The plunger is a bathroom accessory that's often overlooked—that is, until the moment it's needed most. So, storing your plunger in the right place the right way is certainly something to consider. But where and how should you store a toilet plunger? For your convenience, we brought you a couple of suggestions.
When it comes to toilet plunger storage location, there are generally two schools of thought. If your primary concern is accessibility, you should store your plunger either next to the toilet or in a bathroom cabinet that's close to the toilet. If your primary concerns are the aesthetics and cleanliness of the bathroom, you should store your plunger in the garage.
Regardless of where you decide to store your plunger, store it in a plunger holder for sanitary reasons and to keep it relatively hidden.
If you still have some questions about plunger storage, don't worry. In this post, we'll discuss the topic in greater detail. We'll also talk about how you can keep your toilet plunger sanitary, how often you should replace your plunger, and whether a clogged toilet will eventually unclog itself. Without further ado, let's get into it!
Where To Store Your Toilet Plunger
Let's face it—plungers are inherently gross, so there's really no "perfect" place to store them. But bear with us as we provide a couple of plunger storage recommendations to help you manage this unsightly bathroom accessory.
A Case For Convenience — Storing The Plunger In The Bathroom
When it comes to plunger storage, one camp holds that it only makes sense to store the plunger so that it's within arm's reach of the toilet.
And this is certainly a compelling case. After all, the last thing you want is to have to awkwardly make your way across the house to find the plunger in an obscure location when there's a bathroom crisis.
So, if you find yourself thinking along these same lines, then storing your plunger either next to the toilet or in a nearby bathroom cabinet is the best approach.
It's also worth noting that some introspection might be necessary here. If there's a history of you (or perhaps a significant other) needing to use the plunger with any level of frequency, it might be wise to accept the blow to your bathroom's aesthetics and store the plunger where it's nice and handy.
A Case For Cleanliness — Storing The Plunger In The Garage
If cleanliness and aesthetics are the primary concerns when it comes to the bathroom, there's really only one option when it comes to plunger storage—the garage.
And there's a good case to be made here, too. After all, the plunger is a quite nasty bathroom accessory, and even the nicest plunger on the market doesn't exactly make the best-looking bathroom decor.
If you choose to store your plunger in the garage, it's still recommended to keep it somewhat close to the door in the (hopefully) rare event that it's needed.
And as mentioned earlier, if you or your significant other have practically never needed to use the plunger, this is certainly something to consider.
How To Store A Toilet Plunger
Now that you've decided where you're going to store your toilet plunger, we'll talk about how you should store it.
The solution here is really quite simple—use a plunger holder. Plunger holders are designed to keep the business end of a plunger partially or totally hidden from view to keep your bathroom looking as clean as possible. Don't even think about storing your plunger directly on the ground!
And thankfully, there are numerous styles of plunger holders to choose from, so you can find one that best suits your style. Let's take a look at some different styles.
White Hideaway Plunger With Caddy
This plunger holder has a built-in drip tray with ventilation holes to ensure timely liquid evaporation. The plain white color makes this plunger holder suitable for any bathroom.
Black Toilet Plunger And Bowl Brush Combo
This combination features a black plunger, toilet brush, and holder for the two. The sleek black color makes this set ideal for bathrooms with a contemporary style.
Stainless Steel Vented Toilet Plunger With Canister Holder
If shiny stainless steel is your thing, consider this plunger-canister combination. This option will almost entirely mask the plunger from view. The holder also features plenty of ventilation holes.
Stainless Steel Plunger With Caddy
This is another stainless steel option that's more understated. If you prefer a simple, versatile look, this plunger-caddy combination might be for you.
Freestanding Toilet Brush And Plunger Combo
This is another plunger-toilet brush combination, except this one is stainless steel with black accents. This combination would be perfect for a sleek, modern bathroom.
How Do I Keep My Toilet Plunger Sanitary?
Hopefully, you never have to use your toilet plunger, but should you need to reach for it, your first priority afterward will be restoring it to its previously clean state for storage.
Thankfully, giving a plunger a good cleaning isn't difficult. To clean your plunger, do the following:
- Swirl the plunger around in clean toilet water. Then, once any solid waste is removed, flush the toilet.
- Fill the toilet with your favorite toilet cleaner. Bleach is a great option (but if you opt for bleach, be sure to wear protective clothing/equipment).
- Swirl the plunger around in the toilet. If possible, allow the plunger to sit submerged in the water for several minutes. Then, flush the toilet.
- Swirl the plunger in clean toilet water.
- Tap the plunger against the toilet bowl to remove as much water as possible, then put the plunger back in your well-ventilated plunger holder.
How Often Should You Buy A New Plunger?
Your plunger will likely last for several years if not even longer, especially if it's seldom (or never) used. When it comes to a plunger's lifespan, the rubber on the business end is the area of concern, as a proper seal is necessary for a plunger to be effective.
Rubber dries out as it ages, and dry, cracked rubber will compromise a plunger's seal, rendering it ineffective.
If you have an old plunger, it's best to go ahead and buy a new one. Plungers are fairly inexpensive, and you don't want to find out that your old worn-out plunger doesn't work when you need it.
Will A Toilet Eventually Unclog Itself?
If you've found yourself with a clogged toilet and possibly no plunger on hand, you might be wondering if the clog will eventually go away on its own.
The good news is that it will, provided the clog was caused by organic material. Organic material (i.e. toilet paper and solid waste) will naturally degrade in the toilet water given enough time.
Believe it or not, toilet paper dissolves in water in just a few minutes. Depending on the source and severity of the clog, a few minutes might not be long enough, but this gives you a general idea of how quickly organic material can dissolve in toilet water.
However, if the source of the clog isn't organic material that naturally degrades (i.e. feminine hygiene products, non-flushable wipes, etc.), it won't unclog itself. In this case, you'll have to resort to a plunger to unclog the toilet.
We hope this guide has given you some clarity and confidence in regard to your toilet plunger storage. We hope you never end up needing to use it, but if you do, at least you'll know how to get to it!
And with a plunger holder, you can rest assured that your plunger, regardless of where you choose to store it, will be somewhat less unsightly.
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