Dilute Liquids, Powders and Gels
It’s OK to flush small amounts of cleaning product down the drain, but only if they’re liquid, powder or gel. Here’s a list of flushable products: bleach, drain cleaner, tub/tile cleaner, carpet cleaner, toilet bowl cleaner and drain opener. Never dispose of these products in the storm drain; storm drains go directly to lakes and rivers.
Solids Go in the Trash
Solid household cleaning products go in the trash: pads, sheets, pastes, crystals, disks, sticks and towelettes. Don’t flush any of these items down the drain.
Never Flush Wipes Down Drain
Wipes are a “solid” because they are sheets, so never flush them down the drain. Wipes do not break down as they move onto the water treatment plant, and will end up clogging their screens. Find out more.
Dispose of Empties
Empty cleaning product bottles are often recycled but not always. Find out what to do with empty containers.
Ways to Reduce
Purchase Natural Cleaners
Consider switching to more eco-friendly cleaners. Chemical cleaners can expose your household to a variety of harmful ingredients and VOCs. They can also introduce more chemicals into the environment when they are washed down the drain. Check out the EWG’s Guide to Healthy Cleaning or follow these easy recipes from Real Simple to make your own natural cleaners.
Use Up Products
Avoid throwing away partially full bottles; try to use up the cleaning product completely before disposing of it. This increases the lifespan of these products, reduces waste and saves money.