Mineral deposits in hard water are responsible for rust stains on ceramic sinks and other bathroom fixtures, but rusty galvanized iron water pipes leaking under the sink are equally responsible for those nasty and unappealing orange stains. Their appearance wouldn’t be a problem if they could be easily removed. However, it is extremely difficult to remove these stubborn orange stains. With the right products, though, you won’t have such a hard time eliminating rust stains from bathroom fixtures.
While there are a number of products on the market that can remove rust stains on ceramic sinks easily, most are toxic. If you love green cleaning like I do, you can use my natural methods to remove those disgusting orange stains on ceramic bathroom fixtures.
🛒 Supplies You’ll Need:
◾ Pumice scouring stick
◾ White vinegar
◾ Spray bottle
◾ Rubber gloves
First, wet the pumice stick and rub it over the rust stains on the ceramic sink. As you scrub the wet pumice against the sink, it will dissolve into a paste. The paste can now be rubbed into the rusted areas with the pumice scouring stick until the rust is removed. Rinse all of the pumice paste out of the sink.
The next step is to use white vinegar:
Plug the sink and spray it with white vinegar.
Let the vinegar sit in the sink for 30 minutes to remove the rust stains.
Rinse the sink to remove the white vinegar.
This method should work, but in case it doesn’t, you should bring on the heavy artillery:
Make sure you have rubber gloves on. Combine 2 tablespoons of borax with 2 cups of warm water.
Use a clean cloth to apply the borax solution to the rusted areas of the sink.
Let the borax solution sit in the sink for 12 hours. Using cold water, rinse the sink to remove any borax residue.
Important❗ When it comes to removing rust stains from porcelain sinks, never use bleach or cleaners containing bleach, as chlorine chemically reacts with iron and might worsen the stain.