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How to Recycle Cleaning Products

  1. 1. Recycling Cleaning Products Recycle Series: Part IV brought to you by Microempowering.org
  2. 2. 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.
  3. 3. 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.
  4. 4. 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.
  5. 5. 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.
  6. 6. 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.
  7. 7. 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.”
  8. 8. For more information on topics like this visit our Resource page at www.Microempowering.org

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