MIXES AND MATCHES: WHEN THE COMBO GOES WRONG

Cleaning products prepared for cleaning

Household cleaning products should never be combined. 

 

Remember that High School Chemistry experiment where you (or maybe a friend) concocted a mysterious mixture that resulted in a terrible odour, a cloud of smoke, and possibly a stern warning from your teacher?  Well, while those days are hopefully behind you, the appeal of homemade ‘cleaning concoctions’ can still be tempting. 

 

Here’s the thing: mixing cleaning products can be seriously dangerous. Unlike your High School Lab, your home environment might not have the proper ventilation or safety equipment to handle unintended chemical reactions. 

 

Let’s be clear: mixing certain cleaning products can create harmful fumes, toxic gases, and even explosions, which is not exactly the kind of ‘clean’ you’re aiming for, right? 

 

Keeping your home clean and sparkling is essential for maintaining a healthy and comfortable environment. However, it’s crucial to remember that not all cleaning products are created equal, and mixing certain ones can be dangerous, resulting in harmful fumes and even toxic reactions. 

 

HERE ARE THE TOP CLEANING PRODUCTS TO NEVER MIX:  

 

  1. Bleach and Vinegar: Mixing bleach and vinegar produces chlorine gas, and this gas is a powerful irritant that can cause coughing, wheezing, and difficulty in breathing. 
  1. Bleach and Ammonia: This combination is particularly hazardous, as it creates chloramine gas. Chloramine gas has a pungent odour and can irritate the eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. In severe cases, it can even lead to respiratory failure. 
  1. Drain/Toilet Cleaners and Other Cleaning Products: Drain cleaners are powerful chemicals specifically formulated to dissolve clogs. Combining them with other cleaning products, such as toilet bowl cleaners or disinfectants, can trigger unpredictable and potentially harmful reactions. 
  1. Dish Detergent and Bleach: Various detergents include ammonia to enhance cleaning, and mixing them with bleach is a recipe for danger. This combination triggers a chemical reaction that produces toxic fumes, which can be harmful if inhaled. 
  1. Bleach and Rubbing Alcohol: Mixing bleach and rubbing alcohol can result in chloroform, a hazardous substance that can cause dizziness, nausea, and even unconsciousness. 
  1. Different Brands of Cleaning Products: With all the dangerous combinations listed so far, it’s best to avoid using multiple cleaning products at once. You never know if the mixture could cause irritation, or result in a medical issue, and one may even neutralize the other. Avoid dangerous chemical reactions by keeping things simple, and using only one of each cleaning product at a time. 

 

Now that you know the products not to mix, how about we round this off with safe cleaning practices; 

  • Always read and follow the instructions on the product’s label carefully. 
  • Never mix cleaning products, unless specifically directed by the manufacturer. 
  • Ensure proper ventilation when using cleaning products, especially in enclosed spaces. 
  • Wear gloves and eye protection when handling harsh chemicals. 
  • Keep and store cleaning products out of reach of children and pets. 

 

Finally, WHEN IN DOUBT, THROW IT OUT! Your safety comes first. 

 

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