Did you know that mixing two completely different cleaning products could be harmful to your health?
Yes! This DIY cleaning trick could turn out to do more harm than good.
It’s true, we all feel defeated at times especially when you’ve been cleaning all day and and everything still looks like a mess.
When I found out some cleaning tricks I’ve been using all my life were so dangerous, I just knew I had to share this life-saving secret before someone else found out the tragic way.
After a tough cleaning job, you can easily get frustrated and even give up at times —Or you might get tempted to apply your creative powers to win that battle. But before you try to pull out the chemist in you by mixing all kinds of different cleaning products in your house, Please pay close attention to this terrifying truth:
“Certain products, which are safe when used alone, can sometimes cause unsafe fumes or other chemical reactions when mixed with other products,” says Nancy Bock, Senior VP of Education at the American Cleaning Institute.
“People often think that if one product works, mixing it with another one will make it even better,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.
And even if your improvised cleaner combo doesn’t appear to be dangerous or toxic, it’s impossible to know what effect two products can have on a surface or fabric when combined, given the different ingredients they have. You are advised by experts to always read the warning and ingredient labels on cleaning products .
Here’s a list of cleaning products you should never mix.
#1: Drain cleaner + another drain cleaner
Use one product at a time. Incase it doesn’t work, try another product later or seek professional help by calling a plumber.
“I would never recommend mixing two different drain cleaners or even using one right after the other,” says Forte. “These are powerful formulas, and could even explode if combined.”
#2: Baking soda + vinegar
Please never mix these two! Mixing baking soda and vinegar will only create an explosive mess that will frustrate you more.
“Baking soda is basic and vinegar is acidic,” says Bock, “When you put them together you get mostly water and sodium acetate. But really, just mostly water.” Plus, vinegar causes baking soda to foam up; if stored in a closed container, the mixture can explode.
#3: Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar
Despite the fact iit’s safe to spray fruits or countertops with alternating mists of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar and wipe down the surface between sprays, experts strongly warn us to not mix the two products in the same container because once hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are mixed together, it creates peracetic acid, which is potentially toxic and can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system. Yikes!
#4: Bleach + vinegar
This combination might sound like a dream-come-true when it comes to disinfectants, but the two should never be mixed — unless you want to wage chemical warfare on yourself.
“Together, they produce chlorine gas, which even at low levels, can cause coughing, breathing problems, and burning, watery eyes,” says Forte.
#5: Bleach + ammonia
Mixing bleach and ammonia is not a wise idea. The result is a gas known as chloramine. Many glass and window cleaners contain ammonia, so never mix those with bleach.
“It causes the same symptoms as bleach and vinegar — along with shortness of breath and chest pain.” says Forte.
#6: Bleach + rubbing alcohol
This is a terrible idea. Bleach and rubbing alcohol react to make chloroform — which is a dangerous chemical that irritates the eyes, respiratory system, and skin. It can even damage the nervous system, eyes, lungs, skin, liver, kidneys, and other organs and may cause cancer.
Remember not to mix bleach with anything else except plain water. It is a highly reactive chemical that forms dangerous compounds when mixed with any of a number of chemicals, according to experts.
“Even other products like window and toilet bowl cleaners can have ingredients, like acids or ammonia, that shouldn’t be mixed with bleach,” says Forte.
I was greatly shocked when I learned about these dangerous cleaning product combinations.