Even cleaning tools require periodic cleaning. While towels and sponges are often on the forefront of your mind, certain bathroom tools like toilet plungers, toilet brushes and their holders are often neglected on the cleaning list. Certainly, these implements are some of the filthiest in the house, so its important to know how to clean them properly if you don’t use a maid service. To aid in tackling these tasks, here are some tips concerning how to choose the best plumber along with some surefire potty tool cleaning recipes and methods.
Choosing The Best Plunger
We touch upon this topic first because it’s surprising just how many individuals actually end up buying a plunger that actually isn’t designed for the toilet at all, but rather for the sink. Let’s wrap up this confusion before moving on the cleaning tips.
- Common Sink Plunger: These are simple rubber cups attached to a stick, and they are designed to plunge sinks and tubs. While they are effective to some degree on toilets, sink/tub plungers don’t get enough suction without an additional seal commonly found on proper toilet plungers.
- Accordion Plunger: These plungers are designed for tough toilet clogs, but they aren’t the easiest to use or clean due to their accordion design at the base. They have a small cup that situates over the drain hole, but getting it into proper placement can be challenging.
- Basic Toilet Plunger: Essentially, these have a large cup just like sink plungers, but there is also a soft, rubber flap that extends from the inside of the cup. These flaps fit well over the toilet’s drain hole, so it’s simple to form a good suction to clear clogs. Because these are simple, easy to clean, and can also be used on sinks and tubs, this is the best all-around plunger for the home.
Regardless of the type of plunger you choose, cleanings will definitely be necessary after each use to prevent bacteria growth and unpleasant odors.
Cleaning Solutions For Bathroom Tools
There are a number of cleaning solutions that can be purchased or made at home that will effectively kill the bacteria, funky smells and remove stuck on debris from your toilet brushes, plungers and stands. Here are some recipes we recommend for getting the funk out of your dirtiest cleaning supplies.
- Pre-Made Anti-Bacterial Bowl Cleaner—There are a number of aerosol and spray type cleaning supplies designed for toilet bowls and general bathroom cleaning, but there generally aren’t any labeled specifically for brushes, plungers and stands. However, as long as they contain either oxygen bleach, chlorine or both, they should suffice.
- Chlorine Bleach Mixture—As one of the most powerful germ-killing agents available, a simple splash of bleach in the toilet or in a bucket of water can become a great cleaning and soaking solution that kills germs like salmonella and E.Coli. The downsides are that bleach is not exactly environmentally friendly and it leaves a potent aroma behind. Pour 2 to 3 caps of bleach into a bucket of 1 gallon of water or your toilet to create a solution.
- Organic Cleaning Solutions—Apple cider vinegar creates an incredible organic cleaner and requires an equal mixture of 5% potency of vinegar and water for the best efficacy. As a natural acid that has nearly the same germ-killing powers of bleach, this gem is a homemade solution that can clean just about any surface in the home.
With a cleaning solution of your choice, let us proceed to the down and dirty of actually getting the grime off these toiletry cleaning implements.
How To Clean A Plunger
First, give your plunger a good rinse under running water, which can be from a running toilet or a spray nozzle in a hose or sink. Then soak and swish the plunger in a bucket of your bleach solution or organic mixture for at least an hour. A few caps of straight apple cider vinegar or bleach can be added to create an ‘instant’ bucket. Rinse the plunger with fresh water and allow it to dry either in the sun, laid in the tub or wedged between the toilet seat and the bowl with the wet side in the bowl.
How To Clean A Toilet Brush
Naturally, the best time to clean a toilet brush is fairly close to the time after duty calls. At a minimum, spray some pre-prepped disinfectant on the brush, allow it to sit for a few minutes and rinse under hot water. For deep cleaning, follow the same directions as above concerning cleaning plungers, and don’t forget to dry this piece for several hours prior to returning it into brush holder.
How To Clean A Toilet Brush Holder
Once you have taken the time to clean the plunger and the brush, it can be easy to overlook the container that you are about to place them back into—the tool holders. Whether they are a separate or singular holder system, use that disinfectant spray to clean away all the gunk and grime that has accumulated in the container. The key to success in this project is to cleanse all of the components at the same time immediately after cleaning or de-clogging the toilet. However, there is one way to avoid having to dirty your hands even slightly and still meet these goals…
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