Household acids/bases

Always take extreme care when handling acids and bases, as hazardous reactions may occur and fumes may be produced.
  • Acids and bases are corrosive and can cause severe skin and eye damage.
Dilute and flush
  • Do not follow these procedures if your home is connected to a septic tank. Even in diluted form, these chemicals can destroy the bacterial action in your septic system and drain field.
  • Never dispose of acids and bases on the ground, in a storm drain or gutter, because they can contaminate groundwater, surface water and drinking water supplies.
  1. Provide adequate ventilation by opening windows and doors and/or turning on a room fan.
  2. Wear protective clothing such as chemical-resistant gloves, eye protection and long sleeves.
  3. Unless the package directions specify otherwise, carefully pour one-quarter to one-half-cup of the acid or base into 2 to 5 gallons of water, taking care not to splash or spill.
  • Always add the chemical to the water and not the water to the chemical.
  • Failure to dilute the concentrate may seriously damage pipes or other parts of your plumbing.
  1. Pour the diluted solution slowly down the drain, flushing with large amounts of water and taking care not to splash.  
  2. Continue disposing in 2- to 5-gallon batches of diluted solution until completely gone.
  • Don't mix products. Wait several hours between disposing of different types of products to allow each to clear your sewer lines.  
  • The best time to do this is during the working day when the sewage system is in full use so this material passes through the municipal sewage system faster.