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Since all of our toilet seats are exposed to urine, we should all know how to clean them.
Let's be honest here, these stains are formed all the time accidentally. The more traffic there is in the bathroom, meaning the more people use it, the bigger the chances for those people to stain the toilet seat with urine.
The longer that stain stays on the toilet seat, the more time it has to form itself into a smelly hard stain with bacteria.
Quickly cleaning up might help prevent staining and odor, but if you leave it sitting there, it can become quite uncomfortable to see and to smell.
Whether you are working as a toilet cleaner in a restaurant or a school, or you're just looking for a piece of advice on how to do this in your own home - you will benefit from reading this article.
How to Remove Urine Stains from Toilet Seat
When getting rid of urine stains, it is very important that after wiping the seat, you clean all of the bacteria. If you leave it, it will begin to smell bad and can easily spread to other people.
There are a lot of mixes created for doing this job for you, but some of them are more practical than others. Some might scratch your toilet seat, and not remove the stain at all.
Chlorine bleach kills the bacteria but doesn't address the unpleasant color that this type of stain leaves. Some methods are easier and safer than others.
In this part of the article, we will show you all of the simplest ways you can do this. We also have detailed instructions, so you don't lose time pondering on how to do it. Let's begin!
1. Use vinegar and baking soda
One of the ways you can go about doing this is by simply using the ingredients you probably already have in your house - vinegar and baking soda mix. By mixing these two together, you create a powerful fighter against those stubborn yellow stains. Here are step-by-step instructions on how to do this:
- Step 1 - Create the mix
Grab a bowl and put 1/4 of a cup of vinegar with it, along with the same amount of baking soda. You should see the mix beginning to foam and this is a good sign. Your mix should look like a foamy paste. This combination is going on your toilet seat in the next step.
- Step 2 - Rinse the seat with the mix
Grab a toothbrush (the one you aren't going to use again of course). Dip it in the vinegar and baking soda mix and then rinse the toilet seat with the brush. When you run out of the paste on it, clean it with water and dip it again. Repeat this process until the entire seat is rinsed with the foamy paste.
- Step 3 - Let it stay
Let the paste stay on the seat for about 10 minutes. This is enough time for it to completely clean the stain. If you are wondering how it does that, this combination is known for it being a natural cleanser which also deodorizes the surface, giving it a fresh clean smell.
- Step 4 - Wipe the seat and dry it
For this part, you will need a piece of cloth or a rag. Soak it with water and then clean the seat until you have removed all of the paste from it. If possible, put on rubber gloves before doing this so your hands don't get dirty. After you finish, dry the seat with a dry and clean rag of cloth. The seat is not supposed to stay wet after you remove the paste.
- Step 5 - Remove the odor
This is an extra step for those who want to make sure that their toilet seat is completely clean and odorless now. Pet odor neutralizers are commonly used in this case. Simply place it in the area which had the stain, let it be there for about 20 minutes and voila! Your toilet seat is now completely odorless!
2. Use just baking soda
We will cover how to clean your toilet seat with just baking soda in case you don't have any vinegar lying around the house and it's urgent to clean the seat. The steps are similar to doing it with vinegar and baking soda together.
- Step 1 - Create a paste and rinse the seat
Mix 1/4 of a cup of baking soda and 1/2 of a cup of warm water in a bowl. You should then see a paste-type form. Smear the paste on the areas which have stains on it. Let it sit for up to 20 minutes. Again, if you have rubber gloves it would be a good idea to put them on to keep your hands clean.
- Step 2 - Clean the seat using a sponge
Soak a sponge in water and rub it in a circular motion until you clean the toilet seat from the mixture. Rinse the sponge with water from time to time and continue to clean until all of the paste is removed from the toilet seat. If the stains are still there, put the paste again over them and repeat the process until they are gone.
- Step 3 - Spray the surface with a cleanser
There are a number of spray cleaners which kill germs and remove stains available in stores. For example, you can use the Clorox Urine Remover to spray the surface of the toilet seat. After leaving it there for up to 10 minutes, put on rubber gloves and use a dry rag to wipe the toilet seat clean.
3. Mix tea tree oil and baking soda
This is a little newer way of cleaning your toilet seat. We don't expect everyone to have tea tree oil in their home, so if you're not down for buying it, you can still go with the vinegar and baking soda combo. This mix is similar, the main difference is that it is stronger and more effective. Let's see how you can clean your toilet seat with a mix of tea tree oil and baking soda.
- Step 1 - Create the mix
Put 1/2 of a cup of baking soda in a bowl and add about 10 drops of tea tree oil. This mix is a natural cleanser. It was discovered just recently how helpful it is when it comes to cleaning urine stains. Like with previously mentioned mixes, you should notice a pasty form. Let's keep going.
- Step 2 - Spray the mix on the toilet seat
For easier use, you may put the mix in a spray bottle and spray it to the stained area of the toilet seat. This mix is odorless so rest assured that it won't leave any unpleasant smell behind. If you don't have an empty spray bottle close, you can just put the paste directly on the toilet seat.
- Step 3 - Clean the toilet seat
Put on your rubber gloves and wipe the seat with a clean soaked rag, cloth, wet wipes of regular napkins. If there is some oil left on the seat you can clean it with soap or detergent. After doing this, you should definitely notice that your toilet seat is sparkling clean!
Final thoughts: On Removing Urine Stains on Toilet Seats
When you have men or boys in the house this type of stain will happen often.
It may be tempting to use bleachers or to call someone to do it, but this is quite unnecessary considering how damaging chemical bleachers can be, and how expensive this kind of service can turn out. There are rather simpler ways of cleaning urine stains.
We hope that in this article we shed some light on how easy it is to create a natural cleanser which can get rid of the stain, the bacteria and the smell that comes with it. These solutions take only a couple minutes of your time but guarantee a clean toilet seat with a fresh smell!