Is there any waste of dangerous chemical products in your house?
If you look closely at your kitchen, bathroom, basement, or garage, you may find some household hazardous waste! Many common household chemicals, such as sewer and oven cleaners, paints and paint thinners (to name just a few!) contain hazardous waste chemicals. These hazardous substances are toxic, corrosive, easy to catch fire, or dangerous when mixed with other chemical products. If you see the words "caution", "danger", "danger", "flammable", or "toxic", you know to use these products carefully. You should also be careful when dealing with them.
Don't pour it out!
When toxic chemicals are discharged into domestic sewers, storm drains, toilets, or the ground, these chemicals are likely to eventually enter nearby waters. Even throwing household chemicals into the trash can pollute the water source once they enter the landfill. Your garbage collector will thank you too! Many waste disposal workers have been injured by smoke and chemical splashes.
Do I have any other choice?
Yes! Here are some ways to reduce the amount of hazardous chemical waste in your home, which means you need to deal with less waste.
If a chemical is still available, but you don't need it all, share it with friends or neighbors who may need it.
Buy only what you need for your job. When you consider the extra effort to store and process products, the more is not always the better.
If you can, choose harmless products. Lemon juice, vinegar, hot water, borax, soap, and baking soda are all good alternatives to chemical cleaners. Check the non-toxic home cleaning recipes online.
If possible, purchase phosphate-free biodegradable cleaners and water-based products, as these products are usually less toxic.