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How many of us are guilty of scrubbing and aggressively cleaning our toilet seats with all kinds of strong chemicals and products? Well, a lot of us! But do we blame you? Not at all!

With all the hygiene issues surrounding toilets (obviously), it’s no surprise that some of us make extra efforts when it comes to keeping them clean! But what if we tell you that you need not use all those harsh chemicals and strong cleaners for cleaning a toilet seat?

Not only do you ruin the toilet seat by making it yellow and matte instead of white and shiny, but you also weaken the material. So it looks bad, and it feels bad in your washroom. So here are some alternative ways to keep your toilet seats clean:

The Bleach Method:

One of my favorite and possibly most effective toilet-seat remedies is the bleach and water technique that’s a fantastic means of getting rid of yellowing and dark spots on the toilet seat. But most importantly, it sterilizes and disinfects your toilet seat perfectly. Here’s how we do it:

  1. First, take a bottle of bleach and fill a quarter of a measuring cup with it so that you have 1/4th of a cup of bleach all ready to get to work with.
  2. Now carefully, spill and pour half the bleach inside the toilet bowl’s edges and also the seat’s edges so that all the edges are covered. We’re focusing more on the edges because that’s where the bacteria buildup usually occurs.
  3. If you spilled any bleach on the floor, we advise that you wipe it immediately to avoid damages to the flooring.
  4. Next, we’ll be working with the remaining bleach. So now, fill 1/3 of a measuring cup with the remaining bleach and mix it into a bucket of water. You’ll have a water and bleach solution ready.
  5. Now since you’d want the toilet seat to be thoroughly clean, you have to remove the toilet seat from the toilet. So pull it off and dip the seat into the bucket of water. If you feel like the bucket is too small, then you can use a tub to make the solution as well. Fully immerse the toilet seat into the solution for a good 20-30 minutes.
  6. Now that the bleach has gotten on every part of the toilet seat, it is going to be much easier to remove dirt. So grab a brush with strong bristles and start scrubbing and brushing off the dirtiest areas of the toilet seat. Scrub thoroughly and make sure no dirt and debris remain on the seat.
  7. If you still can’t seem to get dirt and debris off your toilet, you can try scrubbing it with a sponge or any other better cleaning tool so that the stains are gone.
  8. After all the stains and dirt are gone, raise the seat cover and allow it to dry naturally. But while that’s happening, you should grab your cleaning brush again and start scrubbing the toilet bowl. Since we poured bleach into the bowl, you’ll need to make an effort and clean that bit too!
  9. After you’re done cleaning the bowl, flush the toilet. Attach the seat to the toilet as well, and your toilet is all clean!

The Vinegar Method:

Some of you may still find bleach to be a little harsh for cleaning, so you can stick to the more organic cleaning methods like this one, where we use a vinegar and water mixture to clean the seats. Here’s how we do it:

  1. First, you’ll need to remove the toilet seat from the toilet and put it on a floor that is safe to make a mess on.
  2. Get a large bottle of white vinegar. It’s no rocket science, just the plain old vinegar we use every day.
  3. Then, grab a paper towel and soak it in vinegar till it’s thoroughly soaked in it. Place the damp paper towel on a portion of the toilet seat.
  4. In a similar manner, dip multiple paper towels into the vinegar, and after they’re wet, place them over the toilet seat. Do this until the entire toilet seat is covered in vinegar-soaked paper towels.
  5. Leave the toilet seat covered that way for about an hour or more until you feel like the vinegar has penetrated all the points.
  6. Now grab a toilet brush or scrub and brush and clean the whole toilet thoroughly until all the stains are gone. If needed, add more vinegar to the toilet seat and keep scrubbing it until you’re sure that your toilet seat is as clean as can be.
  7. Now rinse it, apply some disinfectant, and your seat is as good as new!

Baking Soda Remedy:

Another fantastic way to make your toilet seat squeaky clean is by using baking soda to clean it. And it’s super simple too! Simply make a paste and apply it. So follow four basic steps for a stain-less toilet seat:

  1. Mix a quarter of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) with a few tablespoons of hot or warm water and mix them to create a paste. You need a mixture that’s not too runny. So if it’s runny, put some more baking soda into the mix.
  2. Next, apply this newly created paste to all the parts of the toilet that you think are stained. Put it on all the yellows and blacks on the seat to thoroughly cover any affected area.
  3. Let the baking soda mixture sit there for about 20 minutes. Then, scrub the whole toilet seat fiercely while the paste is still on to make sure not a speck of dirt remains in sight!
  4. Then remove the paste with tissue paper and water and let it dry.


While there are so many ways to get a shiny, clean toilet, we love the above three methods to the core since they won’t allow the ceramic and plastic to lose color and shine. So do try them out to get a toilet seat that looks as good as new!

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