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Ever had a sink, tub or toilet have rust or build up that just wouldn’t clean? Yea, that’s definitely been the situation with my master bathroom sink for awhile now, and it hasn’t been pretty. It wasn’t until I had chemical soaking, literal scraping, and endless scrubbing did I come to learn about a simple cleaning trick that completely blew my mind. So here’s how a pumice stone became my secret bathroom cleaning hack!
Confession: I am a horrible bathroom cleaner. It is my least favorite place to clean, so while the rest of my house may look relatively clean and presentable (most days at least, hey, no one is perfect), if you could see my bathroom you might think a little less of my cleaning capabilities. So it’s my own fault that after years of only doing simple wipe downs of my bathroom sink, thanks to face washes, beauty products, and makeup, there’s a layer of cement-like build up covering it. Now mind you, it wasn’t for a lack of effort. But with everything I had tried, nothing was getting this stuff off!
Then a friend asked if I had tried using a pumice stone.
To which I tried to see if she had a third eyeball. I’m sorry, like the thing I use for pedicures??
That’s actually exactly what she had been talking about, and after doing a quick google search turns out my friend wasn’t crazy after all. This was a real thing!
I figured, what else did I have to lose? My sink was already in a pretty sad state, so it couldn’t get much worse.
During my google search, I learned that they did in fact, sell pumice stones in the cleaning aisles versus buying one of the pedicure ones I was familiar with.
So after baby girl went down for her nap I decided to give this pumice stone thing a shot. And to my complete amazement, my impossible to remove build-up came off like it was nothing!
No chemicals. No elbow grease. Just some water and some gentle scrubbing of a pumice stone.
I was floored! And elated! I finally was going to have a clean sink again!
Turns out you can use a pumice stone on sinks, tubs, and toilets where rust and mineral build up are present. All you need to do is soak the pumice stone first and wet the surface you want to clean. Make sure to test a small area first before scrubbing everywhere to see if there is any scratching from the stone, but if there’s not then you’re good to go!
You’ll create a residue as you go from the pumice wearing down. Just wipe away and continue to wet down the surface and stone periodically as you clean.
I removed the entire sink of any and all build up until I got to the very end around the drain. And I only had to stop because I had used up the entire stone at that point.
My favorite part was that it didn’t require any harmful chemicals. All a pumice stone is is a lava rock. It doesn’t get much more natural than that!
If you’re interested in using a pumice stone the next time you’re cleaning, I would definitely recommend purchasing one from the cleaning section of your local store (or grab the one I used right here). I tried using one of the pedicure stones I hadn’t used yet to see if it worked as well as the stone I purchased. It wasn’t as porous as the other stone was and didn’t do as good of a job removing the build up.
I seriously can’t get over how good of a job it did! Who knew one of my best bathroom cleaning hacks would come from a pumice stone?!
Have you ever tried using a pumice stone for cleaning? What did you think?