Removing Rust From Tubs, Toilets, and Sinks

Preventing and Removing Rust

How many times have you gone to pick up your bottle of shaving cream in the shower only to find a ring of rust underneath it? And you know the longer it sits there the longer it can be to remove the rust ring that results. But rust stains don’t stop there. They can also surface as a result of galvanized pipes or mineral deposits found in iron-rich hard water and well water. So avoiding metal-based cans alone won’t prevent rust stains from forming on your fixtures. And simply spraying it with bathroom cleaner or wiping it with a magic eraser won’t prevent it from coming back.

However, it’s possible to remove and prevent bathroom rust stains without a significant amount of time and effort. And we’re going to share with you just how you can do it. For best results, start by ditching the bleach-based bathroom cleaners. This is a huge reason why we love green cleaners. These cleaners can actually worsen stubborn stains.
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Pumice Scouring Stick

They don’t just work on your feet! Pumice sticks can work particularly well for removing rust stains from porcelain without scratching it. Take your pumice stick and gently scour away mineral deposits, rust, along with other stains your tubs, toilets, and sinks.

You can also use them to remove rust and paint from metal work, piping, tile, masonry and even concrete. You’ll want one made from 100% natural pumice in order to get the job done. These sticks are safe to use around children and pets.


The active ingredient in The Works Limeosol is Hydrochloric Acid. This ingredient instantly removes rust, hard water stains, and mineral deposits. It works wonders for appliances, bathroom fixtures, cement, vinyl, siding, fiberglass, PVC and other materials on contact. There’s absolutely no scrubbing required.

The Works Limeosol has been around for more than 50 years. That’s a product you should trust right? it’s been a homeowners favorite for nearly 30 years. If you’re having a tough time removing and preventing rust from setting in your home, we recommend trying this product.

Disclosure: The Works Limeosol is not recommended for use with septic systems.

Shaw Pad

We just talked about a product that isn’t septic tank safe. Our next product, however, is septic tank safe. Shaw’s Pads offer you a chemical-free, septic tank-friendly approach to removing rust. They involve a little bit of elbow grease. Simply get the pad wet with some vinegar and brush the rust away with your Shaw’s Pad.

Shaw Pads help to remove rust from toilet rings along with calcium and lime buildup. They help with grey, green, and brown water residue. And algae and chemical stains on pool tiles. There are many different things you can use your shaw pad for around your house aside from removing and preventing rust.

Bar keepers Friend

Ah Bar Keeper Friend, true to its name. Bar keepers friend is an extraordinarily effective solution for removing rust stains from bathroom fixtures. Sold in both liquid and powder form, Bar keepers Friend will safely remove rust stains and mineral deposits from any tub, toilet, or sink. Sprinkle or spray the solution on the rust stain and let it set for 3 to five minutes before wiping away or scrubbing with your Shaw Pad.

The manufacturer claims the product may also be used to remove rust from shower basins made of stainless steel, porcelain, Corian, fireclay, ceramic, acrylic, copper, glass, enameled cast iron, and fiberglass.

Scouring Cleanser 

ZUD scouring cleanser offers an oxalic acid and a potent combination of abrasives to get the job done. It’s made up of finely ground quartz and pumice to attack rust stains on contact. Scouring cleanser removes rust, mineral stains, hard water deposits, as well as soap scum.

Apply your ZUD cleanser directly onto the rust stains and cleaning tool (e.g toilet brush or scrubbing pad.) Add water to covered ensure that the ZUD solution covers the entire area if you’re using powder. After the solution has set for about 60-90 minutes, clean the area with the brush and rinse away the solution. Simple as that!

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