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Your home is full of potentially harmful household chemicals — everyday products like bleach, oven cleaners, drain de-cloggers, and insect and weed killers. Treat those household chemicals like the toxic materials that they are and dispose of them like hazardous waste.

Household Chemicals: Hazardous Waste in Your Home

What is considered hazardous waste in your home? Any product that:

Is poisonous or toxic

Can catch on fire

Is likely to explode

Can mix with other chemicals and cause a dangerous reaction

Can eat away (corrode) other materials

Common household chemicals that are considered hazardous waste include:


Pesticides (weed and insect repellents and killers)

Stains and varnish

Paint and paint thinner

Cleaning products

Motor oil, fuel, and other automotive chemicals and materials

Anything in an aerosol can

Nail polish and remover

Hair dyes, perms, and other products

Oven cleaner

Drain opener

Mercury thermometers

Fluorescent light bulbs


To practice poison control at home, always take care to store these hazardous waste materials carefully and safely out of the reach of children and pets. Keep them from spilling, leaking, or mixing with other chemicals. And when you’re ready to get rid of them, know how to safely dispose of these household chemicals to protect your family and the environment from harm.