Ready to clean out the garage and tackle those tough cleaning projects? Not so fast. Some cleaning products contain toxic compounds that can be harmful to you and the Bay, so it’s wise to use less-toxic alternatives, and when getting rid of old products, never pour them down indoor or outdoor drains.
At BayWise you will find an “eco-home” with ideas for keeping your family, and the Bay, healthy — inside and outside your home, as well as a search engine for locations to properly dispose of items you no longer want.
The EPA also offers information on safe choice cleaning products.
Antibacterial and Antimicrobial Products
Reduce or eliminate your use of products containing triclosan and triclocarban.
Antibacterial ingredients are common in everyday products like hand soaps, dish and laundry soaps, toothpaste, mouthwash, cutting boards and countertops. The American Medical Association reported there is "little evidence to support the use of antimicrobials in consumer products such as topical hand lotions and soaps."
EBMUD has phased out purchases of triclosan and triclocarban-containing products for its facilities. For more information, see the Watershed Management Initiative's white paper on triclosan and the triclosan-triclocarban fact sheet below.