Stocking a Cleaning Caddy

When it's time to clean up, make sure you have the right tools for the job. We'll walk you through the steps for buying, stocking, and maintaining a house cleaning kit.

Cleaning is hardly anyone's favorite task. But the right products and supplies make the job much more manageable. That's why we've created this handy guide to stocking a cleaning caddy. We'll help you pick the perfect container, then show you what cleaning supplies to fill it with. After a few simple steps, you'll have the tools necessary to make your home sparkle like new.

Consider a cleaning supply caddy for your next housewarming gift or as a college graduation gift. Every home and dorm room needs one, and it's a practical way to welcome someone to the neighborhood. For a special touch, opt for high-end cleaning products, a cute pair of gloves, and a nice scented candle to burn when the chores are finally finished. 

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Step 1: Find a Hiding Spot

Before you choose a cleaning caddy, have a general idea of where you'd like to store supplies. Make sure the designated location is out of reach from children and pets, but still accessible to all adults in the household. Once you've picked the perfect storage spot, measure the length, width, and height of the space. Take these measurements with you to the store so you can buy a caddy that's guaranteed to fit. 

Step 2: Pick Your Caddy

Not all cleaning storage caddies are built the same. Look for one made from a sturdy, durable material that's resistant to water damage. Keep size and weight in mind, too. You don't want to build a cleaning caddy that's too heavy to tote around the house. Above all else, look for quality cleaning caddy handles. You'll want easy-to-hold, comfortable grips. Expect to spend 10-20 dollars on a decent cleaning caddy.  

Step 3: Stock Up

Now that you have your caddy, it's time to stock it. Supplies may differ if you're building a kitchen cleaning caddy as opposed to a bathroom cleaning caddy, but for all-purpose uses, we recommend keeping these versatile items on hand:

Window cleaner: Use for windows, glass tops, and mirrors. Can also polish chrome fixtures and clean cooktops.

Non-sudsing household ammonia or formulated cleansers: Use these to mop and scrub floors and walls. If you have vinyl floors, make sure to buy a product that's vinyl-safe.

Cleanser: Choose nonabrasive for general cleaning, but buy a heavy-duty cleanser for tough stains and rust.

General-purpose cleaner: Buy a kitchen-and-bath spray product (and refills for spray bottles) or make your own with diluted vinegar.

Chlorine bleach: Dilute with 4 parts water to 1 part bleach for general cleaning and disinfecting.

Feather duster: Safely dust lampshades, light fixtures, art, and delicate collectibles with this handy tool.

Oil soap: Clean wood-stained cabinets, paneling, and other woods with this liquid soap made for use on wood.

Latex gloves: Protect your hands from chemicals with household rubber gloves. Use for washing dishes, too.

Paper towels, soft rags, sponges: Use for wiping and light scrubbing.

Amazing homemade cleaners to add to your caddy.

Step 4: Keep the Cleaners Clean

Once a month, empty your cleaning caddy and give it a good scrub. Product leaks, excess moisture, and dust can cause a layer of grime to build on the bottom of the caddy. Wipe down all of the product containers with a cleaning wipe, then let everything dry before restocking. Replace sponges, rags, and any products that are running on empty. 

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