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Household Chemicals That Movers Won’t Transport

When people pack, they tend to throw all of their possessions in boxes, trying to speed their way through packing. The correct way is to slowly and carefully sort out your things in order to see which needs to be brought to your new home, which ones to leave behind, and which ones to throw out.


As you sort out your stuff, you must remember that there are some items that cannot be transported by moving companies.

Government regulations prohibit certain items from being transported by professionals because they are either dangerous or flammable. Below is a list of household chemicals that moving companies will not and cannot move for you.

Hazardous Items List:

Aerosol Cans:

  1. Household Cleaners
  2. Hair Spray and Products
  3. Engine starting Fluid
  4. Toxic/Corrosive Substances
  5. Deodorant
  6. Pain Relievers
  7. Insecticides
  8. Air Freshener


  1. Propellants
  2. Primers
  3. Ammunition
  4. Batteries
  5. Smoke Devices
  6. Explosive War Mementos
  7. Fireworks
  8. Lawn and Gardening Chemicals

Gases, Compressed:

  1. Fire Extinguishers
  2. Scuba Diving Tanks
  3. Welding Gases
  4. Propane Tanks
  5. Helium Tanks
  6. Oxygen Tanks


  1. Adhesives
  2. Cleaning Fluids
  3. Bleach
  4. Matches
  5. Paint/Varnish Remover
  6. Ammonia
  7. Alcohol
  8. Lighter Fluids
  9. Wood Stains
  10. Lacquer
  11. Kerosene
  12. Wood Filter
  13. Charcoal
  14. Paint
  15. Flares
  16. Shellac
  17. Turpentine
  18. Barbecue Starting Fluid
  19. Fingernail Polish Remover

So before you start dumping your entire kitchen into a storage box, make sure to check them. Most of the items you have there should probably be given away or disposed of.

For additional safety, remember that there are some other things that you shouldn’t let companies transport. These ones are not prohibited by law, but carrying them yourself will be much safer for you. This includes important documents, deeds, bonds, legal documents, identification cards and other personal items that will jeopardize your safety and security should they get lost.

Don’t rush packing. Sort your entire household out and make a list whenever possible. Being organized always makes for a better move.

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