Spill Magic Absorbent FAQ’s

What is Spill Magic?

A lightweight super concentrated absorbent composed entirely of Amorphous Aluminum Silicate. It will transform any liquid or semi-liquid into a dry powder almost instantly, and works by means of a process known as “silicate encapsulation”; the absorbed material actually becoming part of the silicate molecule. Because Spill Magic particles have tremendous surface areas compared to their size; and because their surface tension is ideal for absorption, Spill Magic outperforms clay-based (kitty litter) absorbents 20 to 1 by weight, and 5 to 1 by volume.

Is Spill Magic an aBsorbent or and aDsorbent?

Spill Magic is an aBsorbent. An absorbent acts like a sponge and actually takes on the nature of the absorbed material. But unlike a sponge, when used properly Spill Magic will not release the material – even when under pressure, as in a landfill. An aDsorbent (clay) is like a rock, and when liquids coat the surface of the adsorbent, the surface will not absorb any more material. When landfilled the absorbed material can be released, but may also simply fall off the adsorbent into the landfill.

Is Spill Magic toxic or hazardous when touched, consumed or inhaled?

Spill Magic is non-toxic and non-hazardous to humans, plants, animals, and the environment. Because it is an “amorphous silicate” it’s listed as “non-carcinogenic” by the International Agency for the Research of Cancer (monogram 42). Continued inhalation of any dust can be harmful, but there are presently no known hazards associated with the inhalation of Spill Magic. As is the case with any dust, it’s recommended that when Spill Magic is used in an enclosed environment for a prolonged period of time that a dust mask is worn.

Spill Magic should not be used to absorb Hydrofluoric Acid. HF is a very dangerous, powerful, rarely used and strictly controlled acid that will melt Spill Magic, producing a potentially harmful gas during the melting process.

Is Spill Magic Flammable? Can it be incinerated?

Spill Magic is not flammable and has no BTU value in it’s unused state. It can be incinerated after use if the Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) of the absorbed material permits it. Spill Magic itself will melt at 2400 degrees Fahrenheit, which transforms it into small glass balls about 20% of its original volume.

Will Spill Magic damage floors?

While slightly abrasive, Spill Magic will not normally damage tile, wood cement, asphalt, carpet, or any other floor surface.

Can Spill Magic be disposed of in a landfill?

Unused it can be landfilled like any other non-toxic or non-hazardous mineral with no prohibitions. When used to absorb hazardous or toxic materials it must be disposed of in accordance with the MSDS, or any Federal, State or Local laws or regulations governing the absorbed liquid(s).

Has Spill Magic been tested for non-leachability of absorbed wastes in landfills?

Yes, it has satisfied the parameters set in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) TCLP (Toxicity Characteristic Leaching Procedure – method D2974); the LRT (Liquid Release Test – EPA method 9096); the PFT (Paint Filter Release Test – EPA method 9095); and other more stringent testing required by various States. These tests serve merely to illustrate that when used properly (See “Spill Magic Absorption Ratios” on the Comparison Chart in this circular), Spill Magic will not leach absorbed hazardous or toxic wastes when landfilled. Even when properly absorbed by Spill Magic, all absorbed hazardous or toxic wastes may need to be tested on by case basis to certify landfillability.

When is waste considered hazardous or toxic?

When it has any of the following 3 characteristics, and is not specifically excluded from regulations 10 CFR 261-4:
Ignitability: A flash point of less than 140 degrees Fahrenheit (60 degrees Celsius).
Corrosivity: A pH less than or equal to 2.0; more than or equal to 12.5; or corrodes steel at a rate greater than 6.35 mm/year at 55 degrees Celsius.
Reactivity: Unstable; reacts violently or forms potentially explosive mixtures when coming in contact with water; is sufficiently cyanide or sulfide bearing to produce toxic gas; is capable of detonation.

Are there any codes or industrial identification for Spill Magic?

SIC Code: 2819: CAS#: 93763-703: Harmonized Export Code: B-6806.20.0000

Is Spill Magic biodegradable?

No, because it is a mineral it will not degrade. Federal Law prohibits the landfilling of materials absorbed with biodegradable absorbents. (40 CFR parts 260, 264, 265 and 271)

It’s Lightning Fast!
Absorbs and removes liquid spills faster than any other absorbent or cleaner.

Saves Time & Money
Requires less labor and material to cleanup liquid spills.

Environmentally Safe and Non-Toxic
Safe to use around humans, plants, animals and the environment; and will not damage tile, wood, concrete, asphalt or any hard or carpeted surface.

Absorbs ALL kinds of Liquids!
Except for Hydrofluoric Acid, Spill Magic will absorb all other liquids and semi-liquids including household spills, liquid soaps and detergents, automotive oil & grease, petrochemicals, mineral acids, caustics, alcohol, etc.


Spill Magic is classified as an “amorphous silicate”.
It is not carcinogenic, and does not cause “silicosis”, a lung disease. These findings are the result of studies conducted by the IARC (International Agency for the Research of Cancer), an arm of WHO (World Health Organization). The IARC lists evidence for the carcinogenicity of “amorphous” silicate in Monogram-42 as “inadequate”.

IARC Reference

(International Agency for the Research of Cancer) Reprint from IARC monograms on the evaluation of the carcinogenic risks to humans. Overall evaluations of carcinogencity: An updating of IARC monograms volumes 1 to 42
Silica: Crystalline Silicate (group 2A) Amorphous Silicate (group 3)
A. Evidence for carcinogencity to humans (limited for crystalline silicate; inadequate for amorphous silicate).
Excerpt from IARC Monogram-42 on the evaluation of the carcinogenic risk of chemicals to humans
4.4 Evaluation There is sufficient evidence for the carcinogenicity of crystalline silica to experimental animals. There is limited evidence for the carcinogencity of crystalline silica to humans. There is inadequate evidence for the carcinogencity of amorphous silica to experimental animals. There is inadequate evidence for the carcinogencity of amorphous silica to humans.

Federal Regulations and Standards

When used properly (see testing & comparison sheets), Spill Magic meets and exceeds the requirements of the United States EPA’s (Environmental Protection Agency) Toxicity Characteristics Leaching Procedure Test (TCLP-Method ASTM-D2974), the Liquid Release Test, (LRT-EPA Method 9095), and other more stringent testing required by various states for the landfilling of absorbed hazardous or toxic wastes. The law that effectively eliminates land disposal of liquid wastes is in section 3004 (c) (2) of the Hazardous and Solid Waste Amendments (HWSA), under the authority of the Resource Conservation and Recovery Act (RCRA), promulgated by the EPA. Regulations governing disposal of toxic or hazardous wastes vary from state to state, and sometimes within states. With the exception of a few, most states accept and have adopted EPA standards regarding disposal of absorbed hazardous or toxic waste in landfills. Consult your local agencies for their regulations.

Spill Magic meets and exceeds OSHA’s (Occupational Safety and Health Administration) requirements for the dry absorption of body fluids outlined in the Bloodborne Pathogens Standard 29CFR 1910. 1030.

Spill Magic has been approved by the USDA “for the use as an absorbent or anti-slip agent for the spot application to floors to correct a hazardous condition in official establishments operating under the Federal meat and poultry products inspection program”.

Spill Magic is non-biodegradable making it acceptable for disposal in landfills. It meets the EPA’s final rule on “Hazardous Waste Management: Liquids in landfills” as published in the Federal Register of November 18, 1992 volume 57, number 223. This action is covered under 40CFR parts 260, 264, 265, 271, and took effect on May 18, 1993.

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