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Three Steps to Help You Solve Any Problem.

Maybe your project isn’t working because you are using the wrong tools.

Sometimes you can substitute a tool. You can pound a nail in the wall with a hammer if you can’t find a rock; you can use a dime if you don’ t have a flat head screwdriver.

Some projects require the proper tool.

My toilet bowl was stained.   We have hard water in our township, and no water softener in our basement.  Wearing rubber gloves I scrubbed the bowl with a cleaning agent. I used all of my upper body strength to vigorously scrub  the stain.   I didn’t want to use a rock to knock off the mineral deposit as I may have chipped the bowl.  A hammer or a dime wouldn’t have helped me.

I didn’t know what to do. We were having company over, and my quests may look into the toilet bowl and see the stain.  It would draw attention to the situation if a sign was placed on the door, “Do your business, but do not look inside the bowl.”  I could have asked the company to hold it in, and go when they went home. Or perhaps my neighbor wouldn’t mind if they went over to her house.  There must be a better way. There is.

 Three Steps to Help You Solve Any Problem.

1. Admit you don’t know what you are doing. I admitted I was powerless to clean the toilet.

2. Ask for help. I asked someone who is an expert in the cleaning of toilet bowls. At my local hardware store, I described the problem and the helpful worker in cleaning supplies suggested I buy a Pumice Stone.

3. Do what they say.  After listening to the advice, I bought the product they suggested and used it.

My problem was solved. My toilet was clean. I could entertain my guests without fear or embarrassment.  And do you know what happened?

Nobody used the bathroom all night.



Take a look at your project and see if you have the right tools. Do you need to ask for help? Please share in the comments.


About Pamela Hodges

My name is Pamela Hodges. I am a writer and an artist. I write to encourage and to bring laughter. I paint cats, draw cartoons and write books for children and grown ups.

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  • Sue

    If you use your toilet brush to ‘push’ most of the water out of the bowl, a product called Lime-Away works wonders, and works fairly quickly. When you have as much water out as you can get out, squirt Lime-Away into the bowl, starting under the rim so it goes down on the rest of the bowl. Squirt a little extra on the mineral build-up. Go do something for about 5-10 minutes to let the product do it’s work. Come back, scrub with the brush, and most if not all of the mineral stain should be gone. Save the pumice and elbow grease for what’s left. Lime-Away also works great in the shower (use it straight from the bottle, and again, work from the top down). I cleaned a tile shower with the stuff and someone thought we had the bathroom retiled! It works!

  • Too funny! Think I’m going to buy my boys a pumice stone, except as gross as they let their bathroom get, they might need a pumice rock!

  • Jaana

    So practical yet fun reading! You have away with words!

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Jaana. I am glad it was fun to read.

  • Heather Goyette

    Great steps to take! So funny that after all of that no one used it. Isn’t that always the case?!

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Heather. Yes, all that work for a clean toilet. But, at least I was prepared 🙂

  • Wish I would think up all this funny stuff when I am cleaning my hard-water-stained toilet bowl! My thoughts then definitely are NOT funny.

    • pamelahodges

      Yes, it wasn’t funny when I was cleaning the toilet. I had brand new pink gloves to use, so that helped a little.

  • nanc

    Pam you are always so hysterical!!!! You are my cleaning idol….really. XO

  • You nailed. Using the proper tool, not a rock or a shoe, but your incisive wit and good sense.

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Kathleen. Now to go and find my rock, I need to hang up another picture.

  • I love how it is often that simple, and yet I can add a few too many unnecessary steps to create difficulty!
    Enjoyed reading this post!

    • pamelahodges

      Thank you Janet. I often add unnecessary steps as well. I should listen to myself.

  • Marilyn

    I have stains too. Ugly brown mineral build up. Thanks for the tip Pamela. Though I enjoyed your first few solutions I understand that pumice rock is better than the sign, holding it, or going to the neighbours. So much explaining in these solutions. I am getting that thing, ur, stuff. Pumice

    • pamelahodges

      I would love to see a photograph of your toilet after you clean it. May all your guests enjoy a stain free toilet bowl. Let me know how it works.