Since almost all collectors collect the covers or boxes only, the first thing done with new acquistions is to take the matches out (carefully). Usually, this results in a goodly pile of unwanted matches . What's the best way of safely getting rid of those matches?
 
Well, despite what you might suspect, the answer is not always a given. I took a quick poll in 2007 on just this question with the following results:
 
-Throw loose in garbage………………………....18
-Bag and throw in garbage…………………...…..21
-Soak and throw in garbage w/wo bagging……....48
-Burn in:………………………………………….11
Fireplace………………………………………......4
Outside………………………………………….....6
Paper recycle bin……………………………….....1
-Only deal with stripped covers or full books….....5
 
I was amazed at how many people just threw their matches into the garbage without soaking them first. Several of the respondents specifically reported that they had been doing so for years with no reported problems, but, personally, I’d be scared to do that...based on personal experience. Once I just casually dumped quite a few stripped matches into my garbage can in the garage and the whole thing ignited like a jet engine while I was still pouring the matches in!...Last time I did that! Now, I soak them in a large bowl in the sink before I dump them into the garbage. If I happen to be stripping in the winter (matches, Ladies!), I’ll use them in the fireplace, but if it’s any other time of the year, I’m wary of keeping all those stripped matches around the house, so I’ll use the soaking method...which is definitely the method of disposal suggested here.

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