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How to Store Cleaning Supplies

How to Store Cleaning Supplies

Store Cleaning Supplies

Store Cleaning Supplies

Every household has likely collected a team of cleaning tools and it becomes important to safely store these cleaning supplies and solutions properly. Learning how to store and properly organize your cleaning supplies will help to keep them from getting into the hands of small children or being accidentally ingested by pets. Here are some vital tips on how to properly store your cleaning supplies.

1. Clean, Cool, Dry
Store your cleaning supplies in an area that is clean and free of debris. Make sure that there aren’t any temperature extremes in the area where your cleaning supplies are stored. Another thing to make sure of is that the area is dry.

2. Keep out of reach from children and pets
Store your cleaning supplies in a high to reach area such as a higher cabinet in your laundry room or garage. Or you can consider storing your cleaning supplies in a locked cabinet; this will definitely ensure that your supplies will not get into the wrong hands. A high to reach place or a locked cabinet will ensure that any small children or pets will be unable to accidentally find your cleaning supplies which can be toxic to their health if ingested.

3. Keep supplies in original labeled containers.
Don’t mix your cleaners or get them confused. Instead you should leave them in the original containers and make sure that the lids are secure after each use.

4. Check labels.
Whenever you use cleaning supplies check the expiration dates. Chemicals will go back and can become more toxic so check for expiration dates. While reading the labels also check the safety instructions. Some cleaners will need to be stored away from other chemicals. Take the warnings seriously and plan your storage space in accordance with the guidelines.

5. Rinse all supplies before storage.
When you pour or spray cleaners some of the liquid may spill or leak over onto the outside of the bottle. When you are done with the cleaner, seal the container then rinse and dry the outside of the container. Clean your buckets, mops, sponges and cleaning towels as well before you put them away.

6. Cleaning Caddies
Another option for storing cleaning supplies is to create smaller cleaning kits for the different areas of your home. Cleaning caddies can hold nearly all the supplies needed to clean an entire room and be stored right in the room they are needed. The only things you’ll have to haul into the room are floor care items. Properly label new solution mixes If you mix your own solutions, make sure that you use a clean bottle to place the new solution and that you properly label the bottle. A permanent marker works best when labeling bottles and use large print when labeling so that there is no question about the contents of the bottle. Also when mixing solutions, make sure that you follow the directions given for the type of solutions being mixed; some combinations can be harmful if mixed improperly.

7. Determine cleaning supply hazard
Not all cleaning tools are creating equal. For instance, your vacuum cleaner and duster do not necessarily pose a threat to your children and pets, but should be kept in an area where they will be out of the way. If you have a hardwood floor cleaning tool that has a solution attachment, then you might choose to keep that cleaning tool in a more secure location because there is a chance that the solution capsule may fall off of the cleaning tool and land in the wrong hands.

8. Maintain a comfortable, cool climate.
Where you live makes a difference to where you can store your cleaning supplies. Don’t store items with warnings about heat or flame in a basement with a furnace or in a hot garage. Keep your cleaning supplies out of areas where they may freeze as well because this can cause the containers to become brittle and break. Most cleaning supplies are best stored in a clean, dry room that is kept at a cool and mild temperature.

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