What not to store under a sink

Not sure what to put under the kitchen sink? Try these under sink organizer ideas.

Cleaning products, household extras, lightbulbs: It’s easy to store those miscellaneous “extras” wherever you can find room — especially under the sink. But don’t let that space become a catchall. Prone to leaks, dampness and mold, as well as easily accessible to little hands, there are many reasons you should think before you store something under the sink. Here’s some dos and don’ts to follow as an undersink organizer guideline.

What Not to Store Under the Sink


Some cleaning products, including dishwasher pods and colorful spray bottles, can turn into curiosities for paws or tiny fingers. Store liquid and powder cleaners on higher shelves to avoid accidents with pets or young children. (Even natural cleaners can be harmful if ingested).


There’s nothing more convenient than having your go-to handheld vacuum easily accessible after dinner, but leaving it under the sink risks damaging it in the event of a leaky pipe or other moisture. Blenders and slow cookers fall into this category, too. Instead, opt to store anything electronic someplace that’s fairly insulated from that risk — in the pantry, a hall closet near the kitchen or in the kitchen island or buffet, for example.


It’s tempting to stow spare lightbulbs under the sink, but the heavily trafficked cabinet makes the delicate glass easier to smash.

What You Can Store Under the Sink

Spare towels

Bonus: Under the sink, they’re on hand as reinforcement for unexpected spills.

Plastic containers

Save space by nesting containers from largest to smallest and separating lids.


Stash a small dustpan and brush to quickly sweep up crumbs or dirt.


Use the under-the-sink area to sort and store cardboard, paper, glass and recycled plastic.


Stash garbage bags, recycled bags or reusable grocery bags here.


Store extra pan scrubbers and brushes with an over-the-door rack attachment.


The large space toward the back of cabinet is ideal for keeping a bulky vase or two.

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