How to Clean Up A Broken CFL Bulb

July 26, 2011 | By | Comments (11)

If you’ve switched to compact fluorescent light bulbs to be more eco-friendly, you’ll want to know how to safely clean up the pieces if one breaks in your home. Because they contain small amounts of mercury, it’s important to follow safety precautions.

Here’s the step-by-step:

1. Open as many doors and windows as you can, and air out the room for at least 15 minutes.

2. Wearing rubber gloves, scoop the debris onto a piece of cardboard.

3. Secure the pieces of the bulb with duct tape.

4. Place the cardboard in a zippered plastic bag and seal it.

5. Toss it in the trash.

For more on the CFLs and the changing energy efficiency laws, check out this post on Apartment Therapy Re-Nest.