Acetone is a colorless mobile flammable liquid. The most familiar household use of Acetone is as the active ingredient in Nail Polish Remover. Acetone is also used to make plastic, fibers, drugs, and other chemicals.
Exposure to Acetone can be chronic due to acetone contamination of water, food (e.g. milk), or the air (Acetone is volatile). A number of acute poisoning cases have been described. Relatively speaking, acetone is not a very toxic compound; it can, however, damage the mucosa of the mouth and can irritate and damage skin. Accidental intake of large amounts of acetone may lead to unconsciousness and death.
The effects of long-term exposure to acetone are known mostly from animal studies. Kidney, liver, and nerve damage, increased birth defects, and lowered reproduction ability of males (only) occurred in animals exposed long-term. It is not known if these same effects would be exhibited in humans.
Acetone and Acetone componds are flammable liquids and should be disposed of as hazardous waste. They can be taken to any Household Hazardous Waste collection facility or event; see collection information below.
Free Household Hazardous Waste Disposal
If you are a resident of Clark County or one of its cities, you may dispose of unwanted household hazardous waste products at any of the following HHW collection programs. Business-generated hazardous waste will not be accepted.
Eligible senior and citizens with disabilities who are unable to transport HHW to a collection site or event may call (360) 397-6118 ext. 4352 to see if they qualify for a free home pick up.
Fixed Collection Facilities
- Central Transfer and Recycling Center - Brush Prairie
- Washougal Transfer Station - Washougal
- West Van Materials Recovery Center - Vancouver
Satellite Collection Events