How to Clean Stains on Plastic Toilet Seats

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Things You'll Need

  • Gloves

  • Safety glasses

  • Clorox Clean-Up (or similar cleaner)

  • Rag

  • Baking soda

  • Bowl

  • Scratch-free scrub sponge

Tip

Clean bathrooms weekly to avoid heavy soil buildup. Bathrooms are one of the more challenging cleans for families due to the variety of surfaces and soils, according to the University of Nebraska- Lincoln Extension office. Read more at lancaster.unl.edu. (See Resources.)

Warning

Wear safety glasses when using chemical cleaners. Wear gloves to avoid contact with skin and soiled surfaces.

Toilet in bathroom
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Urine stains on plastic toilet seats are problematic and embarrassing. Scouring cleansers will permanently scratch the surface of the toilet seat and leave most of the stain behind. Chlorine bleach will kill the germs but will hardly put a dent in the discoloration that urine leaves. Consider a safer, gentler way to remove the yellow and brown buildup. Baking soda paste and a little elbow grease removes this unattractive sight, leaving a clean, fresh appearance.

Step 1

Rubber gloves wipe the toilet seat
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Spray a germ-killing cleaner, such as Clorox Clean-up, on the toilet seat stains. Let the product sit on the surface for 5 to 10 minutes. Wipe the area with a damp rag.

Step 2

Spoon ful of baking soda
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Mix ¼ cup of baking soda with ½ cup of warm water in a small bowl. It should have a paste-type consistency. Smear this mixture onto the stained areas, and let it sit for 15 to 20 minutes.

Step 3

Sponge scrubbing toilet seat
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Use a scratch-free scouring sponge dipped in water to scrub the stained toilet seat. Scrub in a circular motion, wetting the sponge periodically.

Step 4

Gloved hands wipe toilet seat
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Reapply paste on stained areas, and repeat scrubbing until the yellow/brown stain is gone. Rinse well with clear water.

Step 5

Clean toilet
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Spray the surface again with Clorox Clean-up (or a similar germ-killing cleanser), and wipe with the damp rag. This will give the toilet seat a fresh look and smell.

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Claudia Henning

Claudia Henning began her writing career as a "Lake Sun Leader" columnist in 1989. Her experience includes radio and Web writing, where she specializes in construction and home improvement project methods. She has an Associate of Science degree in physics/math from Del Mar College.