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8 Common Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

September 24, 2015 8:11 pm Published by

When you are not hiring a maid, make sure you do not use any harmful cleaners or mix those two cleaners which are never to be mixed.

  1. Bleach and Vinegar

Both these products are very powerful for cleaning surfaces but if mixed together they emit chlorine gas which can cause coughing, irritation in eyes and breathing problem.

  1. Bleach with Toilet Bowl Cleaner

When bleach is mixed with an acidic toilet bowl cleaner it releases toxic fumes which can further cause breathing problems and watery eyes.

  1. Bleach with Ammonia

The combination of these two cleaners produces a gas called chloramines which are toxic in nature and can cause irritation and throat burns.

  1. Vinegar and Baking Soda

These are very handy cleaners readily available in your storage, but these two, when mixed together, gives an ineffective solution since baking soda is basic and vinegar is acidic in nature. Putting them together gives you mostly water and sodium acetate.

  1. Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide

Using these two products alternatively for cleaning surfaces is alright but never mix them or even store them in a container. Doing so will create a toxic acid called peracetic acid which causes irritation in skin and eyes.

  1. Rubbing Alcohol and Bleach

Combining these two substances produces chloroform and hydrochloric acid. It is, therefore, a big no combination.

  1. Two Different Drain Cleaners

Mixing two different drain cleaners is also a big no as it can release chlorine gas which is toxic and causes breathing problems and watery eyes.

  1. Certain Disinfectants with Detergents

Certain disinfectants contain sodium hypochlorite which when mixed with detergents create an acidic reaction which releases harmful fumes.

Make sure that you do not mix bleach with any other cleaning agent except water. That is the best and the safest way to use it. Even two cleaners from different brands should not be mixed. There could be some harmful reaction happening upon mixing which could cause you troubles later on. Upon mixing any two cleaning products without appropriate knowledge of their ingredients can cause problems such as:

  • Coughing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Pain in chest
  • Wheezing
  • Nausea
  • Watery eyes
  • Irritation to throat, eyes, and skin
  • Runny nose

Before mixing any two ingredients make sure you read the manufacturer’s instructions carefully. And do not transfer such cleaners into any other container so that you have the product related information handy with you as and when needed. The best way to save you from the hassles of selection of cleaners and tidying up the stuff around you is to visit Maids Around Town and get an expert hired who will clean just everything for you in the most professional manner.

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This post was written by matt hawkins