Green CleaningAccording to the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), of the more than 75,000 registered chemicals, only a fraction has been tested for human health effects.  Improper use and disposal of these chemicals can have a negative effect on our health and the environment.  In the US, we generate 1.6 million tons of harmful household chemicals and the average home can accumulate as much as 300 pounds of household hazardous waste. Check out these tips for reducing the chemicals in your home and for saving money too.

Green Cleaning Tips

Read Labels. Reading labels can tell you a lot about the product and its possible health effects. Watch for signal words like caution, warning, danger, poison, flammable, corrosive, & toxic.

Use Cleaners Safely. Do not mix cleaners. Use cleaners for their intended purpose. Always test a formula first. Wear gloves while using cleaners. Never mix chlorine with any cleaning agent.

Dispose of Houshold Hazardous Waste Properly. Keep household hazardous waste out of drains, storm sewers, trash containers, and off of the ground.  Bring it to The Recycling Zone.

All-Purpose Cleaner Recipes

Option 1
4 tablespoons baking soda
1 quart warm water
Dissolve baking soda in water. Apply with sponge. Wipe clean.

Option 2
1 teaspoon liquid dish soap
1 quart warm water
A squeeze of lemon
Combine ingredients in a small bucket.
Apply with a sponge or rag. Wipe clean.

Option 3
1/8 cup washing soda (or Borax)
1 tablespoon liquid dish soap
1/4 cup vinegar
2 gallons hot water
Mix ingredients in a pail or bottle.
Apply with cloth or in spray bottle. Wipe clean. (Apply to floors with a mop.)

For more recipes, visit the Dakota County webpage on green cleaning recipes.

Contact Us

City Education Department
13713 Frontier Court
Burnsville, MN 55337-3817
Phone: 952-895-4559

Dakota Valley Recycling

DVR is the partnership recycling department for the Cities of Apple Valley, BurnsvilleEagan and Lakeville that connects residents and businesses to recycling, composting and waste disposal information.

DVR is not a drop off facility and does not accept any materials for recycling.