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Is A Cleaning Tools, Cleaning Agents Cupboard The Best Way To Store And Secure All Our Cleaning Utensils?

Where and what is the best way to store cleaning supplies?

Questions that is different in every household. In some households there is enough space for a separate cleaning cupboard, in other households, in turn, something must be tricked when storing the cleaning agent. In between there are many, often improvised intermediate stages, which are more or less to be designated as a cleaning cupboard. But no matter how big or small, a cleaning cupboard should be able to keep the cleaners both practical and safe. The latter applies especially if children also live in the household. Depending on space, your own need for order and the number of children in the household a more or less large cleaning cupboard is needed. It is also important, however, the number of cleaning agents that are put into the cleaning cupboard, and if you feel that your cleaning cupboard is too full, you might even think about using up your cleaning supplies or dispose. Yes, you may also simply have too many cleaners if you find that the space in your cleaning cupboard is gradually getting smaller and smaller. Do you really need an extra cleaner for the coffee machine and an extra cleaner for the bathroom fittings and another one for the curtains in the living room? And what about a caddy? Does it make sense to purchase a cleaning caddy?
All these topics we want to address Tips and clues to the ideal cleaning cupboard and also show how you can keep not only the cleaning cupboard large enough, but also the mass of cleaning agents small enough.

What is the purpose of the cleaning utensils cabinet?

First of all, the basic question, why you actually need a cleaning utensils cupboard, or should buy. A cleaning utensils cabinet so there is really not in the range of each furniture store. Nevertheless, every household needs one, because the cleaning supplies and utensils should not just stand around somewhere in the area. No more detergent on the worktop, maybe the toilet cleaner free in the bathroom, but the bulk of cleaning agents should usually have a cleaning cupboard in which it is not visible and for a child or pet can not be reached. So that is the purpose of the cleaning cupboard: Clear the cleaning agent from the everyday field of view and stow safely.

Which room ist best for the storage of cleaning agents?

The cleaning cupboard is set up in the normal household virtually by itself somewhere, because a fixed, conventionally agreed place, such as for the medicine cabinet or the sink cabinet is usually not – not yet anyway. However, it is indisputable that cleaning agents exist in most households and that these must also be stored somewhere. Sure, after all, cleaning agent packaging and containers are not exactly decorative, which is why they are usually kept in lockable cabinets. Especially in households with children, the safety factor is added, which is why the designated cleaning cupboard does not find space near the ground. Nevertheless, it does not necessarily exist in the assortment of a furniture store, the cleaning cupboard. It is usually camouflaged as a kitchen cupboard, washbasin cabinet (without children), a shelf in the storeroom or utility room or a wall unit in the kitchen. We would have limited the coarse location of the cleaning cupboard before: Mostly it is in the kitchen, in the storeroom, utility room or, more rarely, in the bathroom. Living rooms are not common as a place for the cleaning cupboard.

What does a cleaning cupboard look like?

This is partly due to the contents of the cleaning cupboard, on the other hand also the appearance. Stylistically, the cleaning cupboard is not an inventory for a living room, and if any in a living room, then in the kitchen. The cleaning cupboard is usually a simple cabinet, a metal shelf or a locker. A typical multi-purpose cabinet just, but should not fulfill any decorative, but only a practical purpose. Such a cabinet is usually more in a corner, a rarely used room or in the form of a closet or broom closet again. Metal and high-tech plastics are the best materials for cleanser cupboards. In case some agent is leaking there is almost no damage, because metal and plastic cabinets can be easily washed off and are thus readily usable for a long time as a cleaning agents cabinet.

Which cleaning agents are toxic?

The cleaning cupboard thus has an obvious visual and practical aspect. It protects the ambience in front of the green detergent bottle, the blue spray bottles with the bathroom cleaner or the black oven cleaner – a colorful smorgasbord that you really do not want to look at every day. But the labels of the cleaning products are not only brightly-colored, but often also indicate very dangerous ingredients. Exactly, many cleaning agents are poisonous, most of them even, and therefore they are not allowed to come into the hands of children. But which cleaning agents are poisonous? In general, we would advise you to shave off all cleaning products when it comes to toxic or non-toxic issues. Truly, we would not call any of them harmless, if at all, then the very simple household tricks like linseed oil or orange peel. The vast majority of cleaning agents, however, are made of genuine chemicals that are unhealthy in many ways to the human body. Some are already irritating on the skin of the hands, not to speak of eyes and mucous membranes. You can find out which cleaning agents are poisonous if you look at the detergent labels and see the skull sign, usually with the unmistakable signature “toxic”. But even if the cleaning agent is not explicitly and proven toxic, none of them is certainly suitable for children, excessive skin contact or even consumption.

How to keep cleaning supplies childproof?

In particular, children must be protected from such extremely dangerous contacts with cleaning agents. The colorful bottles often exert a certain attraction on the little ones. In addition, most cleaning products contain fragrances that do not instinctively suggest the child to something dangerous – gasoline does not lead to the natural and immediate defense actions, as is the case, for example, with mold odor. At the time, the detergent manufacturers were reacting to the danger posed by children’s cleaning products by making the closures of the detergent bottles child-safe. However, a good cleaning agent cupboard is probably the safest way to store cleaning products child-safe. A first, very good idea is, of course, a closable cleaning cupboard, so that a child can not have access to the cleaning agent. Any kind of cleaning agent cabinet is sufficient if it is high enough and / or lockable. In addition you can choose everything, from the locker over the misused bathroom or kitchen cabinet with lock, to the roll container or even a whole room for cleaning and cleaning utensils. Even an elevated position can already be enough to keep the cleaning agent child-safe. Children are small, therefore, a pedestal can already be enough to make the cleaner in the cleaning cupboard unattainable for the children’s hands. A lock or simple height – these are two ways to keep your cleaning supplies safe and childproof. It is also important to get the cleaning agents out of the children’s field of vision so that they do not even get curious about the colorful packaging. In case of need, if height and a lockable room or cleaning agent cabinet are not possible, try to hide the cleaning agents behind other objects. Thus, the view of the cleaning products is blocked and they are not easily accessible for the children.

How to store cleaning materials space saving?

Based on this, another problem arises when storing in the cleaning cupboard. Because many housewives have tons of cleaning agents, because it is often not so easy to get all cleaners without squeezing and pressing in a cleaning cupboard. For this purpose, other items are often misused in the storage of cleaning agents, such as shoe hangers for the door, bathroom cabinets, washbasin cabinets in the kitchen, drawers, baskets and boxes, adjustable curtain rods for hanging spray bottles, old refrigerators, storage boxes and shelving systems. The latter, as well as special economic kitchen systems are sometimes not even misappropriated, but are used specifically for the storage of cleaning products. But not always these are big enough, or to agree with the child problem. Therefore, it happens only too often that the cleaning cupboard has somewhere to share his room with various other household items. Here, for example, vacuum cleaners, brooms, wipers and / or buckets and ironing board are always welcome companion for the cleaning cupboard and its contents. All the more important to save cleaning materials to save space, if they do not have a room for themselves. It is best to assemble the bottles, cans and boxes with the cleaning agents far above and behind. In addition, cleaning utensils that you only need to clean, such as the cleaning tissues, rags and disposable gloves. Even window wipers, hand brushes and dustpan and maybe even the bucket or bucket fit into a generously dimensioned cleaning cupboard. But at least when vacuum cleaner and mop it gets tight in the cleaning cupboard. Such items fit, as for example, the ironing board only in a correspondingly large space. Not least because of that, and to stow the cleaning supplies with such inventory together, all these things are often found together in a kitchen closet or utility room, in the laundry room or the garage or even the garden shed again. Let’s turn the idea around: Do not only worry about how to save cleaning agents to save space, but also how to make room in the cleaning cupboard by disposing of cleaning agents.

How is the ideal cleaning cupboard?

So what does it look like, the ideal cleaning cupboard? The cleaning cupboard is difficult to quantify. It is always about what space is given in your home, what you put everything together in the area cleaning supplies and also how many cleaning products you have in total. Generally, and to be practical, a cleaning cupboard should certainly not miss the following features:

Material either metal or plastics
Different sized compartments and shelves
Keep cleaning supplies childproof
Storage options such as baskets, boxes or boxes
Possibility to hang objects

Conclusion: A child-safe and organized cleaning cupboard creates space, prevents from buying unnecessary cleaning agent and is therefore half the battle in cleaning tasks. In case there is not enough space for a cupboard at home then an under sink cabinet basket, an over the cabinet hanging storage basket or a cleaning caddy might be helpful, but shouldn’t be accessible to children