Cleaning isn’t an easy job. It involves hard work and some stains and smells can leave us frustrated. Which is when our creative strain takes over and we think of mixing two or more tough cleaners to get the job done as fast as possible.
Why not? When one works well, two should work even better, shouldn’t they? Well, actually not. And here’s something scary that we should all keep in mind. Not only will they not work together, mixing two products which are safe when used alone, can release toxic fumes that can be quite harmful if inhaled.
Here’s a guide on products you should never attempt to mix, no matter how tough your cleaning job happens to be.
1. Bleach And Toilet Cleaner
Mixing these two potent cleaners releases toxic fumes which cause breathing problems and irritated, watery eyes.
2. Bleach & Glass Cleaners Containing Ammonia
A combination of bleach and glass cleaners containing ammonia (most of them do) produces a toxic gas called chloramine, which can cause serious symptoms like breathlessness and chest pain, when inhaled. Keep the two well away from each other.
3. Two Different Drain cleaners
If you’re stuck with a badly clogged drain (no pun intended), mixing two different drain cleaners might sound better than using just one. But stop yourself before you even try, as it can cause a potential explosion from the release of chlorine gas. Don’t even use one right after another. If a drain cleaner doesn’t seem to work, just call your plumber. A much safer option, any day.
4. Baking Soda And Vinegar
Although touted as a very popular cleaning hack all over the internet, a mixture of Baking Soda and Vinegar, quite over-hyped as a cleaning product, is mostly just water and sodium acetate, and hardly worth cleaning with. In fact, both these chemicals that are staples in almost every household, are extremely good cleaners on their own, but when combined, lose all their cleaning properties. Also, if you try to store this mixture in a container, it might explode as baking soda causes vinegar to foam up.
5. Hydrogen Peroxide And Vinegar
It might be a good idea to disinfect your countertops by spraying them with hydrogen peroxide and vinegar, alternating them and wiping the surfaces clean between sprays. But it isn’t advisable to mix these two together in the same container, as the mixture creates peracetic acid, a toxic substance that affects the respiratory system and irritates the eyes and skin.
6. Bleach And Vinegar
Although you might be tempted to mix these two powerful disinfectants for some heavy-duty cleaning, but keep in mind that it is a very bad idea. When mixed, these two chemicals react and produce chlorine gas, which is harmful when inhaled even in small amounts and can cause burning, water eyes, breathing difficulty and coughing.