How to get rid of a brown ring in a toilet bowl

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How to get rid of a brown ring in a toilet bowl
Remove a brown toilet bowl ring with vinegar. (Stockbroker/Valueline/Getty Images)

A brown ring often develops around the top of the water line in your toilet bowl, as this is where hard water residue, limescale, dirt and other elements end up settling and creating the stain. To get rid of the toilet bowl ring, you want to use ingredients that directly attack the build-up without requiring you to use much elbow grease. You also want to stay away from harmful chemical ingredients that are dangerous to the home and environment.

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Things you need

  • Spray bottle
  • Vinegar
  • Baking soda
  • Toilet brush

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  1. 1

    Pour 2 cups baking soda into your toilet bowl and scrub the ring with your toilet brush. Often this will remove light toilet rings.

  2. 2

    Fill a spray bottle with white vinegar, and spray heavily over the entire toilet bowl ring. Let the vinegar sit for about 30 minutes.

  3. 3

    Scrub the toilet bowl again with your toilet brush and flush the toilet.

  4. 4

    Repeat as needed to remove any remaining toilet bowl ring.

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