Cleaning house lately? If so, you’ve likely encountered at least one particularly challenging job - one that urges you to consider how you might layer or combine household cleaning products to achieve the best possible results. However, mixing cleaning agents is almost always a bad idea, and toxic combinations can emit dangerous fumes or erode surfaces. Here are a few products you should never combine.
• 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 is potentially 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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