Reduce Pollution at Home

Did you know you can help to reduce pollution in your own home—and it’s easy? We’ve collected a number of ideas below to get you started.

In The House

  • Take a Clear Choices Clean Water action pledge — Make a difference!
  • Purchase household and garden products that are the least toxic to the environment.
  • When using chemicals, detergents, and pesticides, use only the amount recommended by the manufacturer and use them according to the directions. Avoid overruns onto hard surfaces like sidewalks and driveways.
  • Properly dispose of Household Hazardous Waste.
  • Rinse out water-based (latex) paint brushes in the sink or dispose of them in the trash.
  • Don’t wash paint brushes, paint buckets, rollers or roller trays outside where paint can run to the storm drain.
  • Avoid using oil-based paint if possible. If you do use oil-based paint, properly dispose of the unused portion.
  • Learn about mercury pollution and how to prevent it.
  • Properly dispose of unused medication.
  • Keep oil and grease out of the drain.
  • Take proper precautions when cleaning your carpet and disposing of the waste water.

On Your Lawn and In Your Garden

In Your Garage

  • Have your car tuned up regularly to make sure it is operating as cleanly as possible with no leaks of oil or other fluids. Fix car leaks right away. Use dry methods to clean up any fluids that have leaked.
  • Find a location near you to recycle motor oil, antifreeze, and other automotive fluids.
  • Use a car wash to take precautions when washing your car at home.