Hurricane Harvey Cleaning Kits

Asbury United Methodist Church is collecting Cleaning Kits (at Asbury, we call these ‘Flood Buckets’) to help with the recovery from Hurricane Harvey. The process of cleaning up following a flood can be overwhelming, and these kits provide materials for some of the basic cleaning needs. The cost of all the included supplies is about $65.

This is a way to participate in the relief effort from here in Columbus. If you would like to assemble a Cleaning Kit, please follow the instructions below and return your completed kit(s) to Asbury by September 24.

Cleaning Kit Materials

  • 5-gallon bucket with resealable lid
    • Buckets from fast-food restaurants or bakeries may 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
    • One 50-oz. or two 25-oz. bottle(s) 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 freshener
  • Aerosol or pump
  • 1 insect repellent spray
    • 6‐14 oz. aerosol or spray pump with protective cover
  • 1 scrub brush with a plastic or wooden handle
  • 18 cleaning wipes
    • Handi Wipes or reusable wipes
    • No terry cleaning towels
    • Remove from packaging
  • 7 sponges
    • No cellulose sponges as they may result in mold issues
    • Remove from packaging
  • 5 scouring pads
    • No stainless steel, Brillo pads, or SOS pads (nothing with soap built in)
    • Remove from packaging
  • 50 clothespins
  • Clothesline
    • One 100-ft. or two 50-ft. lines
    • Cotton or plastic
  • 24-roll heavy-duty trash bags
    • 33‐ to 45-gallon sizes
    • Remove from packaging
  • 5 dust masks
  • 2 pairs kitchen dishwashing gloves
    • Should be durable enough for multiple uses
    • Remove from packaging
  • 1 pair work gloves
    • Cotton with leather palm or all leather

Assembly 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 everything 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 may prevent
    the lid from sealing.
  • If all of the items on the list are not included, please put a label on the bucket indicating what has been omitted.

Asbury will also be collecting Hygiene Kits in response to Hurricane Harvey. More information about Hygiene Kits can be found here.