Alternatives to Household Hazardous Waste

What Alternative Can I Use? 

Whenever possible, use a non-hazardous alternative. Environmentally friendly and safer options are available for household cleaning, home improvement and garden care.

There are five basic ingredients that can be used as alternatives to hazardous cleaning products commonly found in the home.

These ingredients are: baking soda, pure soap, white vinegar, borax, and washing soda.

  • Baking soda is an excellent scouring powder, deodorizer, and water softener. 
  • Pure soap decomposes naturally in the environment and can be found in liquid, bar, powder, or flake form. 
  • White vinegar deodorizes and cuts grime and grease. 
  • Borax disinfects, cleans, and softens water. 
  • Washing soda removes stains, disinfects, and cuts grease.


Other things you can do include:

  • Be a wise consumer - buy only the amount of product you need.
  • If you do use a hazardous product, make sure to use it all.
  • If you cannot use the entire product, give the leftovers to someone who can.


All hazardous wastes collected in Gibraltar are sent for either disposal or recovery operations to licensed plants in Spain under the Shipment of Waste Regulations 2006.

Waste oil from shipping and other sources was treated (partial recovery) at a Waste Oil Treatment Facility in Gibraltar but is currently exported mainly to Spain and other EU countries under the Shipment of Waste Regulations 2006.