Under sink storage – how to clean and organise this forgotten space

The space under your sink or counter is a wondrous place. If you’re like most people, it may be looking like a wild storage jungle, full of bottles, microfibre cloths and various cleaning sprays. 

So, if you’re ready to reclaim your cleaning cupboard, we’ve got just the thing. We’ve scoured the internet for a few tips and tricks to help you get started. 

How to clean the cleaning cupboards and other awkward spaces 

First things first. When is the last time you cleaned the space under your sink? Get a pair of gloves on and let’s get started. 

Step 1: Remove everything and clean 

Take everything out from under your sink and set it aside. Wipe up any water or spilled cleaning products and wait for everything to dry. Next, vacuum dust and dry debris from the cabinet, surfaces and bottles.  

Vacuums like our Shark Cordless Handheld models combine impressive suction power with a slim silhouette – perfect for cleaning small spaces. 

A final deep clean with a wet cloth should help you remove stubborn stains and muck. This is also a good opportunity to wipe away any rust or residue from under your sink. Wait for the cupboard to dry before replacing anything. 

While you’re down there, check your U-bend pipe for leaks. If you notice any drips or wet patches under the pipe, tighten the nuts, or call a plumber. 

Step 2: Asses your cleaning products and supplies 

While you wait for the cabinet to dry, throw out or recycle empty bottles and check expiry dates. You may consider consolidating if you have two bottles of the same brand window cleaner, for example. Now, it’s time to move on to cleaning tools.  

If your sponges are smelly or cleaning brushes are looking worse for wear, throw them out. These cleaning tools often work the hardest and can spread bacteria around the home if not replaced. 

Step 3: Plan and organise the cupboard 

Now, take some time to consider which products you use often, and how you can better use the space. 

4 under sink storage organisation tips 

Use these simple tips to make the most of your under-sink storage potential: 

  1. Use vertical space – Risers and stackable organiser drawers can help you make the most of tight, cramped spaces. Hooks can also store washing up gloves, extra brushes, dustpan and other essentials. 
  2. Utilise the cabinet door – This often-overlooked area is perfect for mounting a compost bin or an over-the-door shelf.  
  3. Think ahead – A compact caddy with a handle could help you organise essentials for your next cleaning session. 
  4. Group cleaning supplies – Organising essentials can help you better keep on top of stock levels and find what you need in case of a spill.