When I was looking at buying my house, there was a problem with the well causing there to be a lot of iron in the water. They fixed it (by putting this giant tube thing with a water proof cap that sticks up on the left side of my driveway, bastards) but I was still left with bright orange and red sinks, toilet and tub. The tub was the worst. I tried this Iron Out stuff that my mom gave me. Now this is some super-duper harsh chemical stuff. I put it in the tub, let it sit with the window open and the fan on. I opened the door and was blasted with the worst shitty diaper smell ever. I guess when it eats the iron it emits a shit smell. I put on one of those masks and went to work on scrubbing it. I could seriously only be in the bathroom for 30 seconds at a time. My lungs were burning (even through the mask) and my eyes were burning balls (tehe, I said balls) in my head. But I wanted to clean that tub and prove to my mother that I would not have to replace it. I did this several times (every time Dancing Chick was out of the house so I was only causing my own lungs to deteriorate) but it didn’t get it all off. I tried scrubbing it with Bon Ami and all those less harsh chemical cleaners but it never got all of it off no matter how hard I scrubbed.
Then I was reading about the many uses of baking soda for cleaning. I found out that baking soda actually lifts iron stains off of tubs and sinks. So, I made the baking soda paste (three parts baking soda, one part water) and stuck all over the remaining red stains. I came in, no mask needed, breathing perfectly fine and started to wipe it off with a sponge. It just came right off! There were some spots that I needed to pull the scrub brush out for but it all came off! I couldn’t believe it. All those chemicals that I put into my house, my septic system, not to mention my lungs and eyes and all I needed to do was use baking soda.
I started using it in the toilet and the sinks and it’s really just amazing. You don’t even have to make a paste. Just use it like you would Bon Ami or any other chemical powder. It’s cheaper too which is always a big plus!
Give it a shot and let me know how it works in your house!