Asked on May 15, 2013

Keeping the toilet plunger/toilet brush sanitized between uses.

by 169751
I'm looking for a way to store my toilet plunger and toilet brush in a more sanitary manner. I was wondering if anyone has an idea or two for a liquid 'storage' solution (like the stuff they use in barbershops to keep the combs sanitized). My plunger is 100% hard rubber, so I need something that won't eat away at it. Right now, I just use a small bathroom trash can. It's great for keeping the floor dry, but the ick-factor is up there. I also have cats, so I'd prefer something that is pet-friendly (their litter box is in the bathroom). Thanks!
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  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on May 16, 2013
    If you need to use a toilet plunger more than once or twice a year...there are other issues at hand. The toilet itself, paper use habits, or diet. Before my kids were regular toilet users on their own I had used the plunge maybe 2 times in 10 + years. These days, I have used it a few time in the last year. In part due to over use of "paper" by my 12 and 14 year old daughters. When I explain that a softball sized amount is not really needed they sometimes just roll their eyes. on the toilet side power flush toilets can really get the job done. the flush mate system uses the homes water pressure rather than the basic gravity based systems of most designs.
  • Sia@South 47th Sia@South 47th on May 16, 2013
    LOL KMS Woodworks, I love ya~! Kimberly? You may want to try to dump some cat litter in a small trash can, or the trash can you have, after cleaning it. Then just turn the plunger until it's submerged. When you need it shake it off, do your plunging, clean and re-submerge into the cat sand trash can. No harm to the kitties! Just make sure you don't plunge with the litter on it, or you'll be needing some more advice from KMS Woodworks! xo
  • 169751 169751 on May 16, 2013
    LOL both of you! Let's just say my GI doctor is monitoring my 'output', so to speak, which can involved additional plunging. The cat litter idea sounds great for the plunger! We use the flushable wheat litter, so no need to shake it off first.Thanks ladies, occasionally some toilet humor is what a person needs in the day! ;-)
  • Sia@South 47th Sia@South 47th on May 16, 2013
    You betcha, a little humor goes a long way! The best of luck to you in all events! xo
  • Sherrie Sherrie on May 16, 2013
    I use this for my toilet brush and plunger. After your plunge and clear your toilet leave the plunger in the water and flush the water to rinse it off. Then spray it down with disinfectant. Put the plunger ,under under the toilet lid and let it dry. Then I set mine on the bottom of a ceramic planter lid. You know the bottom part you use to catch the water. The disinfectant idea came from a reader on Jillie's page. I have a cleaning business and always look for improvement. And the plunger also kept it clean and disinfected and it doesn't set on the floor and isn't dirty. Always give credit to those that give us idea's or how too's! Do what's right don't steal from our friends that share their idea's and wisdom!
  • 169751 169751 on May 16, 2013
    Thanks for the tips @Sherrie! :-)
  • KMS Woodworks KMS Woodworks on May 17, 2013
    A lot of folks are also "fecophobs" (to use some of the terminology of Author Joe Jenkins) He is author of the Humanue handbook. This book covers the fine benefits of composting toilets. We use a DIY built "sawduster" at our off grid cabin.