We all have our fair share of some gruesome bathroom cleaning experiences. Since a bathroom is constantly exposed to an environment of moisture, it is no wonder it can house the nastiest mold and grime. Nevertheless, there is no escaping the agonizing task of bathroom cleaning – especially when it comes to toilets. Stains are tough opponents; they don’t like admitting defeat easily. And for as long as you keep using your toilet, they will continue to drop by and visit.
We greet toilets every single day. Not just once but several times to be exact. Usually, we already know the nitty gritty steps in toilet cleaning. But often times we forget one important part – the toilet seat.This part of the toilet breeds the toughest stains because we sometimes forget to check on it during our usual cleaning routines. Bacteria and mineral build-up happens due to stagnant water and urine (ick!) This is doubly true when there are men in the house who just can’t seem to keep their aim straight. Lol! Kidding aside, there are a couple of ways to ease your hardships – a couple of agents to help you with it too! Lucky for you, you stumbled upon this (awesome) article.
Remove the seat
You can’t properly clean a toilet seat when it’s still hinged on the bowl. Pry open the plastic covering that hides the screw using the flat blade of a screwdriver. Once you locate the screws, turn the screwdriver in a circular motion until they come loose. Voila! The seat is attached no more.
2. Get a bucket
Find a bucket that is big enough to contain the seat. In it, combine 1 part bleach with 3 parts of water and stir.
(Note: Avoid using your hands when doing this because bleach harms the skin)
Time for a dip
Submerge the seat in the bucket with the bleach mixture and leave for a few minutes. If you have a colored toilet seat, make sure that you are using anti-discoloration bleach. Before submerging, you can take a few drops and leave it on one part of the seat (preferably the back) to test if any discoloration happens.
Scrub it with all you’ve got
Well, not really. With the right tools, scrubbing should be done in no time! After taking the toilet seat out of its bleaching trip, set it aside for some good scrubbing. You’ll see that despite using bleach, some stains will remain. Bleach is good for killing bacteria and removing light urine stains but is not nearly as effective with tough ones.
Going back, first thing you need to consider before scrubbing is the sponge you’re using. Be careful not to use sponges that are too hard or too brittle; this will create tons of scratches on your toilet seat and although clean, may not be pleasant to look at anymore.
Second, know what kind of stains you’re dealing with. Different degrees of toughness require different kinds of cleaning agents. For best results, you can use the following to achieve a clean, white finish:
- Baking soda – This one is going to need a little bit of elbow grease but that shouldn’t be a problem. Create a baking soda paste by mixing it with water. Add water sparingly so you can get the right viscosity, like a paste. Apply it to affected areas (or on the whole thing if you’d like), scrub gently then rinse. Repeat the process as many times as you think necessary.
- Clean Magic Eraser – You can always trust the cleaning power this old bald guy has to offer. Simply dampen it with water, squeeze, and you’re ready to scrub with the magic eraser. Works like a charm for other things that need cleaning as well (e.g. tile grout, counter tops). Try it and have your toilet seat looking shinier than his head!
- White Vinegar – Works perfectly with light to moderate stains. Best used with hydrogen peroxide as a follow-up. Simply dampen a piece of cloth and scrub it on the surface of the stained seat. If the stain is persistent, leave the cloth for one good hour before rinsing with water. Follow it up by applying hydrogen peroxide on remaining spots.
- Add the final touch – Once your toilet seat is squeaky clean, spray a little bit of Clorox Clean Up or Lysol on the surface and wipe it with a damp cloth. This should be good for some germ-killing action and it leaves your toilet seat looking and smelling fresh.