Make Your Home Safer (& Healthier) by Throwing Out These Things

Make Your Home Safer (& Healthier) by Throwing Out These Things

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Adrienne Breaux
Aug 15, 2015
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It's not exactly sexy or stylish, but there's a home cleaning task you can do in an afternoon that will make your home safer. What is it? Gather up toxic and dangerous home supplies that you don't need anymore to throw away safely. You'll not only regain some space in your cabinets, drawers, garage shelves and more, you'll make your home a little healthier this weekend.

This Weekend's Assignment:

Toss out toxic items in your home

We regularly encourage you to declutter your home by giving away, donating and yes, sometimes throwing away items you just don't need anymore. But not everything in your home can just be tossed into the trash. Toxic and dangerous elements (or elements that could become toxic or dangerous if not thrown away properly) have to be disposed of carefully and intentionally. Everything from light bulbs to old paint to medicine and more.

This weekend, the first part of your assignment is to identify elements you might have in your home that need to be thrown away or recycled in an intentional way (because you are finished using them. You don't have to go around throwing away items if you still need them!).

Check spots like the bathroom medicine cabinet, the cabinet you keep household cleaners in and the garage (or wherever you keep your surplus craft and paint supplies) and the home "junk" spot like a junk drawer or closet that might be hiding old batteries and more.

Next, you can follow the how-to below to dispose of items the safe way. We include the most common household items in our tutorial, but feel free to chime in, in the comments below, of any other not-mentioned items that should be disposed of in a specific way.

Remember, as with all of our Weekend Projects, just do what you have the time and energy to do!

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