If you’re in the process of tidying up and organizing your home, you’ll probably come across some items you want to get rid of but aren’t quite sure how to do so. Here’s a look at how to dispose of some of those hard-to-get-rid-of items.

Mattresses and box springs


If you have an old mattress and box springs in good condition, consider selling it or giving it away for free on a website such as Freecycle, Nextdoor, or Craigslist. If you purchased a new mattress, see if the store will take your old mattress for recycling. You can also check with your local recycling center or garbage disposal service to see what its rules are with old mattresses and box springs. Yet another option is a junk removal company, like 1-800-Got-Junk? Find out the 24 things your garbage collector wants you to know.

Cleaning products

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When it comes to getting rid of household cleaners, follow label directions. If there are no directions, here’s a rule of thumb, according to the EPA:

  1. If it’s a product that you mix with water, it can be disposed of down the drain with running water.
  2. Solid products, such as scouring pads, can be thrown out in the trash.
  3. For products such as oven cleaners and furniture polish, call the toll-free number on the label and ask.

You can also check with your local waste disposal facility if you’re unsure about a certain product.


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Battery maker Duracell notes that if you live in an area with a recycling or collection program, you should contact it about its rules for battery recycling. Never dispose of large numbers of batteries at one time, and don’t mix batteries with other recyclable items. Here’s the proper way to get rid of 12 hazardous household items safely.