How and Where to Store Cleaning Supplies

where to store cleaning suppliesIf you’re maintaining a daily housekeeping schedule, you know that the struggle is real when it comes to figuring out where to store your cleaning supplies. To complicate the matter more, you have to worry about safety issues associated with chemicals. If only there were a guide that told you how to store cleaning supplies the right way… Well, what do you know? There’s one right here.

Check Labels for Storage Recommendations

When thinking about how to store cleaning supplies, it’s important to remember that cleaning products are chemicals, and chemicals require some special handling. Therefore, it’s crucial to read the storage and warning labels on your housekeeping products. Some household cleaners can cause dangerous reactions when mixed, meaning they shouldn’t be stored with one another. Others can have hazardous reactions to extreme temperature fluctuations, which makes keeping them in cold garages or next to the hot water heater an absolute no-no. When it comes to dealing with chemicals, it’s always better to be safe rather than sorry, so don’t skip reading those labels.

Keep Chemicals Away from Children and Pets

Many people store cleaning supplies under the kitchen or bathroom sink. This shouldn’t be a problem if you rely on natural cleaners, such as vinegar and baking soda. However, if you use a lot of chemical cleaners or disinfectants, you want to keep these as far away as you can from your little ones and furry friends. (Cats and dogs can open cabinets, too.) Because of this you might want to consider storing cleaning products on the top shelf of a laundry room, garage or closet. Naturally, you’ll need to be certain it’s safe to store your cleaners together, and you’ll also want to make sure you’re not exposing products to extreme temperatures.

How to Organize Cleaning Supplies

Once you’ve figured out how to store your cleaning supplies safely, you need to organize them. All the bottles, microfiber cloths and sprayers can make an absolute mess underneath your sink or even on top of a shelf. Here are a few tips for keeping your household cleaning products orderly:

  • Corral all-purpose cleaners in a caddy or storage basket.
  • Stock products in a kitchen pull-out drawer. (But only if you don’t keep foodstuffs here, too.)
  • Install a lazy Susan under your sink to make it easier to reach cleaners.
  • Divide products and utensils according to tasks — like dusting, window cleaning or stain removal — and assign them each to a labeled storage bin.
  • Repurpose a wheeled shopping utility cart or a tiered rolling cart so you can easily take cleaners from room to room.
  • Store bottles and smaller cleaning tools in the pouches of an over-the-door shoe organizer.
  • Hang a multi-tiered rack on the back of a closet or laundry room door and place cleaners on the shelves.
  • Make extra space under sinks by installing a tension rod from which you can hang spray bottles.
  • Assign larger cleaning tools — such as mops or vacuums — a designated space in a closet or laundry room, so they’re out of sight and easy to find when you need them.

Of course, if you really don’t want to worry about how to store cleaning supplies, you could call your local Merry Maids and let them take care of the housekeeping for you.

And now that you know where to store cleaning supplies, you might be interested in doing some reorganization to make room for them. These tips on creating a more functional laundry room may come in handy.

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