Your home, like many others, may have an abundant stash of cleaning products. If there is ever an instance where you find your current products no longer suit your needs. Or maybe you have decided it's time to switch out all the chemical cleaning products, for more eco-friendly alternatives. Then it is essential to dispose of them correctly.
Before disposing of your product, you should consider if it could still be used. Try and find a use for the product around your home first. Or it's always worth checking if a friend or family member needs it. Some products can have multiple uses. Giving the product a purpose rather than throwing it away is a much more sustainable alternative. And if you are looking to switch to more eco-friendly cleaning products. Always make sure you finish up your current chemical ones first.
If using up your product isn't an option, you must dispose of it appropriately. First, check the bottle or container. It may already have instructions on it for disposal. If it is hazardous, you will need to check for the requirements of that particular chemical.
If it is just your standard household cleaning product, which can be used with water. It is usually fine to rinse down the sink. Always use plenty of water to dilute it as it goes down.
The majority of cleaning product bottles are made from plastic. Which usually means they can be recycled. Check the bottle for a recycle symbol.
However, you can only then recycle the container if it is fully clean. Containers with chemicals left inside can leak and contaminate the rest of the recyclable items.
If you are unable to clean the bottle, it should be placed in the general rubbish.
In conclusion, you should always try to use up your cleaning products first before considering disposal. If you can't find a use, offer it up to a friend.
Clean out your containers if possible, then place them in the recycling. If not, put them into the general rubbish.