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The symbols under “Disposal Method” suggest the best disposal procedure for each hazardous product listed. The following disposal symbols mean:
Pour down the drain with plenty of water. If you use a septic tank, take special caution. Read the product labels to determine if it will be harmful to your septic tank. If it is, take to the Household Hazardous Waste Program.
Place in the garbage.
Always try to use up or recycle the product first. If this is not possible, take to a Household Hazardous Waste Drop Site, find vendors at the Spokane Waste Directory or call the Recycling Information Hotline at 509-477-6800.

Hazardous Materials & Alternatives in the Kitchen

Type of WasteDisposal MethodAlternative/TipsAdd. notes
Aerosol Cans (empty)Use non-aerosol containers, such as pump spray, roll on, or liquid.
Aluminum cleaner with acidPlace item in pot with a solution of equal parts of white vinegar and water, bring to boil, then let stand overnight. Rinse and dry.
Ammonia-based cleanerMix 1 qt. warm water with 1 tsp. borax, and 1 tsp. liquid soap. If soaking baked on food, try filling the dish with 3 tbsp. baking soda mixed with 1 qt. water.
Drain opener with lye*To prevent clogging, use a drain strainer. To unclog: First, try plunger. Second, pour ½ cup baking soda, followed by ½ cup vinegar. Cover drain tightly, wait 5 minutes. Then pour teakettle of boiling water down drain. Repeat if needed. Lastly, use a drain snake.*Flush small quantities with water. For larger quantities, use the Household Hazardous Waste Program.
Floor care products with SolventFor vinyl floors, mix ½ cup white vinegar or ¼ cup borax with 1 gallon warm water. For wood floors, mix ¼ cup oil soap with 1 gallon warm water.
Furniture polishMix 1 part lemon juice to 1 part olive or vegetable oil, and apply with rag. Or use oil soap to clean and a soft cloth to polish. Rub a paste of salt and vegetable oil on wood furniture to remove water stains, wipe off.
Metal polishCall the Recycling Hotline for information about non-toxic metal polishes.
Oven cleaner (lye base)Mix 3 tbsp. baking soda with 1 qt. warm water. Sponge on. Don’t let the substance touch electric elements. Wait 20 minutes, and then clean. For tough stains, scrub with non-steel-wool pads and baking soda. Caution: Some oven surfaces are harmed by abrasives.
Rodent PoisonUse traps, seal holes, and remove food sources.
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