Chemicals at home

Use household cleaning products wisely

Most families buy lots of cleaning and laundry products. Residues from these regularly used household chemicals are mixed with wastewater and find their way into natural water bodies and groundwater, causing pollution. Packaging from household chemicals can also be hazardous, and, when heated, chemicals can enter the air we breathe.

There are no truly reliable ways to dispose of household chemical products. We can only try to minimise the harm they cause, so it is best to use them wisely and appropriately. When purchasing a product, read the label carefully and choose those that will do least harm to the environment (for instance phosphate-free and biodegradable substances).

You can also use traditional cleaning agents that are safe for the environment (such as mustard or sodium bicarbonate).

Read the factsheet to find out more about household chemicals.