Common hazardous ingredients:
Ammonia, aromatic hydrocarbons, cationic detergents, formaldehyde, hydrocarbon solvents, lye (sodium or potassium hydroxide), monoethanolamine, phenols, pine oil, quaternary ammonium chlorides, sodium borate (borax), sodium hypochlorite, triethanolamine
Potential hazards: Irritant, may be flammable or corrosive
Use and storage:
- Use according to label instructions.
- Avoid aerosol dispensers to reduce exposure to hazardous vapors.
- Use chemical splash goggles and heavy rubber or nitrile gloves to protect from corrosive effects.
- Use in a well-ventilated area.
- Do not use around food, pets or children.
- Keep container lid tightly closed when not in use and store out of reach of children.
- Best: Use up or give away. Dispose of empty, nonaerosol containers in the garbage.
- Second Best: if connected to a city sewer system, flush small amounts of disinfectants down an inside drain (toilet is preferable) with plenty of water.
- Third Best: If you are on a septic system or have aerosol containers, hold for a household hazardous waste collection. In Oregon, call 1-800-732-9253 to find out if there is a hazardous waste collection event scheduled in your community, or call your garbage hauler, local government solid waste department or the Oregon Department of Environmental Quality at (503) 229-5913 or toll-free at 1-800-452-4011.
- Rubbing alcohol is a disinfectant, although it is extremely flammable. Use in a well-ventilated area far from possible sources of ignition. Wear nitrile gloves. Apply with a sponge and allow to dry.
For LOADS of green cleaning suggestions, we recommend:
“The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning” by Karyn Siegel-Maier