Let’s admit, skid marks in the toilet are super gross, and no one likes to see them. We’ve seen people spend money and time trying to get rid of these. However, isn’t prevention better than the cure? Let’s look at how we can prevent skid marks in the toilet and what you can do to remove them effectively.
You can prevent skid marks in the toilet by using a bidet sprayer, pumice stone, a vinegar and baking soda mixture, and toilet cleaners. Skid marks can happen for various reasons, including dietary reasons and poor hygiene.
Skid marks can make a spotless toilet look super dirty. There are several reasons why your toilet can get skid marks. These include poor eating habits, sensitive toilet material, and poor cleaning habits. The best course of action is to make necessary changes and prevent these marks altogether. Let’s look at how these skid marks happen and how you can avoid them in the first place.
It’s better to prevent skid marks than to spend a ton of money and effort trying to get rid of them. Here are some practical ways to achieve this:
As the name suggests, it’s a handheld spray that performs the same function as a bidet. It’s probably the best prevention method for skid marks in the toilet. You can use the shower to clean up any skid marks and remaining traces of poop on the toilet after you’re done using the toilet.
The best place to install it is near the toilet seat. However, if the pipe is long enough, you can install it away from the commode.
A pumice stone can do wonders, especially for white toilets. They help bleach your toilets and prevent excrements from sticking to the toilet and causing skid marks. A pumice stone can make your toilet look new if you follow the below steps:
- Flush or add water from a bucket to wet the toilet bowl
- Wet your pumice stones too
- Use the wet stones to scrub the insides of the toilet gently
- Keep flushing at regular intervals as you use the stones
- Stop when the skid marks are gone, and your toilet looks good as new
Pro tip – Don’t let the toilet bowl’s surface dry as it can get damaged due to the pumice stones.
Is there anything a vinegar and baking soda mixture can’t clean? We doubt it. This mild acid and mild base mixture can clean almost any stains in the toilet and leave it smelling fresh. Here is how you can clean skid marks using this combination:
- Take a cup of distilled white vinegar and pour it into the toilet bowl.
- Take a mild toilet brush and scrub with the vinegar inside the bowl, but do it gently.
- Take a cup of baking soda and add it to the vinegar and let them react to form a fizzy solution.
- Add another cup of vinegar if you think it’s necessary, and use the toilet brush to distribute the solution evenly across the bowl.
- Let the mix sit for 30 minutes.
- Flush the toilet
- Repeat the process one or two more times if necessary
Pro tip – Make sure you don’t use too many of these ingredients because some toilet materials are pretty sensitive, and you can damage the polish with this method. Be gentle while scrubbing.
Alcohol is excellent for cleaning up skid marks, and you don’t want to use your expensive bottle of tequila for this. On the other hand, Vodka is much cheaper and gets the job done. Here’s what you need to do:
- Add Vodka to an empty spray bottle
- Spray the alcohol directly on the skid marks in the toilet
- Let it sit for a few minutes
- Use a brush and scrub the skid marks
Vodka is good at getting rid of the smell and the stains.
Pro tip – Be cautious while using Vodka because it is highly flammable.
Let’s look at why your poop is causing skid marks so you can make the necessary changes to prevent them in the first place.
The number one cause for your poop leaving skid marks in the toilet is your eating habits. This might be happening because you consume a diet high in dairy products and gluten. Your feces most probably also contains mucus.
Changing your eating patterns, like avoiding wheat, gluten, and dairy products, is good. It will also solve your skid mark problem.
This is simple fluid mechanics. If the surface is rough, there is more chance of poop sticking to it. If you choose, shop for smoother surfaces when buying toilet accessories for the house.
It’s a no-brainer that if you don’t flush enough and clean your toilet, it’ll get dirty faster and remain dirty. You should flush the toilet even if you pee to effectively and timely get rid of bacteria and germs from building up. Otherwise, you’ll add to the permanent stains.
Use good FDA-approved toilet cleaners at least once a week to clean your toilet bowl thoroughly.
Skid marks are normal in a toilet if you have a diet full of dairy products and gluten or a rough toilet surface. Even though these are normal and can happen to anyone, they look dirty and smell. It’s best to thoroughly clean your toilet bowl and use methods like pumice stones, vinegar, baking soda, and alcohol to clean skid marks.
Vinegar in combination with baking soda is a perfect combination to get rid of skid marks. Vinegar is a mild acid, and baking soda is a soft base that can react to form a fizzing reaction that breaks down organic waste. If the toilet bowl’s surface is sensitive, vinegar can damage it.
The only reason why this is happening is because of bad cleaning habits. Make sure you clean the toilet bowl with a good cleaner at least once a week. If you still get skid marks, you can use the above methods to clean up your toilet bowl.
Skid marks are gross, and they can smell pretty bad. It’s essential for your hygiene and your toilet to clean up these skid marks. The best course of action is to prevent skid marks in the first place. We hope the ways we’ve detailed above help you keep your toilet squeaky clean.
Amos Christen graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Interior Design from Drexel University — Philadelphia, PA. Since 2003, Amos has worked with top interior design professionals in this area, including architects and interior/graphic/lighting designers. As a skilled interior designer, Amos Christen is highly versed in fine arts and crafts and uses that to supplement his main area of expertise. He often publishes articles related to home décor on several websites, including Sprucetoilets.com, Sprucebathroom.com, and Mybesuitedhome.com. He also contributes to leading interior design magazines.