How and Where I Store My Cleaning Products

posted by Andrea | 02/23/2018

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!

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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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17 comments

  1. Amy

    02/26/2018

    Hi Andrea,
    I was looking through your pictures and thinking I would love to see a post on….vacuum cleaners! Ha! I’ve always been a firm canister girl, but my husband wants an upright. My only experience with uprights were some cheap brands years ago and I wasn’t impressed with stair cleaning and the attachments. So…I’d love to hear your perspective as we will likely be vacuum shopping again within a few months.
    Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Good idea — but I’m not sure I’d be the best person to give an honest opinion. I’ve always used free vacuums I’ve gotten from Hoover for review purposes. They have all worked just find for my needs, but I know Hoover is a lower-end vacuum. That said, I’ve never used a canister vacuum — always an upright. I think that whoever does the vacuuming gets to choose the vacuum (tell your hubby that!)

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    Amy Reply:

    Lolol!! I will!

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  2. Liane

    02/24/2018

    I super simplified my cleaning routines and products after I had surgery on a shoulder. Doc told me no lifting anything heavier than a coffee cup. So in both of our bathrooms, I have a Rubbermaid type sweater box without a lid stored in the middle of the vanity under the sink. Both bathrooms are identical. Each has small wastebasket on left and sweater box on right. In the box are 4 simple items: toilet swab in an old cottage cheese tub, Lysol bowl cleaner, Clorox wipes and spray bottle of invisible glass window cleaner. Mounted on the door is a paper towel holder. My bath cleaning routine takes under 5 min to swab bowl, wipe sink and bowl rim, spritz and wipe mirror, and wipe the counter. It’s simple because I don’t decorate my counters with hair and makeup products. I have simply a liquid soap bottle and a candle. That’s all. Toilet tops have a cube box of tissue.

    Kitchen has nearly same setup. Paper towels on the counter, but under is a tray attached to the door that holds a sponge, a stopper for garbage disposal, and a very small squared corner plastic container that holds 12 Finish dishwasher tabs or pods — rectangular ones with red dot in center. Then there is the ubiquitous sweater box again. It has Comet for my easily stained 30 yr old white sink, Barkeepers for my cookware (we have 100% Teflon free house) a bottle of Dawn – the average easy to squeeze size. I tried that huge Costco one and hated it, as much as I hate refilling the smaller one because I spill it everywhere, but I do refill and cuss a fair amount. There’s a tub of wipes, and a couple other things under there as well. I use a Clorox kitchen spray for cleaning up meat contamination in and around the sink — usually after a session of cutting up chickens or slicing a tenderloin into steaks after a Costco run. Mostly that’s in the garage. The only other thing I keep in my sweater box is some Invisible Glass for the over sink window that gets cleaned of splatters from washing up. I never have to leave the room for basic daily maintenance of the baths or the kitchen. I pretty much clean everything in the kitchen with hot soapy water. Worked for my mom and my grandma back when there were two cleaning products in their kitchen! Ivory soap for dishes and bon ami to scrub. My grandmother washed dishes with ivory bar soap!

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  3. JJ

    02/23/2018

    What other cleaner would you recommend that would work like vinegar? I tried to use it, and my husband couldn’t stand the smell. I don’t have a lot of cleaners but would like more “natural” cleaners.

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    Andrea Reply:

    good question — i actually reviewed a product that might be perfect for you (vinegar without the smell)!

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  4. Michelle

    02/23/2018

    Where do you store your garbage bags? I have several sizes.

    For the trash in the kitchen I buy the warehouse sized box at Sam’s Club or Costco which has the two giant rolls inside.

    The rolls are awkward to handle and take up so much room in the cabinet.

    I wish I (or someone else) could invent a paper towel type holder for them. The manufacturer would have to put a small core of some type in them as well, though, to make that work

    I can’t wait to see the laundry room makeover. I, too, have front loaders, but mine are side by side. I don’t want to spend the money on the pedestals due to how expensive they are. However, I often have to sit on the floor in front of the washer or dryer to load and unload them. It’s quite a stretch, sometimes, reaching into the back of them to retrieve laundry.

    An idea I had was to have some pedestals custom made which would have space to store laundry baskets.

    Gotta find me a guy like Clint on Fixer Upper.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Our garbage bags are stored right behind our kitchen garbage can (which is right next to the sink). We only have the 1 size, so it’s easy. We just use plastic grocery bags for our smaller bathroom trashcans and I have a bag of those in the laundry room with the other cleaning supplies.

    Also, I really miss having a side-by-side washer and dryer. I’m not positive what we’re planning to do yet, but I am interested in the idea of custom-making a platform for my washer and dryer to sit on — something that would provide lots of storage underneath. We’ll see what we come up with!

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  5. Summer

    02/23/2018

    I agree with allllllll of this! Keeping it simple and using more natural ingredients, like vinegar and baking soda. When I clean my oven I even do a paste of baking soda, water and dishsoap. Paint it on and leave it overnight and then just wipe it out. Works great & looks like new! Just did this yesterday and put in a new oven liner. Brilliant idea those things!

    So, how are your dishgloves hanging on clothespins on the cabinet? Are they glued or just clipped right to the basket stuck there? Thanks.

    Happy Friday Andrea!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, we LOOOOOVE the oven liners!
    As for the dishwashing gloves, I just stuck the clothes pins to the cabinet with 2-sided sticky tape. They haven’t budged in over 5 years!

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  6. melissa Bieniek

    02/23/2018

    Could you tell me what the wipes are in the green box that says 240 count!! Thanks

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    Olga Reply:

    Looks like dryer sheets to me…

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes they are fabric softener sheets. I don’t use them all that often, so I have a feeling this box will be around for a while!

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  7. Pamela

    02/23/2018

    At least your laundry room is on the main floor! That’s a real plus, in my opinion.

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    Andrea Reply:

    I know — That was a big selling point for us as so many of the old homes have gross basement laundry rooms. It’s SO convenient to have it right off the kitchen and right off the mudroom (just dump the dirty or wet clothes in the laundry room right after coming inside!)

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    Liane Reply:

    Amen…it’s 39 in my garage in my San Francisco Bay Area home. It’s miserable out there. Trying to use cold water to save on natural gas but it take three times as long to dry now. Next house will have indoor laundry or I won’t move in!

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh wow — we obviously wouldn’t be able to have water in our unheated garage as it would freeze during the winter, but I’m certainly glad my laundry room is inside!

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