How To Clean Your Toilet

How To Remove Lime Scale & Mineral Build Up From Your Toilet


Not only is the toilet our place to empty our bodies waste, it is often a place used to sit, think, relax and just escape! The glory of that porcelain bowl supports us during our best and worst times!

It can make you feel like you have failed at keeping it clean when you lift the lid, and greeted by a combination of colours other than that of sparkling white.

With my tips, you will always be greeted by a majestic white bowl, that you will be proud to let your guests use.


Limescale (or calcium carbonate) makes it way into our homes by water which has previously passed through soft rocks, such as chalk and limestone. As the rainwater travels through these soft rocks it picks up some of the minerals held within. This is how it becomes ‘hard’ water.

Although all tap water in Australia passes through multiple filtration systems, the minerals are quite stubborn. As such, the ‘hard’ water travels through our pipes, depositing limescale in our taps and appliances by grabbing onto any imperfections.

You will recognise limescale & mineral build-ups as the powdery white substance which appears on taps, shower heads, walls, mirrors, and any other surface within splashing distance of the sink. In the toilet bowl, limescale shows as either brown, orange or pink streaking stains.



The number 1 reason you want to remove that brown stain, is so it looks nice, right? In the plumbing world though, the visual reminder of your limescale build up, is not the issue.

The real issue you should be worried about is that as limescale &mineral deposits start to build up, they will slowly restrict the flow of water in pipes, taps, shower heads, kitchen appliances such as dishwashers, and your toilet.

Having a  restricted water flow will cause your appliances not to wash clothes and dishes properly. It will also make it harder to wash yourself, and the toilet may not flush properly. It is easy to see now, that this could affect the hygiene of your home.



Let me tell you 2 things that will NOT work to remove your limescale & mineral build up.

  • Cola (Soft Drink)
  • Bleach

While both these may make your stain look slightly lighter, it will require a lot of elbow grease for terrible results.



Ok, the part you need to know. I have 2 options for you. The first is the product I use, and I have used it in many of my clients homes. It always works for me.

SCALEX – From Bunnings.

No need to empty the water from the toilet. Simply sprinkle about 1/4 to 1/3 of the bottle into your toilet.

Best to do this at night, so it can sit there overnight. When you get up in the morning, simply grab your toilet brush and give it a good scrub. The build-up will just start to flake away! Simply flush, and enjoy your white, bright toilet!




This is a follow up method to stop the limescale & mineral build up from coming back. Shower Power is eco-friendly and is perfect for softening and lifting limescale..

Once a week (on bathroom cleaning day), spray your toilet bowl with Shower Power and lit sit for 5 – 10 minutes.

Return and scrub/clean your toilet as normal.

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1 thought on “How To Remove Lime Scale & Mineral Build Up From Your Toilet”

  1. hi there. something else that i find works exceptionally well and is fairly cheap
    i use a full cup for badly stained. soak over night n scrub.

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