Never Pour Brake Fluid Down the Drain
There are several reasons you may have brake fluid around the house. Maybe you are an avid automobile tinkerer, or perhaps you are just replacing the fluids in your car on your own. It is vital that you realize that any automotive fluid could have a severe impact on the water system and our environment if improperly disposed of, including brake fluid.
- Check with your local auto parts store, most accept old brake fluid
Brake fluid can be considered hazardous household waste. For one thing, it is toxic, and should never be ingested by you, your children, your pets, or other wildlife that may come into contact with it. Brake fluid is also highly flammable, another hazardous trait. Finally, brake fluid is often contaminated with heavy metals that make it incredibly harmful to humans and animals alike.
These hazardous characteristics mean that it is absolutely, positively never a good idea to pour your old brake fluid down the drain or into your septic tank. Dispose of your brake fluid in an environmentally friendly manner instead.
Most recyclers use brake fluid to create alternative fuels for which there are other uses, making it safer and creating a new purpose for the fluid. Before you head to the recycling station, seal the brake fluid carefully in a leak-proof jar. Find out if your community has a household hazardous waste collection day. You can drop off your sealed container then. Otherwise, a local mechanic may take the used fluid for alternative uses.
If you don’t have another method of disposal available, you may be able to get rid of your old brake fluid safely through this easy at-home method. First, make sure that you carefully collect the fluid. Second, pour the fluid over a pan of kitty litter to evaporate. Keep the pan away from children and pets. Once the fluid has evaporated, put the litter in a sealed container and toss it in the trash.