How to Clean the Hinges on a Toilet Seat

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How to Clean the Hinges on a Toilet Seat
Lifting the seat cover exposes most of the hinge surface. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Cleaning the toilet includes disinfecting not just the bowl but also the outside surfaces. The toilet seat, rim and hinges can become havens for bacteria over time. The hinges are especially hard to reach with a regular sponge because of their location between the toilet seat cover and the toilet seat. An old toothbrush puts cleaning the hinges within easy reach.

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Things you need

  • Bowl
  • 1/2 cup disinfectant
  • Old toothbrush
  • Damp cloth

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  1. 1

    Pour 1/2 cup of household disinfectant into a bowl. Dip an old toothbrush into the disinfectant.

  2. 2

    Lift the toilet seat cover to expose the inside of the hinges. Scrub the surface of both hinges, including the screws that hold them in place, with the toothbrush.

  3. 3

    Dip the toothbrush into the disinfectant again and lift the toilet seat to expose the bottoms of the hinges. Scrub the bottoms of the hinge surfaces and around both sides of the hinges.

  4. 4

    Close the toilet seat and cover. Dip the toothbrush into the disinfectant one last time and scrub the backs of the hinges.

  5. 5

    Wipe the hinges with a damp cloth to rinse off the disinfectant, then leave the toilet seat cover up to let the hinges air dry.

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