Every house has their own preferences when it comes to the effective cleaning agents for every part of their home. For those who still haven’t found the perfect cleaning solution, they may tend to try out as many brands that they can to get their desired results. Plus, there may be hard to clean stains and filth that a single cleaning solution cannot handle, which leads you to mix it with other cleaning agents hoping to get optimal results. However, did you know that mixing certain types of cleaning aids can actually damage your home? Some combinations may also pose harm to you and your family due to its chemical reactions. In this article, I will show which combinations should be avoided.
- Baking soda and vinegar – While these two are highly recommended cleaning solutions individually, it is not advised to mix them together. If you happen to encounter a DIY home cleaning tip that tells you to mix baking soda and vinegar, don’t follow it! The chemical composition of these two may lead to an explosion. Remember that little science experiment of making your own volcano? Its main materials are these two, so expect the same result when you mix them together.
- Bleach and vinegar – You should never compromise your health conditions over a squeaky clean home. Mixing bleach and vinegar may be a better disinfectant, but this dangerous combination secretes toxic chlorine gas, which is basically poison to the human body. Once inhaled, chlorine gas can make you cough, make your breathing hard, and give you that burning sensation in your eyes.
- Bleach and rubbing alcohol – This combination creates chloroform, which can cause irritation, dizziness and even loss of consciousness when inhaled or absorbed by the skin. Prolonged and frequent exposure to chloroform can even cause damage to the nervous system and even cancer. Some professionals are allowed to use this mixture for industrial cleaning, but are highly discouraged for domestic use.
- Bleach and ammonia – This combination also produces chlorine gas and an exothermic reaction or a great deal of heat that the human skin may find irritating. In purchasing your cleaning agents, make sure that these two are not included in a single product. Although already processed, the manifestation of these two substances on one detergent may still give off an unpleasant smell.
- Drain cleaners with different brands – In cleaning our toilet bowls and sinks, it is important that we use just one kind of drain cleaner at a time. A mixture of two drain cleaners of different brands may also result to dangerous chemical reactions even if their compositions are almost quite the same. These drain cleaners are highly concentrated and are too powerful when used in certain amounts. Be careful that any two drain cleaners obtain contact with each other, whether mixing them together intentionally or even just by using one right after the other. If one drain cleaner cannot get the job done, refrain from trying another product immediately. Besides, you are always welcome to seek help from a plumber.