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Under sink storage: What not to store under the sink

Organize the space under the sink to make your home safer and more efficient. Read these helpful ideas that are easy for everyone in your household to follow.

Cleaning products, household extras and light bulbs: 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 do's and don'ts to follow as an under the sink guideline.

Items not recommended to store under the sink

Harsh chemicals, bug spray, paper towels, waxes, carpet shampoo, drain cleaners, polishes and paints. Even some cleaning products, including dishwasher pods and colorful spray bottles, can be dangerous and entice curiosities for paws or tiny fingers. Store liquid and powder cleaners on higher shelves to help avoid accidents with pets or young children. (Even natural cleaners can be harmful if ingested.)

  • Electronics - 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, store electronics someplace that's fairly insulated from that risk — in the pantry, a hall closet near the kitchen or in the kitchen island.
  • Light bulbs - It's tempting to stow spare light bulbs under the sink, but the heavily trafficked cabinet makes the delicate glass easier to smash.
  • Food items and pet food - In the event of a leak it could get into the food and cause mold.
  • Tools – Some tools can be damaged by moisture. To help avoid this, store tools in a safe and dry environment.
  • Aged items - If you haven't used it in a while, you might not need it. Consider disposing of it appropriately so that it won't pose a potential fire hazard .

Items that can be stored under a sink

You can organize the space under your sink with the following items:

  • Spare towels or sponges - Store extra pan scrubbers, brushes or small towels with an under the sink storage rack or organizer. They're on hand as reinforcement for unexpected spills.
  • Plastic containers - Save space by nesting containers from largest to smallest and separating lids.
  • Dustpan - Stash a small dustpan and brush to quickly sweep up crumbs or dirt.
  • Recycling - Use the under-the-sink area to sort and store cardboard, paper, glass and recycled plastic.
  • Bags - Stash garbage bags, recycled bags or reusable grocery bags here.
  • Vases - The large space toward the back of cabinet is ideal for keeping a bulky vase.
  • Garbage cans - By having your trash can under the sink you will free up floor space, it will keep food scraps out of your pets’ reach and your kitchen will look clean and organized.

Also, after tackling the space under the sink, take time to review what's in your basement storage and stored in your garage.

The information in this article was obtained from various sources not associated with State Farm® (including State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company and its subsidiaries and affiliates). While we believe it to be reliable and accurate, we do not warrant the accuracy or reliability of the information. State Farm is not responsible for, and does not endorse or approve, either implicitly or explicitly, the content of any third party sites that might be hyperlinked from this page. The information is not intended to replace manuals, instructions or information provided by a manufacturer or the advice of a qualified professional, or to affect coverage under any applicable insurance policy. These suggestions are not a complete list of every loss control measure. State Farm makes no guarantees of results from use of this information.

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