Avoid Mixing These Products

Apr 1, 2018 · 3 min read

Commercially available cleaning products are the most sought after for cleaning the house. It could be because of its easy availability and ease of use. Even if you use commonly available cooking ingredients for cleaning purpose, there are certain combinations of products that need to be avoided at all cost. This is because the chemicals in these ingredients might react causing serious health concerns.

In order to avoid danger, it is best not to use the below combination of cleaning products.

1) Vinegar and baking soda: Vinegar and baking soda are considered to be universal cleaning agents and are very powerful disinfectants as well. But if they are mixed together and used for cleaning purpose, it does not produce any result. This is because baking soda is basic and vinegar is acidic, and when both are mixed together it produces only water. Thus, the combination of baking soda and vinegar does not have any effect in cleaning.

2) Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide: Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide are excellent cleaning products when they are used separately. But when both are combined together peracetic acid is formed which has corrosive property. When exposed to peracetic acid you are likely to develop eye and skin irritation.

3) Vinegar and bleach: Vinegar is a powerful disinfectant and bleach can remove the stain by cleaning almost any surface. But when both are mixed together, toxins are released. This is because vinegar is a weak acid and when a weak acid is added with bleach it releases toxic chlorine. This chlorine vapor can be dangerous to your eyes and lungs if exposed.

4) Bleach and ammonia: When ammonia is combined with bleach, it results in the release of toxic vapours. Moreover, when these two chemicals are combined, hydrochloric acid is formed as a result of breaking down of bleach. The hydrochloric acid then reacts with ammonia and produce chloramine vapours which can cause respiratory problems, if inhaled. If the quantity of ammonia is more, then liquid hydrazine will be formed.

5) Bleach and rubbing alcohol: Chloroform is formed when rubbing alcohol is mixed with bleach which can be hazardous to humans. Your eyes, lungs, and skin will be damaged if exposed to chloroform and if inhaled in large quantity it can be fatal.

6) Bleach and toilet cleaner: When bleach is mixed with toilet cleaner, it can result in the formation of dangerous fumes that can cause breathing problem and irritation to eyes. Thus, it is best to avoid mixing bleach and toilet cleaner.

7) Drain cleaners of two different brands: Almost all drain cleaners have very powerful chemicals to clean the gunk. Sometimes the ingredients in one brand of drain cleaner might mix with that of another brand thus creating hazardous chemicals and even resulting in an explosion. Thus, it is best to avoid mixing drain cleaners of two different brands.

Thus, in order to get the best cleaning result and to avoid the formation of toxic gases, it is best to use one product at a time. Or better leave it to the professionals. Book a maid now!

Originally published at https://www.justlife.com on April 1, 2018.