How To FINALLY Get Rid Of The Toilet Bowl Ring

We had a problem that drove me nuts. We had rings. Toilet bowl rings that wouldn’t go away. Now before you go thinking that I don’t clean my toilets, please think better of me. We regularly clean our toilets. Furthermore, I have tried a series of things to clean these rings but nothing touches them. After becoming more and more frustrated by our rings, I was desperate (and totally disgusted, it was embarrassingly gross).

Here’s the story. We have three toilets: one is pristine clean, one has a small ring issue and the third is my nemesis. Our house is seven years old, and for the first 4-5 years the toilet near my daughter’s room was rarely used. It basically just sat. The toilet near the guest room got some use, and the toilet in our master got regular use. Since those with the least use are the bowls with the issue, I am lead to believe this is a hard water issue. (Which I know we have.)

Alright, so here’s what I have tried…

  1. Cleaning it with toilet bowl cleaner (many brands with false promises)
  2. Cleaning it with toilet bowl cleaner with bleach (more brands, more false promises)
  3. Cleaning the bowl with multiple other brands of cleaners not intended for toilets…
  4. Those flushing tablet things – I can’t stand the blue water and chemical/bleach smell every time I flush
  5. Scrubbing the bowl with baking soda
  6. Scrubbing the bowl with Borax (a suggestion from a friend)
  7. Pouring cans of Coke in the bowl (also a friendly suggestion – the acid is supposed to dissolve the ring)
  8. And on and on… I promise I tried everything I could think of…

Then, one day my husband saw a product. The Pumie. I wasn’t hopeful, but for less than $10 it was worth a shot. I had tried everything else. I seriously thought I was going to have to buy a new toilet to get rid of the rings (not that I would find new toilet money in my budget, but I really thought there was no hope).

So The Pumie arrives… This unassuming pumice stone on a stick is my new best friend. No exaggeration necessary. Those rings that I have lived with for years were gone in five minutes.  Five minutes, two toilets, pristine once more. Even the lovely ladies and gentleman who have reviewed this product on Amazon sing its high praises (with a few negative nellies as always).

No longer do I feel ashamed when guest use my potty. No unsightly rings. The Pumie works, and I am a customer for life!

If you have toilet bowl rings, you need The Pumie. You will thank me later.

And now for the visual proof…

Pumie Before & After

And yes, for the record, the before picture was taken after being cleaned with my normal cleaner.


  1. I may have to try that. I give my a swirl with the smallest grit sandpaper and it takes the rings and stains right off without marring the toilet.

  2. Kathryn Slepicka Skokna says:

    I have used a pumice stone for over 10 years…it’s the only thing that works on these well water stains. I, like you, had tried everything. It’s cheap, lasts a long time, and it gets rid of the gross looking rings in the toilet! :) Wish I had known you were having that problem, would have told you…lol :)

  3. I don’t understand how a pumice stone won’t scratch the surface.

    • It isn’t like the pumice stone you use on your feet. It is MUCH softer. As you do it, bits of the pumice stone come off and it wears down fairly quickly. It might make microscopic scratches, but nothing I can see and I have been using for a while now :)

  4. I recently removed the laundry room bathroom because of similar issues. The bathroom was never used and had rings drove me nuts. Took it out and gave myself a bigger laundry room over Christmas/New Years Vacation.

  5. Our water comes from a well and has a LOT of minerals, so I thought I was doomed to the ring. I am SO going to buy one of these and not feel embarrassed to send guests to the toilet room any more!

  6. The trick is keep it wet- keep dunking it while you’re using it, as long as it’s wet it won’t scratch.

  7. Unfortunately, I have used a pumice stone for a long time now, and not only will it remove the stains, but now it has scratched the finish off over time due to reusing it again and again. I’m still trying to find a replacement other than the pumice.

  8. Christine N. says:

    I think that if you make a habit of using that bathroom more often and do a Flylady swish and swipe that the ring won’t develop as often. That’s been my experience with hard water and rings – that if you swish it with a toilet scrubber every two or three days you never get a ring in the first place.

  9. I’m buying the Pumie. I have tried everything that you did minus the Borax and Coke. I live in an old farm house with really hard water so toilet rings are my nemesis too. It’s embarrassing.

  10. I uses a pumice stone also to get the ring off are toilet bowls. You can buy them in the cleaning section at lowes for about $3 they don’t have the handle though just a long bar of pumice.

  11. I use gator paper. You buy it at either Home Depot or any hardware store that sells sheets of sandpaper. It is sandpaper that you can use in water, and it works just as well as a pumice stone. But I use a fine grit so you don’t feel like it is doing as much damage as a pumice stone. Plus you just cut off pieces, use and throw away. I promise it’s awesome!

  12. I have used the pumice stone before and fell in love with it! I cleaned a rental and in the rental the toilets were horrible and I used the pumice stone and they looked almost new!

  13. oh yes i love the pumice stone.. been using that for years. it just takes it right off :)

  14. You might want to try a little CLR in a spray bottle, leave it on for a while and rinse it off and you’ll have the same result without scratches. Do not breathe the stuff in (it’s caustic as hell) but this will remove EVERYTHING. We had a rental with hard water build up around the taps that was so thick it looked like caulk. Came off no problem.

    • Linda J. Grant says:

      I used CLR and a Dobbie scrub pad and LOTS of elbow grease
      on three of my toliets and they all look great now.

  15. just buy a water softener

  16. Kari Hanson says:

    I went through that same process, and came to the exact same conclusion. But my pumice isn’t on a stick. I just buy the normal block and where rubber gloves. Funny that those are never advertised on TV.

  17. Shaws pads are amazing too! I’ve always used them and rings are gone instantly. They come in small and large packages and there’s a handle for it too :) They have them at hardware stores. Thanks for sharing your tip!

  18. I work for a city and we have really bad water spots on our porcelain toilets, we have found sand paper to be our best friend we prefer it over the pumie stone. Only down side you want to stay away from the trim it can damage the metal.

  19. 220 sandpaper works great; just dip into water and scrub.

  20. This also works well for my gas stove. Of course I dont use the same one I use on the toilet. It does not scratch the surface… I love the pumice stone!!!

  21. I love our pumice stone…My mother just bought a house wherethe toilets were AWFUL…I had all four of them looking brand new in less then an hour!! I also pour about 1 cup white vinegar in each about a half hour before cleaning, and that also helps break down the buildup. The only thing that I cant figure out how to get clean is the back part of the hole at the bottom of the toilet…for the life of me I cant get rid of the staining!!

  22. I used the pumice stone for a long time. It no longer works. I can scrub and scrub until my arms are sore. I need something new!

  23. I just read an article in Reader’s Digest called something like “What Your House Cleaners Don’t Tell You.” Anyway, it said somewhere in the article to dissolve denture cleaning tablets in the water of your toilet, let it sit for awhile then you can easily scrub the ring away. Haven’t tried it yet, so I don’t know for sure, but figure it can’t hurt.

  24. MoneyPenny says:

    First world problem.

  25. I’ve used them for years. You can buy them at Smart & Final too. It’s truly THE ONLY thing that will completely get rid of the rings. I also use them in the sink around the drain.

  26. I’m so glad that someone mentioned FlyLady! I have been on that program for awhile now, I found her after having my son and started fluttering. But, I have been having the toilet ring since we moved into this place, so I know that it is not my fault, but it’s still embarassing to have people use our toilet. Today is bathroom cleaning day, so I’m going to try the trick that you mentioned. I don’t have the pumie, but I do have a soft pumice stone, and hoping that will help!

  27. I was told to wax the inside of your toilet with car wax and it will prevent the rings altogether. I haven’t tried it yet cause I still have to get rid of the ring but it’s worth a shot.

  28. Had the same problem. Tried the pumice stone and it didn’t really work for me. Now I use “The Works” disinfectant toilet bowl cleaner(the one with the blue lid) that I buy in the cleaning section of Dollar Tree. Works like a charm every time!!

  29. Dondna Joldersma says:

    We have a water softener and still get the ring… I have been using the pumice for awhile now! It is perfect… no scractches either.

  30. I can recommend using CLR! It removes calcium, lime and rust. I pour some into the toilet every couple of months. No scrubbing, no scratches. CLR simply dissolves the mineral deposits.

  31. Hmmmm…. I wonder if one of those non-abrasive steel wool things would work just as well? Might have to try that! Tired of hard water rings!!!

  32. I just ordered two! I really hope this works because we are about to move out of a rental and the maintenance guys said its from hard water.. but I dont want to be charged for anything! Thanks so much for the tip! Please work. lol

  33. White vinegar works great & no unhealthy chemicals or scratching! Plunge the toilet to get rid of most of the water, then use a tennis ball inside a knee-high nylon to plug up the hole. (You put it in the nylon so you can secure it to something & it won’t accidentally go down the drain.) Pour a gallon or two of vinegar in (really cheap stuff!) & leave it overnight. The hard water stains soften & will easily brush off in the morning.

  34. Vinegar also works for the hard water stains around faucets. I roll up paper towels & soak them in the vinegar then lay them around the faucet over the buildup. Leave for a few hours & it wipes off easily.

  35. Carla – don’t use steel wool, it will leave ugly scratches.

    We are on well water, have a softener and had hideous rings. I found a pumice scrubbing stone at Walmart (cleaning supply area) for $1.88. Much cheaper than everything else I tried without results. I used one stick and a tiny bit of a second to clean 4 toilets.

  36. Rosemary Raasch says:

    The above comments all make sense (about “rings” in the bowl), but how to get rid of the hard water deposits that have collected under the rim? I’ve tried it all, and haven’t had much luck at all! PLEASE send some ideas! Thanks!

  37. I have great results using dry wall sand paper. It’s flexible so it can easily be used on the deposits under the rim.

    • I agree, Sandra! I live in an area with extremely hard water and mineral deposits are a huge problem. They used to sell small pieces of what to me looked like gritty screen-type material at the grocery store for the purpose of removing the bowl rings. One day, my husband, who works at Home Depot, saw what I was using and told me it was just drywall sandpaper and that I could buy a whole package for about what that one small piece cost me!!

  38. Pumice stones are great!!! The were originally for the pool but many years ago my mom used them for her toilets and until this day she continues to use them on her toilet bowl rings. Now I do the same! Thanks for sharing. Glad we are not the only ones!


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