Household Hazardous Waste

Other Resources

The number for Poison Control is 1-800-222-1222 no matter where you are in the United States.  Call this number for a poison emergency, and questions about poisons and poisoning prevention.  Canadian poison control center phone numbers vary by province.

For pets, call your veterinarian for immediate assistance.  You can also contact the Pet Poison Helpline at 1-800-213-6680.  This 24-hour line is for pet owners in the U.S., Canada, and the Caribbean.  Caution, there is a fee to use this pet helpline service.

Rechargeable Battery Recycling Corporation

Offers free rechargeable battery collection box at waste facilities and free UPS return for recycling (if you don't request a special pick up).

NH Department of Environmental Services
The Household Hazardous Waste Bureau of DES.

Vermont Agency of Natural Resources
The Waste Management Division of VT ANR.

Articles, Blogs, and Web Sites:

ABC News: Housecleaning Products Risk to Kids

About Home:  7 Important Parts of a Cleaning Product Label

Alliance for a Healthy Tomorrow

American Federation of Teachers  Provides a video about green cleaning for early childhood care providers 

American Lung Association: Cleaning Supplies and Household Chemicals

Annie Bond

Boston Channel: Household Cleaners Causing Health Problems


Consumer Reports: Greener Choices

Crunchy Betty: Borax: Is it Safe or Not?

Ecology Center Alternative Cleaning Recipes

Environmental Working Group  Check out their data bases such as Skin Deep

Green Alternatives to Flea Control from Natural Resources Defense Council

Healthy Stuff

How to Clean Things  A wonderfully irreverent resource

Informed Green Solutions a Vermont site

National Institutes of Health Household Products Database

Non-Toxic Kids

North Country Organics  a Vermont site selling natural fertilizers and pest control

Office of National Drug Control Policy

1001 Uses for Distilled White Vinegar

Organic Lawn Care Manual

Rachel's Network

Reader's Digest: 5 Best Baking Soda and Vinegar Cleaning Solutions

Safe Cosmetics

Safer Chemicals, Healthy Families

Scientific American: Detergents That Keep a House Clean--And Are Non-Toxic

Simple Mom

Stain Removal: Whole Living

Telegraph: Household Cleaners May Double Risk of Breast Cancer

Tiny Timmy's Healing Journey: cat neurologically damaged from pet sprays

3 Ways to Kill Mold Naturally 

Wall Street Journal: Household Products Start to Come Clean on Ingredients 

Women's Voices of the Earth

YouTube and Other Videos On-Line:

April 22, 2011
A video by Victoria Davis on making non-toxic cleaners for the local community television station includes a tour of the cleaning product aisle in a grocery store to have a look at the fine print on the labels.  It's about 40 minutes.  Non-Toxic Cleaners Film  

Apr 27, 2011
A special report originally aired on CBC Canada highlighting the link between the rise in health concerns with the increase of chemicals in everyday household products, skincare and cosmetics. 
Toxic Brew - Part 1 of 2

Toxic Brew - Part 2 of 2

July 20, 2010
The Story of Cosmetics examines the pervasive use of toxic chemicals in our everyday personal care products, from lipstick to baby shampoo. Produced with Free Range Studios and hosted by Annie Leonard, the seven-minute film by The Story of Stuff Project reveals the implications for consumer and worker health and the environment, and outlines ways we can move the industry away from hazardous chemicals and towards safer alternatives. The film concludes with a call for viewers to support legislation aimed at ensuring the safety of cosmetics and personal care products.
The Story of Cosmetics

Jul 6, 2010
Watch Safer Chemicals wacky cartoon spoof of the toxic chemicals lobby, created to galvanize support for Congressional action. The characters you will meet in the video are cartoons, but the plot is ripped from the headlines.
Toxic Chemicals Lobby Cartoon

Jun 8, 2009
It's the chemicals we use in our every day life that are killing us and we don't even know it.
Silent Killers - Chemicals & Toxins

Jan 2, 2009
Greenwala Chief Green Officer Justine Burt interviews Dr. Ann Blake about phthalates - which products contain them and what are the better alternatives.
What are Phalates and What are They In?


Berthold Bond, Annie.  Clean and Green.  Ceres Press, 1994.

Kolb Noyes, Amy.  Nontoxic Housecleaning.  White River Junction, Vermont: Chelsea Green Publishing, 2009.

Logan, Karen.  Clean Home, Clean Planet.  Gallery Books, 1997.

Sachs, Paul.  Handbook of Successful Ecological Lawn Care.  Edaphic, 1996. (also check out other books by Paul Sachs, et al for organic sports fields and golf courses) 

Sandbeck, Ellen.  Slugbread and Beheaded Thistles: Amusing and Useful Techniques for Nontoxic Housekeeping and Gardening.  Broadway, 2000.

Siegel-Maier, Karyn.  The Naturally Clean Home: 150 Super-Easy Herbal Formulas for Green Cleaning.  Storey Publishing, LLC, 2008.

Winter, Ruth.  A Consumer's Dictionary of Household, Yard, and Office Chemicals.  ASJA Press, 2007.