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05 January 2021

How and Where to Safely Store Cleaning Supplies

 

If you’re cleaning your home regularly, you might have spent a lot of time making sure that you buy the correct products for the needs in your home. This is one part of creating an efficient cleaning system, but the other half of the equation is making sure you have a safe space to store all the chemicals. This is especially true if you have small children at home, or if you’re using hazardous agents (like ammonia and bleach-based cleaners) in the home. Today, we’ll take a look at how and where you should be storing these cleaning supplies, in order to avoid any problems down the line. 

Safety First At Home

The phrase “home is where the heart is” might be slightly cheesy, but it’s definitely true. All families are concerned about the health and wellbeing of its members, and although physical safety takes a lot of preference in South Africa, it is worth also making sure that your home is set up in a way that doesn’t encourage accidents, spillage or potential threats related to the cleaning chemicals in your cupboard. Effective organisation can not only be an important safety measure, but also increases efficiency when it comes to your cleaning time, leaving you with less time spent hunched over into the oven over the weekend. 

Where To Store Your Cleaning Supplies

The best place to store cleaning supplies is somewhere that is clean, and free of clutter. It should preferably be a dry, cool place that isn’t prone to major temperature changes. Cleaning chemicals react to changes in temperature, so a space like the garage (which gets very hot in the day, and cold in the evenings) is a no-go. Always store cleaning chemicals in their original containers, which ensures you know what you’re using, and helps to avoid nasty accidents down the line, especially if someone else uses a product while you’re not around.

How To Go About Storing Cleaning Products

Storing the products involves a few protective measures that everyone at home can adhere to. The chemicals should be stowed well away from anywhere that anybody eats, drinks, or smokes. Ideally, it shouldn’t be anywhere near direct sunlight, or any kind of open flame. The better ventilated the area is, the less likely any leaks or spills will affect the wellbeing of the family, especially if this happens overnight while everyone is asleep. Keep containers shut properly, and maintain somewhat of a distance between products if the space allows for it. Take care to weigh-up the environmental factors, to ensure that nothing can contaminate your products and make them more ineffective as a result.

Replacing Old Products For New Ones

We’ll leave you with one final tip that will help to ensure the safety of your family. Always check expiry dates on products, and be careful to store old products that are past their use by date. Replace these for newer products after you’ve taken precautions to dispose of the old products carefully and safely. To always stay on top of the latest cleaning products on the market, keep an eye on G.Fox. As the COVID-19 pandemic showed, their catalogue is continuously being revised to meet the needs of the market, and they are at the forefront of cleaning chemical supplies in South Africa. Better yet, their product pages include detailed documents explaining how to handle, store and dispose of the products. That way, you’re never left in the dark, and everyone in the home can have peace of mind about how to handle any new chemicals brought into the space. Happy cleaning, and go safely along the way. 

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