How To Remove Stains Caused By Lysol Cling Gel Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Did you know that Lysol Cling gel toilet bowl cleaner actually stains your toilet because of the excessive dye that has been added to the product?
If you've not tried it yourself, now you've been warned. If you want to read about what it has done to people's toilets, you can click here to read Lysol Cling staining horror stories from readers, who've had their toilets stained a rainbow of colors including blue, purple and yellow.
If you didn't realize this problem with the product until you actually used it though, you've got to figure out a way to get those stains out of your toilet, along with throwing the product in the trash!
Fortunately, many people have also written in to share what worked for them to remove the stains, along with me writing some suggestions of my own.
What follows below are all the suggestions shared so far, telling what cleaning products and processes they used to remove the stains that Lysol Cling Gel caused.
Good luck with removing your toilet stains, and please, if you successfully used a method to remove the stains from your toilet make sure to write in to share your tips, so I can add them to the page. You can share your stain removal method here.
How To Clean Blue Line In Toilet Caused By Toilet Bowl Cleaner
by Pat Dotson
I received this question from Pat about how to clean blue line in toilet caused by Lysol Cling Gel toilet bowl cleaner.
I'm using Lysol Cling and it's leaving blue streaks in the toilet bowl that won't come off.
I've tried bleach to no avail. I'm a frequent user of this product but have always used the lighter blue version. This product is dark blue and is leaving streaks in the toilet bowl. What can I use to remove these stains?
Thanks Pat for your question. First off, I would call the manufacturer because the toilet cleaner should definitely not be causing blue streaks and stains in your toilet bowl. They may have a solution for you to fix the problem.
I will update the review page for this product to see if anyone else is experiencing this problem too, since they may have put too much dye in a batch or something like that. ***Update - I have since received MANY complaints about this, and with further investigation have found this is actually a widespread problem. You can learn more about Lysol Cling staining here, or read on below for additional tips from readers sharing how they removed the stains from their toilet.***
However, if the manufacturer doesn't have any good answers for you, this is what I'd try. Since you've already tried chlorine bleach to remove blue stain in your toilet, I'd next try some light abrasion to try to remove the blue stains.
Sometimes, hard water or lime scale itself build up on the toilet, and if that is what has become stained with the blue dye you'll need to remove it with some abrasion.
To remove this stuff from your toilet I suggest using one of three different scrubbers to remove it: pumice stone (get a pumice stone with handle which is designed for the toilet, so you don't have to reach in as far), a stainless steel scrubber, or a plastic scouring pad called a Dobie Pad.
Traditionally, pumice stones have been used to clean toilets of certain stains, and they do work well for the job. Of course, they only have a couple of cleaning uses so I like to also suggest other things that you can use in multiple ways. That is why I like both stainless steel scrubbers and Dobie pads. Both of these are traditionally used as scouring pads in the kitchen, but really they both have lots of household uses, and I like to keep some in both my kitchen, but also in my cleaning closet for other uses.
Keep in mind, when choosing one of these, that the stainless steel scrubbers are a bit tougher, and more abrasive and can therefore scratch certain surfaces (and so can pumice stone), and the Dobie pads are made of plastic, and claim to be non-scratching.
Your toilet is most likely made of vitreous china, since that is the most common material for them, and it is both tough and nonporous. However, it can get scratched from using an abrasive like I'm suggesting, so whichever of the products you choose make sure to test first in an inconspicuous area, to make sure no major scratching appears before you use them to remove blue stains from your toilet.
Further, for all of you out there with toilets stained blue from these toilet bowl cleaners, many of which keep your toilet water blue at all times, you can avoid these stains in the future if you just choose a product that doesn't contain the blue dye!
I've answered this question about how to clean blue line in toilet caused by toilet bowl cleaner as part of the section of my site where I answer house cleaning questions. You can ask for cleaning help here, or read other questions and answers I've already provided.
***Update: While some people have had luck with abrasives, not everyone has. In fact, one SR101 reader wrote in to tell me "I have tried the pumice stone and it did not work." Unfortunately, this may not work for everyone, but please also check out all the other ideas for products or techniques that have used to successfully remove these stains from their toilet.***End Update
Dave shared how he removed the stains from his toilet caused by the Lysol Cling.
I had success in removing a blue stain from my toilet that resulted from my using Lysol Cling Max (Spring Waterfall) and I hope this will help others. The stain was partially my fault, as I had left the cleaner in the bowl for several hours before rinsing. It left a blue ring at the water line as well as larger stains where the gel had sat. Regular scrubbing with a toilet brush had no effect.
What worked for me was Comet cleanser (Scratch Free with Bleach) and a conventional brush. The stain came out on first scrub. No Lime Away, pumice, or special scrubbers were necessary.
That particular toilet is infrequently used and free of scale/lime, so that was not an issue for me.
Please everyone, be aware of the dangers of mixing bathroom cleaners. Some combinations can result in fumes that are quite toxic.
Thanks Dave for sharing how you cleaned your toilet and removed these stains.
Perhaps this would work also for people who have gotten the stain on their toilet seats.
If anyone else tries this method, please report to me, sharing how it worked for you. In addition, I'm sure there are other methods for cleaning and removing these stains too, so if you have another method that worked please share it here.
In addition, Dave is right that you need to be careful when trying to clean stains of this nature not to mix cleaning chemicals together. For example, you should never mix cleaning supplies where one contains bleach and another ammonia, since that can create toxic fumes. Here's more information about why bleach and ammonia don't mix!
I Got My Teal Lysol Cling Gel Stain Off With Folex
Hannah shared how she removed the Lysol Cling Gel stains from her toilet, and toilet seat, using an unusual product for the job.
I also stained my white toilet seat with this product and wanted to get it off with something less harsh than bleach.
I used a carpet cleaner spray called Folex. It was really easy to use. I just used a sponge with a scrubby side, and sprayed the carper cleaner on the stain, scrubbed it and then IMMEDIATELY washed it off with water.
I had just stained the seat, so the stains were still fresh. I'm not sure how well this would work long time stains.
Thanks for sharing what worked for you Hannah in cleaning up these stains.
As you can see from all the ideas listed, lots of different and diverse things have worked. I wonder in your case how much of the clean up worked because of the Folex and how much because you used a sponge with a scrubby side that helped used the power of abrasion to clean off the stain.
Who knows for sure, but I'm glad your method worked for you!
I used Lemi Shine to remove the blue staining from Lysol gel toilet bowl cleaner.
It worked like a charm, easy to use and didn't have to scour like other products ... just sprinkle on, let sit a few seconds and clean your bowl like usual.
I did add more, about 3 times, and just used the toilet brush and it looks like new again.
Thanks so much for sharing what worked for you.
This product really helps remove lime scale and hard water build up, which I've long suspected was one of the things the toilet bowl cleaner was staining -- that build up. It makes sense that dissolving the build up would also help remove the staining then!
Nothing Seems To Remove The Blue Line From My Toilet
Denise shared her problems with the blue line in her toilet.
I was surprised to learn that Lysol toilet bowl cleaner may be the source of the ugly blue line in one of my toilets, since the other two are perfectly fine.
In any case, I have tried so many products and methods to no avail.
I've scrubbed with Bon Ami, CLR, and Zud, none of which have worked. Neither has straight vinegar nor bleach removed or faded the stain.
The blue line does not appear to be from lime or calcium scale as there is no crusty residue. It acutally looks and feels like the blue stain has been completely absorbed into the porcelain. DOES ANYONE HAVE ANY OTHER SOLUTIONS??
Denise, I'm sorry nothing has worked for you so far.
I sure don't know of anything that could remove a stain which has absorbed all the way into the porcelain. That is surprising though, since porcelain is used for things like toilets because it is not very porous at all, and doesn't absorb much.
Does anyone else have more suggestions for Denise?
First, I wiped with just vinegar, then with just baking soda, then I poured the baking soda right on the stain and then poured on the vinegar so that it would have its little chemical reaction right on the stain and continued to wipe it.
It got a little messy with all the baking soda and vinegar I used but it came out! Hope this helps!
Thanks so much for sharing what worked for you in cleaning up the stains from this product Jamie-Lynn.
Does anyone else have any other cleaning tips for how they use this cool chemical reaction between vinegar and baking soda in their home? If so, you can share your baking soda and vinegar uses here, or read other uses that have already been submitted.
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