Many cleaning products contain harmful ingredients that should never be placed in the garbage or poured down the drain.
Recycling & Disposal Information:
Read the labels on your cleaning products and look for words like: caution, warning, danger, and poison. These indicate that a product is hazardous, and you should bring leftover product to a household hazardous waste drop-off site.
It is okay to throw empty cleaning product containers in the garbage.
Don’t mix cleaning products for storage or transport as poisonous gasses may form.
Reduce waste and toxins in your home by choosing less hazardous cleaning products.
- Read product labels before buying.
- Avoid products with the words warning, danger or poison as they are more toxic.
- Use fewer products and buy only as much as you need.
- Choose a multi-purpose cleaner that will save money and storage space.
- Use up all cleaning products to avoid disposing of partially filled containers.
- Check with your county's solid waste management office for reuse opportunities. Many offer cleaning products in their free product reuse area at the household hazardous waste drop-off sites.
- Consider using non-toxic cleaning products.
- Make your own cleaning products using ingredients like baking soda, vinegar or plant-based soaps.
- Follow label instructions when using cleaning products.
- Know what is in containers. Add a new label if the old one is wearing off.