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Cup, flange and suction plungers

Cup/flange/suction plungers In order to get the best possible use and to ensure that your plunger lasts as long as possible, there are a few things you can do to help prolong its life.
The plunger should be cleaned after use

Cleaning and storage

When plunging, you are often dealing with unclean waste water. After plunging, it is a good idea to wash and disinfect your plunger so it is clean and hygienic for when you next come to need it.

If you want to make your own disinfectant, mix two cups of white wine vinegar with fresh water. It will disinfect and deodorise the plunger of bacteria and dirt.
Flange plunger storage Some flange plunger manufacturers will supply a container for the plunger to be stored in upright, within the area where the plunger is needed. This makes it easily accessible when needed for a plunging job.
For storage keep the plunger out of direct sunlight If the plunger does not come with a handy storage container, keep it in a dry place, out of sunlight (direct sunlight can cause the rubber to perish and this can cause cracks and tears).
A cup plunger can be stored in a bucket A bucket or bag is a favoured storage solution for many people.