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Organized Cleaning Supplies – Storage Solutions for your Products

June 11, 2018

I test and use a lot of cleaning supplies and tools on a daily basis and I’ve found that organizing them so I can easily access what we need and see what you have is helpful and it makes cleaning a little more fun. I’m sharing some great storage solutions and ideas for your products with the help of mDesign today. I can’t wait to show you how their products transformed my cleaning closet.

This post is sponsored by mDesign and I received the products to use in this post but as always, I only recommend products and companies that I use, have tested in my home, and love. You can read my full disclosure policy here.

The first step in any organizing endeavor is to evaluate the space to see what you need or what you might want to change. Look at those pain points or the things that aren’t working well and figure out a better way to is to measure and re-measure.

Once you’ve figured out what you need, put your products and systems into place and be prepared to tweak things as you use them. I’ve re-organized my cleaning closet a couple times but I have finally settled on what I want where and where everything works best. Sometimes it takes a little bit of time to use a space and know what works and what doesn’t.

I moved shelves around, added labels to the shelves and got the space just right and then started to add in some beautiful mDesign products.

The first update I made in my cleaning closet was to use these Lazy Susan turntables to keep often used sprays and DIY cleaning ingredients. I love how the turntables can keep products grouped together, give you equal access to each product, and they also give you more storage space.

These large wire baskets could have been used for storing so many different things – I love the size and shape of them and I especially like the handles.

I used them for storing my floor care products – I keep them on a higher shelf so this handled basket makes it easier access the products.

I also put one on a lower shelf to store cloths that need to be laundered. This allows them to continue drying (I never put them in wet, just barely damp or already dry) and it keeps them off the floor.

I used these small wire storage baskets for the containing the bulk of my cleaning supplies.

I love how they look on the shelves – they’re the perfect size for my cleaning cloths. I divided up my microfiber cloths, bar mop towels, and flour sack towels.

I also used them for already spray cleaners and empty glass bottles and sprayers. You can also see one above in the image with the floor cleaners – I put my floor pads in one too.

I put my furniture care supplies this adorable small caddy. It’s small but can contain quite a few products.

I also put a couple empty large caddies for when I need to load up a couple supplies to do some seasonal or deep cleaning.

I also added three of these wall mount broom and mop holders.

I love how they get everything organized and off the floor. They hold the handles perfectly!

I hope you found an idea or two for your own cleaning supply storage! Get creative and use what you have – it might be a caddy, or cupboard, under the sink, a corner in the basement – with the right products, you can add a little more function and end the clutter.

The products pictured can be found on mDesign – I love their products and how easily they can be implemented! Clean Mama Home products were also used in this post.

Where To Store Cleaning Supplies

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If 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.

With lots of cleaning supplies on hand, it’s sometimes hard to find what you need. You’ll knock over three cleaners just to find the one you need. What a mess! Whether you have a cabinet, a closet or some other space to store your cleaning supplies, we’ve found the best tips and tricks for getting them organized.

Cleaning Supplies Organization Ideas

Put the cleaning supplies that you use every day together in a caddy for easy access.

via I Heart Organizing

Use a shoe holder to hang your cleaning supplies on the back of a door. This keeps them away from little ones and gets them out of the way. Genius!

via A Pinterest Addict

Use inexpensive baskets to hold sponges, cloths, dusters and other things that you wipe down surfaces with.

via A Bowl Full of Lemons

Attach hooks to the back of your utility closet for hanging cleaning rags, the dust pan, etc.

via BHG

Or hang those items on a decorated pegboard. What a great idea if you don’t have a designated cleaning closet. (More pegboard ideas here.)

via The Posh Space

This entire cleaning closet is perfection.

via The 36th Avenue

Wire shelving on the back of the door allows you to free up space in your closet for other things.

via Sew Many Ways

No closet for your things? Use some wall space to create a cleaning command center like this one.

via Teal and Lime

Suspend spray bottles from a towel rod installed under the sink or in a closet. Genius!

via Martha Stewart

Put a Lazy Susan under the sink so you can reach all of your cleaning supplies without digging through the entire cabinet. Don’t have a Lazy Susan? Learn how to make one here!

via Real Simple

Install baskets and caddies on the back of your cabinet doors to hold sponges and cleaners.

via Designed to Dwell

Put like cleaners together in pretty bins that you can pull out and take to other rooms in a pinch.

via Real Simple

Even better, put together some chore baskets so your kids can help with the cleaning. We love this idea!

via Joyful Homemaking

Add grommets or hooks to the cabinet door to hang your cleaning gloves. Not only does this make it easier to find them, but they’ll dry quickly, too.

via Martha Stewart

Or hang them from a small towel rod.

via Tatertots and Jello

Put trash bag rolls on dowels to get rid of those bulky boxes!

via Simply Organized

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Large Plastic Cleaning Supplies Storage Caddy Tote

mDesign Plastic Portable Storage Organizer Caddy Tote, Divided Bin, Handle for Bathroom, Kitchen Laundry/Utility Closet – Holds Cleaning Supplies, Window Cleaner, Dust Cloths – Large
SMART STORAGE: This container fits scrub brushes, dusting cloths, sponges, glass or antibacterial wipes, bleach pens, dish scrubbers, tub and shower scrub brushes and more; Also makes a handy catch-all for toiletries like health and beauty aids, makeup, cosmetic wipes, applicators, eye pencils, lip sticks; Use in the bathroom cabinet to keep first-aid supplies on hand and ready to go; Perfect for wellness items like vitamin bottles, medicine, aspirin, bandages, ointment and creams
PORTABLE: The built-in handle makes it easy to transport this tote caddy in and out of cabinets and around the home; Perfect for creating a handy cleaning supply station under-sink cabinets, cupboards, bathroom shelves and closets; The strong plastic construction makes this a great shower tote for college students and campers, too; Keep items organized and ready – just grab and go
FUNCTIONAL & VERSATILE: This versatile storage bin can be used as a storage solution for storing a multitude of household items like cleaning products, medical supplies, cosmetics, toys, lotions, laundry needs, craft or school supplies and more; The options are endless; Great for dorm rooms, apartments, condos, RVs, cabins and campers; Use this multi-purpose basket anywhere you need to add storage and get organized; Ideal for home and professional organizers
QUALITY CONSTRUCTION: Made of durable BPA and Chlorine free shatter-resistant plastic; Food safe; Easy Care – clean with mild soap and water; Do not place in dishwasher
THOUGHTFULLY SIZED: Measures 7″ x 14.5″ x 5.75″ high

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Use these simple tips to organize your cleaning supplies for quick and easy cleaning!

Today’s post is sponsored by Twist. As always, all opinions are 100% my own.

This past month, I’ve been looking at ways to make my cleaning routine easier and more efficient. I shared my basic daily cleaning routine last week, and today I wanted to talk about how I organize my cleaning supplies. It may seem like a little thing, but having your cleaning supplies organized and accessible can make it so much quicker and easier to keep your home clean.

So…take a little time this week to think about how you store and organize your cleaning products. Hopefully these simple organization ideas will help you shave a little time off of your household chores and make your cleaning a breeze!

Organization Tips for Quick and Easy Cleaning

Declutter your cleaning products.

Just like anything else in the house, cleaning products and supplies will need a good decluttering every now and then. There’s no reason to keep items in your home that you don’t use – so get rid of them! If the product is still good, see if friends or family would use it or if it could be donated to any non-profit organizations or charities. If you do have to dispose of it, recycle what you can and dispose of the rest appropriately. If you have small amounts of product left in various bottles, combine them into one bottle {if it is the same product/brand} or commit to using up those bottles first before opening up a new, similar product.

Keep your cleaning supplies as close to where you use them as possible.

The less time it takes you to find your cleaning products, the more likely you’ll be to use them. As much as possible, store your bathroom cleaning supplies in your bathroom, your kitchen cleaning supplies under the sink {or other specific area of the kitchen}, etc. If you’re short on space, just store what you would need for a month’s worth of cleaning and keep the larger product bottles stored somewhere else in your home that has more room. I like using glass spray bottles {just be sure to label them well} to hold most of my regular cleaning products. It looks a lot tidier than multiple different shaped and colored bottles, and you can see exactly how much cleaning product you have left.

Purchase high quality cleaning supplies.

If you’re going to clean, you might as well love your cleaning products! Look for supplies that are known to hold up well over time and deliver the cleaning power needed to get the job done. I’m always looking for new products that will help to make my cleaning more efficient and was excited to discover Twist a couple of months ago. Twist is a natural cleaning product line that uses 100% plant-based materials in all of their cleaning tools. Their sponges are biodegradable and made from all-natural hemp, agave, and cotton fibers. They’re dye-free, glue-free, and look pretty darn cute to top it off! Best of all, they work really well at tackling all of that grime and baked on food messes.

The dish dumpling and loofah dishwand are a couple of my favorites from the line, but I’ve actually tried all of the products and love them all! I even bought a second dishwand to use in our bathroom to clean our bathtub and tiles {the scrub sponges also work great for this}. It’s always awesome when you find a brand that combines cleaning strength, good looks, and an eco-friendly design all into one product line! Look for Twist on your next Target run or find the full list of products online HERE.

Minimize the amount of cleaning products that you use.

You don’t necessarily need a different cleaner for every little cleaning task. Look for products that are more versatile so they can be used for multiple tasks. Not only does this take up less space, but it also makes it faster to switch between cleaning tasks. Use the least amount of product as needed to get your cleaning task completed. More is not necessarily better! Using too much product can actually increase your cleaning time and any residue left behind can attract more dirt and grime leading to more frequent cleaning.

Optimize your storage.

If you’re short on space, look for creative storage options to keep those cleaning supplies handy. Adhesive hooks are great to hang cleaning cloths, towel bars can be used to hang items off ‘s’ hooks, and adhesive bins can hold larger items such as sponges or cleaning brushes.

Look for pretty ways to keep your cleaning supplies handy.

I find that if things are out in plain sight, I’m more likely to use them. It also makes it much simpler to put them away when I’m done. If you have items that are used regularly on a daily basis, consider keeping them out on the counter and look for pretty ways to display them to fit with your decor. A bathroom soap dish is much prettier than a kitchen sponge holder and works great to store my Twist eco-sponges.

Trays are another way to neatly corral cleaning products. They keep any drips from the bottles or sponges contained and can easily be moved off the counter for cleaning or to provide extra storage space when needed.

Put together a portable cleaning kit.

Take a little time to put together a basic cleaning kit in a portable caddy so it’s easy to carry your supplies to various spots around the house that you don’t have cleaning supplies stored. Make sure everyone in the house knows where it’s stored so they don’t have any excuses for not cleaning up if they make a mess! You can find some of my cleaning kit essentials HERE.

If you have any other tips for organizing your cleaning supplies, cutting down on your cleaning time, or easy cleaning ideas, I’d love to hear them! Otherwise, be sure to check out Twist and let me know what you think!

How and Where I Store My Cleaning Products

Believe it or not, after over 8 years of blogging about cleaning and organizing my home, I’ve never dedicated a post to how or where I store my cleaning products!

I suppose part of the reason for this is because I really don’t have all that many cleaning products — I use sanitizing wipes, vinegar spray, and microfiber clothes to clean the majority of my house… so there’s just not much to store.

Another reason I haven’t shared my cleaning product storage is because the cleaning products I do have are stored in our laundry room cabinet… and I’ve never done a post about our ugly impractical laundry room yet because I want to wait until we renovate it (hopefully this spring/summer!!!)

Well, ugly impractical laundry room aside, today is the day I’m finally sharing where I store my various cleaning products!

Bathroom Cleaners:

Several years ago, I shared my bathroom cleaning bucket — and this is basically the same system I use today.

I keep this bucket in the laundry room cabinet and carry it around to each of the 3 bathrooms whenever I’m ready to clean them.

We also have a can of sanitizing wipes in each bathroom. I use these to quickly wipe down door knobs, faucets, counters, toilet seats, and floors in between cleanings.

Kitchen Cleaners:

I have a small tub under the kitchen sink for dish soap, vinegar spray, sanitizing wipes, a few sponges, the oil for our butcher block counters, dishwasher tabs, a rubber mat for our sink, and the oven cleaner I use on occasion.

I can simply pull out this tub whenever I need to wash dishes or clean anything in the kitchen and I’m good to go.

All Other Cleaners:

Everything else is stored in the laundry room…

  • vacuum (on the right side of the washer and dryer)
  • Swiffer, broom, and dust pan (hanging on the wall to the left of the washer and dryer)
  • laundry detergent, bleach, and Oxyclean
  • extra microfiber cloths and t-shirt rags for cleaning
  • carpet cleaning spray
  • dusting spray
  • a few scrub brushes
  • extra paper towels

It’s all in the very awkward cabinets in our laundry room. I’d show you a picture, but they are so awkward to access as they are mounted against the wall, next to the door (sort of kitty-corner from the washer and dryer). Plus, there is a counter top in front of them, so you can’t even stand in front of them to take a picture (or access the contents inside).

I cannot wait to redo this tiny space and make it more functional!

I’ve never been one to want or use tons of different cleaning products — I sort of stick to the basics to prevent the need to organize my cleaning supplies (which seems like a funny concept to me!)

I rarely ever “stock up” on cleaning supplies — mainly because I don’t like storing so much extra, but also because I use vinegar and baking soda a lot, so I can just make more whenever I need it.

As I mentioned above, we’re hoping that this summer will finally be the summer we get around to renovating our last bathroom (the one right off the kitchen) and the laundry room (also right off the kitchen).

Once we have these 2 spaces renovated the way we want, I should have TONS more storage space in both the laundry room and bathroom — so my tentative plan is to use the extra space in the laundry room for craft supplies. I’ll let you know how that all works out in another 6 months or so! 🙂

In the meantime, I’d encourage you to go through your cleaning supplies, purge the ones you no longer use, consolidate, simplify, store them in convenient places, and then USE THEM!

Where do you store your cleaning supplies?

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How to store….

  • Bleach – If you find yourself researching how to store bleach in particular, you will note that it is especially important to ensure the container is sealed and clean. You should never be able to smell a product while it‘s in storage.
  • Fabric Conditioner – This product is especially prone to thickening when it’s stored in very hot or cold temperatures – not ideal! Be sure to not only read, but also heed the instructions on the product to ensure you are able to make use of it! Even consistently great products like Comfort need proper storage treatment for best results.
  • Laundry Detergent – Detergent comes in a variety of containers in the form of plastic bottles, boxes, and cardboard alike. The container the product came in has taken a number of elements into consideration so you don’t have to! For example, you can take a look at the various containers Surf comes in and you’ll realise that none of them are see-through! While the design of these products may not exactly match your laundry room aesthetic, it is never a good idea to transfer the product into a more ‘stylish’ container like a glass jar or jug. Always keep your washing powder in its original box.
  • Dishwasher Tablets – It’s natural to keep dishwasher tablets very near to the dishwasher. This usually results in an under-the-sink number, which is good because this area meets the suggested storage environment i.e. cool and dry (assuming you have trustworthy pipes under there!). On the other hand, this low area is a prime place for children and pets to explore, so install a latch and take any other precautions necessary to keep them safe.

Don’t forget…

The next time you take your products out of your cool, clean, and dry storage, remember to protect yourself as well as you protect your children and pets from these products. Follow the instructions on the label, take precautions, and stay alert when children, pets, and cleaning products are involved.

It’s hard enough to get up the energy to give your house a much-needed cleaning (unless you’re one of “those people” who really likes to clean!), but it’s even harder to do so when your cleaning supplies are scattered around the house, misplaced, or were simply never restocked when you finished them. (Possibly you haven’t even bought them yet?) Make it easier on yourself by taking one afternoon to organize and re-stock everything first. You’ll be grateful the next time Mom comes to visit and you want the house to look “just so” – and quickly!

Bins & Baskets. The Dollar Store, Target, Amazon: the world of retail is full of canvas and plastic bins just waiting to keep your cleaning supplies organized. Make if fun for yourself and buy pretty ones that match your decor or personal style. Different sizes are a must, from small containers for sponges to larger ones for rolls of paper towels. It’s a good idea to label bins, too, by cleaning function: Floor, Wood, Glass, etc. Keep an empty one on hand, too — think of it as your Work in Progress bin. Each time you tackle a cleaning project, gather the supplies you’ll need that day.

Lockers. If you’re lucky enough to have a mudroom, entryway, or laundry room with built-in lockers for your kids’ jackets and backpacks, consider adding another one just devoted to cleaning supplies. Rather than lots of open space, as in a home locker, consider several shelves — big enough to hold those bins we’re so fond of — with space for brooms and mops, too.

Peg Board. Julia Child famously kept all her kitchen knives and tools on a pegboard, with the outline of the object drawn right on the pegboard so she could easily return items where they belonged. And, of course, pegboards are an old standby of Dad’s workbench. Consider a similar system for your cleaning supplies. By adding hooks of various shapes and sizes, you can store cleaning gloves, scrubbing brushes, rags, dustpans, and more.

Rolling Utility Cart. Handy if you live in a ranch house, rolling metal carts (IKEA has lots) allow you to just load up all your supplies and take them from room to room as you clean. Add to your organizational wizardry by loading the cart with the aforementioned bins. If you live in a two-story house and your budget and storage space allow, consider a fully stocked cleaning cart on each floor. After all, you’ll wind up using the same amount of cleaning supplies over time.

Shoe Caddy. You already know that a plastic over-the-door caddy is great for storing your favorite high heels and flip flops. But hung on the door of a mudroom, a pantry closet, or a laundry room, that same caddy becomes your new best friend. All those little pockets are great for storing spray bottles, feather dusters, wet wipes, even hand brooms. Genius!

Tension Bar. If your home’s storage space doesn’t run to lots of closets, you probably store cleaning supplies under the bathroom or kitchen sink, right? And you’re probably also tired of all the clutter — not to mention the way the bottles fall over when they’re on the empty side. Here’s an easy fix: buy an inexpensive tension shower rod and place it in the cabinets beneath your kitchen sink or the vanity under your bathroom sink. The nozzles on the spray bottles provide built-in “hooks” for hanging, and they’ll no longer in your way!