Emergency Clean-Up Bucket
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To assemble an Emergency Cleanup Bucket you will need:
Please provide all liquids in new, unopened plastic bottles. Be sure to send only new materials. Place all items in the plastic bucket, making sure they are packed securely to avoid damage during shipment, and seal lid with packing tape.
Note: Because of the volatility of the contents, Emergency Cleanup Kits are not shipped internationally.
Although CWS transports the kits for free, CWS does ask for a donation of $3 per bucket to help with transport costs from the warehouse to the hands of people in need.
Harvard Presbyterian Church recently contacted the CWS office to ask for details about Emergency Clean-up Bucket supplies. They noted it’s sometimes hard to find the exact items listed in the amounts requested. Here is additional information that will help you assemble buckets:
One five-gallon bucket with resealable lid: Round 5-gallon bucket, no square buckets or cat litter containers because they don’t fit well on a pallet with other buckets.
Five scouring pads: 5 of the flat green scrubbing pads, or something similar. SOS pads are not recommended since their usage time is quite limited.
Seven sponges, assorted sizes: Since the sponges are one of the most-used items, and larger sponges will be used to clean walls, floors, or other large surfaces, it’s helpful to have at least 1-2 large sponges. Think about cleaning a floor or walls with a sponge; larger is better.
One scrub brush: Pretty standard in most retail stores, should be hand-held variety.
Eighteen cleaning towels (reusable, like Easy Wipes): Easy Wipes, or a store brand variety, are easily found. Eighteen cotton shop towels will not fit in the bucket.
One 50-78 oz. box dry laundry detergent: Has to be dry detergent—no liquid. Can and should be a smaller size box. 78 oz. will not fit with the other components. Even a box a bit under 50 oz. is fine.
One 12 oz. bottle of liquid concentrated household cleaner (like Lysol): This is difficult to find in some retail stores. Replacements for Lysol should still be a concentrate and as close as possible to 12 oz.
One 24-28 oz. bottle liquid disinfectant dish soap (like Dawn): Dish soap bottle sizes have decreased. Something around 20-24 is fine (up to 28 oz.).
One package of 48-50 clothespins: No more than 50, no less than 48; keep in package.
Clothesline, two 50 ft. or one 100 ft.: A good sturdy clothesline, rather than a thin string, is needed.
Five dust masks: No surgical masks
Two pairs latex gloves (like Playtex): No surgical gloves. We want the long latex (or nitrile) gloves.
One pair work gloves: We are looking for something heavier than a pair of jersey knit gloves.
24-28 bag roll of heavy-duty 30-45 gallon trash bags (may remove from carton): Sometimes it’s hard to find this quantity of bags per carton. A heavier bag in a lesser quantity (like a contractor bag) can work.
One 6-9 oz. bottle of insect repellent (pump, drop or lotion, not aerosol): Sticking with that.