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.
Irritant; may be flammable or corrosive; air pollutant. Studies suggest overuse of antibacterial products may lead to an increase in bacteria that are resistant to disinfectants or antibacterial cleaners.
Use according to label instructions. Use chemical splash goggles and heavy rubber or nitrile gloves. Use in a well-ventilated area. Do not use around food, pets or children.
Avoid aerosol dispensers to reduce exposure to hazardous vapors.
Keep container lid tightly closed when not in use and store out of reach of children.
Best: Use up or give away. Rinse and recycle containers and recycle empty aerosol containers with steel cans.
Second best: If connected to a city sewer system, flush small amounts of disinfectants down an inside drain (toilet is best) with plenty of water. Contact your local sewer agency to know what is an acceptable small amount for your wastewater treatment plant.
Third best: If you are on a septic system or have aerosol containers, take to a hazardous waste facility or collection event.
Rubbing alcohol is a disinfectant, although it is toxic if ingested and extremely flammable. Use in a well-ventilated area far from possible sources of ignition. Wear nitrile gloves. Apply to surface with a sponge and allow to dry.
For kitchens and bathrooms, spray surface with white vinegar, then spray with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution and wipe clean.