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Clean Better, Clean Faster: 8 Storage Tips to Organize Cleaning Supplies

The glove hack in #5 is borderline genius.

Open under sink cabinet with different cleaning supplies in kitchen
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Though there may be a dozen other items on your to do list, you can't hide from the one you wrote at the top of the page in red and all caps and circled twice: "Clean the house." It's a drag, and the task always takes twice as long as you expect it to.

But it doesn't have to be a drag. Not if you're organized, that is.

When everything is accessible and ready to go, you'll be motivated to get started — and you'll finish faster, says Jan Dougherty, author of "The Lost Art of House Cleaning." 

8 Genius Ways to Organize Your Cleaning Supplies

Try these ideas for a bit of motivation to grab your cleaning gloves.

#1 Maximize Space: Use a $4 Tension Bar for Spray Bottles

The rooms that require the most cleaning supplies and accoutrements are the bathroom and kitchen. Fortunately, they both typically contain the gold standard for supply storage: a cupboard under the sink.

Tension rod used to organize spray bottles
Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic

But this blank box can be a lot more efficient. Add a cheap and easy-to-install tension bar to hold your spray bottles where you can easily see and grab them.

An alternative to a tension rod is a sliding rack installed at the bottom of the sink cabinet, Dougherty says. That way, you can easily pull out what’s under there without breaking your back to get it.

Related: Under-Sink Storage Ideas for Bath

#2 Use S-Hooks to Convert Any Closet to a Broom Closet

Have just one broom closet, but three stories and nine rooms to clean? Or no broom closet at all? Turn any closet into an efficient space for cleaning supplies by using inexpensive S-hooks to hang mops and brooms right where you need them. And, wow, look at all that floor space for storing your buckets and other supplies!

#3 Use a Cart to Move With You

No closets? No problem. Do what hotel maids do — use a cart to haul your cleaning supplies around. The one pictured comes from IKEA (about $30) and does the job without taking up a ton of space.

Blue cart with cleaning supplies in a bathroom
Image: Anne Arntson for HouseLogic

#4 Build (or Buy) Shelves to Fit That Odd Corner

Your home is a special snowflake. Whether it's small and open or huge and labyrinthine, locating your home's unique opportunities for shelf space can be a great way to make cleaning supply storage more convenient. It could be that open area in the corner by the stairway or that dead space at the end of the hall.

After all, you don't want to run around looking for things.

Wood tower in a garage with blue and red recycling bins

Inexpensive shelving can be tucked anywhere, and you can configure units to fit your supplies. If you'd rather not look at your storage, you can always use a decorative curtain or screen to hide it.

Can't find room in the main house? Garage space — especially close to the door of an attached garage — can be an efficient spot for a set of shelves to live.

Wood tower with cleaning supplies in a garage

#5 Hang a Hook for Cleaning Gloves

Below the sink is the natural spot for gloves, but finding them crumpled up and stuck to the side of a grimy spray bottle makes for a gross cleaning delay. Hanging them up makes rubber gloves easy to find and keeps them clean and dry. Add some grommets to your gloves, or use a chip clip with a looped top for the same effect.

A blue and yellow pair of gloves with grommets under sink

#6 Pull Out a Closet

This is the Cadillac of cleaning storage solutions — making a closet-size pull-out rack. If you've got a foot or two of blank space between the right walls, you can have a pull-out closet custom fit for all your supplies. From the outside it looks like one of your cabinets. Inside, everything is visible and easily accessible.

A pull-out cabinet filled with cleaning supplies in kitchen

#7 Hold It All in a Shoe Caddy

It's cheap. It's easy. And all those pockets! The beauty of using a behind-the-door shoe caddy as a cleaning supply organizer is you can hang it in or on any closet or door depending on where you want your supplies. Clear plastic sections make products easy to see for grab-and-go cleaning. Drips and spills wipe right off. And to keep the cleaning product clutter out of sight, simply close the door.

Shoe caddy filled with cleaning supplies in a kitchen
Image: Liz Foreman for HouseLogic

Related: 6 Creative Hacks to Put a Shoe Organizer to Work

#8 Pegboard the Lot

Pegboards are the Swiss Army knives of the organization world; they can do everything. You can hang small shelves, baskets, and, of course, hooks of every shape and size on this baby. You just need wall space. Pegboards keep cleaning products off the floor and make them easy to locate.

Pegboard with cleaning supplies in front of green wall
Image: Lara Edge for HouseLogic

The secret, says Dougherty, is the discipline to put everything back the same way every time. "I have eight crews out and eight vans, and every van is packed the same way," she says. "No matter which vehicle one of my cleaners used, the interior is familiar." Do the same with a pegboard, and reaching for the rag, bottle, or duster you need will be a cinch. 

Related: 8 Cleaning Tips to Keep Things Cleaner Longer

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Stacey Freed

Stacey Freed writes about homes, design, remodeling, and construction for online and print national trade and consumer publications, including "Better Homes & Gardens." Previously, she was a senior editor at "Remodeling" magazine. Follow Stacey on Twitter.