Cleaning Product Containers Other Recycling Recycle with Plastic Containers Cleaning product containers are usually made from plastic #1 or plastic #2. Empty Completely Before Recycling Most household cleaners do not need to be disposed of as household hazardous waste. Yet, containers must be completely empty before disposal. Follow the instructions on the label. Flush Small Amounts of Leftover It’s okay to flush small amounts of cleaning product down the drain with lots of water, but only if the cleaning product is a liquid, powder or gel. Find out to how to do dispose of these leftovers. Labels Are OK Generally, it’s not necessary to remove the labels on cleaning product containers before recycling them.