Disaster Relief

Cleaning Bucket Assembly & Shipping Instructions

These supplies enable people to begin the overwhelming job of cleaning up after a flood or hurricane.

PDF icon- S Cleaning Bucket PDF (2pp, 87K)

Cleaning Bucket Kit Items
$45-55 per bucket.

5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
Buckets from fast food restaurants or bakeries can be used if washed and cleaned.  Do not use buckets that have stored chemicals such as paint or pool cleaner.  Advertisements on the outside are acceptable

liquid laundry detergent
(two 25 oz. or one 50 oz. bottles only)


liquid household cleaner
12-16 oz. liquid cleaner that can be mixed with water
no spray cleaners

dish soap
16-28 oz. bottle, any brand


1 can air freshner
aerosol or pump

1 insect repellant spray
6-14 oz. aerosol spay pump with protective cover


1 scrub brush
plastic or wooden handle

18 cleaning wipes
handi wipes or reusable wipes
no terry cleaning towels
remove from packaging


7 sponges
remove from wrapper

5 scouring pads
remove from wrapper


50 clothespins
remove from packaging

two 50ft. or one 100ft.
cotton or plastic


24 roll heavy duty trash bags
remove from the box

1 pair work gloves
cotton or leather


2 pair disposable kitchen gloves
rubber or latex
remove from packaging

5 dust masks


Assembling Directions

Place all liquid items in the bucket first. Place remaining items in the bucket fitting them around and between the liquid items. Sponges, scouring pads, clothespins and trash bags can be separated in order to fit all of the items in the bucket. Ensure the lid is closed securely.

Important Notes

All items must be new except for the actual bucket and lid.
All cleaning agents must be liquid and in plastic containers. No powders please.
If you cannot find the requested size of a liquid item, use a smaller size. Including larger sizes of any item will prevent the lid from sealing.
UPS, FED EX and the US Postal Service will not ship buckets containing bleach. In such case, you may leave the bleach out of the bucket.
If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.
Cleaning buckets are only used within the United States. They are not opened to verify the contents unless there is indication some items have been omitted.

Packing Kits

  • Box Weight. Each packed box cannot exceed 66 pounds.

Shipping Kits

  1. Complete 2 packing lists-one for your records and one to put on the shipping box.
  2. Paste the shipping label / packing list on the outside of each box you send. The shipping list helps the depot to quickly process kits.
  3. Processing & Shipping Costs: Please enclose an envelope containing at least $1 for each kit you send. This donation enables kits to be sent without delay to areas in need. For Cleaning Buckets: $1.50.


  November 2019