The household is a source of many wastes, including potentially hazardous wastes, on a farm or ranch. Using safer alternatives, using only what you need, and recycling are all good ways to reduce both hazardous and non-hazardous waste. Much of your household waste can be minimized by recycling items such as newspapers, plastic beverage containers, glass, and aluminum. Recyclers in your area can be found using the DEQ's Recylers Directory.

Hazardous Household Products

Items such as automotive products, household cleaners, paints and solvents, and pesticides are common, yet could be harmful. Try to avoid using hazardous products, if possible. However, if you do have to deal with wastes from such products, dispose of them with care. Some examples of products which may contain hazardous ingredients are:

  • Air fresheners Bleach
  • Disinfectant drain cleaner
  • Floor wax
  • Furniture polish Glue
  • Insecticides/Pesticides
  • Laundry detergent
  • Metal cleaner
  • Mildew remover
  • Mothballs
  • Oven cleaner
  • Paint thinner
  • Paint, varnish, or stain
  • Permanent markers
  • Rug and upholstery cleaner
  • Shoe polish
  • Spot remover
  • Toilet bowl cleaner
  • Wood preservative

Dispose of household hazardous wastes carefully:


Following simple guidelines can help reduce household wastes.

Alternative Products

The following are some examples of potentially hazardous products and safer alternatives to those products.

Hazardous Product Alternative Product
Oil-based paints Latex paints
Oven cleaner Baking soda, water, and a scouring pad
Drain cleaner Mechanical devices such as "snakes" and plungers
Mothballs Cedar chips
Chemical air freshness Potpourri, flowers