Clean commode trick

Remember when I said that owning a beachhouse isn’t as “glamorous” as it sounds?

I wasn’t fibbing.

Whenever we stay at the beachhouse, it is a time of repairs and not just relaxation.

Our beachhouse is heavily rented, so it get’s a ton of wear and tear.

My sister mentioned a tip she had seen one time on what to do to make your potty look a little fresher.

In our beachhouse particularly, rust pops up everywhere.

The screws in the lid of the commode are really rusty from cleaning and who the heck knows what else.

Let’s not go there, Kk?

Rusty screws when you open the commode can make the commode look rather grungy.

One quick way to hide that rust is to caulk the screws.

You can still unscrew them if you eventually need to but it covers the rusty, dirty look that the screws can give the lid.


We did this to every bathroom this morning and the commodes look so much better.

Please ignore the lighting on these photos. I am trying out Picasa and cannot really figure it out.
Please ignore the fact that I didn’t even clean the bathrooms of our clutter to take these photos.
Please also ignore the fact that the lid on this commode looks utterly disgusting. It actually isn’t. The picture picked up a slight tinge, that is not normally visible, down the middle of the lid. Take a tip from me and do NOT spray bleach or a bleach cleaner on the lid and walk away. It discolors the lid.
It actually isn’t this obvious in real life though.

I promise.

We are grungy, rusty, screw people. Not grungy uncleaned commode lid people.

So taking grungy to fresh was super easy!

Only two steps.

Step one: Caulk.

Step two: Smear with your finger or wet paper towel.

Wah lah!

So are you impressed or disgusted?

I love the difference.

Are you a little disappointed that the first pictures I share of the beachhouse is of the commode?

I’m sorry.

More pictures are coming soon.

Until then, here is another teaser…..

A picture of the “play room” area of the beachhouse.

Can you guess how many people the beachhouse sleeps?

Want to guess bedrooms and baths?

 Not the shabby chic beach cottage we all picture for ourselves, is it?

Like the potty trick?
We were pleased!

Do you have grungy screws? Would you admit it?

Let me know…….

I can’t wait to show you around.




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0 thoughts on “Clean commode trick

  • March 28, 2012 at 11:21 am

    thanks! i’m going to go checkout those screws in my own house!

  • March 28, 2012 at 1:02 pm

    I need to replace my toilet seats completely right now. But after I do, I am totally doing this.
    I’m going to guess the beach house sleeps 15, three beds, three baths.

  • March 28, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    What a great tip! I am going to guess you have 4 bedrooms and 3 baths.
    Am I right?

  • March 28, 2012 at 3:58 pm

    ok I dd like your tip here…I need to try it

    looking forward to more beachy photos now !

  • March 28, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    Thanks for sharing this idea! Funny–talking about toilets…but helpful!

  • March 28, 2012 at 5:11 pm

    I can vouch for the don’t-spray-and-walk-away tip!! Done and done here!! lol!!!

    I’m totally doing the caulk thing!! I always see those rusty screws when I clean the toilet and so, you know, now I barely clean it!! Ha!! Kidding!! But really, they always have bugged me!! Thanks for the tip!!

  • March 28, 2012 at 5:18 pm

    uummm, where can I see about renting this lovely little hideaway?

  • March 29, 2012 at 2:29 am

    I’m guessing sleeps 12&has 2full &2half baths. I also have had grungy screws. And since I am too cheap to go to the dealer for a leaky taillight seal, I WD40 everything to push out the water, put in new bulbs from the Zone, and caulk the old seal. Now, if your weather won’t let it cure properly right then, use rope caulk, warm in your hands to make malleable,and mash that in the old seal. When u screa the light cover on it smooshes it tight. Just don’t forget to do it right when the weather gets better. Like dry out for 48hrs after the fix so it dries & cures. 🙂

  • March 31, 2012 at 7:39 pm

    You are asking me if I am impressed or disgusted and I am both, acutally.

    But VERY impressed, it is a scathingly brilliant idea……..and disgusted only because I can RELATE.

    I made my hubs read this post. I think it is a must-do now. I often wonder why they don’t coat the screws with white vinyl in the first place, but hey, what can I say? Everything is done pretty much wrong these days.

    Thank goodness for awesome bloggers, making our nests better places one post at a time!

    Have a wonderful weekend!


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