Common hazardous ingredients
Oxalic acid, sodium hypochlorite, sodium perborate, sodium percarbonate, sodium tripolyphosphate.
Chlorine bleach is reactive and can form toxic gases when mixed with other cleaners; irritant to eyes and mucous membranes; and is corrosive. Never mix chlorine bleach with ammonia or with any acid, including vinegar. When combined, these compounds produce toxic chloramine gas.
Wear heavy rubber gloves and use in a well-ventilated area.
Keep the container lid tightly closed when not in use and store out of reach of children and pets.
Best: Use up or give away. Rinse and recycle empty bottles.
Second best: Take to a hazardous waste facility or collection event.
Third best: If your home is connected to a city sewer system, flush small amounts down an inside drain (toilet is best) with lots of water. If you are on a septic system, flush very small quantities over several days.
Reduce the amount of chlorine bleach by half and add 1/2 cup baking soda to top-loading machines or 1/4 cup to front loaders.
Use oxygen bleach, 1/2 cup per load.
Use hydrogen peroxide-based bleach.
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