Getting Rid of Household Chemicals

Although most household wastes can be thrown in the garbage bin and poured down the drain, it could damage the environment and you can end up getting yourselves fined or thrown into jail. Generally, many of the chemicals and cleaners that are used in everyday homes are categorized as hazardous waste and must be disposed properly. Luckily, there are many community businesses and governments periodically offer services to help homeowners to dispose their closets and cupboards from these hazardous chemical waste.

Choosing the right chemical cleaners will ensure your home with fresh, clean air, plus also reduce the pollution released to your environment. By reducing more toxic in your house, you will be able to remove products with neurotoxic chemicals, to also help improve you and your family sleep and concentration, allow babies to be less fussy, plus also provides a sense of well-being. Here are the steps on how you can get rid the household chemicals.

You will need:

  1. Containers or sealing plastic bags.

Household Chemicals


  1. First, read the disposal instructions printed on the chemical’s labeling. Many of non-hazardous materials can be disposed normally without you needing to bring the chemicals to a collection agency.
  2. Check into the website Earth911 to see if there are any local businesses that offer household chemical collection.
  3. You can type “household chemicals” in the first box and then inter your city or zip code in the second box before clicking search. Make a call to the recycling centers shown in the result and see if they can accept the chemicals that you want to get rid of.
  4. Then, contact local solid waste management department or environmental agency to ask on how to dispose of the household chemicals if there is no help that appears from the Earth911. Follow the instructions given if your community that offers a curbside pickup or central hazardous waste disposal facility for the public.
  5. Most communities will throw at least one event per year for household hazardous waste disposal although many states have been holding these events more frequently. So, check out your local newspaper for this type of event and follow the disposal instructions on the chemical’s labeling when bringing the items to the event. However, you need to check your community’s list of materials acceptance before handed them out the hazardous waste disposal events.
  6. If you want to throw latex paint, let it dry before throwing it with normal thrash. Most staff at the household waste disposal events will not accept buckets of latex paint.
  7. For the last resort, contact a local hazardous waste collection company and pay for the services that they perform to throw your chemicals waste.

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Additional Reading:

A Consumer’s Dictionary of Household, Yard and Office Chemicals: Complete Information About Harmful and Desirable Chemicals Found in Everyday Home Products, Yard Poisons, and Office Polluters

Clean Your House Safely and Effectively Without Harmful Chemicals: Using “from the Cupboard” Ingredients