Lots of my clients have an overstocked cleaning press. And it turns out that most of the time people aren’t even using half of the products. A great way to gain back some precious real estate in your home is by reducing your stock! Lots can be replaced with more versatile options, and by switching to muti-purpose solutions you'll have a much more organised and efficient cleaning press.
Read on to discover four easy ways to declutter your cleaning press and see my own list of essential products stocked in my cleaning caddy!
Be ruthless with products you don't need
Not only does a tidy cupboard make for a tidy mind, but having an organised cleaning system in place could also save you money on products that you're repeat-buying unnecessarily.
Take everything out of the cupboard and go through your collection of cleaning products getting rid of anything you don't actually need.
If you find several half-empty bottles of exactly the same product, decant the contents into one container, but remember never combine different cleaning products.
Food waste app Olio also allows you to list cleaning products so that someone in your area can take your excess cleaning supplies off your hands.
How to store 'deep cleaning' products
For products you only use once or twice a year, like oven or jewelly cleaners, make a point of only buying them just before you plan to do a deep clean or store them on a top shelf, at the back of a cupboard or in another less accessible spot. Keep the easy-access storage space for the products you use daily or weekly.
Make your frequently used product easily accessible
Use a caddy with a handle to house the products you use regularly so you can quickly and easily take them with you to the room that's next up on your cleaning hit-list.
Clean cloths and sponges
Lastly, run any forgotten-about cloths and sponges you found lurking at the back of the cupboard through the washing machine. Microfiber cloths can generally be washed at 60°C and even some sponge scourers are machine washable at 40°C. If in doubt, always check the manufacturer's instructions first.
What I have in my cleaning caddy:
- Gentle all purpose cleaner (usually Dettol antibacterial surface cleaner)
- Disinfectant wipes
- Glass cleaner
- Paper towels
- J cloths/cleaning sponges/micro fibre cloths
Deep cleaning supplies I use less often
- Oven cleaner
- Drain unblocker
- Carpet and upholstery cleaner
- Wood polish
- Jewellery cleaner
- Cleaning sponges
- Microfiber cloths
- Colapsable bucket - for things like window cleaning
Once you've decided on a storage spot, employ bins, hooks, drawer dividers, and other organizers to sort and safely store cleaning essentials.