CAN Those Chemicals!
But NOT in your trash can.
Albe and Marle can't believe the number of toxic chemicals we humans use every day.In kitchens and baths. In garages and tool sheds. In lawns and gardens.
They hope folks know that many household products like oven cleaners, paint removers, and drain cleaners contain hazardous chemicals.
If these chemicals are not handled properly, they can find their way into our drinking water, our ponds, and our streams. There's got to be a better way!
- Gradually replace harsh household cleaning chemicals with old stand-bys like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice. Try some of Albe and Marle's Recipes for a Healthy Home.
- Choose water-based rather than oil-based paints and thinners. Choose products without bleaches or dyes.
- Buy only as much of a toxic chemical as you need, then carefully follow directions for its use.
- Store hazardous chemicals in their original containers in dry, well-ventilated areas.
- Do not pour unwanted toxic chemicals down the drain or throw them in your trash.
- Avoid using insecticides and herbicides on your lawn or garden.
- Recycle used motor oil and batteries through your local recycling center or automotive store.
- Urge your county officials to organize a hazardous chemical clean-up day.
One quart of spilled oil can pollute two million gallons of groundwater, and chemicals disposed of in landfills can eventually leach into groundwater. Yet half of all Americans depend on ground-water as a source of drinking water.