HomeHome De-tox in 4 Steps

You’ve probably all got a cabinet full of industrial-strength home cleaners with words like Warning! Danger! Poison! on the labels. Why would you want to spray and spritz these hazardous products around your house for you and your pets and kids to inhale when there are dozens of safer alternatives? Start there.

1. Replace Hazardous Products

Check with a reliable source, like the Environmental Working Group, to see what products are available to replace hazardous products. There are many out there with a gentler impact on your health and your indoor and outdoor surroundings.

2. Find Less Toxic Products

Use a cell phone app such as the GoodGuide to find less toxic products, or add preferred items to your shopping list so the next time you’re racing around doing errands, you’ll have the info you need right at your fingertips.

The US EPA’s Design for the Environment program identifies cleaning products (and other hazardous waste alternatives) that perform well and are safer for human health and the environment. View an updated list of products and companies here.

3. Dispose of Toxic Leftovers Properly

If you are a Chittenden County business or resident, bring leftover hazardous waste items to CSWD’s Environmental Depot, where we’ll take them off your hands and make sure that they’re disposed of properly.

Remember: Hazardous materials may not be disposed of in the trash.

4. Make Your Own!

Want to find recipes for laundry detergent, bathroom cleaners, carpet deodorizer, and more? Check out some of the tried-and-true CSWD recipes for Non-Toxic Household Cleaners.

Find more recipes and ideas at Eartheasy.com.


Still have questions? Give us a call at 872-8111 or email info [at] cswd.net. We’re here to help!