You’ll feel confident and ready to tackle spring cleaning once you know how to organize cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink! With a few simple tips and storage solutions, you’ll declutter the cabinet under your kitchen sink in no time.
On a recent Sunday morning, I stumbled into the kitchen, bleary-eyed and desperate for my morning coffee.
I quickly woke up when I noticed the sink full of bubbles.
My kids and husband were still asleep. So how the heck did the sink fill up with soap bubbles?
As I turned towards the coffee machine, my slippers felt damp.
I looked down at my pretty (and pretty new) hardwood floors and found a giant puddle of water.
Some choice expletives may have burst out of my mouth.
Because after I mopped up the mess, I discovered the floor was warped – which isn’t something you want to see just two years after spending thousands on flooring.
So what the heck happened?
First, I blamed my husband for using dishwashing liquid instead of dishwasher tabs, since dishwashing liquid in a dishwasher is (clearly) a recipe for disaster.
But in his defense, the refill bottle of dishwashing liquid looks almost identical to the bottle of dishwasher detergent we’d used a few weeks before I bought the tabs.
The real culprit was the clutter-filled cabinet of cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink.
I mean really, how is anyone supposed to find anything in there? Cleaning products were hidden behind the plumbing and garbage disposal, supplies we no longer used piled up, and the cabinet was a general mess.
It was high time to declutter and organize the cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink and create storage solutions to make it easy to find the right products for the right task.
So to help my family – and help you get ready for some serious spring cleaning – let’s first walk through how I organized the cleaning products under our kitchen sink. Then, I’ll share five super-simple (and cheap) storage ideas to keep the cabinet tidy.
How to Organize Cleaning Supplies Under the Kitchen Sink in 30 Minutes or Less
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This project should take about 30 minutes from start to finish. Set a timer to help stay on track!
- Declutter the under-sink cabinet by removing everything. You need to start from scratch, so put it all on the floor or up on the kitchen counter while you move on to step 2.
- Vacuum and wipe down the cabinet to remove grime and dust. Our handheld vacuum did a great job sucking up all the bits of soap powder!
- Toss the cleaning products you don’t use anymore and recycle or reuse the containers if possible.
- Put non-kitchen cleaning supplies where they belong. Toilet bowl cleaner belongs in or near the bathroom sink – not in the kitchen! Supplies that aren’t related to your kitchen should be moved to a more sensible spot.
- Search your house for containers you can reuse or repurpose. Need ideas? Check out 14 ways I organize my home for free (or super cheap).
- Purchase new supplies if you need to.
- Put shelf liner on the bottom of the cabinet before you do anything else. Look for non-adhesive shelf liner that isn’t made of mesh material so that it’ll protect your cabinet if the pipes leak. Plus, shelf liner makes the cabinet look prettier and easier to clean.
5 Storage Ideas to Organize Cleaning Supplies Under the Kitchen Sink
1. A lazy susan is perfect to store cleaning supplies around your sink’s pipes and garbage disposal, but be sure to measure the space first so you can buy the correct size.
3. Put dishwasher tabs, steel wool, and SOS Pads in clear containers so you can see exactly what they are and how many you have left. I reused an extra food storage container and even some old Gladware.
4. A box of garbage bags takes up too much space under the sink, but storing the roll vertically is a great solution. A toilet paper roll holder keeps the garbage bags upright and dispenses them easily, too!
5. A cabinet door basket is perfect for making the most of the limited space.
An organized kitchen sink cabinet is easy – if you don’t overthink it.
There are lots of tips and tutorials out there to make your own elaborate storage systems, but honestly, you don’t need much to organize your cleaning supplies. The only things I purchased for this project were the shelf liner and toilet paper roll holder. Since I’ve hoarded storage containers for so long, the lazy susan was going unused in my basement and I’ve owned (but haven’t used) the dishpan for ages.
But even if I had to purchase everything, the cost would still be minimal, but the benefit great! Ever since decanting the dishwasher tabs, my husband hasn’t made that horrible, bubbly mistake again. Thank goodness, because my floors just can’t take it!
Now that you know how to organize cleaning supplies under the kitchen sink, you’re all ready for spring cleaning and can enjoy finding what you need fast!