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10 Items You Should Never Leave Under the Kitchen Sink

When it comes to storing stuff, we need every space we can get! Is the area under the sink safe? Let’s see what experts have to say about that!

It might seem convenient to put pots and pans and other items that you use for cooking, in a cabinet next to the stove. You might think other kitchen utensils belong in the middle drawer.

Whatever their location, we all have certain places to put items in the kitchen. There’s no right or wrong. Except when it comes to storing certain items under the sink. According to experts, it is not recommended to put just about anything in that area.

Here’s what should be left out of the kitchen sink area.

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Kitchen sponges

If we were to look in the cabinet under the kitchen, would we find any kitchen sponges? Don’t feel bad if you store them there, most people do. But according to cleaning expert and the owner of Nashville Maids, Lauren Doss, sponges retain water and remain moist. Moisture and humidity are ideal environments for germs, bacteria as well as mold to thrive.

The best storage solution for sponges is in a dry, airy space.

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Fragile dishes

The area under the sink might seem like the perfect location for fragile dishes, as it’s not that accessible to guests, for instance. But your fine China definitely deserves a better place. As explained by Stefan Bucur, a cleaning expert and founder of Rhythm of the Home, “if your dishes and other fragile items are stored next to the kitchen sink pipes, they are very likely to break” because of the rattling plumbing pipes.

Flammable materials

For flammable materials, the space under the kitchen is for sure not where they should be stored. This is also valid for cooking oil, flour as well as rubbing alcohol. Such materials should be kept in designated storage spaces.

By putting them under the kitchen sink and consequently next to water pipes, you run the risk of a spontaneous fire. Kerry Sherin, a home expert and consumer advocate at Ownerly, there can be all sorts of leakages so it’s better to keep hazardous materials away from the kitchen.

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Small appliances

If you’re short on storage space, hiding small appliances such as the blender or waffle maker under the sink might seem like a good idea. However, as explained by Sherin, electronic and battery-operated appliances should not be stored in spaces with risks of leaks or humidity. This could adversely affect their components and make them useless.

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Water pipes can have leaks, especially if they are old and worn. On that note, it might seem convenient to put tools under the kitchen sink, for easy access in case the pipes need some repairing. But according to Sherin, it’s not exactly the best storage space for such items.

“In order to keep metal tools from rusting or corroding, it is important to store them in a dry area away from moisture,” she advises. This is generally valid when it comes to storing all sorts of things. The general rule is to avoid moisture and humidity.

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Harsh chemicals

It’s not unusual for people to leave cleaning products, such as bleach, under the kitchen sink but that doesn’t make it right. This is particularly dangerous if you have children or pets. If they have easy access to such products, they can be at risk of ingesting them, so you’d better find a safer place to keep them.

You can move them up a bit, in a higher cabinet or in a closet where children or pets cannot reach them.

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Nasty pests have a habit of congregating under the kitchen sink, so, it might seem like a good idea to leave insecticides or rat & mice poison at hand. Similarly, to harsh chemicals, such products should not be left within reach of young children. It’s best to store insecticides on a higher shelf in a storage room where only you have access.

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Pet food

Pet food should not be kept under the sink, especially if it’s not placed in air-tight containers. Being left in humid environments makes them more prone to developing mold. More than that, open pet food should not be stored in the vicinity of hazardous chemicals, such as cleaning products, so as to prevent cross-contamination.

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Pantry items

If you don’t have a lot of storage space, we understand the struggle to keep everything well-organized, out of reach and out of sight. It’s difficult to store all those cereal boxes, pasta, spice jars and so on. There’s no wonder you use every space you can, including the area under the sink.

Unfortunately, it’s not the ideal storing place for food items. It’s a humid place, because of the water pipes, which will cause the dry goods to alter and become useless. Same with fresh food. ‘Food items, especially fresh food like onions and potatoes, should be stored in a dry, dark, and cool area in your kitchen. Consider putting these in your pantry,’ says Lauren Saltman, a professional organizer and owner of Living.

Light bulbs

Many people have trash cans or recycling bins under the kitchen sink, making it a highly used area. This means that the things you also keep in that spot can be knocked over, smashed or damaged. So, if you have some light bulbs there, given their fragility, it’s best that you find them another storage spot. Maybe storing them in a box, wrapped in bubble wrap, in a storage closet, will keep them safe and fit for purpose.

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What is okay to keep under the kitchen sink, according to experts?

Absorbent mat

First and foremost, before organizing any other items in the cabinet under the sink, put an absorbent mat in there. In case of a leak, it will absorb the water and prevent the development of mold, explains David Schneider, a residential interior designer in St. Louis

Fire extinguisher

Let’s hope you never get to use one, but just in case, better safe than sorry! So, a small fire extinguisher can be put inside the kitchen sink cabinet, to have it within reach in case of emergencies. Just make sure you it’s functional and you know how to use it.

That being said, we know that the area under the kitchen can seem like a real valuable storage place, especially if you’re short on that. But before placing whatever items you think fit under there, make sure it’s safe first.

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