Alright I figure since we the yoyoers use acetone and /or mineral spirits to clean our Yoyo bearings some of us need to know of how to dispose of this stuff properly. this is because these chemicals are nasty solvents that simply shouldn’t end up in the in people’s sinks or water wells simply because they dont belong there. Due to these solvents being really flammable and dangerous they dont belong in plumbing or the ground. So this topic is to tell you how to dispose of these solvents properly and how to handle them in a mature way. The reason is because I know some of us are amateurs when doing so or don’t realize how dangerous mineral spirits and acetone really are.
How to dispose of the solvents
1.Let it evaporate acetone and mineral spirits evaporate in the sunlight easily surprisingly so when your done put that jar in the sun and let it do its thing. the sun will act as a catalyst which then will evaporate (its a good idea for you to do this outside)
But it’s winter I don’t get much sunlight what else can I do?
Go to your local hazmat disposal area and drop it off when there open. Then let the professionals do it for you. You may have to pay a fee but it will be worth while knowing that you wont be finding that in your water or where ever you throw that stuff away. I recommend this highly if you live just outside a city or urban environment
this is not recommended due to it could put hazardous gases into the air so this isn’t recommended but it is a way to dispose of it so it out of a child or younger siblings reach.
one thing some of us do not realize is that proper clothing should also be used When handling acetone and mineral spirits. Wearing t-shirts and shorts isn’t a good idea when your handling solvents. Its always a good idea to use these materials when your handling them that would be
A glass jar of some kind for cleaning Yoyo bearings (I find baby food jars are awesome for this)
Reasons for these items
You do not want this in your eyes and become forever blinded because a tiny bit of acetone got in your eye.
You don’t want this on your skin it can cause irritation. that isn’t pleasant and you dont need a reaction to it.
Solvents can eat plastic so it’s a good idea to use glass jars in this case so you dont have acetone or mineral spirits leaking.
Anyways I just wanted to post this because I realize some people can be naive about these things. Because I know some parents or teenagers don’t really know about these materials and think there not as bad as they really are, that simply isn’t true! not to mention some people don’t have an intelligent father like I do to give me this information to protect myself from them. So I felt something needed to be said about them because when people post saying " Oh just desheild the bearing and give it in a bath in acetone or mineral spirits!" it’s makes it seem minor or completely safe. when the people on the forums are talking about the solvents which simply isn’t true because the chemicals aren’t mundane as we on the forums are making it out to be.