How to Dispose of Cleaning Products


Authored by Jaipi Sixbear in Environment
Published on 11-03-2009

Replacing chemical cleaning products with safe alternatives? Trying to dispose of cleaning products safely? This article is for you. Here I will detail how to dispose of cleaning products and how to replace those products with safe non-toxic alternatives. Why use toxic chemicals in the home around family members and pets? Dispose of cleaning products safely. Replace them with non-toxic alternatives.

Drain Cleaner

Any plumber will tell you that caustic drain cleaners are bad for your pipes. For a safer alternative use baking soda followed by vinegar. You can also use a manual snake to clean your drain. If that doesn’t work, call a plumber. To dispose of cleaning products like caustic drain cleaner, call your local hazardous waste company for collection.

Glass Cleaner

You can make a non-toxic glass cleaner using vinegar and water. The ammonia in most window cleaners is quite toxic. You can dispose of most window cleaning products by flushing. Waste water processes will take care of this natural, but harmful ingredient. Check the label for manufacturers disposal instructions in case other chemicals are involved.

Floor Wax Stripper

These cleaning products can be quite toxic. Dispose of them by calling your local hazardous waste collection company. Two natural alternatives for stripping floor wax are citrus and vinegar. Soak a whole orange peel in two cups of vinegar for about a week. Add a quart of water, shake and strain into a spray bottle. Spray on floors to break up wax and mop as usual.

Oven Cleaner

Dispose of oven cleaning products by calling your local hazardous waste company for pick up. There is a reason gloves are worn when using these highly toxic chemicals. A good harmless substitute for oven cleaner is baking soda and vinegar. Sprinkle baking soda liberally on the oven and follow with vinegar. The sizzling reaction will break up grease.

Metal Cleaner

Metal cleaner is often made from harsh chemicals. When it comes to disposing of these cleaning products it’s wise to trust the professionals. Call again on your local hazardous waste disposal company to dispose of these cleaning products. Tomato juice, baking soda and vinegar are all good non-toxic substitutes for metal cleaner.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner

Toilet bowl cleaner is toxic, but usually bleach based. Since chlorine is used in our water system, there are safeguards in place to keep the proper levels in our wastewater. Dispose of bleach based cleaning products by flushing. Lemon, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide all make excellent non-toxic bleaches for toilet cleaning and laundry.

Furniture Polish

Furniture Polish is often quite toxic. Dispose of these cleaning products by calling the hazardous waste company. Olive oil makes a great substitute for chemical furniture polish. Just dab a bit on a cloth and polish away. If you like the lemon scent, soak lemon peels in the olive oil for a few days before use. For convenience, olive oil can be kept in a spray bottle as well.

Proper disposal of cleaning products is vital to our health. Dispose of cleaning products according to manufacturers instruction. When in doubt always call a hazardous waste disposal company to dispose of cleaning products safely. Use non-toxic cleaning product alternatives to keep your family and pets safe. Save the earth for future generations.


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