How to Dispose of Clorox Bleach

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Clorox is a bleach product manufactured by the Clorox Company of Oakland, California. The product is composed of two chemical agents: chlorine and sodium hydroxide, and commonly sold as a household cleaner and laundry product. According to a fact sheet provided by Vanderbilt Environmental Health and Safety (VEHS), the disposal of Clorox bleach is regulated by the federal government as well as state and local jurisdictions. In other words, guidelines must be followed when it comes to disposing of Clorox bleach at home.

How to Dispose of Clorox Bleach
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Things You'll Need

  • Toilet
  • Sink
  • Hazardous Waste Disposal Company
Step 1

Pour Clorox bleach down the toilet. If you have less than five gallons of Clorox bleach to dispose of and your home is connected to a municipal sewer, pour the bleach into the toilet and flush away.

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Step 2

Open the tap, and pour the bleach down the sink. You can dispose of small amounts of bleach in the sink as long as the bleach is diluted by the running water. The bleach is broken down into its main ingredients—salt and water--with the help of the running water.

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Step 3

Give the Clorox bleach away. Consider giving the bleach to someone else if you have bottles that you can't use. The uses of chlorine bleach are vast, and someone else might make good use of it.

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Step 4

Contact a household waste disposal company. If you have large amounts of bleach to dispose of, call one of these companies to help. Hazardous waste disposal companies will pick up the bleach, or you can take it to them, usually for a fee.

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Step 5

Try to think of alternative ways to utilize bleach around your home. You do not necessarily have to discard leftover bleach. Clorox has many uses—some of which many people are not familiar with. Add bleach to your flower vase, for example. Mix a quarter tsp. of bleach with a qt. of water, and keep your cut flowers fresher longer. You can also use bleach to kill weeds.

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Tips & Warnings

  • Sop up a small Clorox spill with paper towels, and throw them away in the regular trash. Pour any residual liquid into the toilet and flush.
  • Don't reuse empty Clorox bottles. Rinse them, and throw them away. Check if your recycling company accepts HDPE (high-density polyethylene) bottles.
  • Do not pour Clorox bleach on the ground or throw it down a storm drain to dispose of it.

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