Let’s face it, if you are living with boys, keeping a stain-free toilet can be one of the toughest things to do around the house! It doesn’t matter how many times you seem to clean your toilet on a daily basis, those yellow urine stains just do not seem to budge. Quick frequent cleanups can reduce the stains for a considerable amount, but sometimes they appear as if from nowhere. While it is rather an impossible task to keep urine stains away altogether, let us try and give you some tips and quick fixes on how to remove urine stains from a toilet seat.
How urine stains form on toilet seats?
Before we dive into cleaning those annoying stains that form on toilet seats, it’s important to understand how they form so you can tackle them better and try to avoid them forming in the future. As a very complex bio fluid, human urine is made of over 3000 compounds that can stain any surface. This can be easily avoided by flushing urine away with water, but as you know, it doesn’t often happen if you have a few boys in your house. If you let any urine stay on the surface of a toilet seat for more than a few hours till it dries, it makes a stain that cannot be flushed away with water. Here’s how to get them off.
Using Vinegar + Baking Soda
Cleaning stains using vinegar and baking soda, two of the most common ingredients you can find in any kitchen cupboard has been a long trusted method which you can use to remove the tough urine stains from your toilet as well. To give you a more scientific look into the things, Vinegar (acetic acid) and Baking Soda (sodium bicarbonate) together make an acid-based reaction that can cut through most organic stains and dissolve them. Let see how it is done.
What you need;
- ¼ cup of white vinegar
- ¼ cup of baking soda
- Mixing Spoon
- A bowl
- A pair of gloves
Put equal amounts of white vinegar and baking soda to the bowl. Mix them until it becomes a fine foamy paste. You can add some water to dilute the mixture if needed. You might feel some heat and a visible reaction when the ingredients combine, which is normal.
Put on your gloves and use the toothbrush to gently scrub the stained areas of your toilet seat with the vinegar and baking soda mixture. You don’t have to scrub it too hard at this stage since the intention is to spread the mixture all over the stain. Let it sit for about 10 minutes for the mixture to cut through the stain and dissolve it, making it possible to scrub off.
Now wet a washcloth and clean away the vinegar and baking soda mixture from the toilet seat and the annoying stains with it. Then use your favorite toilet cleaner to give a thorough cleaning to your entire toilet.
Important: Be careful when you handle these two substances together. Only small amounts of each ingredient is enough to clean a considerably large surface. Have your gloves on at all times. In small amounts, it will not affect the color or the texture of your toilet seat. Therefore, you can directly apply it on the stains without a worry.
Using Bleach, Lime and Toilet Cleaner
If the urine stains on your toilet seat are quite old and not possible to remove with anything else, using a tougher chemical such as bleach mixed with lime and a toilet cleaner could help you. It is really important that you handle bleach with extreme caution.
What you need;
- Toilet Cleaner
- Warm water
- Lime or limescale remover
- Scrubbing Brush
- A pair of gloves
- A mask
Use your toilet cleaner and the scrubbing brush to thoroughly clean your toilet to take away and grease and grime that would slow down the bleaching process. Let it dry for 30-60 minutes.
Put on your mask and the gloves and add small and measured amounts of bleach on top of the stains on your toilet seat and other discolored areas of your toilet if needed. Let it stand for 10 minutes. Scrub it with a brush and thoroughly rinse with water.
Use the lime/limescale remover to take away any slight discolorations left.
Rinse the entire toilet with soap and warm water.
Important: Keep your hands covered at all times when handling bleach and wash your hands well with warm water after you’re done cleaning the toilet seat.