4 Tips for Getting Rid of Old Cleaning Products

September 25, 2018 Published by Leave your thoughts
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household cleanersDuring the process of preparing to move to a new living space, you might find old cleaning products in your cabinets and closets that you aren’t sure what to do with. Should they be disposed of like hazardous waste? Or can you pour them down the drain?   

The answers to those questions can vary depending on the specific product you’re dealing with, so it’s important to do your research. Here are a few essential tips for properly disposing of cleaning products to get you started.

1. Consider giving the products away to friends or family members who could use them. Before you get rid of cleaning supplies you no longer want or need, think about whether you know anyone else who might be able to use them, Earth911 advises. Ask any friends or family members who live nearby if they could use furniture polish, bleach, or whatever else you have on hand.

2. Read the labels and/or contact the manufacturers for proper disposal instructions. If giving away your old household cleaners isn’t an option, your next step should be checking the labels for instructions, according to the informational site Healthy Cleaning 101. If there aren’t any directions for disposal on the label, contact the manufacturer or visit their website to see if there’s any information available there.     

3. Don’t mix cleaners if you’re pouring them down the drain. Generally, liquid, powder and gel cleaning products that are water-soluble can be poured down the drain with the water running (although you should confirm by reading the instructions/contacting the manufacturer), according to Healthy Cleaning 101.

However, it’s important to remember that you shouldn’t mix different products together while pouring them down the drain, just like you wouldn’t combine them when using them to clean your house.

4. Remember to recycle the containers. After disposing of your unneeded cleaning products, you can help the environment by recycling the empty containers, according to Earth911. Check the packaging to confirm, but most household cleaning products come in plastic bottles or cardboard boxes that can be easily recycled via your curbside bin.                  

To learn more about properly disposing of cleaning products, paper, paint, and other common household materials, contact our team of Evanston senior move managers. We assist retirees, seniors, and their families with transitions to new home environments and/or lifestyles. Feel free to contact us for more information by calling 847-769-2412 or emailing drina@dwelling-sp.coms.

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