Cleaning products

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.

For less-toxic alternatives, see EBMUD’s Customer Pipeline for quick cleaning tips, or for more in-depth information, EBMUD’s “Clean It” guide.You can request a hard copy by calling 510-287-1651.

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.

Document Type Size
White Paper on Triclosan PDF <1 MB
Triclosan-Triclocarban Fact Sheet PDF <1 MB