Hazardous waste can be dangerous to properly use, store, and dispose of at home. The best way to avoid the potential risks associated with household hazardous waste is to minimize the amount that you generate. Here are some simple ways to reduce the amount of hazardous waste in your home.
Guide to Reducing Hazardous Waste
- Buy only what you need instead of buying in bulk. Don’t buy a gallon jug of paint thinner when you only need a pint!
- Share products with neighbors or other community members rather than store them.
- Choose non-toxic alternatives when possible. Read labels carefully before purchasing products so you can reduce the amount of hazardous material you bring into your home. Materials labeled WARNING or CAUTION are less hazardous than those labeled DANGER or POISON. The EPA also came up with a yearly list of products that have ingredients tested to be safer for the environment and human health.
- Test your soil to determine what it needs before applying fertilizers. The University of Vermont provides soil tests for a small fee.
- Try a DIY recipe for common household products such as cleaners, detergents for laundry, dish soaps, weed control, and bug sprays. Check out a few examples listed below!
All Purpose Surface Cleaner
1 cup distilled water
1 cup white vinegar
1/2 lemon juice (optional)
15 drops essential oil (optional)
Pour all ingredients into a spray bottle, gently shake to mix. Spray directly on surface and wipe clean with cloth. Store in fridge if using lemon juice.
Compost or simply leave clippings where they fall.
1 cup distilled water
1 Tbsp rubbing alcohol
10-20 drops essential oil
Mix essential oil into rubbing alcohol, add water, and stir. Pour into spritzer bottle.
2 cups of warm water
2 tbsp baking soda
2 tsp of Castile soap
20 drops lemon essential oil
Plunger or mechanical snake.
½ cup washing soda two cups of boiling water
Pour mixture and use plunger or mechanical snake. Flush drain weekly with boiling water
Mow high (3-4 inches) and water infrequently
Inspect Spray for Plants
6 cloves crushed garlic 1 minced onion
1 tbsp. dried hot pepper 1 tbsp. pure soap
1 gallon of hot water
Blend ingredients, let sit 1-2 days, strain, and apply with spray bottle
Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner
Clean stains immediately with club soda. Sprinkle cornstarch on carpet and vacuum
Feel free to give us a call at 802-524-5986 if you would like more information and pointers on how to reduce your hazardous waste!