Potty training is a big milestone for little ones and parents, meaning an eventual end to dirty diapers! Woohoo! The thing about a potty chair is that it doesn’t have a flush–meaning it won’t fill with water to flush away the germs. That’s why potty chair cleaning is a daily must. It may not be fun, but rest assured it’s easier than potty-training itself. Here is how to clean a potty:
Potty Training Tips
Keep in mind that potty training is just that: training. If you want to teach good habits such as not spraying, wiping properly, etc. use encouraging words, tell them, show them, and reinforce positive behavior. Rather than being bothered by a child that constantly sprinkles on the floor, train for the correct behavior.
Potty Chair Vs Potty Seat
A seat that goes over the regular toilet seat is far and away the easiest to use in terms of maintenance. A stand-alone potty requires extra cleanup. That said, what your child takes to is what you’ll start with. If you have a stand-alone potty, try to transition to a proper seat to make clean-up simpler.
Deal with the Messes
Explain that when a mess is made you need to clean it up; tons of toilet paper thrown everywhere or spun off the roll, sprinkles etc. It’s no laughing matter! It’s important not to shame or blame here, rather keep it focused on the positive, ‘I know you know how to use the potty responsibly. Please help me clean up these pieces of toilet paper and make sure next time you use the right amount only’.
Cleaning the Potty Chair
First, lift the inner potty bowl out of the chair and dump the contents into the toilet. Then, rinse with hot water and dump into the toilet bowl. This may take a few attempts in order to remove all, or most, of the fecal matter.
Next, Spray the bowl and the rest of the chair with a disinfectant cleaner or a solution of 1 cup of water and 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide (so a 4 to 1 mix) and let it sit for about 10 minutes. This will get rid of most bacteria and germs on the surface of the potty chair. To finish, wipe with a paper towel or microfiber cloth, or simply give it a rinse and allow the chair to air dry. A good tip is to use an old toothbrush with the cleaning solution to get inside indentations and crevices of the chair.
Alternatively, you can soak the inner bowl, or the entire chair for that matter, with a water and vinegar mix (a ratio of about 50/50), along with a few drops of dish soap. Let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing and drying with a clean paper towel or microfiber cloth.
Clean Around the Potty
The area around the potty chair can get pretty dirty as toddlers develop their aim and coordination. Have an enzyme cleaner handy. Enzymes are great for breaking down urine stains and odors. You can use this on the toilet, walls and tile surrounding the toilet.
Also, launder bathroom rugs regularly, they pick up a lot of spray!
It’s a Dirty Job but Someone Has to Do It
Toddlers and little children are known to put their hands in their mouths often and touch many surfaces before getting those grubby hands to a sink for washing with soap. That’s why it’s important that you clean the inner potty bowl after every use, regardless of if it’s pee or poop, and the entire chair at least once a week and even better if you do it every day.