We've all felt frustrated when something tough just won't come off... our mind starts wondering, "What if I just mix these products I have with me?"
After all, we've all played chemist in elementary school, right? You try to convince yourself that this should work nicely. But, NO!
Mixing certain cleaning products can be extremely dangerous, even life threatening!
Always avoid combining the following cleaning products:
Bleach and Vinegar
The important thing to remember here is that vinegar is an acid, and its toxicity should not be underestimated. It has a low pH, usually less than three. When vinegar and bleach are combined, a toxic chlorine gas is produced. This is not a combination you want in your house.
Drain Cleaner with a different drain cleaner
Chemical ingredients will differ depending on the brand and type of drain cleaner. A drain cleaner will almost certainly contain bleach, and you should never mix one drain cleaner with another. Because different drain cleaners can potentially react and emit toxic fumes, it's best to use only one at a time.
Bleach and Ammonia
Because many cleaning products contain ammonia, this is a common unintentional combination. When ammonia and bleach are combined, chlorine gas is produced. Chloramines will be formed when the ammonia reacts with the chlorine. Chloramine in large enough quantities can be toxic and dangerous, causing symptoms such as chest pain, coughing, and tearing. This combination, in the right proportions, can be fatal.
Bleach and Rubbing Alcohol
Cleaning with rubbing alcohol alone can be effective, but it can be hazardous, especially when combined with bleach. Rubbing alcohol sold in pharmacies or convenience stores typically ranges from 70% to 99.9% ABV, indicating that the alcohol content is extremely concentrated. When bleach reacts with alcohol, chloroform and chloroacetone are formed, both of which are toxic and dangerous.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar
While hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are great natural cleaning ingredients on their own, when combined, they can produce paracetic acid. While the mixture is sanitizing, it can also be corrosive!
Baking Soda and Vinegar
The combination of baking soda and vinegar is not inherently hazardous, and the byproducts of sodium acetate, water, and carbon dioxide are not toxic. Nonetheless, do not combine these chemicals in a container.