How to Clean and Remove Manganese From the Toilet Bowl

Updated February 21, 2017

Hard water stains often appear near sink drains, shower drains and in toilets. These stains are caused by a variety of minerals contained in the water supply. Over time these minerals build up on surfaces and create ugly looking stains. Manganese is one mineral that will create black, ringlike stains in a toilet. Removing the manganese stains takes a little bit of work and cleaning solutions that you must apply to the toilet bowl.

Pour 1 cup of cream of tartar into a bowl, and add 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Mix the solution thoroughly until it forms a thick paste.

Apply the paste to the manganese stains in the toilet by rubbing it on the stains with a toilet brush. Apply the paste as thick as possible to the stains.

Allow the paste to sit for approximately 15 minutes, and use the toilet brush to scrub the manganese stains.

Flush the toilet to rinse away the paste and to reveal a stain-free toilet bowl.

Fill a bowl with 1 cup of baking soda and pour in 1/4 cup of white vinegar to create a mix. Pour in the vinegar slowly as the mixture will foam up quickly.

Apply the paste mixture to the stains in the toilet using a sponge or toilet brush.

Allow the paste to sit on the stain for 15 minutes, and flush the toilet to rinse away the paste.

Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water, and add 2 to 4 tbsps. of trisodium phosphate, which is available at home improvement stores in both powdered and liquid forms.

Pour the entire mixture into the toilet bowl, and allow it to sit for 15 minutes or until the stain is removed.

Flush the toilet to remove the trisodium phosphate from the toilet bowl.


If the manganese stains are under the water level in the toilet, shut off the water to the toilet first by turning the shutoff valve behind the toilet clockwise. Flush the toilet to empty it of all water.

Things You'll Need

  • Bowl
  • 1 cup cream of tartar
  • 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide
  • Toilet brush
  • Sponge
  • 1 cup baking soda
  • 1/4 cup white vinegar
  • Bucket
  • 1 gallon water
  • Trisodium phosphate
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Kimberly Johnson is a freelance writer whose articles have appeared in various online publications including eHow, Suite101 and Examiner. She has a degree in journalism from the University of Georgia and began writing professionally in 2001.