Asked on Feb 2, 2012

How do you remove a Clorox stain on toilet seat?

VirginiaRoslynBecky Greenwald


I accidentally moved the toilet scrubber brush and didn't realize there were droplets of water with Clorox in it that landed on the plastic toilet seat. Hours later, it stained the seat and I haven't been able to clean it off. Any suggestions? Thank you for your help.
13 answers
  • You have bleached out the color in the seat. You cannot correct this. Sorry to say but the only way to fix is to replace the seat.

  • Ems
    on Feb 2, 2012

    Bummer. I was hoping there was some magic product I could use, but luckily plastic toilet seats aren't that expensive. Thank you for letting me know.

  • 3po3
    on Feb 3, 2012

    All in all, a pretty easy, cheap way to learn a lesson.

  • Sun79032
    on Feb 20, 2012

    Perhaps you could remove the seat & spray paint it with the paint made for plastic?

  • Ems
    on Feb 21, 2012

    Diane, that is a really interesting idea. I have been wanting to test out spray painting for some fixer up projects, so this will be a great way to test this out simply and cheaply. Thanks for the great idea. I'll let you know how it goes.

  • Sun79032
    on Feb 24, 2012

    Yes, please let us know. The paint wouldn't be scrubable, but washing down with a cloth and some mild cleaner ought to work especially if you let the paint dry very well before using seat. Read the paint directions well to be sure.

  • Summer
    on Feb 24, 2012

    I use Plastic Seats ... Always had a problem with wood ones. good luck!

  • Janet D
    on Mar 9, 2012

    as far as I know you can't remove bleach stains you will have to buy another one

  • Sherrie S
    on Mar 10, 2012

    I can tell you from experience that you can't remove the stain. It will get harder and harder to clean. I'm kinda glad I messed up the seat because I found the newer seats that close slowly & quietly. They don't just crash when put down.

  • Randy Abramovitz
    on Nov 24, 2012

    Didn't you read the bottle? I think that it says "Kills 99.99% of toilet seats" somewhere in that tiny print that I can't read. I discolored my seat, too, but I polished it back to shiny, and applied lemon furniture wax. Good as new, if you don't slip off the seat and kill yourself and your butt is big enough to prevent you from falling in. Slippery but visually acceptable. Chlorox cleanup worked great on the sink and toilet bowl, though.

  • Becky Greenwald
    on Jun 15, 2015

    New toilet seats are rather inexpensive..........

  • Roslyn
    on Sep 10, 2019

    You can use fingernail polish removal. I had several spots from pouring the bleach in the toliet and it splashed. So I use the fingernail polish remover and it came right off with a good scrub.

  • Virginia
    on Mar 15, 2020

    I did the same thing with the bleach bottle. Tried Roslyn's idea of using nail polish remover, worked like a charm. Applied polish remover with a cotton ball, scrubbed till the discoloration was gone then rinsed and dried with a paper towel. It's unnoticeable although if you look really closely you can see the mark. Thanks for the tip  😊

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