Why It Matters
With different products for tubs, tiles, floors, furniture, carpets, sinks, ovens, and more---and with today’s cleaning supplies coming with ingredients that include ammonium hydroxide, formaldehyde, ethoxylated nonly phenols, trisodium nitrilotriacetate, and many other ingredients few consumers (if any) recognize, there are a lot of chemicals in our households that we know little about.
Simply dumping these chemicals in the trash or down the drain can contaminate groundwater and drinking water, and can kill plants, animals, and microbes, damaging the fertility of land and water and harming humans, too. Understanding the correct disposal methods for different cleaners helps protect the soil, the water supply, and the ecosystems and communities that rely on each. Once you’ve learned how to properly dispose of cleaning supplies, you’ll feel good knowing you’ve taken responsible action.