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Hazardous Waste Warning works best in modern browsers like Firefox, Safari, Chrome, or Internet Explorer 8. All are free to download and will greatly improve your internet experience. Wastes in this section are dangerous to you and the environment. Handle them carefully and dispose of them properly. Legally, households may not transport more than 15 gallons of wet or 125 pounds of dry hazardous materials. Read about the regulation.

Cleaning Products

While we may not think of them as hazardous, cleaning products often contain chemicals that can be harmful if not used properly. Think about the labels you see on products like oven cleaners and bleach:

  • "Hazards to humans and domestic animals"
  • "Skin and eye irritant"
  • "Harmful if swallowed"

These products should always be used for their intended purpose only and you should NEVER MIX two products together. Case in point: Combining bleach (e.g. Clorox) and ammonia (e.g. Windex) creates toxic chlorine gas. Yikes!

What about alternative, less-toxic cleaners?

In the past few years, the demand for less-toxic products has steadily grown. Product manufacturers are responding by introducing new cleaners that are more environmentally friendly and that contain fewer harsh chemicals. If you choose to purchase these products, make sure to read the label for disposal instructions. Better yet, eliminate the need for disposal by using up the entire product.

Can I make my own household cleaners?

Absolutely! You probably have many of the essential ingredients in your kitchen. Common staples like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice go a long way toward cleaning countertops, sinks, ovens, windows, drains, and toilet bowls. For quick homemade recipes, check out Eco-Cycle's website.

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