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Offline BeorningTopic starter

Leaking batteries - what to do with them?
« on: July 30, 2012, 04:55:33 PM »
Just what the title says...  :o

In the past, I've used up quite a lot of batteries: for my walkman, for my cordless mouse... For some reason, after draining batteries, I didn't throw them away, but I kept them in a drawer. Today, I looked into the drawer and I noticed that some of the batteries seem to be leaking something white and crystal-like...

What should I do with it? Is it acid? Can I touch it? Is it toxic..?

Help!

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Re: Leaking batteries - what to do with them?
« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2012, 04:58:48 PM »

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Re: Leaking batteries - what to do with them?
« Reply #2 on: July 30, 2012, 05:03:32 PM »
Ah! Thanks!

Although, after reading this article, now I'm double-scared...

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Re: Leaking batteries - what to do with them?
« Reply #3 on: July 30, 2012, 05:12:52 PM »
The chemicals in batteries aren't really good for happy funtimes with your skin, it's true. Something like vinegar will neutralize them though. Kind of like vinegar and baking soda neutralize one another.

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Re: Leaking batteries - what to do with them?
« Reply #4 on: July 30, 2012, 05:21:19 PM »
Just take a baggie and use that as a barrier between your hands and the batteries. Once you've got the batteries in your baggie-shielded hand, just turn the bag inside out and the batteries will be neatly inside and ready for disposing.

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Re: Leaking batteries - what to do with them?
« Reply #5 on: July 30, 2012, 05:53:53 PM »
Ha! Good idea. Thanks :)

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Re: Leaking batteries - what to do with them?
« Reply #6 on: July 30, 2012, 06:13:24 PM »
Works for many things you don't want to touch.  I learned it when my parents had a dog and we had to clean up after her.  ;)

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Re: Leaking batteries - what to do with them?
« Reply #7 on: July 30, 2012, 06:46:40 PM »
Check with your local refuse collector for the proper method of disposal.  Batteries are not friendly to landfills and they explode in incinerators.