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spaceboy909 09-10-2011 03:40 PM

Solved: How to get rid of new plastic toilet seat odor? (super strong)
 
{Solved} Hi all. I just bought a new, cheap $10 plastic, soft seat. When I opened it up I almost died from the massive outgasing of the fresh plastic odor; super, super strong.

So, I immediately set it outside to air out, and wiped it down with a wet towel. It's been a full day now, and 50% of the smell is gone, but it's still too strong to use.

I'm going to try 409 or Ajax next, or maybe soaking it in large container of water. So, what are the best and quickest options to get rid of this new plastic odor? Thanks for any help. ......

bob22 09-10-2011 06:10 PM

Buy a $15 painted wood one.
Spraying cleaners isn't going to change anything.

ihildreth 09-10-2011 08:17 PM

Short of putting it in a vacuum chamber, there isn't much you can do other than let it air out on its own.

VIPlumber 09-10-2011 10:03 PM

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Originally Posted by bob22 (Post 725481)
Buy a $15 painted wood one.

Those baby's aren't very hygienic.

spaceboy909 09-10-2011 10:56 PM

Bummer. I was hoping someone would have a magic solution! Well, I've had them before and don't recall having this problem, but I'll post back with the final result, whatever it is.

bob22 09-12-2011 09:09 AM

"Those baby's aren't very hygienic."

http://www.livescience.com/10508-tru...let-seats.html

spaceboy909 09-12-2011 04:27 PM

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Originally Posted by bob22 (Post 726430)
"Those baby's aren't very hygienic."

http://www.livescience.com/10508-tru...let-seats.html

Hmm, are you sure you gave me the right link? I read the whole article; just one page it seems, and it's not talking about the different types of toilet seats. Instead, it's actually saying that toilet seats in general are actually safer than we've been lead to believe!

It's good info, if true (I think I'll verify it somewhere just for the heck of it.)

Small update: The smell is about 75% gone now. I could probably go ahead and install it, but I think I'll let it sit for another day or two outside. I soaked it in water for a whole day; I don't know if that actually helped though. Next, I'm going to try some soap, some Ajax, and maybe even some scented hand creme!

I don't recall having this much trouble with my last soft seat. Next time, I'll sniff test before I buy, so if you come across a guy in the plumbing section sniffing toilet seats........don't be frightened! It's just me! :)

Lightfoot 09-12-2011 04:32 PM

take the seat off, slice an orange in half and put in a plastic bag with the seat. Seal it up. Place the orange halves with the open side up. leave it for two days. Then take oranges out and put in four pieces of charcoal and seal it back up. Leave it over night. Call me in the morning.

spaceboy909 09-18-2011 11:03 PM

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Originally Posted by Lightfoot (Post 726703)
take the seat off, slice an orange in half and put in a plastic bag with the seat. Seal it up. Place the orange halves with the open side up. leave it for two days. Then take oranges out and put in four pieces of charcoal and seal it back up. Leave it over night. Call me in the morning.

I appreciate the info. I didn't end up trying it, as after about another day outside, the smell had dissipated to the point where I had to hold it up to my nose to in order to smell it. But I will remember that info for any future plastic deodorizing I need to do.

Ftr, I should not have soaked it in water, as it ended up being a little water logged. It didn't occur to me at the time that water might seep in through the screw holes. But, most of it seems to have drained out, and I now have it installed. :) Thanks guys.

Bud Cline 09-18-2011 11:16 PM

Now it will be "mold-city".:)

spaceboy909 09-18-2011 11:46 PM

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Originally Posted by Bud Cline (Post 731134)
Now it will be "mold-city".:)

Yeah, I'm kind of hoping it won't be, but....if it does go sour, at least it's only a $10 mistake! :whistling2: Maybe I could bake it in the oven for a few hours! j/k :laughing:

Bud Cline 09-19-2011 08:09 AM

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Maybe I could bake it in the oven for a few hours! j/k :laughing:
Now there's a really good idea, let us know how that works out for you, will ya.:)

Alan 09-19-2011 10:39 AM

TRY THIS








Sorry just couldn't help it. :thumbup:

spaceboy909 09-19-2011 11:46 AM

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Originally Posted by Alan (Post 731363)
TRY THIS


Sorry just couldn't help it. :thumbup:

It says 'not found', so they must have pulled the image, but the url says 'nose plugs' so I got the idea! :yes:

But now there's more bad news. My dad tried out the seat today, and says that the 'cheap plastic seat' is too flimsy and he almost fell in, so he's going to insist on a new seat, probably the hard kind. :( I like the soft ones not only because they're soft, but they just don't get as cold, or, they warm up super fast when you sit down. Either way, they're warmer seats. He says the soft seats used to have a more sturdy plastic.

My water logging it might have soaked the padding, but it shouldn't have had any effect on the hard plastic underneath. Ah well, back to the store! :mad:

secutanudu 09-19-2011 12:48 PM

http://www.amazon.com/UltraTouch-Hea.../dp/B001RUQFHY


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