Recycling Cleaning Products Recycle Series: Part IV brought to you by Microempowering.org
Dangers of Cleaning Products Many household cleaning products contain dangerous chemicals that can be harmful to people if inhaled or come into contact with skin. Fortunately there are several ways you can decrease the dangers of cleaning products.
Alternatives to Cleaning Products Refrain from combining cleaning products for they can create an even more toxic substance. Substitute soap, water, and good ol’ elbow grease for chemicals. In many cases, a little extra scrubbing is all that is required to remove a stain or get rid of dirt.
Alternatives to Cleaning Products Consider purchasing environmentally friendly cleaning products. Note: Always read the label before use because even products made from natural ingredients can be dangerous if used improperly.
Unclogging Drains & Pipes Avoid using chemicals to unclog pipes and drains. The chemicals used to unclog drains are usually corrosive and can be harmful to the touch as well as damaging to your pipes. Instead use non-chemical drain cleaning techniques.
Alternatives to Unclog Drains & Pipes Use a drain catch to prevent hair and other components from clogging drains. Maintain drains by having them regularly snaked by a plumber or landlord.
Recycling Cleaning Product Containers Most cleaning products are sold in recyclable containers and can be recycled with regular recyclables once emptied and rinsed. If a container is marked “DANGER, CORROSIVE,” then it can’t be recycled. Instead, double bag the empty container and mark it “DANGER, not for recycling.”
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