Protecting Planet Home: Cleaning Up Your Cleaners

Toxic CleanersSo you've watched Seventh Generation's new television commercial, and have decided to replace all the toxic chemical cleaning products under your sink with natural versions. Getting rid of the old stuff is pretty easy. All you need is a big box or bag and a means of transportation. Collect any cleaner that doesn't disclose all its ingredients or has hazardous ingredients. Put the box inside your car or in a bicycle bag. Head to your nearest hazardous waste collection site and drop off your old cleaners. That's it in a nontoxic nutshell. You can find your nearest hazardous waste site by entering your zip code at Earth911 or by typing your city, state, and the term "hazardous waste" into the search box of an internet browser. Different cities will have different schedules. Here in Burlington, VT, we can go to a local depot four days a week. In Thousand Oaks, California, on the other hand, there's a monthly collection day you sign up for in advance. Whatever you do, just don't pour anything down the drain. The reasons you don't want toxins in your home are the same reasons you don't want them floating around in the environment!
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the Inkslinger

The Inkslinger has written about environmental issues for over 20 years and is a freelance writer for some of America's most iconoclastic companies and non-profits. His true loves include nature, music of the Americana/rock and roll variety, interior design, books, old things, good stories, pagan rituals, and his wife of 24 years, with whom he lives in an undisclosed chemical-free rural Vermont location along with his teenage daughter and two infinitely hilarious Australian shepherds!

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