A plunger is an ultimate tool for dealing with clogged toilets. The chemical drain cleaners are great, but for deep clogs, there’s nothing that beats a plunger. Also, a toilet brush is used to wash the sink’s inside and outside. Have you ever stared into your dim, dank bathroom closet and realized, “This is not where my plunger belongs”? If so, it might be time to rethink your bathroom storage. After all, the bathroom is one of the most intimate rooms in any home.
It’s a place to get ready in the morning, prepare for bed at night, and relax with a good book or long bubble bath. It’s a place where you should feel comfortable. And if your toilet brush is looking lonely next to your towels, then you’re doing something wrong. Let’s dive into how to store your plunger and toilet brush properly. So, where should you store your plunger and toilet brush?
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Where You Can Store Your Plunger and Toilet Brush
1. Plungers are often stored under the sink, but they should be stored in a bucket out of sight
Plungers are often stored under the sink but should be stored in a bucket out of sight. Plungers like to lurk around sinks waiting for people who forget their toilet brush and try to use the plunger instead. They then proceed to scare the living daylights out of those poor unsuspecting souls, who will never again trust their toilet brushes unless there’s no other option. Plungers have been known to take revenge on heroes who go against them by plunging themselves into toilets with reckless abandon and causing clogs that can only be fixed by hiring a professional snake guy.
2. You can also keep it behind the toilet or in a hall closet as long as it’s not freezing
Some people like to keep a plunger in their bathroom, right near the toilet. This is fine, but only if it’s not freezing outside. If you’re a renter or live in an old building with drafty windows, it may not be safe to store your plunger next to the toilet, where temperatures can drop below freezing and cause serious damage to both your plunger and flooring.
If you don’t want to leave your plunger outside (or if you have no way of doing so), there are other options for storing it: Put it in a bucket near the kitchen sink or somewhere else accessible but out of sight (if possible). Store it behind your toilet or in another closet dedicated solely to plumbing supplies.
3. Toilet brushes should always be kept in a covered container to keep germs from spreading
Toilet brushes are notorious for spreading bacteria. Because they’re used to cleaning a place ripe with germs, it’s important to keep them covered and replace them often. Toilet brushes should be replaced every three to four months or when the bristles become frayed or worn down (which could happen sooner if you have a pet). To keep your toilet brush safe from germs, store it in a plastic container with a lid. If moisture is on the bristles or brush head, wipe dry before putting it away, so mold doesn’t start growing on your toilet brush, and potentially in your home.
4. Store the plunger and brush near the toilet or in another convenient spot
To simplify, you should store the plunger and brush near the toilet or in another convenient spot. You should also place them in a covered container to keep them from getting wet and moldy. Make sure it’s in a handy place for when you need it but out of sight so that guests don’t have to see it when they come over.
5. In a cabinet below the toilet
Plungers and toilet brushes should be stored in a cabinet below the toilet, so you can reach them easily without having to move things around. Plungers and toilet brushes are easy to reach from above but out of the way of other things like cleaning products or towels. They’re also not exposed to direct sunlight or heat that might damage them over time.
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How to Maintain (clean) Toilet Brush Before Storing
As you store your toilet brush, remember a few things. First, make sure it’s cleaned and dry before putting it away. That way, mold won’t be able to start growing on bristles or handle. Second, choose a place where water will not get into contact with the brush if there’s a chance that water might touch your plunger and encounter it when they’re stored together.
Then either move them to separate cabinets or use an airtight container with a lid that seals tightly shut. This will stop any moisture from getting inside and causing mold growth on your tools’ surfaces. Other things you can do to maintain or clean your toilet brush include:
1. Clean Quickly With Disinfectant Spray
In addition to keeping the toilet brush clean, you’ll want to spray it down with disinfectant spray regularly. This would keep germs at bay and prevent them from building up on your brush, which could lead to health problems like staph infections or strep throat if you use an unclean tool in your bathroom.
Once the toilet brush is clean, it should go in a designated space. This can be an actual toilet brush holder or a basket. It doesn’t have to be fancy, just make sure it’s easy to reach and that you store it away from direct sunlight.
2. Disinfect in a Bleach Soaking Solution
Also, you can disinfect your toilet brush with a bleach solution. This is best done after cleaning so that the brush is already dry. Here’s how to do it:
- Pour a small amount of bleach into a large bowl and fill the bowl with warm water. Soak your toilet brush for at least 10 minutes in this solution.
- Drain out any excess liquid from your bowl and rinse off your brush under running water for about 30 seconds before letting it air dry on its own.
How to Maintain (clean) Plunger Before Storing
It’s essential to keep your plunger clean and sanitary if you want it to remain effective. You can do this by using a disinfectant spray on the plunger head or handle, followed by a bleach solution if necessary.
If unsure whether your plunger is clean, just run it under hot water while spraying or dunking it in the bleach solution. This will help loosen any dirt that may be stuck to the surface of the rubber parts of your tool so that they are easily rinsed off with soap and warm water. Also, you can maintain and clean your plunger before storing by doing the following:
1. Pour about three cap full of liquid chlorine bleach directly into your toilet bowl
Pour about three cap full of liquid chlorine bleach directly into your toilet bowl using a measuring cup or small container. Be careful not to splash any bleach on yourself. If using a funnel, ensure it’s clean and dry before pouring the liquid into your toilet bowl.
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If you’d instead not use bleach, many other disinfectant sprays available at your local grocery store will help kill germs and keep your toilet clean.
2. Insert the toilet plunger into the bleach/water and swirl it around
The plunger is more complicated than your average toilet brush. It needs to be rinsed off before being stored away again. So, take out your bucket and fill it with enough water to cover all of your plungers by at least an inch or two. Swirl each one around and take it back out again, so they’re all disinfected and ready for next time.
3. After a minute or two of swirling, flush the toilet and rinse the plunger in the fresh toilet water
A few minutes of swirling will pull all the gunk, hair, and other unwanted things out of the toilet bowl. Once you’ve done this, flush the toilet and rinse your plunger in the freshwater. This will help to keep it clean between uses.
NOTE: Once you’ve finished plunging and scrubbing, it’s time to clean up. For those who don’t have a dedicated plunger holder or toilet brush cup, we can use the same all-purpose cleaner we used for our toilet bowl. If you have a specialized holder or cup, use the special cleaner with it.
After thoroughly cleaning, give each item another spray down before storing them away so they smell as fresh as possible when called upon again later in your bathroom routine.
Overall, it’s best to store your plunger and toilet brush in a place that both protects the privacy of your bathroom and keeps these items out of reach. There are countless ways to do this, from special-purpose containers like caddies and holders to repurposing existing furniture for the job. Take care to put any stored items in a location accessible when you need them without being too intrusive when you don’t.