How to Prevent Skid Marks in Toilet? [+ Removal Methods]

Removing skid marks from the toilet can be a daunting task. Not only are they unsightly, but they can also be embarrassing and difficult to clean.

Fortunately, there are some simple steps that you can take to both remove and prevent these marks from forming in the first place. So read on for our tips!

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How to Remove Skid Marks from Toilet?

Do you have skid marks in your toilet and are looking for ways to remove them? Get rid of skid marks from your toilet using this easy-to-follow, step-by-step guide.   

Use a Toilet Brush

You should be able to remove skid marks from your toilet with a toilet brush, especially if it’s in a soft stage. This is the simplest and most basic method of removing skid marks from your toilet.

Get a high-quality toilet brush with a flexible but moderately-strong bristle. The flexibility will enable the brush to contour to the shape of your toilet. Add some liquid wash to the skid marks and scrub them gently with the toilet brush.

Flush the toilet afterward to rinse away any residue. This should remove the marks as well as any residue that may cause stains.

The issue with poor-quality toilet brushes is that they may leave bristles behind in your toilet bowl. So, choose high-quality ones.

Another problem with removing skid marks with a toilet brush is that the dislodged dirt may stick to the brush. This would make the toilet brush look unhygienic. So, you either discard the toilet brush after use or gently wash off the dirt.

Use a Pumice Stone

If the skid marks have been there for a long time, they would have become so tough and difficult to remove. Using a toilet brush may not be very effective. In such a case, you need a pumice stone to scrape off the marks.

Get a pumice stone and follow these steps:

  • Wear hand gloves before proceeding.
  • Wet the skid marks as well as the pumice stone with water.
  • Gently scrub the skid marks with the pumice stone. Wet the surface at intervals as your scrub and don’t let it get dry. Don’t apply too much force when scrubbing to avoid damaging the surface of your toilet.
  • After a few scrubs, the skid marks and stains should be gone.

Get a Commercial Toilet Skid Mark Remover

If none of the methods above work, you can try using a commercial toilet skid mark remover for better results. There are several different commercial skid mark removers out there. Read reviews and get the best one that suits your budget.

Carefully read the instructions in the pack and follow them to easily remove skid marks from your toilet with the commercial skid mark remover.

Try Homemade Skid Marks Remover

If you don’t want to try harsh chemicals on your toilet or you don’t have the budget, you can try some homemade skid mark removers. Here are a few home-made products that can help remove skid marks from your toilet:

A Mixture of Borax and Vinegar

Borax is a well-known cleaning agent and coupled with vinegar, it makes a powerful skid marks remover. Here’s how to use a mixture of borax and vinegar:

  • Pour a part of Borax into the toilet bowl.
  • Add an equal part of the vinegar and allow the mixture to sit for about 20 to 25 minutes or more. Make sure that the mixture covers the skid marks.
  • With a good toilet brush, scrub the marks and rinse the dirt away.
  • Flush your toilet afterward. All the skid marks should be gone by now.

Please don’t use Borax alone without mixing it with vinegar. Borax tends to harden if left for a long time and this can be difficult to remove from your toilet.

Chlorine Bleach

Chlorine bleach is another powerful cleaning agent that can remove skid marks from your toilet.

  • Get chlorine bleach suitable for washing the toilet.
  • Pour a half cup of bleach into the toilet bowl, covering the skid marks.
  • Scrub the skid marks with a good quality toilet brush.
  • Allow the chlorine bleach to sit for about 15 minutes.
  • Scrub gently again and flush the toilet to rinse away the dirt.

Please use the chlorine bleach alone. Don’t mix it with any other toilet cleaner to avoid harmful fumes.

A Mixture of Vinegar and Baking Soda

If you can’t lay your hands on Borax, you can also use baking soda. Their mixture also makes an effective skid marks remover.

  • Remove excess water from the toilet bowl. Just enough water to cover the skid marks is ok.
  • Put on a pair of gloves before handling these products.
  • Pour a half cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl followed by a quarter cup of baking soda. The mixture should fizz.
  • Scrub off the skid marks using a toilet brush.
  • Allow the mixture to sit for about 30 minutes and scrub again.
  • Flush off the mixture and see the magic.

How to Prevent Skid Marks from Toilet?

Preventing skid marks is better than finding ways to remove the skid marks later from your toilet. Here are a few ways to prevent skid marks from showing up in your toilet bowl:

Use a Bidet Shower/Sprayer

Using a handheld bidet shower/sprayer in your toilet can help prevent skid marks. A bidet shower jets out water with a moderate force to clean your butt after a bowel movement.

Aside from spraying water to clean yourself, you can also spray water with the bidet shower to clean the toilet bowl thoroughly.

This way, you can prevent unsightly skid marks as no residue will be left behind in the toilet bowl.

Apply a Toilet Coating

If you don’t have one in your toilet already, installing a bidet shower can be expensive. A more affordable way to prevent skid marks is to apply a toilet coating to your toilet bowl.

A toilet coating acts as a barrier between the waste and the toilet bowl, preventing the waste from sticking to the bowl to create skid marks.

The toilet coating doesn’t only prevent skid marks but also adds luster to the toilet bowl. There are several toilet coating products, get a suitable one and apply it in 2 to 3 coats.

There are also some non-stick sprays and/or cleaners for toilet bowls that will not allow waste to stick to your toilet.

Flush Before Using the Toilet

If the toilet bowl is dry, waste tends to stick to it to form skid marks. Flushing before using the toilet creates a water layer on the toilet bowl that can prevent waste from sticking. This will help to prevent skid marks from showing on the toilet.


Skid marks in your toilet bowl can be unsightly and difficult to remove. But with the right cleaning agents and preventive measures, you can keep your toilet clean and skid-mark free.

Be sure to follow the instructions on the cleaning agent’s label to avoid damaging your toilet bowl.

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