What to Use to Clean Toilet Seats?

Nobody really prefers using a dirty toilet seat, and we are certain that you don't either. For this reason, we have decided that in this article, we will share with you our tips when it comes to what to use to clean toilet seats.

Taking a quick glance at the cleaning industry, you will find a range of sanitation products that are designed to tackle all kinds of dirt. However, before we share with you our choice of cleaning agents, let us first have a quick review of how you actually clean toilet seats.

How to Clean Toilet Seats

First and foremost, you need to grab a handful of products that are well suited to carry out the task of cleaning your toilet seat. These products will be explained in detail, step-by-step in the next part of this article. For now, we will briefly go through them.

To clean the toilet seat, you need:

  • Rubber gloves
  • A toilet brush
  • Sanitary wipes
  • A toothbrush that is no longer in use
  • A towel
  • Mist spray
  • A liquid or spray cleaner or any other cleaner of your choice

We start off with putting on the gloves. Next, we use the liquid cleaner and apply it to the inside of the bowl. After that, use the toilet brush to wash off and clean the bowl thoroughly.

After that, use a spray cleaner to clean the rest of the toilet seat (does not include the bowl). Use a towel to wipe it off clean. An out-of-use toothbrush can be used to clean the flush handle since it is a breeding place for germs.

In the end, use a mist spray suited for the toilet to leave a nice scent.

What to Use for Cleaning Toilet Seat

You have a wide variety of products to choose from when it comes to cleaning a toilet seat. As mentioned above, there are many different types of brushes, wipes, cleaners, sprays, and gloves that make your experience better and your toilet seat cleaner.

Rubber Gloves

To start off, you first have to make sure that your hands are clean. It is very important to protect yourself first because toilet seat is a haven for germs. Buy a pair of waterproof, rubber gloves for this task. You will notice that these go a long way as long as they are of good quality.

Tip: Buy them in a different color, so you know that you do not mix them up with your regular, dishwashing gloves.

Toilet Brushes

While you are buying toilet brushes, you have to make sure that the brush has firm bristles. The brush is used to clean the inside of the bowl and the rim. This is a difficult area to play around with, so you have to make sure the bristles work well.

Besides that, the handle of the brush should also be long so that you can easily move it around. It is sometimes tricky to remove stains as it requires vigorous rubbing. This is only easier if you have a comfortable handle to move the brush around.

Some toilet brushes also come with a nice brush holder. This helps you to keep the brush in the corner of the bathroom without messing up the floor. It also makes for a sanitary storage solution for the toilet brush.

Toilet bowl swabs are also available, which provide the same function. However, the only difference is that you can pour out your cleaner directly onto the swab. There is no dropping around or staining of the cleaner elsewhere.

Cleaning Agents

When you are searching for what to use to clean toilet seats, cleaners are supposed to be the most valuable purchase. The quality of the cleaner you invest in surely determines the degree of cleanliness you can achieve for your toilet seat.

Multiple cleaners are available, making it easy for you to choose. We will break it down into categories:

  • Liquid Cleaners: These cleaners come in plastic bottles. You just have to pour this around the rim and the inside of the toilet bowl. The best cleaners to use are those that have special formulas for removing stains and mineral deposits.

The stains on the inside of the toilet bowl can sometimes be tough to remove. For this, you should leave the cleaner on for a few minutes. Soaking the bowl with the cleaner works best. After that, just wash off the cleaner with a brush and water.

  • Spray Cleaners: These mostly work best as disinfectants because they have anti-bacterial properties. Spray cleaners are sprayed all over the toilet seat (except the bowl). It is important to wash off the rest of the seat too, even if it seems clean. Besides offering you a germ-free space, these cleaners also give the room a pleasant fragrance.
  • Home-made Cleaners: The cleaners mentioned above might work well, but most of them are not very environment-friendly. They use hydrochloric acid and chlorine bleach, which can be harmful. Therefore, a lot of people prefer natural cleaners, which work just as well as the synthetic ones. These include borax, lemon juice or citric acid, pure essential oils, and baking soda, just to name a few.


You can use normal sanitary towels to clean off the toilet seat lid. However, investing in wipes is better. These wipes offer good hygiene as well as give your toilet seat a very pleasant look.

Final Words

The steps and tools that are required to clean a toilet seat are numerous. You have to make your pick smartly and make sure that your choice suits the way you have to work around. Some products are better suited for a quick clean up, while others work better if they are left on for some time and then washed or scrubbed off.

In the end, the choice of product you use to clean your toilet seat should solely be based on your demand and need. Hopefully, through the help of this read, you now have a better idea on what to use to clean toilet seats.

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