How many cleaning supplies can one family possibly own? More than you think. There’s that plastic container of thick liquid that unclogs a drain, that little bottle of stuff that takes gunk off of just about anything, and even a spot remover that works on both clothes and carpets.
No home is complete without the sprays, liquids and gels that whiten, brighten, and sanitize. However, have you looked at your cleaning supplies storage area lately? Really looked at it? Chances are it’s a mess, and because you can’t find what you need in the moment, you end up buying duplicates.
These ideas highlight the best ways to organize your cleaning supplies. Whether you have a cleaning supplies storage cabinet or you’re storing everything under the sink, we’ll help you make the best use of that space.
How to Organize Cleaning Supplies
Step 1: Find a Storage Area
Perhaps you are lucky enough to have not only a cabinet under your kitchen sink but a laundry room and a mudroom. If not, makeshift storage spaces can include a cellar or basement, a broom closet, a coat closet, the area under a staircase – any area that is cool, well-ventilated and dry.
Sometimes you’ll have to make use of more than one space, so consider storing like-with-like. Keep kitchen and general household cleaners under the sink and keep bathroom cleaners closer to the bathroom.
Step 2: Organize Storage Space
Before you declutter and organize your cleaning supplies, clean out the storage space and prep it for its new use as a cleaning supply cabinet. This time-saving measure not only gives you a blank canvas to work with, it will also help you visualize how to make the best use of the space. Here are some steps to get you started:
- Remove everything — Take out all the contents of the storage area and discard empty containers.
- Give it a good scrub — Wipe down the bottom and walls of the empty cabinet.
- Apply waterproof liners — Remove any old bits or strips of shelf liners first, as they collect dust, insects and other undesirables.
- Wipe down cleaning supply containers before returning them to the cabinet, making sure the lids are on tight.
- Move household chemicals like paints, hobby materials, etc., to a storage space of their own for better organization.
- Toss out damaged, bulging or lidless containers to reduce the leakage of chemicals in unwanted places.
- Toss out old sponges, scrubbers and scouring pads that are known harborers of germs.
Having a designated cleaning supply storage area is ideal. Remember, when you’re short on space, it’s definitely time to purge some unused products.
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Step 3: Gather Cleaning Supply Storage Organizers
Once you have decluttered, cleaned and organized your storage area, it’s time to purchase (or repurpose) clever gadgets and gizmos designed especially for storing cleaning supplies.
- Shelving and Cabinetry — The area above your washer and dryer is an ideal place for storage shelves or cabinets, and because the storage is high, it limits easy access by children or pets to potent cleaning products.
- Multi-product Holders — Make use of a bucket as a makeshift cleaning supply caddy or purchase an actual caddy organizer instead.
- Space Savers — Make the most of a narrow space with a two-tiered basket. Other handy items include stainless steel cabinet door storage containers, expandable organizers, and pull-out sliding trays.
- Spring Clips and Hooks — Hooks and clips are great for storing cleaning tools. Hang brushes and gloves for easy access.
- Broom and Mop Holders — These devices adhere to a wall or door and are perfect for storing larger cleaning tools.
Cleaning Supply Tip: Purchase the latest in cleaning products, but don’t buy in bulk. Purchasing only the amount you need reduces excess clutter. Also, even unused cleaning containers can leak over time.
Step 4: Use Space Saving Storage Hacks
Sometimes all you need is a little creativity and items you already have to make an ideal storage solution. Here are some tried and true cleaning product storage hacks:
- Use a Tension Rod Under the Sink — Mount a tension rod or towel rod underneath a sink to create more space.
- Hang a Shoe Holder on Closet Door — Utilize an over-the-door shoe hanger to store cleaning products. Hang high enough to keep out of reach of children.
- DIY Dusting Cloth Jar — Store dusting cloths in a large mason jar, separating them from other rags. Learn how to DIY your own here.
- Lazy Susan Supply Holder — Repurpose a Lazy Susan for cleaning supplies that aren’t used as often as others.
Keeping a tidy cleaning cabinet is a key component of a simplified and decluttered home. How do you organize cleaning supplies? Did we miss a tip? Let us know in the comments below!