but first, toilets

Marian ParsonsMaster Bedroom, Tips and Tricks215 Comments

Warning: This post contains pictures of toilets that some readers may find disturbing.  Reader discretion is advised.  

If you know me at all, you know I am bursting to break out some paint in this new house!  But I’ve learned from a few moves that a place feels more like home once the toilets are cleaned to my satisfaction.

Sooo, before we talk about all of the fun stuff, I’m going to share about these toilets!  Yep.  A whole new house to blog about and we’re talking about toilets.

This house has hard water and it’s been vacant for a while, so there was an ugly build-up in all of the toilet bowls and who knows when they last had a good scrubbing.  Our last house had hard water as well, so I learned how to clean it up lickety-split and I thought that would be helpful information for other people with that issue.

This is how the toilets looked when we first got to the house…

Insert Psycho music and women with no sense of potty humor fainting.   I’m sure it’s not the worst toilet you’ve ever seen, but there’s lots of room for improvement.

The blue in the toilet is the toilet bowl cleaner I squirted into the bowl before I thought I would want to take pictures of my new toilet to share with a few thousand people. (And look, I even watermarked that picture.  There is no denying that toilet.)

Step 1 – Squirt in your favorite toilet bowl cleaner and let it sit for a bit.  Then, scrub the toilet bowl cleaner with a scrub brush and flush…

Then it’s time for the magic.

Step two – Use a Scouring Stick, which is like a pumice stone.  Maybe it actually IS a pumice stone?

Whatever it is, it takes hard water build-up right off.

Just scrub the build-up with the Scouring Stick.  The process will wear away the stick and you will see pieces of it in the toilet, but those will be carried away in the next flush.  Keep scrubbing and flushing until the build-up is gone.  This toilet only took a minute or two.

I then cleaned the rest of the toilet with Mrs. Meyers All Purpose Cleaner in Lavender.  I scrubbed the hinges with an old tooth brush to get into all of the nooks and crannies.

And it looks like a new toilet!

I also needed to clean the jetted tub in the master bath.  And, I must say, I am super excited about having a jetted tub!  This one needed some attention, though…

Before I tell you how I cleaned it, let me back up the camera and show you how the tub is situated…

Isn’t that pretty with the arch?  Such a great space and so much potential to make it even better.

The first challenge in cleaning this tub is that the water only came out of the spout in a trickle.  It probably would’ve taken me 3 hours to fill the tub and that isn’t an exaggeration.  There was hard water build-up in the faucet that was blocking the flow.  Vinegar is magical with this sort of thing.  I poured white vinegar in a ziplock back and banded it over the faucet.  It sat for about an hour and, once removed, the water flowed much better.

The faucet still doesn’t function at full capacity, so we’re going to replace it, but at least I could run water to clean the tub.

I filled the tub with hot water and poured in some white vinegar.  I used a sponge and scrubbed the top of the tub, higher than the water line.  Then, I used a trick my mom shared with me – drop in a dishwasher tablet and run the jets for 10 minutes.  The vinegar and dishwasher tab clean and disinfect the tub and the interior workings of the jets.

I drained the tub and wiped it down and it looked like a brand new tub.  My mom usually does one more step and fills the tub with cold water and runs the jets one more time as a “rinse”.  It took so long to fill my tub that I didn’t do that step, but I will once we replace the faucet.

I hope this post wasn’t TMI (too much information) while you’re having your morning coffee and gave you some ideas for cleaning your own bathrooms.

We unloaded most of our kitchen boxes, had a new fridge delivered, hit the grocery store, and even unearthed our mattresses from the trucks yesterday, so we’re settling in quickly.

More new house posts to come…

PS – Let’s take a quick poll.  I’m a non-glove-wearing-toilet-scrubber, as you may have noticed.  (As a note, though, I did clean the bowl with bleach cleaner and a toilet brush before I stuck my hand inside.)

Do you wear rubber/latex gloves when you clean or not?

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215 Comments on “but first, toilets”

  1. Interestingly, I NEVER wear gloves to clean anything…however, I always wear disposable gloves to cut up boneless chicken, or to make meatballs! Go figure! LOVE THAT TUB!!!!

  2. My son also moved to a new-to-him 50 yr old house in Rochester. When he moved in a few months ago, he tried cleaning the toilets with everything from buckets of bleach to industrial cleaners. To no avail. A week ago he was having a housewarming party and his dad and I made an emergency trip down there during the week to install a new toilet. (I was the supervisor.) Anyway, we stopped by to get the proper measurements, and as a last ditch effort he used a scouring pad drill attachment thingy on it. Voila! Looks like new! Kid came home and thanked us for the new toilet. LOL.
    I also am a barehanded cleaner. And gardener. Gloves are too clumsy for me, or it might be the other way around.

  3. Marian,

    I had to laugh out loud. Till it was pointed out I didn’t even think twice about you cleaning the toilet without gloves. I do the same. Just get right in there and clean it. You used a long handled brush first to clean it and then the pummice to get rid of the lime scale….so what’s the big deal. I can’t wait to see what you do with the house! It’s lovely already! Congrats!

  4. I have never worn gloves to clean a toilet either. One thing we always do when we move into a new house is change the toilet seats. Cleaning just doesn’t seem like enough. LOL I love using the pumis stick. It works great! Congratulations on your new home! I am sitting on pins and needles waiting for your daily posts!

  5. First off Marian I am a no gloves toilet cleaner…ive never found a cleaner that can clean toilets the way my hands can albeit with a little help from certain products. When we moved into this house there were no toilets because they had all been nicked as well as the hand basins, bidets, windows, kitchen cabinets, heated towel rails, air con units and more…you get the picture it was basically 4 walls! However my go to product is Cillet Bang…that stuff is amazing…all the floors in this house are tiled and the grout was disgusting, sprayed cillet bang onto the tiles and grout left from 30 minutes they came up like new. Same as toilets with limescale from hard water, I don’t know how many bottles of that stuff I have used in this house but lets just say its more than 50 and like you I cant stand moving into a house and looking at dirty toilets! The house has 11 new toilets and only our family have used them…bonus!

  6. Ewwww. If a long handled brush doesn’t work, I’d rather call a plumber to replace the toilet than stick my hands inside it, gloved or not. The closest to sewage I’ll get is gloved emptying the RV holding tank.

  7. No need for gloves as long as you wash your hands after. If anyone has used cloth diapers it’s pretty typical to wash the diapers out in the toilet bowl before they go in the diaper pail to soak.

    Love the light filled space and all of your arches! I can just imagine all the fun you’re going to have.

    I’m going to remember that idea of your mom’s.

  8. Boy, this post is getting more comments than I thought it would! We had hard water in our old home – very hard. I used a pumice stone and could get most of it off, but there was always a layer of minerals on the very bottom that would not budge. I think one would probably need a pick to get it off. My mother always used Lime-A-Way for her toilets and even brought some over to clean mine once. But that stuff is strong and dangerous, not to mention bad for septic tanks. I cleaned the toilets as well as I could before we sold our home, but I didn’t feel too bad about the mineral deposits since the buyers were going to remodel the bathrooms. I’m glad we now live where the water isn’t hard.

  9. I always wear gloves because I can’t stand the smell on my hands from the toilet bowl cleaner ! Remember the young high school student who discovered while doing a school project that there were more germs in an ice machine then in the school toilets , she was a guest on Oprah !

  10. Kaboom Bowl Blaster Toilet Bowl Cleaner is the absolute best for getting rid of hard scale and lime deposits. Just squirt it on and let it sit a few minutes and it softens up and wipes away. Nothing ever worked for me and I used to have to scrape it off with a razor blade or screw driver. Love my Kaboom!! Also, I never wear gloves. My first thought when I saw your post was “wow- Miss Mustard Seed doesn’t wear gloves either”! I’m 64 and was helping my mother clean our toilets since I was 10. Never wore gloves. Now I use a brush, but not back then! I must admit though, I was a little disappointed to see the post was about dirty toilets. I see enough of them around here ! I can’t wait to see more of your house! I am so happy for you and am looking forward to seeing your transformations. Maybe I will get inspired!

  11. We lived in a fantastic remodeled barn (built in the ’30s) with the hardest water on earth. The Works was the ONLY product that cleaned all the rust and ick out of the toilets. Another product called White Brite was and is the only product that took the rust and yellow out of my dingy whites and restored them to white. We live in a subdivision now and I still use it to brighten my whites – great laundry product but a little hard on the clothes.

    Congrats on your new home!

  12. Is it a porcelain sink?? If so it will work. It’s amazing and does not scratch the sink. I suggest trying it on a small space.

    Marian’s Mom

  13. Hi, Marian’s Mom–Kim! (We’re probably a minority on this venue—I’m a grandmother as well.:) It’s sure been fun reading this post from Marian about cleaning toilets and the jetted tub, ha! What a great time of sharing helpful info we’ve had on these comments, too! So good to hear your opinion as well—-hope you and yours will adjust quite well to having your daughter, s-i-l and grandsons in Minnesota. I’m sure you’re so proud of all of them. What an adventure ahead of you all and so many new things to experience. Best wishes and prayers of gratitude for it all.

  14. I’m a no-glover, too! I just wash my hands throughly when I’m done, but with all the bleach I use, that’s probably not even necessary!LOL

  15. A pumice stone can absolutely ruin a toilet bowl with scratches! The trick is to ONLY rub it on the ring itself…. not above, not below…. ON THE RING! A great tool, if one uses care with the product ! I never where gloves… haha… don’t judge~😳

  16. Oh dear! I couldn’t even read all the comments! First, wondering if the pumice stone scratches the toilet? Second, I don’t wear gloves, people are so germ crazy anymore. As a farmer friend always tells us, it’s good to get a little sh$t on you once in awhile! Mind you, I am clean, I do wash my hands, a lot when I am cooking and handling raw meat but don’t feel the need to be overly crazy about things – I feel that is partly why children are so allergic to EVERYTHING nowdays. Growing up, we played in the dirt, petted animals, took a picnic lunch to the park, climbed on slides and swings all without constant handwashing and sanitizing. I do understand there are different types of germs today though – too many antibiotics made everything resistant. OK, off of soapbox now! Everyone has their own opinions, and this is just mine, right or wrong 🙂

  17. I have used the pumice stone with a brush type handle but we just bought new low flush toilets and the pumice stone will scratch them. With the old toilets I cleaned them and then added some bleach,closed the lid and let them sit for a few hours. That got rid of any ring. We have hard water and even a water softener doesn’t help 100%. Don’t like gloves for any chore.

  18. Who knew that so many people would want to comment on a post about toilets, eh?! Yes to gloves! Gotta save my gel nails, liol! Speaking of gel, my husband buys a product from the hardware store that is in GEL form. I think it’s CLR. First he scoops the water out of the toilet and then coats the bowl with gel and then plastic wrap. He lets it sit for a few hours, or even overnight and the hard water stains disappear. No scrubbing! It’s the only time that he cleans the toilets, when they get a hard water build-up.

  19. Wow there are a lot of comments… I’ve never worn gloves. I remember when my mom made me rinse out poopy diapers ( cloth ) in the toilet. No gloves.

  20. There’s a screen you can buy to scrub those rings out with too. I used to use the stones but I just couldn’t take the sound.

  21. As far as your faucet….on the end where the water actually comes out, there is usually a threaded, removeable screen filter. They screen out tiny particles that come through the water supply and the lines throughout your property and house. See if you have one, …if so, wrap it in a washcloth, and remove it with a wrench or channel locks so you don’t scratch up the faucet. When you take it off, you will see sand particles that prevent or at least slow down the flow of water. Rinse it off and re-use or replace for a few cents.

  22. I love the warning disclaimer on this post….too funny! I am not a germ freak but yes I agree changing the toilet seats out is a must when moving into a new home. Now, I will tell you first hand the fun hasn’t even begun yet. You just wait until you try to clean those jets on your tub out and all the nastiness that comes from those.

    I will be interested in seeing what your plans for this tub is in the future. We just tore out our old and outdated 1992 jetted tub and replaced it with a large walk-in shower/bench. I don’t miss it one bit especially trying to clean that thing.

  23. Ok I have a question. I see suggestions for filling toilet with bleach or whatever and letting it soak. But what about stains that are right under the rim? Water doesn’t go that high.

    I love the tub alcove, can’t wait to see what you do with it. And I love my whirlpool.

  24. PLEASE WEAR GLOVES Dear Marian,
    Please consider that your skin is the largest organ on your body and that it absorbs things. I learned to wear gloves as a theater costume designer who worked with many strong liquids. I’ve also become very sensitive and allergic. Remember that exposure to chemicals is cumulative. I’m now retired and wish I had taken better care and known better. Please safeguard your health.

  25. I grew up having to stick my hand in the toilet to clean it… with a rag… and heavy duty cleaner!!! My mom and sister still do. I wear gloves when I can keep them around. I also use the toilet wand with disposable heads and a toothbrush for the nooks and crannies. I have teens that are less worried about bathroom germs than I am. Therefore, we do not have a reusable brush… or rag!!!

  26. I LOVE Pumie sticks!! They work like magic!!! I always wear gloves…skin is too sensitive and I’m Im also an RN…bacteria and such LOL!!!
    I loved this post!!!! What a beautiful home!! Can’t wait to see all your sweet touches!!

  27. Wow, looks like a bunch of germophobes read your blog!! Myself , I do not wear gloves either, and I agree the kitchen has more yukkies anyway! I hope you don’t feel bad over it! People can be TOO honest sometimes…lol. You Go Girl!!

  28. Amazing to see the # of responses just because of a dirty toilet! Lots of good info. I use Bar Keepers Friend. It is great, but I try to do this when out of town. I sprinke the cleaner in the toilet before we leave for a few days.

    My biggest problem/soap buld up on glass shower doors. They are 2 years old.
    Really do enjoy your blog. Enjoy your new adventure and can’t wait to see the transformation!

  29. Gloves, YES, usually. But not so much because I’m afraid of germs, but because I don’t like my hands being wet. I ALWAYS wash dishes with gloves for that reason.

  30. Well, Marion, I think 162 comments about cleaning toilets with or without gloves tells you something about your readers, doesn’t it? You may have to add “practical homemaking skills” to your regular topics!

  31. Who would have thought that you would get all these comments from a post of cleaning toilets…lol. Yes, after two babies with cloth diapers, my fears of sticking my hands in the toilet went away. I do not use gloves, for the most part I use a toilet brush for inside, but I do clean around without gloves. I am going to order one of the pumice sticks….awesome! I want to note also about Vinegar, it is amazing, and will dissolve hard water crystals, but be wary, it will also corrode away chrome. I’ve used it around stainless steel and a chrome faucet, major buildup, oh it ate the build up, but also the chrome. And use that trick on my shower heads, ziplock bag with vinegar.

  32. Just a quick note Miss Mustard to prevent anyone from voiding the warranty on some of the newer toilets if full replacement is required. Certain cleaners void the warranty so check the policy please everyone. There is now a special coating used to help keep toilets “cleaner” in between the times we stick our hands in our toilets. For the record I used to do my own toilet barehand but never any other (waitressed as a youngster)! Now my skin is a touch thinner with age so disposables it is if I have to use anything stronger than baking soda. Remember to enjoy the summer as you create your lovely home around you. We are enjoying your new adventure.

  33. I never wear gloves either…. Great tip on the Dishwasher tablet!!!! Pumice stone works great, hopefully that will be the LAST time you will need one! Excited to see the house come to life and what you do to your Arch and Tub area!!!

  34. I am a non glove cleaner but I still get totally grossed out and I’m a little OCD so I wash my hands vigorously multiple times after I am finished! Congratulations to Jeff on his new job and I am excited to read about this new chapter in your lives! Can’t wait to see pictures of the home transformation!

  35. As a nurse I did cringe a bit at the site of bare hands in the bowl.. however, if anybody remembers the BBC show Ḧow Clean is Your House? with Kim Woodburn and Aggie McKenzie, I do remember them being right up in there scrubbing the toilet glove free. I used to watch that show when I was home with my 3 babies, it made me feel like my level of mess was doable compared to the ones they were cleaning up. That being said, like you, toilet improvement protocol is first on my list whenever we move (thorough cleanse, new seats).
    Congrats on the new abode!

  36. Since I live alone and I am pretty efficient and regular with bathroom cleaning, I never wear gloves. I use a toilet brush on the inside and actually clean the rest with Windex and microfiber towels. One thing that I absolutely do when I move to a new place is to replace the toilet seats. I pull the old seat off, thoroughly clean everything and then pop on a new seat. They are not very expensive and my peace of mind is worth every penny!

  37. Marian
    My thought, if you want to go macro on the potty,
    So be it…
    There is a great salon next to my wife’s studio to smooth your hands (where she does the chic and shabby thing on furniture ).
    I’m a bit more interested in your transforming the tract house to farmhouse.
    But I must say my wife has to police the bathroom too for I’m not the best house citizen.
    Anyway , good luck on your new endeavors.

  38. I would always wear gloves for anything to do with toilets, bath tubs, but I am glad you said you bleached it first. I am all for santitizing as much of a bath as I can. Good to know about the pumice stick. I would also buy new toilet seats…but the house was vacant for awhile so I understand. I was wondering why the house wasn’t cleaned first by the previous family, but you explained it, Marian. It looks like a lovely home to put your touch on so I wish you all the best for a happy new life in your new home!

    1. Yes I do wear gloves 🧤 i seem to always have some kind of cut on my hands and it’s a great place for entering of some kinda of germ. Also my hands are sensitive to all the chemicals and they burn my skin. Everyone do what pleases them but we do have many germs MRSA-c-diff and who wants cellulitis. I know this is extreme but I work in a hospital and they are out there ! Wash in and wash out is so important even at home.

  39. No gloves here for cleaning or gardening…..unless of course thorns are involved. Enjoy settling in to your new home.

  40. I have to wear gloves for these sorts of things and then I wash my hands when I am done! Also, if the cleaning issue is really gross, I have to lie down afterwards to recover!
    Im so glad you are getting new toilet seats etc.

  41. I’m with you. Get the cleaning done first, so you can start with a fresh slate. It’s so much more fun to get on to the pretty stuff, but a good foundation is more important. I can tell you are going to have so much fun!! It actually makes me want to move a little:)

  42. I never wear gloves. Ever. 😉 I figure I’m boosting my immune system. (I have on occasion put plastic grocery bags over my hands and thrown them away along with the offensive reason for the bags … but only for an extreme level of grossness that toilets don;t even begin to register on that scale for! Happy home to you and many congratulations! Moving is the pits, but it sure seems that you have done so with grace! We moved almost 2 years ago and I’m just getting past the PTSD of that move! 😉 I remember the night after we moved, sitting in my new tub and noticing my foot soaking was bloody and completely missing my big toenail! Hadn’t even noticed in the crazy, hectic, frantic day! I think I was in shock. Fast forward and now it feels like we are home and it feels like peace here.

  43. I’ve owned a cleaning service for the last 25 years, we specialize in hoarder homes. My number one tip here is to remove that toilet seat and you’ll be shocked at what’s lurking under those clips. One teaspoon of bleach in a gallon of warm water and you’ll kill any germs left from the last tenant, E-coli is one. While I love essential oils and natural products they will not clean everything and unless you have your home swabbed and tested you don’t know what’s there. ( ATP meter ) You’ll also remove any smells that you’ll eventually start noticing. Blessings in the new home!!

  44. I get the toilet thing. Bare handed here. The only difference is I would have unscrewed the “hinges” and cleaned both sides separately. Lots of crud hides there. Love your blog!

  45. I don’t use gloves because I am a tactile person who needs to “feel” what I am doing. Besides, I figure all the cleaners keep me pretty safe.

    1. I think that’s what it is for me. I only wear gloves when staining, because it seeps into my skin! Otherwise, I just to feel what I’m doing with gardening, cleaning, and DIY projects.

  46. Definitely a rubber gloves person, especially when cleaning the bathrooms. I wear them when washing cupboards and walls, because I use really hot water. I also use a pumice stone for hard water buildup. Good luck in fixing your new house. I know it will look nice and can’t wait to see what you do.

  47. About that jetted tub……those things around the jets unscrew and you can clean in there where the cleaning you described in your post doesn’t get. I use an old toothbrush and the original granular cascade. Love your blog, so enjoyed meeting you in Memphis earlier this year and wish you and your family the best in your new location.

  48. I actually use the Clorox ToiletWand cleaners (they are disposable) that come with a thingy (technical term, here) and you don’t even have to touch the toilet or cleaner because it has a button on the top of the handle that pushes the disposable cleaner out into your trash can. I don’t like having the icky scrubber sitting on the bathroom floor or under the sink… I am not a “germaphobe” but I have a load of autoimmune diseases that necessitate me taking chemotherapy to suppress my immune system so I guess I’ve tried to avoid some stuff over the last years of my treatment. I also use the Mrs. Meyer’s products for other cleaning and have a new Pumie Stone sitting on my counter waiting for me…

  49. Congrats on the new house! It looks gorgeous! As far as wearing gloves, I think it’s more about not absorbing toxic chemicals into your body through your skin. Mrs Meyers actually is a toxic product. I just discovered Thieves essential oil cleaner from a friend of mine and I will never go back. Smells incredible and is actually good for you…and it really works! I got rid of all of my other cleaning products.

  50. Sooooo happy for you and the family! You will make that house a home in no time! I have learned so much over the years with all of our moves! This verse always comes to mind! …..
    By wisdom a house is built,
    and by understanding it is established;
    by knowledge the rooms are filled
    with all precious and pleasant riches. ~ Proverbs 24 3-4
    As far as toilet cleaning is concerned…..I actually wear the blue surgical gloves and toss them when I am finished….AND….I use the same pumice stone! It cleans that hard water ring like magic!

  51. Always wore gloves until we gutted our bathrooms and replaced all fixtures. Now no need to wear them they are “in the family” germs, HA! Add a chlorine pool tablet to toilet tank to keep fresh.

  52. No gloves for this lady, a good hand scrubbing takes care of the germs! No gloves when I garden either.

  53. Oh dear Lord Marian… I had heart failure when I saw a bare hand in the toilet! My problem is really beacause it was a PREVIOUS owners USED toilet. My husband thinks I’m crazy (but he’s used to it.) When we have moved into a new house I buy brand new toilet seats. Old ones are removed with gloves. Toilets cleaned multiple times with gloves. I have to confess that I’m a dental hygienist. I wear gloves all day and every surface in my room has to be cleaned after every patient. Shoes are left at work. My husband is sure it has warped me into total germ-a- phobe. You’re a sport for sharing. The disclaimer at the beginning of the post cracked me up! Many blessings in your new home!

  54. So funny that you apologize at the end of the post about talking about toilet cleaning while a reader might be having their morning coffee. Well . . . I AM enjoying my morning coffee and I completely appreciate this post. I will run right out for the pumice stone thing!!! Awesome info!!!

  55. I am so upset you watermarked the ‘before’ toilet picture. I was totally planning on pawning it off as my own. Unfollowing. 😂😂😂😂😂

    I LOVE how you never take yourself too seriously. Probably why you have so many fans!

  56. No gloves for me either! Like you, after cleaning poopy diapers, throw up, and who knows what else… cleaning a toilet without gloves is just not going to choke me up. BESIDES those yellow rubber gloves are just 100% gross anyway… All limp and sticky and you know covered in germs too! Bleh! Give me some bleach and a sponge and I’m good to go.

  57. We have trouble with rust getting in our toilets and I have found a miracle toilet cleaner. Give Lysol Lime & Rust toilet cleaner a try. It is a miracle worker!

  58. I wear gloves when I clean the toilets, but I was more worried about you scratching your pretty rings on the pumice stone. I am loving the new house, can’t wait to see more posts. Hugs, Di

  59. May I say how impressive it is that you can scrub a toilet bowl while photographing your efforts at the same time. I would have dropped the camera into the toilet…ha! Welcome to the Midwest! Your family is going to love it here. Excited to see how you make your new house a home.

  60. Hi Rebecca, we have high iron content in our water and the rust buildup gets bad. I use a product called Iron Out. It works great.

  61. Haha! Wow I’ve never commented but this is too good to pass up! Loving & laughing my way through the comments! Amazing what sparks conversation.

    Yes I have found that if you wrap a plastic bag or soak a bath or shower head in vinegar it works great. Also can use vinegar, baking soda & elbow grease to clean most anything. I’ve used a scouring/pumice stone on toliets and I tried to be careful not to scratch the surface so do it with care. I usually use gloves but thy canget gross too so chsnge them often.

    If people think bathrooms & kitchens are germy they’d be really grossed out by what is on cell phones, ATM machines or payment buttons at check out, on steering wheels and more, yikes!

    Happy painting & decorating your new home.

    I did discover what your Mom said dishwashing detergent cleans most anything too. I use the powder kind and sprinkle it in the tub & toliet and it shines again.

    Also dishwashing detergent works in other “pots” 😂 I have burned more than one cooking pan or crockpot. I heat the pan with water & some dishwashing powder and “cook” it for a bit then leave it cool or sit until morning…it cleans like a miracle. If it’s really bad you may need to to repeat.

  62. Love the peeks of your new home! No gloves for me either – if you work at a school like I do, toilets are probably one of the least germt surfaces to come in contact with!

    And…a bit of dishwasher detergent in the laundry really brightens up the no-chlorine-bleach whites!

    Have a great day!

  63. We have iron in our water and I found a product in the home repair department of Walmart (not all have it) called Iron out that works really good. (Get the spray) I do have a faint line that I need to try the stone on though.
    As far as gloves…. if my hand is going down in the water I’m wearing disposable! Otherwise I’m a non-glove wearer

  64. We have hard water too and I use a pumice stone as well. And I do not wear gloves, they just make my hands sweaty. LOL

    definitely going to try your vinegar tip on our faucets. thanks for sharing

  65. Thankyou
    This does work on newer calcium but not older deposits. The bottle design is terrible because the tiny hole clogs immediately (I have purchased several bottles) and needs redesigned. It also is way overpriced for what you get. It really should be half the price it is.
    Thanks for any help!

    1. I’m not sure which bottle you’re referring to, since the product I was showing was a pumice stick. I’ve had it work on toilets and sinks in all sorts of conditions.

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