How to Remove Rust from Inside a Toilet Tank

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  • 1 hours
  • Beginner
  • 5-25
What You'll Need
Hard-bristled scrub brush or toilet brush
Toilet cleaner with rust remover, such as Lysol Power

If your toilet tank has recently come under fire from stubborn rust deposits, you'll be pleased to learn they can be easily removed with the aid of a few common bathroom cleaning tools. Below are the steps that need to be taken in order for your toilet bowl to once again be rust free.

Step 1 - Apply Your Toilet Cleaner

Begin removing rust from your toilet bowl tank by applying your toilet cleaner to any rust-infected areas. These cleaners typically come in convenient squeeze bottles, so the application should be fairly simple. Before proceeding to scrub the tank, check your cleaner's packaging to determine whether or not the product needs time to set in.

Step 2 - Scrub Your Toilet Tank

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Having applied your cleaner, it's now time to begin scrubbing the tank. Using a hard-bristled scrub brush or toilet brush, proceed to vigorously scrub any rust-laden areas of the tank. If the rust has had a good deal of time to set in, this may involve some serious elbow grease.

Step 3 - Apply Your Finishing Touches

Once all the rust deposits have been removed from the tank, follow the directions laid out on the product's packaging with regard to removing it. This will generally entail flushing your toilet several times.