This is part of our charitable “How To“ series. Today we are talking about how to donate cleaning supplies. Check back for more charity, donor related instruction!
1. Figure out what cleaning supplies you have to donate: Several items fall under the “cleaning supplies” category. There are the disposable products such as bleach, glass cleaner, wood polish and paper towels, and there is the cleaning equipment like vacuums, brooms, and mops. Most charities will accept used disposable products as long as there’s at least half a bottle left.
2. Prepare your cleaning supplies for donation: Separate bleach or bleach-based products from ones containing ammonia or acid. If bleach and ammonia or acids come in contact because of a leak or spill, toxic fumes will result. Secure the tops to all disposable products. Find two boxes to stand the items up in.
For cleaning equipment, empty your vacuum bag and shake out dust from broom bristles.When not in use, mops should be hung upside down to air out and let any remaining water escape. If you’ve left your mop in a bucket chances are it has started to rot and smell bad and you will need to dispose of it.
3. Find your food item’s home: Begin your search by creating a profile on Zealous Good and writing a brief description of your cleaning supply. Then we’ll do the heavy lifting. We’ll find out what charities need your cleaning supply item and email you your options. You can research the charities we send you by clicking on their Zealous Good charity page and exploring their home site.
4. Schedule delivery: At Zealous Good we provide you with the contact information and tools to schedule the donation drop off or pick up directly with the charity. You’re almost there! Don’t give up!
5. Feel good: You’ve found cleaning supplies to donate, chose a loving home, and got it where it needs to be. It’s not everyday you make a difference in someone’s life. And don’t stop here! Now that you’ve got the tools there’s nothing to stop you from regularly donating and doing good!