How to Clean Up Mercury?

If you break open a product containing mercury, you need to be very careful when cleaning it up. You should call the local health department to inform them of your situation. Children should be removed from the area. A flashlight will help you locate the beads of mercury, and you can collect them into a plastic bag or airtight container using an eyedropper, index cards, or plain paper. Don’t use a vacuum or broom, and don’t try to soak it up in a towel. If you use household chemicals, like chlorine or ammonia, toxic gases can be released. Be sure to remove gold jewelry for this clean up job, as mercury can permanently damage it. You can find more information here: