If you were looking for information on cleaning products, then you’ve come to the right place! Those, who have been cleaning house more than normal lately, have likely encountered at least one challenging job on their to-do list. Whether you feel encouraged to take the easy way out or not, you might be tempted to combine household cleaning products for better results. Usually, this is a bad idea, though, as it can create toxic mixtures, which emit dangerous fumes and/or erode surfaces. With that being said, here are a few cleaning products you should never combine – no matter what!
- Bleach and Vinegar: These two ingredients produce chlorine gas, which can cause coughing, breathing problems, and burning, watery eyes, even at low levels.
- Baking Soda and Vinegar: Though a popular solution for DIY cleaning, baking soda, and vinegar mixed will mostly result in water once the initial reaction has occurred. If you store these two agents in the same closed container, the mixture might also explode.
- Bleach and Ammonia: Bleach and ammonia produce a toxic gas called chloramine, which can result in many of the same symptoms as chlorine gas, along with shortness of breath and chest pain. Many glass and window cleaners contain ammonia, so never mix those with bleach.
- Two Different Drain Cleaners: Are two drain cleaners better than one? The answer is no. These powerful formulas should never be mixed, as they could explode if combined.
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar: When used separately on a surface and wiped down in-between, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are safe. However, mixing them in the same container creates peracetic acid, which can be toxic and can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.
- Bleach and Rubbing Alcohol: As a rule, bleach should never be mixed with anything other than water. In fact, if you mix it with rubbing alcohol, you’ll have chloroform on your hands, which can be irritating and toxic.
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