Monthly Tip: January

A non-toxic new year

It’s tough to think about the new year without thinking about New Year’s resolutions.

If you don’t have any resolutions in mind this January, consider this one: Don’t pour it out!

We’re talking about toxic chemicals, such as drain and oven cleaners, paint, and paint thinner, to name only a few. When these are poured down household drains, storm drains, toilets, or on the ground, those chemicals end up in nearby waters.

An easy way to reduce the number of chemicals that you have to dispose of is to try to use non-hazardous products when you can. Lemon juice, vinegar, hot water, borax, soap, and baking soda are good alternatives, and there are many recipes online.

Our favorite is this all-purpose cleaner that you can prepare and use by adding to a spray bottle: ½ cup vinegar and ¼ cup baking soda mixed into ½ gallon of water. You also might find that these non-toxic cleaners are not only easier on local waters but also are easier on your wallet.

If you do have household chemicals to dispose of, make an appointment at the Eco-Depot by calling 942-1430 ext. 241.

For additional tips to help safeguard our waters, visit the archive.