Cleaning Toilets, Oh, Sigh…


Wicked Wednesdays

Wednesdays are dreaded around here for one reason: time for cleaning toilets.

It’s not a job that anyone likes, no matter how much you are willing to pay them.

Cleaning Toilets from the Bottom Up

Plumbing tends to be a gender-identified occupation, so what I’ve learned about toilets, I discovered on my own.

It started with a dingy toilet seat — stained even after scrubbing with bleach and scour pads.

A basic toilet seat doesn’t cost all that much. Maybe it was time to replace the seat.

Our toilet seat is elongated. You will need to check out the shape of yours (elongated or round-front) before you buy.

toilet seat box showing elongated toilet seat
Check the size and color before buying. This is a round seat.

I saw that the seat attached to the toilet with plastic nuts and bolts. How do you screw them in? I looked under the toilet and saw this:

picture of bolt under toilet seat

Yes, it’s a picture of the underside of the toilet. See the nut?

So, that’s how the seat is attached. I wondered how to get it unattached.

From the top of the toilet seat, I saw that the bolt covers actually had arrows on them. Rotating the covers in the direction indicated, I was able to access the tops of the bolts and lift off the seat.

toilet seat hinges undone
This toilet looked as scared as I was.

Older toilet seats may have bolt covers that lift off with a screw driver.

Around the bolts on the top side of the toilet, it was grungy. Easy to clean up with no bolt covers in the way.

toilet bolts are clean around the hinges
Happier now!

Since the bolts (and everything else in this world) are made of plastic, don’t do this too often. However, once in a while it is worth the extra effort.

Not only do you get a beautiful new toilet seat that is easier to clean, you now have a new method for cleaning those awful bolts.

Cleaning toilets just got easier.

You’re welcome!

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  1. tablefor5nyc says:

    Love it Pam. Too funny. Need to get Mark to read this more closely.

  2. Thanks! K just told me I have to change the toilet picture. She said nobody wants to pin that!

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