It's important to store cleaning chemicals safely. The home can be a dangerous place, and it is even more when you have small children and pets running around.
There are many risks associated with storing chemicals in the wrong places, which is why it is best to keep them stored in an area that is less accessible for kids and pets.
Storing these substances under your kitchen sink might seem like a good idea at first glance because they're out of sight, but this isn't always the safest option.
In this article we will discuss some safe storage practices for cleaning products in your home as well as tips about how to keep these substances away from children and pets.
Cleaning chemicals should be stored on a high shelf if possible, so as not to come within reach of small hands. Make sure the shelf is no higher than at eye level for easy access and organisation.
If practical store these substances in a locked cabinet or closet if possible, to keep children and pets out of reach. This is especially important for products that are poisonous (for example, oven cleaner or drain cleaner).
Organise your cleaning products by type and use. This will make it easier to find what you need when the time comes. Also keep in mind that some chemicals are incompatible with each other so if there is any chance of cross contamination store these substances separately from one another.
Keeping cleaning chemicals in their original containers is paramount to safety as these often come with safety features to help prevent children gaining access to their contents.
If you do not have the original container, make sure to label it with its contents. This will help avoid confusion and keep children safe in case they find a chemical that is poisonous or harmful if ingested.
The best place to store chemicals is in a cool, dry area. This will help them last longer and be less likely for the chemical's contents or container itself to break down over time from exposure. This could lead it being more harmful if ingested by children.
If you have any questions about how long your particular cleaning product should stay stored before use - check with the manufacturers guidelines as they may provide this information on its packaging. If not, information should be made available on their website.
Avoid storing cleaning chemicals with food items such as flour because it can cause contamination issues. Keep them away from food preparation areas as well. Ingestion of cleaning products can be very dangerous and can lead to serious health problems.
An airing cupboard can get very warm, and as previously mentioned chemicals should be stored in a cool and dry place. If you have a cool and dry place in your house, then it's worth considering storing them there.
The airing cupboard is not the best option because of how warm they can get - but if that’s all available to store chemicals at home (and its out or reach for children) than an airy space may be better than nothing.
If possible, try find somewhere else though as this will keep cleaning products safe from heat exposure which could cause chemical reactions with other items stored nearby.
The bathroom is a good place for storing cleaning products because it’s generally cool. It can also be difficult to reach the chemicals in here, which means they are less likely get into children's hands or eaten by pets.
This makes them safer than if you were putting these items under your kitchen sink as well.
Under the kitchen sink is a common place for cleaning products to be kept. But bear in mind that these can be easily accessible to young children, it’s a great idea to invest in some safety catches for your kitchen cupboards where children can easily reach.
It’s also worth noting that the kitchen is a warm and humid place, which means these chemicals can degrade faster. This can lead to them being more toxic than they should be. So, it might not always make sense for you store your cleaning products under there.
As previously mentioned, if storing chemical cleaners at all then keep away from all food preparation surfaces such as worktops etc.
We wouldn't advise that you keep cleaning chemicals under the bed. This is because it can be difficult to keep them away from children, pets and bedding.
If storing chemical cleaners anywhere then make sure its somewhere safe where no one will accidentally come into contact/ingest any harmful substances (such like on worktops etc).
And remember always read the label of your cleaning products, always follow manufacturers guidelines.