Around The House


Purchase & Usage

  • Choose paint with low or no Volatile Organic Compounds (VOCs).
  • Estimate carefully (PDF)
  • Use latex paints rather than oil-based when possible.
  • When outdoors, use tarps and drop cloths to prevent overspray and spills.

Clean Up

  • Always clean latex paint equipment in a sink.
  • Never clean equipment in gutters, driveways, streets, or storm drains.
  • Reuse cleaning solvents/thinners for oil-based paint and use the least toxic products available.
  • Use the paint on the brushes and rollers as much as possible before cleaning.


  • Keep absorbent materials, such as kitty litter, on hand to clean up spills.
  • Seal cans tightly and turn upside down to keep paint from drying out.
  • Store all paint products in a covered area away from floor drains.


  • Dried latex paint may be thrown away in regular trash.
  • Oil-based paint must be properly disposed of at the Dallas County Home Chemical Collection Center.

Alternative Non-Toxic Cleaning Products

  • Laundry Bleach - Half Cup White Vinegar, Baking Soda or Borax
  • Room Deodorizer - Baking Soda
  • Rug Cleaners - Sprinkle Baking Soda and Vacuum
  • Scouring - Baking Soda and Vinegar
  • Toilet Cleaners - Baking Soda and Brush
  • Weed Killer - Mix 10 to 20% Vinegar with Water and Spray
  • Window Cleaner - Vinegar and wipe with newspaper