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It won't be necessary to put all your cleaning supplies in your first night survival kit--some have to get packed away for the move to your new home. Learn how to get the job done safely and efficiently below.

Supplies

To pack your cleaning supplies you will need to collect:
  • A moving box
  • A garbage bag or mover's plastic
  • Packing tape
  • A permanent marker

Packing process

Once all the required supplies are on hand, you can begin packing your cleaning products.
  • Reinforce the moving box. Before you pack any cleaning supplies, make sure to secure the bottom of the moving box with packing tape so it does not fall or break open while in transit.
  • Line the interior. Using a garbage bag or mover's plastic, line the interior of the box. This should prevent leakage in case any cleaning supplies are damaged during your move.
  • Pack everything. After the interior is lined you can place the cleaning supplies in the leak-proof moving box inside the garbage bag or on top of the liner. For powdered cleansers with no lid, tape the exposed holes closed with packing tape before placing them inside the lined box.
  • Close the bag/plastic. Shut the garbage bag around the cleaning supplies/wrap them with the remainder of the mover's plastic to prevent possible spillage from damaging the rest of your belongings during the move.
  • Tape the lid shut. Once all the supplies are inside, tape the lid of the box closed with your packing tape.
  • Clearly label the box. Finally, to ensure that the box is not lost amongst all your other belongings, note the box's contents and its intended location in your new home on the top and at least two of its sides.

TIP: Don't waste your time inadvertently packing expired cleaning supplies. Sort out products that are past their prime before you begin the packing process. Be sure to dispose of them in a safe and regulated manner.

Hire a moving company

To skip doing the work yourself, hire a moving company who will do the packing and moving for you. The partial downside: due to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, not all your cleaning supplies may be allowed on the moving truck.

When preparing to move, take note of which so-called dangerous household goods can be moved, and which cannot.
  • Moveable cleaning supplies - commercial products used to clean your home such as Windex and Ajax
    • If you take care of your own packing, these items must be packed in a separate box and clearly labelled: "Consumer Commodity - Dangerous Goods Exempt"
    • This box must also be pointed out to movers before being loaded
  • Non-moveable cleaning supplies - household chemicals, bleach, peroxide, disinfectants, and cleaning fluids like ammonia
    • To avoid this dilemma, transport these non-moveable supplies separately from the rest of your belongings in your own vehicle (with caution)
    • You can also dispose of them properly before your move (your local landfill or the directions on the bottle will be able to inform you of the proper procedure)
    • Never get rid of chemicals by dumping them down the drain, pouring them on the ground, in a sewer grate or throwing them out with the regular, everyday trash

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on October 8, 2014

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