Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix Together

July 3, 2018

The never-ending task of keeping your home clean involves a multitude of products designed to cut grease, remove stains and make your house smell fresh.  But much like Tommy Lee Jones and Pamela Anderson, some cleaning combos can have disastrous results. Never mix hydrogen peroxide and vinegar. While these two chemicals can be used in succession as a cleaning duo, do not mix them together. Combining these 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 — but beware of using one right after the other, because these super-strong formulas can react very, very badly. Combining drain cleaners can cause the release of chlorine gas and potentially lead to an explosion. Avoid mixing bleach and ammonia as the combination releases chloramine vapors, which can cause respiratory problems and throat burns if inhaled. Beware that 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 — which is why you should never, ever mix any kind of cleaning product. Bleach doesn't mix well with vinegar either. This combo also releases chlorine and chloramine vapors, which can cause a chemical burn, most likely in your lungs or eyes.

SOURCE: The Kitchn

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