How to clean a toiler plunger

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Toilet plungers – yuck! No one loves thinking about their toilet plunger or the bacteria it has come in contact with. That’s why we did the thinking for you. In this article we tell you everything you need to know about cleaning your toilet plunger. We discuss both methods for cleaning your toilet plunger and useful products for cleaning your plunger. 

How to clean a toilet plunger

Why do you need to clean a toilet plunger?

Why do you need to clean a toilet plunger? It should come as no surprise to you that your toilet bowl is not the cleanest place in your house. Your toilet plunger can come into contact with potentially harmful bacteria when you use it to plunge your toilet. You should do your best to remove or kill these bacteria after you use it. 

How often do you need to clean a toilet plunger?

How often do you need to clean your toilet plunger? You should clean your toilet plunger after each time you use it. There is no need to clean your toilet plunger between uses unless you sense an issue such as a smell. 

How do you clean a toilet plunger?

How do you clean a toilet plunger? There are two stages to clean a toilet plunger. The first stage is a rinse stage to remove as much bacteria as possible from the toilet plunger. The second stage is a disinfecting stage to kill and bacteria that remain on the plunger. 

The first step of cleaning a toilet plunger is rinsing the plunger off to physically remove some of the germs and bacteria from the plunger. You can do this by flushing the toilet a few times and swishing the plunger around in the fresh, clean toilet water. I usually flush the toilet 2-3 times to rinse off my toilet plunger with fresh water. 

The second step to cleaning a toilet plunger is disinfecting the plunger. You should use a disinfecting solution that will kill as many germs and bacteria as possible. You have a few options for different types of cleaning products that you can use but some popular options are oxygen-based bleaches, concentrated vinegars, and toilet bowl cleaner. 

What to use to clean a toilet plunger?

 What do you use to clean a toilet plunger? Here are a few of the most popular options for cleaning solutions that can be used to clean a toilet plunger. 

  • Oxygen-based bleach. Bleach is the strongest cleaning product of the bunch. You should use an oxygen based bleach rather than a chlorine based bleach when you are cleaning your toilet. Chlorine based bleaches have harmful effects on septic systems and release more toxic fumes.   
  • Toilet bowl cleaner. You can also use your regular toilet bowl cleaner to clean your plunger. The main benefit of using a toilet bowl cleaner is that these cleaners are designed to be flushed down your toilet so they are formulated with pipes and septic systems in mind.
  • Concentrated vinegar. If you are looking for a more natural solution you can also use vinegar. Concentrated vinegar is acidic enough to kill many germs and bacteria.
  • Disinfectant sprays. You can also use disinfectant sprays that you use around your house to clean your plunger.  

How to clean a toilet plunger without bleach

How do you clean a toilet bowl without bleach? If you are looking to clean your toilet bowl without bleach you have a few options. The most popular options are toilet bowl cleaner, vinegar, and general purpose disinfectant sprays. You should flush your toilet a few times to rinse your plunger in fresh water before applying your disinfectant product. 

Other bathroom cleaning tips

Check out some of our other articles for more tips on how to clean your bathroom more efficiently.


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