There is a common misconception that you’ll get better results if you mix different household cleaning products. The truth is that mixing them together can be very dangerous because the combination you get can produce unexpected chemical reactions that can be very harmful to your health.
We at Bright Side want to warn you about cleaning products that you should never mix in order not to put your health and the health of your family members at risk.
1. Bleach and alcohol
The combination of these two chemicals produces chloroform and muriatic (hydrochloric) acid. They can cause damage to the nervous system, lungs, kidneys, liver, eyes, and skin.
In addition, high levels of chloroform can cause dizziness, nausea, loss of consciousness, and even death.
2. Bleach and ammonia
This mixture is very dangerous for your health. It produces toxic gases that can cause severe damage to the respiratory system. Moreover, high concentrations of ammonia and chloramine (a highly toxic gas) also produce a very dangerous explosive substance.
3. Bleach and vinegar
Adding a weak acid to bleach produces toxic gases that can result in serious chemical eye burns and lung damage.
4. Bleach and other cleaning products
Chemical household products such as glass cleaners, toilet cleaners, and dishwasher detergents should never be mixed with bleach as the combination produces chlorine gas. Even minimal exposure can cause severe respiratory and ocular problems.
5. Baking soda and vinegar
Vinegar is acidic whilst baking soda is a weak base, so when they’re mixed together they react to neutralize each other, producing mostly water and making the solution almost useless. But the most dangerous thing is that the combination can cause an explosion if you mix them in a closed container.
6. Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide
When you put these two products together in a container they create peracetic acid which, at high concentrations, can irritate and even damage your skin, eyes, throat, nose, and lungs.
7. Cleaning products of different brands
You never know if the mixture of two different cleaning products will give better results. Remember that each formula is unique and mixing them can result in an uncertain and dangerous chemical reaction.
Safety first! So don’t forget the following:
- Keep cleaning products in their original containers with their original labels.
- Stop using or at least try to use less bleach and ammonia in your home.
- If you use bleach or ammonia, make sure to rinse thoroughly with plenty of water.
- Never mix bleach with other household cleaning products.
- Maintain safety standards, and always follow the instructions as indicated by the manufacturer.
- Keep all cleaning products out of the reach of children.