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Disposal of Cleaning Supplies & Chemicals

Updated February 21, 2017

Proper disposal of cleaning chemicals and supplies protects your loved ones from accidental burns or ingestion and also helps the environment. Chemicals, such as bleach and ammonia, require certain disposal methods because these cleaners can become toxic if mixed together. Chemical containers require correct disposal methods because improper removal could result in a fire hazard.

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  1. Pour liquids such as washing powder, fabric softener, stain removers, glass cleaners, toilet cleaners, liquid bathroom and kitchen cleaners, ammonia and bleach down the toilet or sink. If flushing down the toilet, pour in one chemical at a time. Flush the toilet, then pour in the next chemical. Run hot water as you pour chemical cleaners down a sink drain.

  2. Check for instructions on the containers of oven or drain cleaners, wax strippers or furniture polish. The manufacturer may direct you in ways for proper disposal. Call the city waste official on how to dispose of these chemicals and their containers in your area.

  3. Contact the local recycling centre and ask if they recycle empty cleaning canisters. Store the empty canisters in an area away from any type of heat source as they are combustible.

  4. Throw old cleaning sponges and brushes into an outside trash receptacle and secure with a lid.

  5. Warning

    Do not burn old cleaning chemical containers. Chemical residue remaining in the containers can release toxic fumes into the air.

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Things You'll Need

  • Trash receptacle with lid

About the Author

Constance Barker, located in the hills of southern Ohio, is the owner and writer of several financial, credit report and travel websites. She started writing in 1999 for private clients and began creating website content in 2004. She gained expertise in home improvement after she and her husband built their home themselves.

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