Safer Alternatives
Safer Alternatives for Household Cleaning Products
  • Bleach-based cleaner

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use non-chlorine dry bleach or washing soda
    • use hydrogen peroxide-based liquid
    • use products that don't contain chlorine
  • All purpose cleaner

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • mix 1/2 cup vinegar in 1 quart warm water
  • Scouring powder

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • dissolve baking soda in hot water
  • Dish cleaner

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use vegetable oil-based soaps and detergents for handwashing
    • choose dishwashing detergents with low or no phosphates
    • use only 1/2 the recommended amount
  • Disinfectant

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • white vinegar
    • mix 1/2 cup borax in 1 gallon water
    • keep surfaces dry to prevent bacteria growth
  • Drain opener

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use a plunger or metal snake
    • pour 1/2 cup baking soda followed by1/2 cup white vinegar down the drain, cover and let sit for 5 minutes.
    • pour 2 quarts boiling water down the drain to flush.
    • pour boiling water down drain twice a week to prevent clogs
  • Floor polish

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • to clean vinyl tile and linoleum, mix 1/4 cup vinegar, 1/4 cup washing soda in 1 gallon warm water
    • to clean wood floors, damp mop with mild vegatable oil soap and dry immediately
    • for painted or varnished wood floors, mix 1 tsp washing soda and 1 gallon hot water, then rinse and dry
  • Furniture polish

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • polish unvarnished wood with almond, walnut or olive oil.
    • polish varnished wood with a mild vegetable oil soap
    • use linseed oil to revitalize old furniture.
    • to remove watermarks from wood, rub toothpaste on spot and polish with a soft cloth
  • Glass and window cleaner

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • mix 1/2 cup vinegar with 1/4 teaspoon liquid soap in 1 gallon warm water
    • mix lemon juice with warm water
  • Laundry detergent

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use liquid detergents and laundry soap that don't contain phosphates or chlorine
  • Oven cleaner

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • mix 2 tbls liquid dish soap and 2 cups warm water; apply and let sit for 20 min; scrub
    • use baking soda, salt, and water
    • use non-chlorinated scouring powder
    • avoid aerosol oven cleaners
    • use oven liners to catch drips
  • Rug and upholstry cleaner

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • sprinkle baking soda on rug and vacuum
    • use soap-based, non-aerosol rug shampoo
    • pour club soda on spill and blot
    • clean up spills immediately
  • Shoe polish

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • Use polish that does not contain trichloroethylene, methylchloride, and/or nitrobenzene
  • Spot remover

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use professional WET-cleaning service
    • immediately use water or club soda.
    • soak in corn meal, water and lemon juice
    • scrub spot with toothpaste
  • Silver and copper polish

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • soak silver in 1 quart warm water with 1 tsp baking soda, 1 tsp salt and a small piece of aluminum foil
    • pour vinegar and salt over copper and rub
  • Toilet bowl cleaner

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • mix 1/2 cup borax and 1 gallon water to clean and deodorize. Let 1 cup borax sit in the bowl overnight
    • coat stains in bowl with paste of lemon juice and borax. Let sit for 20 minutes, then scrub
Safer Alternatives for Gardening Products
  • Ant repellent

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • pour a line of cream of tartar, red chili powder, paprika, or dried peppermint at point of entry
    • seal entry point with caulk
    • kill visible ants with soapy water or vacuum
    • remove all sources of food and water
  • Chemical fertilizer

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use compost, wood ash, peat moss, or fish meal
  • Flea collars and spray

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • herbal collar, ointment or baths
    • wash bedding and treat with flea soap or citrus oil product
    • place eucalyptus leaves near pet's bed
    • vacuum twice a week and dispose of vacuum bags in trash
  • Fungicides

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • avoid over watering and keep garden growing areas clean & dry
  • Plant insecticide

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • remove by hand
    • spray with water
    • mist with soapy water
  • Herbecides and weed killer

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • pull or hoe weeds
    • keep grass short
  • Pool chemical

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • avoid copper-based algaecides
    • consider a chlorine generator
  • Roach repellent

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • place bay leaves around cracks in room
    • set out a dish of equal parts baking soda and powdered sugar
    • remove all sources of food and water, and hiding places such as old newspapers and other clutter
    • use non-toxic roach traps
    • as a last resort, dust boric acid into places where roaches hide
  • Rodent bait

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use traps
    • remove food supply
    • adopt a cat
  • Snail/slug killer

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • apply diatomaceus earth (found at pool supply stores) in a 1/2 inch barrier around plants
    • remove by hand
    • fill a shallow pan with stale beer and place in infested area, ensure rim is even with ground level
Safer Alternatives for Paint Products
  • Oil-based paint

    Disposal

    • Bring to hazardous waste roundup
    • use latex or water-based paint
  • Water-based paint (latex)

    Disposal

    • Bring to hazardous waste roundup
    • avoid spray paint
    • donate left-over paint to local organizations
    • if there is only a small amount remaining in the can, air dry the paint or mix with an absorbent (sand, kitty litter, sawdust or plaster of paris) to dry, then dispose in trash without lid
  • Furniture stripper

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use sandpaper or a power sander, a heat gun or a paint scraper
    • scrub with steel wool or emery cloth
    • use water-soluble paint strippers
  • Stains and varnish

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use water-based preservatives
    • use natural earth-pigment finishes
  • Thinners, solvents, turpentine

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • hold used solvent or turpentine in a tightly closed jar until paint settles out
    • pour off clear solvent and reuse
    • add an absorbent to the remaining sludge, let it dry, then wrap, and dispose in the trash
    • use latex and water-based paints
    • non-chlorinated solvents such as isopropanol, ethanol, acetone and turpentine are less toxic then chlorinated solvents
  • Wood preservative

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • avoid products containing pentachlorophenol (PCP), creosote, tributyltin oxide, or folpet
    • use water-based wood preservatives
    • minimize wood contact with soil or high moisture
Safer Alternatives for Other Products
  • Air freshener

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • ventilate with outside air
    • use sachet or potpourri
    • scented candles
  • Battery

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use rechargeable batteries
    • use power cord
    • buy solar-powered products
  • Lighter fluid

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • use a metal charcoal starter (10" tall, hollow, metal cylinder with holes)
  • Mothballs

    Disposal:
    Bring to hazardous waste roundup

    Alternatives

    • cedar wood chips
    • dried lavender flowers

Permanent Collection Centers:

Corner of 28th & California
in Signal Hill (Enter on 28th
)

HOURS
Second Saturday of each month
9:00 am to 2:00 pm



www.edcodisposal.com


More HHW Drop-off Options

The Permanent Household Hazardous Waste Collection Center in San Pedro is also free to Long Beach residents and will accept your HHW, E-waste, Universal Waste and Home-generated Sharps:

GAFFEY STREET S.A.F.E. CENTER
1400 N. Gaffey St.
San Pedro, CA 90731
1-800-98-TOXIC (1-800-988-6942)
Hours of Operation: 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
Open Saturdays and Sundays only

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Also, regional collection events are provided by L.A. County
throughout the year.

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Steps for Toxic Spills or Leaks:
  1. Keep the area well ventilated.
  2. Extinguish any open flame or heat
    source.
  3. Keep children and pets away.
  4. Wear gloves and protective clothing.
  5. Stop the product from spreading by covering the spill with absorbent material (kitty litter, sand, disposable diapers, soil).
  6. Sweep and scoop the absorbent into a container with a lid or into a strong plastic bag. Clean area with soap and rags, put used rags into container as well. Be careful not to wash hazardous materials into the street gutter.
  7. Label the container with the product name, chemical name, and hazard category (flammable, corrosive, etc.). All information should be available on the
    product's label.
  8. Dispose of the container as hazardous waste. See disposal section.
  9. If the spill is large and you cannot safely clean it up, contact the Fire Department immediately by dialing 911.
Tips for Accidental Exposure:
  • Call the Poison Center at
    (800) 777-6476
    or (213) 222-3212.
  • For a medical
    emergency call 911.
  • It is helpful to have the container with you for poison identification when you make an emergency call.
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