How to Clean a Toilet Plunger

A toilet plunger is a lifesaver when your toilet suddenly becomes clogged and water begins filling to the brim of the toilet, nearly causing an overflow.

Cleaning a toilet plunger is easy.Cleaning a toilet plunger is easy.
A few strong thrusts of the plunger will unclog the toilet drain, and allow your toilet to continue functioning properly. Clogs are typically caused by feces or large sections of soiled toilet paper, which transfers onto the plunger as you unclog the toilet. This makes it important to disinfect the plunger.

Using your plunger, unclog the toilet completely, then flush the toilet. This will allow the toilet to refill with fresh water.

Pour 2 cups of white vinegar into the toilet bowl. The vinegar is a natural disinfecting, deodorizing and cleaning element that will remove the soil from the plunger, along with any associated odor or bacteria.

Swish the plunger in the vinegar and water mixture, agitating until all soil has been removed.

Remove the plunger from the water, and flush the toilet once more to flush away any remaining residue or particles. The vinegar will also work as a natural cleaning and deodorizing agent for the toilet bowl itself.

If necessary, rinse the plunger again in the toilet bowl water after another flush. Return the toilet plunger to its holder to dry.

Things You Will Need

  • Vinegar
  • Water

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