Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix Together

September 13, 2018

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The weekend is almost here and that means another edition of the games we love, cleaning the house! With all the cleaning products on the market, it can be easy for a few of them to get mixed together.  However you should be careful not to mix certain products together as it may be toxic and in some cases, lethal. First of all, most cleaning products are plenty effective on their own. Mixing cleaners can lead to irritated airways, respiratory problems, or burns to skin, eyes, throat, nose, and lungs. Some gases created from combined cleaning products could cause damage of the nervous system, eyes, lungs, skin, liver and kidneys. While hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are great at cleaning, mixing the two creates peracetic acid or corrosive acid, an irritant that, in high concentrations, can harm the skin, eyes, throat, nose, and lungs. If you've got a clog, it's tempting to pour in as much drain cleaner as you can find under your sink. However follow the direction on the bottle.  Drain cleaner uses chlorine and using too much can lead to high levels of chlorine gas and potentially lead to an explosion. Combining bleach and ammonia releases chloramine vapors, which can cause respiratory problems and throat burns if inhaled. Here is where you should be looking at your cleaning product's label. Many cleaning products contain either bleach or ammonia in their formulas, so the fact that you could be combining these two might not be so obvious. While bleach and vinegar are fantastic cleaning agent on their own, mixing the two can cause a chemical burn most likely in your lungs or eyes.

SOURCE: Apartment Therapy

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