Common hazardous ingredients:

oxybenzone, avobenzone, octisalate, octocrylene, homosalate, octinoxate, zinc oxide and/or titanium dioxide

Potential hazards:

  • Studies have shown that chemicals present in sunscreen can disrupt hormonal systems.
  • Skin irritation
  • Expectant mothers may unknowingly expose unborn children to toxic substances found in sunscreen


  • Follow label directions.
  • Avoid contact with eyes.


Keep container tightly closed when not in use and store in a secure area away from children.


  • Best: Use up or give away. Rinse container and dispose of in the garbage.
  • Second best: Take to a hazardous waste facility or collection event.
  • Third best: If you are connected to a city sewer system, flush small amounts down the drain (toilet is best) with lots of water. Do not use this method if you are on a septic system.