Can you put paint down the sink?
Clean latex paint with soap and water. If your house is on a public sewer system, you can clean the brushes in your sink. But be careful not to dispose of paint in an area where it might seep into the groundwater. You'll need a solvent such as paint thinner to clean oil-based paints.
Even latex paint is unhealthy for your septic system! For a DIY'er to clean paint brushes or rollers in a sink is not a very efficient use of water. Garbage disposals. Eliminating the use of a garbage disposal can reduce the amount of grease and solids entering the septic tank and possibly clogging the drainfield.
- Acrylic paint will stay permanent on clothing. Once it dries and is heat set with a dryer or iron, it's there forever. Make sure you DON'T use washable acrylic paint! It won't work for this project.
- Acrylics are water-based, quick-drying, not reliant on any toxic solvents and can be applied to a wide range of surfaces. When dry, acrylics are lightfast and permanent, and the surface becomes strong and flexible. You can modify the consistency of acrylic paint with a bewildering variety of gels, pastes and mediums.
- Use a 100 percent cotton t-shirt for the best result. If fabric paints are out of your price range, try using acrylic paints mixed with "fabric medium." Both are available at craft stores. You can buy plain t-shirts, puffy paint, fabric paint, and fabric stencils at an arts and crafts store.
Solvents and thinners should never be placed in the garbage, poured down the drain or on the ground. Always take them to a county household hazardous waste drop-off site for disposal.
- Country Lore: Reuse Paint Thinner. After cleaning the pan, pail, and brushes, pour the used paint thinner into a new container. Let it sit for a few days. The solids will settle to the bottom, and the thinner on top will be clear and ready to reuse.
- Used rags should be spread out in a safe flat area to dry. If you lay them out on your garage floor or driveway, weight them down so the wind doesn't blow them away. Once they're dry, check with your city or municipality for disposal instructions. Store the rags in an airtight, non-combustible metal container.
- “Some oil-based wood finishes (stains, polishes, varnishes) have a tendency to spontaneously heat as they dry and cure. If rags or cloths wet with these finishes are mishandled, the spontaneous heating can accelerate and might lead to ignition and a fire,” he said.
Updated: 20th September 2018