Household Products

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Household
Products

Hazardous
Ingredients

Hazard
Properties

Proper
Disposal

Less Toxic
Alternatives

Abrasive Cleaners and Powders

Trisodiumphosphate
Ammonia
Ethanol

Corrosive
Toxic
Irritant

* Use all abrasive cleaner or powdered products so that no waste remains except residuals attached to the container. Containers should be rinsed with water. The rinse water may be either reused or poured down the drain with great quantities of water.

* These products are water-soluble. They can be poured down the drain mixed with water. Never mix household cleaners together when disposing.

Rub area with 1/2 lemon dipped in borax, rinse and dry

Baking soda

Borax

Ammonia-based Cleaners

Ammonia
Ethanol

Corrosive
Toxic
Irritant

* Use all ammonia-based cleaners so that no waste remains except residuals attached to the container. Containers should be rinsed with water. The rinse water may be either reused or poured down the drain with great quantities of water.

* These products are water-soluble. They can be poured down the drain mixed with water. Never mix household cleaners together when disposing.

Undiluted white vinegar in a spray bottle

Bleach Cleaners

Sodium or potassium hydroxide
Hydrogen peroxide
Sodium or calcium hypochlorite

Corrosive
Toxic

* Use all bleach cleaners so that no waste remains except residuals attached to the container. Containers should be rinsed with water. The rinse water may be either reused or poured down the drain with great quantities of water.

* These products are water-soluble. They can be poured down the drain mixed with water. Never mix household cleaners together when disposing.

 

Laundry: 1/2 cup vinegar, baking soda, or borax per load.

Disinfectants

Diethylene
Methylene glycol
Sodium hypochlorite
Phenols

Corrosive
Toxic

* Use all disinfectants so that no waste remains except residuals attached to the container. Containers should be rinsed with water. The rinse water may be either reused or poured down the drain with great quantities of water.

* These products are water-soluble. They can be poured down the drain mixed with water. Never mix household cleaners together when disposing.

Mix 1/2 cup borax with 1 gallon of boiling water

Undiluted white vinegar

Drain Cleaners

Sodium or potassium hydroxide

Sodium hypochlorite
Hydrochloric acid
Petroleum distillates

Corrosive
Toxic

* Empty drain cleaner containers may be triple-rinsed according to the instructions on the label.

* These products are water-soluble. They can be poured down the drain mixed with water. Never mix household cleaners together when disposing.

Use a plunger

Flush weekly with boiling water

Pour in 1/4 cup baking soda

Floor & Furniture Polish

Diethylene Glycol
Petroleum distillates
Nitrobenzene

Flammable
Toxic

* Empty floor & furniture polish containers may be triple-rinsed according to the instructions on the label.

* Call 334-3151 for further instructions.

1 part lemon juice & 2 parts linseed oil

Toothpaste to remove water stains

Nickel Cadmium Batteries

Mercury
Silver
Cadmium
Lithium
Zinc

Toxic

* Ni-Cd drop-off locations include: Ameritech Cellular (Mall Rd.), Circuit City (Mall Rd.), Pete's PhotoWorld, Inc. (Connector Drive), Radio Shack (Florence Mall), Sun TV (Mall Rd.), and Wal-Mart (Houston Rd.).

Rechargeables

AC adapters

Mothballs

Naphthalenes
Paradichloro-
benzene

Toxic

* Use all mothballs so that no waste remains except residuals attached to the container. Containers should be rinsed with water. The rinse water may be either reused or poured down the drain with great quantities of water.

* Mothball wastes can be disposed of at some wastewater treatment plants where bacteria can detoxify the chemical. (Call your local treatment plant.) Do not pour used mothballs on the ground or into a septic tank.

Store cedar chips

Newspapers

Lavender flowers with clothing

Oven Cleaners

Potassium or sodium hydroxide
Ammonia

Corrosive
Toxic

* Use all oven cleaners so that no waste remains except residuals attached to the container. Containers should be rinsed with water. The rinse water may be either reused or poured down the drain with great quantities of water.

* Call 334-3151 for further instructions

Wipe oven while still warm

Use baking soda/water paste and steel wool to scrub

 

       

Pool Chemicals

Muriatic acid
Sodium hypochlorite
Algicide

Corrosive

* These products are water-soluble. They can be poured down the drain mixed with water. Never mix these chemicals together when disposing.

* Empty pool chemical containers may be triple-rinsed according to the instructions on the labels.

* When dealing with an acid, neutralize the acid with sodium bicarbonate or lime before disposing with the trash.

Disinfectants: ozone or UV light system

pH: consult baking soda box for amount to add for proper pH

Propane Tanks

Not hazardous in the chemical sense, but hazardous to garbage collection workers (possible explosion in compactor vehicle)

  * Tanks in good shape can be turned into cylinder exchange programs at local convenience stores.

* Empty propane tanks can be taken to the Boone County Public Works.

* Your garbage collector may also take empty tanks - please call them ahead of time to confirm and to receive any special instructions.

Unknown

Rug & Upholstery Cleaners

Napthalene
Perchlorethylene
Oxalic acid
Diethylene glycol

Corrosive
Toxic

* Empty rug & upholstery cleaner containers may be triple- rinsed according to the instructions on the labels.

* Call 334-3151 for further instructions.

Clean immediately with soda water or baking soda paste, then vacuum

Spent Lamps

Mercury, cadmium, lead

Toxic

* Spent lamps from households may be disposed of in the normal trash. However, businesses and homes that generate an extensive amount of lamps should check out this website:

Dept. of Natural Resources

Unknown

Toilet Cleaners

Muriatic (hydrochloric) or oxalic acid

Paradichloro-
benzene

Calcium hypochlorite

Corrosive
Toxic
Irritant

* Use all toilet cleaners so that no waste remains except residuals attached to the container. Containers should be rinsed with water. The rinse water may be either reused or poured down the drain with great quantities of water.

* These products are water-soluble. They can be poured down the drain mixed with water. Never mix these chemicals together when disposing.

Toilet brush and baking soda

Borax or soak with white vinegar

For more information, call Boone County Solid Waste at 334–3151

Boone County is a member of the
Northern Kentucky Household Hazardous Waste Coalition.