services


I would use a pumice stone and scrape it off. Pumice stones work great on hard water and should work well on dry xxxx too! No scratches if done on porcelain. I made a video to show you how! Check out the source link


Answered 3 years ago by germzbegone


Looks like germzbgone is pushing its own commercial product - and gets a fail for the recommendation, because a pumice stone is one of the WORST things to use on porcelain. Pumice is frothed high-silica volcanic rock - thrown out of volcanoes as a highly gas-containing liquid, which then outgases as the high volcanic confining pressure is dissipated while it is airborne (basically just like shaving cream and whipped cream cans foam their products), forming a typically lighter than water very porous stone. Is HIGHLY abrasive, and will definitely scratch the heck out of porcelain or enamel paint or steel or other stone (which are the usual finish coatings on fixtures like tubs and basins and toilets). Use that and you will put scratches all over the toilet surface, which will then retain solids and stain up and serve as formation points for lime and iron deposits and such. (Ditto for stone sinks and countertops - I have seen some terribly scratched surfaces that has to be remilled to remove the scratches, or totally scrapped, because of the deep gouges from using pumice blocks or powder.

Use a non-abrasive cleaner - for stuck-on solids which are NOT due to mineral buildup, soaking (using toilet paper over it if above normal bowl water level) then scrubbing with normal toilet brush at least several hours later should remove it fine - you can use vinegar and baking soda for tougher dried-on deposits though even those should brush off fine after some hours of soaking under wet paper (sticking the toilet paper into the water at the bottom so it wicks up the paper and keeps it weet during the soaking period). If it has totally dried on, may take several cycles of above to remove the wetted, softened part, then re-cover to soak again to soften the remaining part.

Dribbling a few drops of liquid dish soap or liquid cleaner like 409, or an enzyme laundry detergent should also accelerate the process.

[One clarification on scratching versus abrasives - the safe-for-toilets and tubs cleaners like Ajax and Comet and such sell as powders, are non-scratching on fixtures for normal use, and are marketed as "non abrasive" because of that non-scratching design. However, they are actually "abrasives" in that they have components which "abrade" or scour away stuck-on deposits on the surface and "polish" it, so sprinkling some into the bowl and using it as a scouring powder (within reason) will remove deposits without damaging the surfacde - just be sure it is a brand-name product and states it is safe for toilets and porcelain surfaces.

Note - BarKeepersFriend and BonAmi powders state they are non-abrasive, but actually do contain abrasive powdered components which, if used forcefully or dry, will scratch and remove the gloss finish from appliances. Light, normally pressure wet use will not normally damage porcelain or enamel but will scratch polished soft stones like marble, and will scratch polished or chromed finish metal fixtures.

Answered 3 years ago by LCD


The classification as "WORST" recommendation is an extremely subjective one and does not apply in this case. However, I do concur with LCD to an extent. I don't own nor represent Pumie. I'm simply providing a non-toxic solution as opposed to offering a chemical laden approach.

If pumice stone is used improperly (i.e. not keeping it wet), then for sure you will have scratches all over the place. However, used properly, the porcelain surface (if truly porcelain) will survive scratch free. Any enamel coated surface will not be able to stand up to the pumice

If you are one to use chemicals to rectify cleaning situations, then by all means go ahead and poison the air the you breathe. Hopefully you don't suffer from any respiratory issues or have an allergic reaction to the chemicals you are treating with, have little kids that may play in the bathroom too much, or have any pets that drink out of the toilet.

Any chemical cleaner in your toilet is going to do a few things:

- interact with other chemicals in your water

- leave behind VOCs for several days

- most will contain a bleaching element which will simply turn colors "translucent" rather than actually remove what's on the surface. This means solid buildup happens faster and you have to clean it more frequently. Cleaning more frequently with chemicals places you at further risk of suffering from their effects.

Pick your poison (pun intended) or simply use the pumice stone properly.


Answered 3 years ago by germzbegone

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