The Craft Patch: How To Clean The Holes In The Rim of Your Toilet Bowl

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Wednesday, March 12, 2014

How To Clean The Holes In The Rim of Your Toilet Bowl

Caution! This post has pictures of a real toilet. If this freaks you out, run. Run away now!

You have been warned.

I live in an old house. And it's a rental, which usually means it's been through the ringer as far as upkeep goes. Thus, it is the perfect grounds for my cleaning experiments. Lots of caked on dirt that's been there for who knows how long. Isn't that a lovely thought?

Anyway, the area that's been bothering me lately is the toilet. I can get the bowl and the outside clean, but I just couldn't seem to scrub away all the hard water build up around the holes in the rim where the water comes out. Not only are they hard to reach, but they had a lot of buildup that was really stubborn!

A while back, I tested a really successful cleaning method for removing mold from grout lines (read all about it HERE.) It got me thinking.

I soaked some cotton balls in bleach and firmly pressed them against the holes. They stuck!

Four or five hours and a sign that said "NO NO! Do not use this toilet!" later, I peeled the cotton balls back...


Woohoo! It looks so much better! I am very happy with the results, plus my bathroom smells so clean and fresh! Bye-bye nasty build up!


  1. Cool, wouldn't have thought about doing that.

  2. Awesome! I'm going to try this. Thanks for sharing.

  3. OK, I needed this post - those nasty holes - clean in your photo. I am heading off to try this out. Visiting from farmgirlsam.

  4. I wouldn't call the smell of bleach clean and fresh.

  5. I, too, wouldn't have thought of this.. and I do like the smell of clean rinsed bleach in the bathroom.


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