Containing cleaning supplies is important, but what is most important is easily getting your hands on what you need when you need it.

There are several methods for containing cleaning supplies so you can easily get your hands on them. Some work, some don’t.

Here are a few of the most common methods I have come across.

  • storing the supplies in the room they are used in (this is often done in a larger home with different levels)

  • store ALL cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink

  • store ALL the cleaning supplies in a utility cabinet, laundry room, garage, basement, etc.

  • they aren’t organized at all and getting your hands on them easily is a giant chore in itself!

Here is my take on the whole situation.
Many of our parents stored cleaning supplies in a certain way. Many of us do the same as our parents did because that is what we learned and are familiar with. 
If this works for you and for all of those that do the cleaning in the house, perfect. If you think you could use some help in getting your hands on things a little easier, I am here for you.

As I think back, I am thinking I must not ever have “cleaned” our house because I can’t remember where my mom stored the cleaning supplies. 
I remember quite vividly washing dishes, cleaning the kitchen, vacuuming, ironing, mopping the kitchen floor, cleaning my room, and feeding the dog and cats.
I know we were expected to clean up after ourselves so maybe that’s the cleaning I did. However, I don’t remember where the cleaners were. My mom used vinegar and water a lot, so maybe that’s why I don’t remember many cleaners.
Or, it’s because I have a terrible memory!

So, since I can’t remember what my parents did, I am just going to tell you what I find most useful and what I do.  
I put my much-used cleaning supplies in the area they are used in. I do that because I try to maximize my time and make it easy to get my hands on things. Running up and down the stairs and from room to room is just a waste of time. And if you are anything like me, I get sidetracked in the room I entered and what I was cleaning doesn’t get cleaned!

The things I don’t use on a regular basis, like silver cleaning polish (I just aged myself didn’t I), carpet shampoo, large containers that I refill from, are kept in the cleaning supply storage area. In my case, it’s in the laundry room as there is plenty of space in there for them.
Where you keep yours may be different.

The thing is, it must be easy for you to get your hands on the things you need, whether you use them all of the time or don’t.

Here are some examples of what I do to make it easy to get my hands on what I need…

Under my kitchen sink you will find:

  • scritchies

  • dishwasher detergent

  • the garbage and garbage bags

  • recycling container

  • counter cleaner

  • stainless steel cleaner

  • paper towels

As for bathrooms, we have too many. Two upstairs, and one down.
In this case, I keep bathroom cleaning supplies on the level they are used on. This means I have cleaning supplies in the bathroom downstairs, and bathroom cleaning supplies in a central location upstairs, in the linen closet in a caddy with a handle. I like caddies with handles so I can carry things from room to room, or, just grab them from under the sink and everything is contained.
Downstairs, my bathroom cleaning supplies are in a caddy under the sink which makes it easy to pull out when it’s time to clean the bathroom. And, they don’t get mixed up with the other things under the sink.

In the bathroom caddies you will find:

  • cleaning rags

  • bathroom/ shower and bath cleaner

  • toilet bowl brush and toilet bowl cleaner

  • a pumice stone

  • a mirror cleaning cloth

  • paper towels

In the laundry room, you will find (other than laundry stuff), mainly overflow items. 

  • a big old jug of Maid Naturally Multi-purpose cleaner, a gallon jug of white vinegar, and a Costco sized Dawn dishwashing soap. 

  • special cleaners like shoe cleaner, silver cleaner, furniture cleaner

  • extra cleaning rags

  • magic erasers

These are not in caddies as these things are usually in large, bulk containers. 

Full disclosure – when I went into my laundry room to make sure I hadn’t missed anything, I found a collection of chemical cleaners I have been meaning to get rid of.
It’s my goal to get rid of as many chemical cleaners as I can and go the more natural route. I am wishing we weren’t Costco purchasers right about now. There’s a bunch of Dawn dish soap in there that needs to be used!

I wanted to share with you a few of the containers I feel are best for containing cleaning supplies, and why they will make it easier for you to get your hands on what you need when you need it.

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I like this bucket for its tall sides, and handle that folds down so it can fit under a sink.
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I like this container as it is smaller and has a high handle and higher sides, which keeps it from tipping and things falling out when carried from room to room.
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What I like about this caddy is that it has a larger area for larger items and then smaller compartments for smaller things like pumice stones, sponges, brushes.

Some other things that will help you stay organized and decluttered.

  • limit the number of cleaning supplies you have

  • limit the number of cleaning rags you have

  • maybe make your own cleaning supplies

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