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We have really really hard water, and get these really disgusting lime buildup stains in our toilets in our bathtubs.  It looks like we have slovenly habits, and I hated how hard it was to clean the commodes.

My mom suggested I use a pumice stone, and.... oh my freaking goodness!!   Brendan came home and asked when I had installed a new toilet.  It looks so good!!!

So if you have hard water stains and you're trying to get them off of porcelain, check the cleaning aisle of your local megamart for cleaning pumice!  I purchased mine at Wal-Mart; it was on the dish detergent, steel wool, etc aisle.    It does take a bit of scrubbing, but with an utterly 'oh-my-god-that's-revolting' level of buildup, it took maybe 30 minutes.   With a lesser stain, took 2-3.

.... yes. I'm excited about cleaning product.  My life sucks.  You may laugh now.


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Sep. 12th, 2007 01:27 am (UTC)
we use cream of tartar to keep stains off, just pour some in the sink and the pots don't get stains. -hopefully helpful-

but gotta keep that in mind oo pumice stone..
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:09 am (UTC)
Ooooo. So you just put cream of tarter in the bowl, and it prevents the stains from sticking..? That's a neat trick!
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:12 am (UTC)
Yeah i put it either in the bow/pan/what ever is being washed or in the water itself.
Sep. 12th, 2007 01:56 am (UTC)
Believe it or not. That is useful. I am having hard water stain problems myself in the house.
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
I have extras! If you can't find them, I'll send a couple home with you in November. :D
Sep. 12th, 2007 02:29 am (UTC)
Oh yes, I'm laughing, but not at you... You see, I actually perked a bit at this information because I suffered the same quandry last month where I nearly dislocated my shoulder using a scrubby pad on this.

Though, I later made a homemade solution of detergent, EDTA and acetic acid at the lab and it removed the stains just as easily.

I'm domesticated already and I'm okay with that. :)
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:07 am (UTC)
Your geekitude exceeds mine. ;)

I've tried EVERYTHING for these damned toilets, and I'm currently reading up on options for attacking the tubs. I -think- they're fiberglass, so can't use the pumice scrubbie.

But hee. :) Glad to hear I'm not the only domestically challenged person out there. :)
Sep. 12th, 2007 04:05 am (UTC)
I've tried EVERYTHING for these damned toilets, and I'm currently reading up on options for attacking the tubs.

Here's a random idea. Have you thought about seeing if there is an LJ community dedicated towards questions on cleaning, joining it, and then posting your question? You might get an answer.

Sep. 12th, 2007 03:06 am (UTC)
Have you ever thought about getting a water softener? They are a few hundred at Sears and work wonders...
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:08 am (UTC)
We honestly may have to look at that... but do you know if they prevent lime buildup too?
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:13 am (UTC)
I'm not sure... I know it helped stop the build up on my shower glass door, my dishwasher works better, etc. Maybe google it?
Sep. 12th, 2007 03:24 am (UTC)
Doing so as I type this! :D
Sep. 12th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC)
No. They do not. Our house had one for 30+ years and we've had some pipes get lime buildup that needed replacing.
Sep. 12th, 2007 06:02 am (UTC)
Woah, thats pretty cool! I'll have to try and remember that one. Aaaand just because a person can get excited about a cleaning method or product, don't mean they've got no life, says I. ;>
Sep. 12th, 2007 07:12 am (UTC)
I wonder if just a plain old bar of lava soap would work?
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