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Key Tips On Removing Stains Around Your Drains

You were taking a shower when you noticed that your drain is nowhere near clean. It’s messy all over, and the original shine that it once had is long gone. You’ve been lazily scrubbing the stains around your drains with your feet, but to no avail. The stains didn’t come off at all. Since you’re now aware of how dirty your bathroom drain is, you started inspecting all other drains in your home. Your master bedroom has another bathroom, so you began looking at the drain in that sink and shower area, and made your way to your kitchen sink drain. Although these drains were located in different areas of your home, you noticed one thing – all of the drains had stains around them. And as a homeowner, you want everything around to be spotless, and your drains are no exception.

When you’ve been using your drains for years, it’s normal for stains to accumulate. You can’t expect that although your drains are wet most of the time, they’ll stay sparkly clean after use. Nope, that doesn’t happen at all. And since you’re very meticulous about cleanliness (as this can also pose serious health risks to your family), you want these stains to be cleaned immediately.

The tips listed below might be helpful for you when you’re removing stains around your drains:

  1. Clean your drain with hydrogen peroxide

hydrogen peroxide helps to remove stains from drainsYes, you can now clean the stains around your drains with hydrogen peroxide. Along with other tools found in your home, you can finally have a drain that’s clean and can be easily maintained. You won’t have to shop for expensive materials or tools once you use this tip moving onwards.

What you’ll need: Old toothbrush and hydrogen peroxide (yes, it’s that simple).

What you’ll do: If you’re hesitant about never getting anything right with DIY tips, don’t fret. You don’t have to be a rocket scientist to make this work. It’s so simple, anyone can do it!

  • Close your drain and pour enough hydrogen peroxide to cover the drain. If you’re targeting to remove that rusty ring around your drain, make sure the amount you’re putting into the sink covers the ring itself.
  • Once the hydrogen peroxide starts to foam up, let it sit in your drain for about 3 minutes.
  • After 3 minutes, use your old toothbrush and scrub around the drain. Make sure you’re wearing gloves while doing this as hydrogen peroxide can be harmful to your skin.
  • Open your and drain and let it drain (pun intended). And that’s it! Your drain looks like new.
  1. Clean your drain with lemon juice

Sorry but your lemonade party with friends has to be rescheduled. But for very good reasons, though! You’ll be needing those lemons to clean the stains around your drains – who would’ve thought, right?

What you’ll need: A ration of one half powdered borax to one half juice of a lemon (you can use more if you’re planning to clean a lot of drains).

What you’ll do: The mixture is easy, and so are the steps you should follow to have your drains cleaned!

  • Dab a sponge into the mixture, rub and clean the area with running water.
  • This mixture will work like a charm regardless of the material used in your sink – porcelain enamel or stainless steel – yep, this mixture can clean that too.
  1. Clean your drain using vinegar

Observe if your drain has white spots all over. These spots might not be visible with one glance but these too are stains which should be cleaned immediately. These white stains are lime deposits from mineral-rich hard water. This will not come off easy with a mere soap and sponge treatment. However, cleaning these white spots will be a breeze once used with a secret ingredient founds in your kitchen.

What you’ll need: Vinegar and paper towels

What you’ll do: You’ll never have to worry about white spots around your drains again. The steps in this method are too simple, you can choose to do it anytime!

  • Soak a paper towel in vinegar.
  • Wrap the wet towel in the spotted area. Make sure that you covered all of the areas with white spots.
  • Wait for 10 minutes and once the time’s up, buff it with a dry paper towel.
  • Although this technique is effective, it might cause discoloration to sinks made of brass and to other colored fixtures.


The tips presented in this article will make your life easier whenever you’re cleaning your drains. And since the ingredients and tools here are commonly found in your home, you don’t have to spend too much to get the job done. And for you to avoid situations like these from happening again (because you might not have the luxury of time), it’s better to clean them regularly so stains will not build up in the long run. Once you make cleaning your drains a habit, you’re also ensuring that your family’s safety is not compromised in any way.  We hope you like this article from Wilco Plumbing Services.



Peter Graham

Peter is a professional plumber who’s had years of experience in the industry. He currently writes for Wilco Plumbing and loves to share his experience and knowledge for those who are willing to learn more about the world of plumbing. In his spare time, he loves spending time with his children and walking the dog.

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