Matthew asked, “Where do you keep your plunger and how do you clean it off after using it?”
A plunger is one of those household tools we need, but don’t want to admit we actually use. It does not have to be a gross addition to your cleaning supplies; read on for no-fuss cleaning and storage tips.
Cleaning a Plunger
You Will Need:
- Detergent, such as dish liquid
- Chlorine bleach
- All-purpose disinfectant spray
- Boiling water
- Plunger holder
- Small bucket
Steps to Clean the Plunger:
- After using the plunger to clean a toilet, flush the toilet a few times and use the water to clean the plunger off.¹
- Mix detergent and bleach in the toilet water, and swish the plunger around to clean and disinfect it.¹
- If you do not have any chlorine bleach, you can allow the plunger to dry and then spray it with an all-purpose disinfectant spray.²
- As a last resort, if no cleaning supplies are available, you can carefully allow boiling water to flow over the plunger into the toilet to sterilize it.³
- Flush the toilet when done to rinse away any cleaning solutions.
- Tap the plunger on the side of the toilet to remove excess liquid.¹
- Put the plunger away in a plunger holder or small bucket for storage.
Additional Tips and Advice
- A linen or storage closet is a common place to keep a plunger, but there really is no reason to hide a clean plunger. One fun tip is to paint the handgrip white and use it to store toilet paper near the toilet so both are close by.⁴
- Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson
- Cleaning Plain & Simple by Donna Smallin
- Green Clean by Linda Mason Hunter & Mikki Halpin
- Handy Household Hints from Heloise