About Ring X
Ring X is a toilet cleaning wand that features 100% natural pumice stone, which is claimed to safely remove even the toughest stains—including rust—without harsh chemicals or scratching the porcelain surface.
On top of this, Ring X is claimed to be safe, convenient, and easy to use; all you have to do is instantly wipe away stains. In fact, according to the manufacturer, Ring X is more effective than the leading brands.
It’s no secret that trying to get rid of toilet rings is no easy task. As such, will Ring X provide you with a “spotless clean,” or just a spotty cleaning record?
To begin, let’s discuss pumice stone.
What is Pumice Stone? Is It Effective for Cleaning Toilets?
Pumice stone is a lightweight, porous volcanic rock that’s used in a wide variety of applications, including a cement additive, in cosmetics and tooth care products, a substrate for some types of crops, water filtration, and as you might be most familiar with, a tool for exfoliating dry skin and calluses from feet.
Like any type of stone though, pumice is an abrasive, which means that it can be used for grinding, polishing, and even removing toilet stains. But despite its abrasiveness, is it true that the pumice in Ring X won’t damage your toilet?
Will Ring X Damage Your Toilet?
Most modern toilets are manufactured from porcelain, which involves a mixture of clay and water that is then finished, glazed, and exposed to high heat in a kiln. Ultimately, this provides an exceptionally strong bathroom fixture at an affordable price.
However, this doesn’t mean than porcelain can’t be damaged. More accurately, this doesn’t mean the glaze on porcelain isn’t susceptible to damage.
As you might imagine, any time you’re using an abrasive on any surface, it will create microscopic “ridges” that can’t be seen by the naked eye. This might be especially true when removing stains, which are often attached to a surface so strongly that the only way to remove them is by removing some of the surface itself (in this instance, the glazing on your toilet).
Once this occurs, these small ridges can act as tiny little “nets” for bacteria and other particulate matter, which can ultimately cause stains to reappear faster and take more effort to remove (more about this in a moment).
Although it might seem like common sense that scraping pumice across your toilet would damage it, this might not always be the case. Why? Because this largely depends on the quality of your toilet, in addition to the glazing process that was used during its manufacture.
As such, we’d strongly recommend reading through your toilet’s owner’s manual or contacting the company directly if you’re considering using a pumice stone to clean it.
Now, are there other options out there similar to Ring X?
Pumice Stone Options Similar to Ring X
Ultimately, there are hundreds of products on the marketplace that also use pumice to clean your toilet. Granted, not all of these options will include the same handle as Ring X (although many do), but the point is that you have options.
To see for yourself, search for the phrase “pumice toilet” or “pumice bathroom cleaner” and watch how many results pull up.
Regardless of the brand you choose though, is cleaning your toilet with a pumice stone easy?
Grease Up Your Elbows
Sure, cleaning with a pumice stone might be more environmentally friendly than using harsh chemicals, but as outlined in this ApartmentTherapy.com article, the process can take a whole lot of elbow grease.
In fact, when watching the Ring X commercial, it was clear that a whole lot of scrubbing was going on. And the more set in your toilet stain is, the more work it’ll take to remove.
With this in mind, as noted in the article above, you might find that a combination of scrubbing with pumice and using traditional chemicals will provide the best results.
Speaking of which, what other methods can you use to clean existing toilet rings, and to prevent them from occurring in the first place?
Other Options for Removing Toilet Rings
Although we might be a little embarrassed to admit it, we all visit the loo several times throughout the day. And if you enjoy having the tidiest home possible, constantly seeing those pesky toilet rings might be enough to drive you mad.
If you don’t want to risk damaging your toilet using a pumice-based product, the good news is that you have hundreds of other available options.
Sure, this includes traditional chemicals, but also DIY remedies such as using dryer sheets, a combination of vinegar and lemon juice, and even lemonade Kool Aid. To find more, simply type “how to get rid of toilet rings” or “how to remove hard water toilet stains” into your favorite search engine.
Speaking of which, you can often prevent toilet rings by softening the water that runs through it. Unfortunately, there aren’t any toilet-only water softeners (although we did find a patent application for one more than 80 years ago!), so you’d be required to add one to your plumbing system just to stop the hard water deposits. Due to all the work involved, some might say it’s worth it!
Enough about Ring X though. Let’s quickly talk about the company who makes it.
Who Manufactures Ring X?
Here on HighYa, these products have nearly 100 reader reviews and a 2–star rating. This appears to primarily be due to complaints of failure to work as advertised, poor quality, and poor customer service.
From a company perspective, Spark Innovators had a B- rating with the Better Business Bureau based on 7 closed complaints. Unfortunately, none of the complaint details were available.
Ring X Pricing & Refund Policy
Two Ring X sets (a total of 4 units) are priced at $10 plus $13.98 S&H.
While Ring X comes with a 30-day refund policy, this is less S&H charges, which means that if you took advantage of the BOGO offer, you could lose 50% more in S&H than you’ll ultimately receive as a refund.
Despite this, if you’d like to request a refund, you’ll need to contact customer service at 866-322-6481.
Is Ring X Worthy of Your Toilet?
As with many of the other ASOTV products we’ve reviewed here at HighYa, the story is always the same, and Ring X appears to be no different. Is it possible that Ring X can help you clear away pesky toilet rings? Yes. Will it provide a decent value for your money? Considering the product’s ultra-high, non-refundable S&H charges, as well as the fact that you can find essentially identical products at retailers near you, your money might be better spent elsewhere.
1 out 1 people found this review helpful
I have owned my house for four years now. The toilets have had hard water iron stains and rings in them from day one. I've tried any and everything I could possibly think of to try to eliminate them. I've been completely ashamed for people to even use them for fear of them thinking I simply don't clean my toilets. Ring X was literally my last resort before replacing the toilets. I was SO excited when these actually worked!
I wish there was a way I could post the before and after pictures in this review! It is an awesome product for hard water/rust stains in toilets.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend
3 out 3 people found this review helpful
I love it!
I had a terrible water (and other funk) stained toilet that I could NOT get cleaned with any cleaner I tried. Within 2 minutes of scrubbing with the Ring X my toilet looked brand new! As a mother of 2 and another on the way, making sure everything is clean is CRITICAL for me. I would recommend it 100%, I have pictures as proof that I sent to several friends. They couldn't believe it.
Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend