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Question DetailsAsked on 3/16/2017

Half of my toilet bowl is yellow stained, how to remove???

Tried bleach without success!!

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Several methods, depending on the exact chemistry of the deposits causing the staining - first flush the toilet with the tank cover off (assuming tank-type), and as soon as the flush starts and is underway manually close the flapper or tube that allow the tank water to flow into the bowl (though about 3 inch hole in bottom of tank) so the bowl does not refill after the flush finishes. You will also have to unhook the refill tube from the fill valve that goes into the vertical tube at the back of the tank, to prevent it from refilling the bowl through the riser tube. (I not up to doing this, you can turn off the water valve at the wall before flushing - but you run the risk that, because it is rarely used, it will leaks a bit afterwards around the stem - commonly but not always the stem leak dries up after a day or so).

This leaves the bowl mostly empty of water.

Then line the inside of the bowl (everywhere above water level where it is yellowed) with a single layer of toilet paper (to retain the cleaning material), and saturate it with the cleaner. Depending on what is causing the staining, white vinegar (not brown - can cause brown stain), chlorine bleach (which already failed for you evidently), or LimeAway spritzed/dribbled onto the toilet paper and into the water at the bottom of the bowl and let sit about 30 minutes commonly does it - followed by scrubbing the toilet to break away the material loosened up by the soaking, then turning the water back on and flushing toilet. If your toilet is a poor flusher, capture about half the toilet paper with the toilet brush and hold it back for a second flush, but most can handle the 20 or so square of toilet paper needed to line the inside of the bowl.

Some people also swear by Scrubbing Bubbles, though I don't know how it works on lime or iron mineral buildup.

If that does not get it all, sometimes you have to scrub the toilet with the toilet brush (stiff bristle one) with non-abrasive chlorine cleaner like Comet or Ajax - or with TSP or Borax powder (though the latter two are somewhat abrasive expecially until dissolved so you can scratch the porcelain finish, which promotes future accumulations of mineral buildup or mold).

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