Household Hazardous Waste Alternatives
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Household Hazardous Waste Alternatives

​​​​​​​​​Most homes have bathrooms, kitchens, basements and garages that contain products to make our lives easier. However, some of these products may be dangerous if used or disposed of improperly. Many less toxic alternatives are available that are comparable to the effectiveness of their hazardous counterparts. The guide below was developed to help identify hazardous products and their ingredients, provide less toxic alternatives, and disposal instructions.​​ 

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Automotive Antifreeze Ethylene Glycol Low toxic propylene glycol type antifreeze. Avoid ethylene glycol 1 1
Automotive Transmission Fluid Hydrocarbons, Mineral Oils Unknown 1
Automotive Brake Fluid Glycol Ethers, Heavy Metals Unknown 1
Automotive Motor Oil Hydrocarbons, Heavy Metals Unknown 1 1
Automotive Batteries Sulfuric Acid, Lead Unknown 1 1
Automotive Degreaser Hydrocarbons, Solvents Use citrus or water-based products. 1
Automotive Diesel Fuel Hydrocarbons Unknown 1
Automotive Gasoline Hydrocarbons, Lead Unknown 1
Automotive Kerosene Hydrocarbons Unknown 1
Bathroom Lotions, Perfumes, Cosmetics 1
Bathroom Nail Polish Remover Acetone 1
Bathroom Mercury Thermometers Mercury Digital thermometer 1
Cleaners Oven Cleaners Potassium or Sodium Hydroxide, Ammonia Baking soda and water 1
Cleaners Toilet Cleaners Muriatic or Oxalic Acid, Paradichlorobenzene, Calcium Hypochlorite 1- Toilet brush and baking soda, 
2 - Mild detergent
3- Paste of borax and  lemon juice
1
Cleaners Ammonia Based Cleaners Ammonia, Ethanol 1 - Vinegar
2 - Baking soda and water 
3 - Salt and water mix
1
Cleaners Drain Cleaners Sodium or Potassium Hydroxide, Sodium Hypochlorite, Hydrochloric Acid, Petroleum Distillates Plunger, flush with boiling water, 1/4 cup baking soda and 2 oz. vinegar 1
Cleaners Rug/Upholstery Cleaners Naphthalene, Perchloroethylene, Oxalic Acid, Diethylene Glycol Baking soda sprinkled on rug then vacuum 1
Cleaners Furniture and Floor Polish Diethylene Glycol, Petroleum Distillates, Nitrobenzene 1 Part lemon juice and 2 parts vegetable or olive oil 1
Cleaners Bleach Sodium or Potassium Hydroxide, Hydrogen Peroxide, Sodium or Calcium Hypochlorite For laundry, 1 cup white vinegar or baking soda 1
Cleaners Abrasive Cleaners Tri-sodium phosphate, Ammonia, Ethanol Rub with ½ lemon dipped in borax, rinse and dry 1
Cleaners Glass cleaners Vinegar and newspaper 1
Cleaners Metal Cleaner - Silver Sulfuric Acid Rub a paste of baking soda and water or soak in boiling water with salt and a piece of aluminum 1
Cleaners Metal Cleaner - Stainless Steel Sulfuric Acid Moisten a cloth with white or cider vinegar and wipe clean. 1
Garden Fungicides Captan, Folpet, Anilazine, Zinc and Copper Compounds Do not over water, keep areas clean and dry 1
Garden House plant insecticide Methoprene, Malathion, Tetramethrin, Carbaryl Mixture of bar soap and water, spray on leaves then rinse 1
Garden Fertilizers Various Leave grass clippings 1
Garden Pesticides and Insecticides Various Insecticidal soap 1
Garden Herbicides 2,3-D, Glyphosate, Prometon Strong hoeing or hand weeding, keep grass short 1
Garden Flea Collars and sprays Carbamates, Pyrethrin, Organophosphates Herbal collar/ointment (rosemary or eucalyptus) 1
Garden Roach and Ant killers Organophosphates, Carbamates, Pyrethrins Roaches - traps or baking soda and powdered sugar
Ants - chili powder to hinder entry
1
Garden Rat and Mouse Poisons Brodifacoum, Courmarins, Strychnine Live traps, remove food supply 1
Home Improvement Oil Based Paint Pigments, Ethylene, Aliphatic Hydrocarbons, Mineral Spirits Latex or water based paint 1
Home Improvement Latex or Water Based Paints - Dried Out Resins, Glycol, Ethers, Esters, Pigments, Phenyl Mercuric Acetate Lime stone based white wash or casein-based paint 1
Home Improvement Thinners and Turpentine N-Butyl Alcohol, Acetone, Methyl Isobutyl Ketone, Petroleum Distillates Use water with water based paints 1
Home Improvement Furniture Strippers Acetone, Methyl Ethyl Ketone, Alcohols, Xylene, Toluene, Methylene Chloride Sandpaper or heat gun 1
Home Improvement Wood Preservatives Chlorinated Phenols, Copper or Zinc Naphthenate, Creosote, Magnesium Fluorosilicate Water based wood preservative 1
Home Improvement Stains/Finishes Mineral Spirits, Glycol Ethers, Ketone, Halogenated Hydrocarbons, Naphtha Latex paint or natural earth pigment finishes 1
Home Improvement Adhesive (water based) Unknown 1
Home Improvement Adhesive (solvent based) Hydrocarbons Water based adhesive 1
Home Improvement Asphalt roofing tar Mineral Spirits Unknown 1
Home Improvement Putty, grout, caulk (water based) Unknown 1
Home Improvement Spackle Unknown 1
Home Items Household Batteries Metals Rechargeable batteries 1 1
Home Items Mothballs Naphthalenes, Paradichlorobenzene Cedar chips, newspapers, lavender flowers 1
Home Items Pool Chemicals Muriatic Acid, Sodium Hypochlorite, Algicide Ozone or ultraviolet light systems 1
Home Items Photographic Chemicals Silver, Acetic Acid, Hydroquinone, Sodium Sulfite, Ferrocyanide Unknown 1