How To Use A Pumice Stone for Cleaning

If you own a pumice stone, you’re one step ahead of most people.

But merely having a pumice stone is not enough! Chances are you’re not getting the full use out of it. But don’t be dismayed because I, Amber, solemnly do swear to take you on as my padawan one and teach you everything I know about pumice under the sun.

You might be using the pumice stone only during spa day, especially now with the lockdown and all, but did you know about its use in your day to day cleaning? Of course, you did; your Mom keeps sending you a shit ton of articles because she’s worried you will live in filth after moving out.

I’m not taking your Mom’s side, but Chinese takeout always has that distinct smell and you should probably clean out your sink while you’re at it.


Unless you are a geology major, you probably don’t know that when a volcano erupts and hot magma; aka lava comes into contact with water or air, it cools rapidly and creates the tiny little bubbles found throughout a pumice stone—pretty cool, right.

 “The physical world has no two things alike.” that was either said by the 13th-century Persian poet Rumi or maybe it was an Instagram poser I follow. Either way it applies perfectly to pumice. 

If you are a lover of all things Greek, they have a cooler rendition of how Pumice stone came into existence. They believed it was a gift straight from the gods Vulcan and Aphrodite during their unification. That might seem a bit of a stretch considering how tumultuous their marriage was. However, it could explain the infamous shower of pumice saturated ash in Pompeii for 24 hours straight….but, I diverge. 


So, there are two pumice grades: rock pumice and pumicite; you’re probably wondering what’s the difference. One is dirt or sand, and the other is a chunky rock.

Under rock pumice, you have nature made and gathered stone or human-made manufactured imposters. As someone who’s grown up in the pacific northwest, I can identify between the two even after I’ve had more than my fair share of IPA. You have to remember real ones float, fake ones sink. Insert witch trial joke here. Anyway. I should note that it is true that some man-made rocks will also float. When in doubt look at the company listed ingredients on the back.

You Get Some Pumice. You Get Some Pumice. Pumice For Everyone!

Okay, my pumice nerdiness might be showing a little, but did you know that during the construction of Italy’s pantheon, they used concrete, with travertine together with, yes, you guessed it, pumice. It may have been a small percentage but the pantheon is still standing. Justy saying.

Pumice is an incredibly versatile rock. It can be used for everything from calluses removal to soundproofing. It’s naturally fire resistant. Some people use it in mulch.  Even the construction industry has found an eco-friendly use for pumice stone in building materials. 

In this article though we are going to focus specifically on small pore pumice manufactured for cleaning. This girl’s secret weapon!  No, I’m not talking about chucking it at someone who says pineapple doesn’t belong on pizza. I’m talking about using this rock for cleaning all those filthy household items that look a bit uhm mm musty.


So, I’m a barely functioning adult. Don’t get me wrong on a good day my apartment barely smells like fruity skittles and burnt food, but who the hell invented grease and why is it soooooo hard to clean?

Like I get it when I cook, some chemical reaction happens, and boom, one Bachelorette episode in, and basically, I have a grease fire.

Is it too much to ask to be born a Michelin star chef? Anyway; if you’re like me love to coat your kitchen in bacon grease, then you know what a bitch it is to get that goo off your pans.

Don’t worry though while living in Target (a rant for another day) I found a way to save your pans with a little pedicure magic!  But how you ask. It’s not as abrasive as steel wool you say. Well let me get this quick disclaimer out of the way and I’ll walk you through it.

Disclaimer: If you have Teflon or diamond coated pans you might not want to give this a try.

Step 1

Important! Soak your pans for the duration of at least two hazy IPA’s.

Step 2

Wet your pumice stone. Never use a dry pumice stone unless you really want to add that “I spent twelve-thousand-dollars vintage look” to your pans.

Step 3

It’s all in the motion. Go with whatever motion feels right. If you’re scared that you might ruin your pan, be sure to do an inconspicuous area test beforehand. Steer clear of the handles. Most handles are coated with something like Teflon or devil urine. For extra dirty pans you might want to add some dish soap to your water, but that’s it. Before you know it; viola! Your pans are spic and span.


I don’t think I’ve ever met someone who jumps at the chance to clean an oven after thanksgiving dinner or after any meal for that matter. I’m usually way too full and battling feelings of guilt thinking about Charlie. Yes; I nicknamed the turkey, and no; I don’t have a problem other than the fact that my family just left me to clean up after them! 

I feel like “I cook, you clean” should be etched on a stone tablet somewhere. However, if you’re feeling extra generous because you’re basically mother Teresa at this point, you can grab your favorite pumice stone; make your way to the oven, and get busy. 

This method is easy, nontoxic, and loosens up the burnt gunk without ruining the enamel of your oven. Last year’s pie still stuck on the baking grill? No problem, your trusted pumice stone is on duty!

I usually start this type of job with a man-made pumice stone. Simply open the oven door and use a tiny circle motion to scrub away the grease. It might get a bit messy, so putting down a rag or your Ex’s clothes first might be a good idea. After a good oven cleaning its best to just dispose of your stone as it’s going to be pretty grimy.


I don’t know if I’m the only one who enjoys watching cleaning videos on YouTube, but there is just something about someone else cleaning filthy things that retains my attention. I always feel like I can clean my whole apartment in under ten minutes! Well I can’t 🙁 And unless you are living the tiny house lifestyle you probably can’t either! But after you’ve powered through all those dishes Harry left you, you can remove those huge stains on the sink with your pumice stone!

Clean Stainless Steel Sink Without Chemicals

If you’re like me and trying to steer away from chemicals, you can simply go in with your wet pumice stone. Using minimal elbow grease you can scrub away even the toughest stain. Works with any type of stain, be it rust, limescale buildup, or grease, the other parts of the sink, a rag, and some water will suffice.

As always, test an inconspicuous area if you are scared that you might ruin the sink, and if you have a marble sink or a custom finish, using a pumice stone is not advised.


When you’ve been in the office answering emails all day, the only light at the end of the tunnel is the 30 minutes soak at night. Dream on! You and I both know that you haven’t given your tub some TLC, and it has started forming those gross looking water lines.

How can you clean it? Well you can either move or get yourself a pumice stone. Personally I usually move houses but occasionally I opt for the other option.

The Supplies

1 large glass of wine, we are destressing here.

A pumice stone

Some water in a bucket

A disgusting tub (but not fiberglass, never fiberglass)

The Process

With your instruments of justice in hand, wet your stone, and make sure the tub is lubricated. Scrub like your mother’s watching. Rinse. Then draw yourself a bath, lock the bathroom door, and just zone out; you deserve it.

This process also works great for restoring that beautiful 1920s clawfoot tub you picked up from your neighbor with the rusty bus in his front yard. However if you have a fiberglass tub, the pumice stone will probably do more harm than good so only try this out with porcelain or ceramic tubs. I promise it will give your tub a new lease on life!

Note For Rich A-holes: If you have a finished metal or a gold tub for those perfect Instagram selfies, like fiberglass you should avoid using a pumice stone as this might scratch the tub.


Here’s a fun little fact, the average adult spends about 92 days of their life on the toilet. That will either get you a second date or a very awkward start to dinner. Maybe I should have kept that little nugget to myself, but now you can’t unknow it and it’s probably the reason your Mom sent you this particular article!

No one likes cleaning the toilet. Yours is disgusting. You know it. I know it. What are we going to do about it? 

Move again? 

No. Not This time.

This time you’re going to listen to crazy Amber and clean it. Because let’s face it, we’re getting older and cleaning makes us happy. So, let’s get down and dirty. 

Make sure you wet the stone before working it into the stains. Start with a strong pulling motion until the stone starts to disintegrate and forms a light abrasive paste. Then move to small circles to rid the poop palace of whatever stains it might have.

Again be sure that the toilet is porcelain not a fiberglass one like those found in an RV or on a boat. You don’t want to tell your Dad why you ruined his RV toilet the first time he let you borrow it for the Fourth of July. Trust me!

In Closing

You can clean your entire apartment with it, from the stovetops, oven, grill, your sink to your pans. It feels like we’ve been talking for ages so I don’t really touch on it, but it can even clean your carpet! I know what you’re thinking. This carpet cost me $3000 to install. Well if your furry little buddy coated it in hair, you can use your pumice stone on it before you vacuum, but that’s a tale for another day.

So if you are still on the fence about the powerful pumice, my advice for you is RUN!

Run to the nearest pharmacy store and grab yourself one. Not only will your tub thank you, but you will be thinking of me; your pumice stone ambassador, as you take your 30-minute bath. {yes, I know, freaky}

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