Today I’ll be answering a reader question from Tamara, who wrote in response to Anna’s post on getting rid of that “boy bathroom smell!” She asks:
Any tips on how to clean a toilet, under the tank on the back ledge of the bowl, ya know that little space straight in front of a 4 year old’s aim?
That is kind of a tricky little place to get into! I would first try using an old toothbrush. If that’s too thick, grab a plastic knife, wrap a disinfectant wipe around it, and slide it along. If the toilet seat seems to be in your way and you have an extra 10 minutes, take it off. This will not only give you more room, but it’s great for getting around and underneath the hinges of the seat, which are also hard areas to clean. If you don’t know how to take the seat off, no worries – read on! You’ll need a flat head screwdriver, cleaning supplies (I used disinfectant wipes), and you’ll probably want to wear gloves!
How to Remove a Toilet Seat
Step 1: Use your fingers to pull the plastic covers off the hinges.
Step 2: Take your flat head and turn each screw counterclockwise until either the screw itself pulls out or the the entire seat pulls up.
On the underside, you can see there is a bolt. It may help to hold the bolt with one hand while unscrewing with your other.
Step 3: Lift the seat off. You should be able to completely remove it now and clean off all that build-up!
I actually just wrapped a disinfectant wipe around my flat head and stuck that in there. Worked great! Removing the seat gave me the added room I needed to really get inside that small crevice under the tank. I also gave the seat and hinges a good wash before screwing back on!
Anna recommends making a paste out of baking soda and fresh lemon juice, spreading it on the problem area and letting it sit for 15 minutes. Afterwards spray it with white vinegar and when it stops fizzing, wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Simply screw the lid back on when you’re finished cleaning!
And I couldn’t help but share this little saying that kept popping in my mind as I wrote this post. I saw it back in high school at a friend’s house and have never forgotten it!
Here is a printable version if you want to hang a little reminder up in your bathroom!