Many products and chemicals we use in our homes can be harmful to health and the environment if not disposed of properly. But there are also some simple ways to reduce the use of these products in our homes in the first place.
- Read product labels to judge the hazard level and choose products that contain less harmful ingredients. Look for signal words like poison, danger, warning and caution.
- Reduce the number of hazardous cleaning products in your home. Use one general-purpose cleaner for multiple jobs or non-toxic "green" cleaners such as baking soda, lemon juice or vinegar. Find more information on Green Cleaners.
- Reduce or eliminate the use of pesticides in your yard. A great way to do that is through backyard composting! Learn how to properly backyard compost and find other "how-to" tips on the Dakota County Environmental Resources Site..
- Don't toss CFL's or mercury-containing batteries in the garbage. Take them to the Recycling Zone or find a CFL recycling location near you through our Fluorescent Bulb Guide.
Get more tips on the Dakota County website.