Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

Sometimes, in our effort to remove tough stains or to make cleaning easier, we use multiple products at once thinking that a much stronger mix is better. What we don’t know is that some mixtures can cause bad reactions. Here are some examples:

Drain Cleaner + Drain Cleaner
“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.”

Use one product according to package directions (typically, only half a bottle is needed per treatment). If it doesn’t work, don’t try another product. Instead, call a plumber, Forte says. Source: GoodHousekeeping

Baking Soda + Vinegar = Ineffective Cleaning Solution
How many times have you seen an ingenious solution on Pinterest touting the magical cleaning properties of baking soda and vinegar? The key is to use these two agents separately, not together — or you’ll end up with nothing.

Why: Baking soda is basic, vinegar is acidic. When you put them together you get mostly water and sodium acetate. But really just mostly water.

The worst that could happen: you could waste your time cleaning your entire kitchen or bathroom using a solution that doesn’t do anything at all. Source: Buzzfeed

Bleach + Vinegar = Toxic Chlorine Gas
Are you noticing a common theme here? Bleach is a highly reactive chemical that should not be mixed with other cleaners. Some people mix bleach and vinegar to increase the cleaning power of the chemicals. It’s not a good idea, because the reaction produces chlorine gas. The reaction isn’t limited to vinegar (weak acetic acid). Avoid mixing other household acids with bleach, such as lemon juice or some toilet bowl cleaners.

What It Does: Chlorine gas has been used as a chemical warfare agent, so it’s not something you want to be producing and inhaling in your home. Chlorine attacks the skin, mucous membranes, and respiratory system. As best, it will make you cough and irritate your eyes, nose, and mouth. It can give you a chemical burn and could be deadly if you are exposed to a high concentration or are unable to get to fresh air. Source: Chemistry.About

If you have questions about whether it’s okay to mix other types of cleaning products, feel free to contact us!

 

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