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3 Different Techniques To Clean A Toilet Seat

How often do you get embarrassed by the color of your urine-stained toilet seat? Because the toilet is one of the most patronized areas of a home, it’s not surprising to see the porcelain seat discolored. While an average homeowner spends considerable amount of time washing the powerhouse, stains from urine can make your effort fruitless.

Stained toilet seat is more pronounced in a home with little kids below the age of 13 because these children do not really understand the effort it takes to keep a toilet seat sparkling.

Whether you are using Toto Toilet or have a preference for a portable toilet, this comprehensive guide will show you how to clean a toilet seat properly using different proven techniques.

Why Take Time to Keep the Toilet Seat Sparkling?

If you’re the whole area of the toilet is clean with only the seat dirty, your toilet may not be smelly and will not breed germs either.

However, the stains on your toilet seat can say a lot about how much effort you put on your family hygiene.

Some parts of the toilet seat especially the underside, are often victims of consistent urination and defecating. Over time, they will build up stains that will defy the use of ordinary detergents and water, becoming extremely difficult to remove.

Also, stained toilet seats are an eyesore that you may find hard to ignore with time. This might prompt you to replace the seat without any cracks on it.

However, if you take time to go through this article on how to clean a toilet seat, you will save yourself some money that would have gone into changing the toilet seat.

You will find this video useful, as well.

Materials Needed to Give your Toilet Seat a New Sparkling Look

Here are some of the items you need to remove stain from your toilet seat:

  1. Baking Soda
  2. Bathroom Cleaner
  3. Bleach
  4. Bucket/Container
  5. Old Toothbrush
  6. Paper Towel
  7. Rubber Glove
  8. Sanitary Wipes
  9. Toilet Brush or sponge
  10. Toilet Cleaner
  11. Towel
  12. Vinegar

Different Methods of Cleaning the Toilet Seat

There are several ways through which you can keep your toilet seat clean. However, we have come up with the three best methods.

Before we proceed, you need to gather the tools and items you will need for this task.

To prevent calling out for a particular bleach or scrub, gather every item you need and ensure they are within arm’s reach, perhaps you can have them organized in a handy bucket.

Method 1: Toilet Seat Cleaning with Bleach

Method 1 Toilet Seat Cleaning with Bleach

Bleach is an excellent sanitizer and disinfectant. It’s particularly recommended for cleaning the toilet seat.

  • Step 1: Pour ¼ of the bleach into a measuring cup.
  • Step 2: Lift the lid and carefully pour the measured bleach into the edge of the seat and the toilet bowl. Wipe any spills on the floor with a rag or towel.
  • Step 3: Fill a bucket with water and add 1/3 of the remaining bleach to form a solution.
  • Step 4: Remove the toilet seat and dip into the solution. Allow it to soak for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Step 5: After that, scrub the seat with a toilet brush until the stains fade.
  • Step 6: Repeat the process of soaking and scrubbing until all the stains disappear.
  • Step 7: Use the scrub to brush the bowl and other stained parts in the flushing toilet, then flush with water.
  • Step 8: Rinse and towel-dry the seat cover.
  • Step 9: Carefully replace it on the toilet seat.

Safety Tips

Bleach can irritate the eyes, skin and other parts of the body. Be careful to protect yourself by using glove, eyewear, nose guard, and other protective wears.

Avoid using bleach on rusty surfaces as it can cause further damages.

Wipe off any spills with a towel

Method 2: Toilet Seat Cleaning with Baking Soda Paste and Elbow Grease

Method 2 Toilet Seat Cleaning with Baking Soda Paste and Elbow Grease

Although bleach will help remove some stain and discoloration, it requires a massive effort to derive the best result. Thus, the need for a subtler method.

Here, we will be using baking soda and elbow grease paste to eliminate the unattractive sight of our toilet seat and create a sparkling clean appearance.

  • Step 1: Get a germ-killing cleaner and apply it to the surface of the toilet seat. Allow it to sit for 5-10 minutes and wipe off with a wet towel.
  • Step 2:  Measure one-quarter of baking soda and pour it into a bucket. Add about 50ml of warm water and steer to form a paste. Smear the paste on the stained surfaces and leave to sit for 10 – 15 minutes.
  • Step 3: Scrub the seat with a scratch-free scouring sponge or a toilet brush in a circular motion. Sprinkle water occasionally to keep it damp.
  • Step 4: Add the paste to the stained area repeatedly and scrub until the stain disappear. Rinse with clean water and towel-dry.
  • Step 5: Apply disinfectant or spray to the surface again and wipe off with a damp towel. You will see that your toilet seat is sparkling with a fresh smell.

Method 3: Toilet Seat Cleaning with Vinegar

Toilet Seat Cleaning with Vinegar

Hard stains on the toilet can be really irritating, and they won’t go quickly.

Vinegar contains some organic materials that react with stain and render them powerless for easy removal. These are the steps to remove the stain on the toilet seat with vinegar.

  • Step 1: Get a bottle of distilled white vinegar from the local market or an online store. Pour a little volume of vinegar to a paper towel until it is damp enough.
  • Step 2: Cover the entire toilet seat with pieces of damp paper towel.
  • Step 3: Allow it to sit for 1 – 2 hours, and then remove it.
  • Step 4: Scrub the toilet seat with a soft sponge or toilet brush.
  • Step 5: Pour more vinegar and scrub until the stains are completely removed
  • Step 6: Clean with a damp cloth and apply disinfectant and freshener.

Any of the three methods above will work, so you are free to choose whichever are comfortable with. Ensure there is ventilation when you want to do the cleaning.

For the easiest stain removal, clean the toilet seat every couple of days. This will prevent the accumulation of stain and will require minimal effort. If all else fails, it may be necessary to replace the toilet seat.

Unconventional Methods of Cleaning Toilet Seat

While the three highlighted methods are proven to be effective, there are other alternative means of cleaning the toilet seat.

These methods are eco-friendlier, and the materials used can easily be bought in a local store.

1. Bleach-free Toilet Cleaner

Bleach-free Toilet Cleaner

Many products made from citric acid as the core ingredient are highly effective in removing stain from toilet seats. Not only are they eco-friendlier, but they also offer similar effectiveness when compared to strong synthetic products like bleach.

Notable brands include Eco-zone Toilet Cleaner, Waitrose Ecological Toilet Cleaner, Ecover Toilet Cleaner, and Eco-zone Toilet Cleaner. Their only downside is that they don’t exert the same effect on add stains compared to the other three methods we have explained earlier.

If your toilet is characteristically stained brown with urine, you might consider one of the previous methods.

2. Toilet Cleaning with Cola

Toilet Cleaning with Cola

Cola drinks whether branded or un-branded have phosphoric acid as their major ingredient. It easily breakdown limescale, which makes them ideal for removing limescale from a toilet seat.

To make use of cola, add a bottle of cola drink to a small bucket. Soak a small piece of cloth or towel in the cola. Place the damp cloth on the seat cover and let it rest on it for 10 – 20 minutes. Scrub and leave with a toilet brush.

Note: Cola is not suitable for toilet cleaning because it doesn’t function as a disinfectant. There are several instances where bacteria feed on the leftover bacteria to grow, so we don’t recommend this method. You can only make use of it if other methods are not possible, but ensure to use disinfectant after.

Cleaning the toilet sit is not supposed to be an extreme sport; it’s easy.

  • Grab your supplies; this makes it easy to reach out for them when you need anything.
  • You can either use a stain remover;  we highly recommend the Instant Mold and Mildew Stain Remover. You can use bleach, baking soda, or vinegar. They all work fine.
  • For the bleach, you remove the toilet seat from the toilet and soak in bleach and water solution, after a few minutes, scrub until the stains are removed. Rinse and fix it back to the toilet.
  • For the stain remover, spray it on the affected part; leave for a few minutes before scrubbing. Clean with a damp piece of cloth once all the stains are removed.
  • If you are using baking soda and vinegar, mix the two to form a paste. Apply on the stains, leave for a few minutes then scrub. Clean with a damp piece of cloth after the stains are removed.

Feel free to ask any questions about this article or any other related topic.

14 thoughts on “3 Different Techniques To Clean A Toilet Seat”

  1. Hi, Emma thank you for the information. I’m going to try the baking soda and vinegar method first. I will let you know. It’s a vinyl toilet set so it might take a little more effort. I just want this stain gone. Judith

  2. Soft toilet seats are incredibly hard to clean. Thanks for the information, but I tried each one of these methods, to the letter, and none of them worked. There’s something about the soft plastic which catches and holds any staining material. The only real solution is to buy a new toilet seat.

  3. My own toilet seat never has pee stains on the bottom. But it is a problem in my guest room. How is it that someone peeing in the toilet manages to get pee on the UNDERSIDE of a toilet seat. It seems to be a guy thing. Adult guy thing. How do they do it???

  4. Hi Emma,
    I used vinegar and baking soda and it removed the stains, but minutes later it got a purple ish looking stains on the toilet seat… what can I use to remove that to bring it back to being a white toilet seat? Pls help

  5. Thank you for the tips.

    I’d opt to start with the vinegar and baking soda paste as it’s not toxic like the bleach is, particularly in this situation.

    When undiluted (or not properly diluted) bleach is mixed with urine (bleach reacts with the in urine), Chlorine Gas is released. It is very toxic.

    Pouring fill-strength bleach on the seat may result in permanent white streaks on the seat.

    To achieve uniform bleaching, spot clean, then place entire seat in basin of diluted bleach water. Make sure the seat is completely submerged in the basin, if uniform results are to be achieved.

    I’d also never clean my seat with the toilet bowl brush as there is no true clean, no way to completely removed the bacteria left by the toilet bowl brush by rinsing as stated in the article.

    You will need to wash the seat in a clean basin, with clean rags, and clean gloves, in hot soapy water, rinse in clean (preferably running) water, and dry (and then maybe use a disinfectant) to get things properly clean again.

    After cleaning the seat (or any other toilet-related items), tools should be cleaned and disinfected and rags, towels, etc., should be washed before being put away. The floor should be cleaned/disinfected in case there were any splashes and because it’s simply a good thing to do while you’re messing around with the toilet.

    Separate vinegar and baking soda containers should be designated for cleaning than those used in the kitchen with food.

  6. Thanks “Emma” for sharing this wonderful article loaded with information. This was very informative especially this part “Toilet Cleaning with Cola”. Keep on sharing this kind of article with us.

  7. Has anyone ever dealt with urine in the form of like uric acid so tough, and hard bleach won’t remove it, a razorblade barely fazed it and you have to be careful you can’t use certain things in a porcelain toilet..
    I have found that any spray product that has bleach if you spray it and it runs that leave streaks on the underside of the toilet seat and on the top of the toilet seat it takes the Shine off. If you’re trying to remove the brown stain with a bleach product it’s best to wet the seat top and bottom with plain water and then spray a microfiber cloth or a sponge with the solution and then apply it thickly to the top and bottom of the seat and then gently agitate with the sponge or microfiber cloth. Then rinse it quickly with clean water. Dry and buff gently with a soft cloth. You don’t have to take the seat off.

  8. I’ve tried them all. useless, NOTHING REMOVES URINE STAINS. And I’ll tell you something else. I raised three boys .and never had such a stain. Toilet seats today are not the ones WE had. I’d like to know why.


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