Many consumer products contain toxic chemicals that make them hazardous — even items from your local grocery or hardware store. Handling them safely will protect your family and the environment. In many cases there are less-toxic alternatives you can use.
EPA has a product certification program called Safer Choice. Products with this label use the safest ingredients, and are just as effective as their more-toxic competitors. Look for products with the Safer Choice label at your favorite store, or search EPA's website for products like:
- All-purpose cleaners
- Appliance cleaners
- Bathroom cleaners
- Car cleaners
- Dish soap
- Floor care
- Furniture cleaners
- Glass & surface cleaners
- Hand soaps
- Laundry products
- Pet care
- Wood cleaners
Washington's toxics in products laws
Ecology has laws that regulate toxic chemicals in certain products
, including products for children
. We test products to ensure manufacturers comply with our laws—search our product testing database for results
Household hazards and disasters
Floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and powerful storms can take your safely-stored hazardous products and spread them around your home and community. Prepare your home in terms of toxic chemicals by:
The Hazardous Substance Information and Education Office is funded in partnership with the Washington State Department of Labor and Industries by the Worker and Community Right-to-Know Fund.
- Knowing what hazardous products are in you home. Look for products labeled "caution," "warning," "poison," or "danger."
- Clearing out unneeded hazardous products. Take whatever you don't need to a household hazardous waste disposal site. Recycle old electronics.
- Storing hazardous products properly. Keep hazardous products in a tray, tub or caddy. Make sure containers have the original label (tape it down if it comes loose).