Banish yellow toilet seat stains with miracle 30p item – but ‘never use bleach’

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Stubborn yellow stains on a white toilet seat can easily be removed with a cheap, eco-friendly item, according to cleaning devotees who have tried and tested the method

Using bleach on a toilet seat can actually cause unsightly problems but there’s a simple solution if you are struggling to shift ugly marks.

Even the biggest cleaning enthusiasts surely must dread the task of scrubbing the toilet and it can be made even more awful if it’s an old one or is covered in stains that won’t budge.

While most people assume bleach is the answer to getting anything white again, it should actually be avoided entirely in this instance because it can actually cause yellow stains, cleaning fans warn.

One troubled member of the Mrs Hinch Cleaning tips and tricks Facebook group asked people for their advice on how to get her toilet seat looking like new again.

According to the Express, she pleaded: “Help! My toilet seat is stained with urine and I have tried so much to get it off but nothing has worked.”

She then went on to list all the products she had used to shift the yellow marks: “I’ve tried using a scourer with Pink Stuff, baking soda and white vinegar, lemon, Viakal and bleach – you name it – they don’t work. Nothing works and I feel so dirty. Has anyone got any advice or am I going to need a new toilet seat?”

Members of the group aren’t keen on simply replacing items and will always come up with genius ways to avoid having to shell out and try to give things a new lease of life. Thankfully, others had plenty of experience in this very area and offered their own tips, including why she should avoid bleach altogether when it came to the seat.

“Bleach can actually make those yellow marks on a toilet seat,” wrote one as another added: “Bleach has caused this.” A third agreed as she had experienced it: “I think it’s caused by bleach if you leave it on too long as I’ve had the same problem.”

Rather than suggest another harsh cleaning product though, they suggested the answer lay in an eco-friendly and very cheap alternative: “Magic Eraser!” declared one member, “I have just recently discovered how magical these things really are and man are they a life changer.”

Another agreed: “Magic eraser sponge works wonders on everything,” and a third backed her up: “A magic sponge or pink stuff paste will help.” Someone else who had obviously had the same issue as the original poster wrote: “Try a magic sponge, I used one as a last resort and it worked perfectly.”

Magic sponges are so effective because they are essentially a cross between a very fine sandpaper and a sponge because they are made from a hard plastic, melamine, that has been turned into a foam. The thin glass-like fibres lift and trap dirt with a gentle abrasive action.

As well as meaning you can avoid harsh chemicals, magic sponges are extremely cheap. Currently a pack of ten is available on Amazon for £2.98, meaning each one costs just under 30p.

Do you have any genius cleaning tips? Let us know in the comments below.

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