The Easiest Way To Banish Blue Toilet Seat Stains Once And For All

Cleaning is never exactly fun, but it can give you a feeling of satisfaction once it's done. However, it can be incredibly frustrating when you have cleaned but it doesn't look like you did, and you still notice stains on surfaces. One such common scenario is the dreaded blue toilet seat stain, and luckily it can be removed with a mixture of baking soda and vinegar.

Blue stains on toilet seats are typically caused by a few different things. One underlying cause is copper in the water. When the metals in the water mix, their composition changes, and then they are further changed when they mix with cleaners, especially chlorine and acid-based mixtures. Other times, it can be bacteria mixing with the toilet water and forming stains on the seat. Of course, with so many blue toilet cleaners on the market, the residue from toilet tablets is another common reason, too. Yet no matter the cause, these blue stains can be removed easily.

How to use baking soda and vinegar on blue toilet stains

The first thing you want to do is put on gloves to protect your hands from chemicals as well as the bacteria found on toilet seats. Next, create a mixture of equal amounts of vinegar and water in a small container or bowl. Then dip a microfiber cloth into the liquid and let it rest on the stain for a few minutes. You want to make sure there is a good, healthy amount of liquid on the cloth.

Next, lift the soaking cloth and pour some plain baking soda right on the wet stains. Start scrubbing the stained areas using the same vinegar-soaked cloth. Use some elbow grease and circular motions to help the stains lift. Once done scrubbing, let the baking soda mix stay on the toilet seat for another 10-15 minutes to encourage extra stain lift. After time passes, then you can rinse the seat clean, and it should be free of blue stains.

For super stubborn blue stains

If blue stains still persist, you may be able to use a special type of store-bought toilet cleaner. Those that have sodium bisulfate as an ingredient can often remove stubborn blue stains. Popular brands include Vanish and Sani-Flush, and they contain mineral acid which is specially formulated for cleaning tough jobs. If you have copper pipes and low-pH hard water, blue stains can be an ongoing problem since the water will stay on the acidic side. That can cause your pipes to corrode. A long-term solution is to have your water tested, and if low pH is detected, a water treatment plan can be devised. 

In terms of cleaning, the best thing you can do is regularly clean your toilet at least once a week. Lowering the water level in the bowl is one crucial step that everyone forgets when cleaning the toilet, but it helps it clean better. Use a toilet brush and disinfectant and scrub the inside of the toilet to remove any existing hard water stains and bacteria, as well as to clean and disinfect.