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6 Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix

3/19/2019 (Permalink)

SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service.

Each Product Formula Is Unique and Mixing Them Can Result in an Uncertain and Dangerous Chemical Reaction.

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

Cleaning Products You Should NOT Mix

Ammonia & Bleach

Combining these two household cleaning products can create toxic chloramine vapors. If you inhale these vapors it can cause respiratory problems and throat burns. Make sure to read the labels on your cleaning products before you mix them to prevent any accidents.

For example, Windex typically has ammonia in it, and some brands of pipe cleaner, such as Drano, have bleach in them.

Vinegar & Bleach

When you mix an acidic product with bleach it releases toxic chlorine and chloramine vapors. This can cause a chemical burn, most likely in your lungs or eyes.

Hydrogen Peroxide & Vinegar

Combining hydrogen peroxide and vinegar creates peracetic acid or corrosive acid. It can create an irritant that, in high concentrations, can harm the skin, eyes, throat, nose, and lungs. These two products can be used on the same surface (making certain the area dries in between applications), but they can't be mixed together in the same container.

Rubbing Alcohol & Bleach

Mixing these two products creates chloroform. When exposed to low levels of chloroform you may become dizzy or nauseous. Higher levels can lead to damage to the nervous system, eyes, lungs, skin, liver, kidneys, and even death.

Bleach & Toilet Bowl Cleaner

If you mix bleach with a toilet bowl cleaner with an acidic formula it can release toxic fumes that will cause breathing problems and watery eyes. 

Different Drain Cleaners

Don't do it! Mixing two different drain cleaners can cause the release of chlorine gas and may even potentially lead to an explosion. Avoid mixing drain cleaners in the same container as well as using one right after another.

Cleaning Products You Can Mix

Laundry Detergent & Vinegar

By adding one cup of vinegar to your laundry cycle you can gain many extra benefits. Vinegar kills off bacteria, gives your clothes a fresh scent, keeps them lint-free, and brightens them. 

Laundry Detergent & Baking Soda

Baking soda in your laundry makes your whites whiter and your colors brighter. Baking soda softens the water so you can actually use less laundry detergent per load. 

Safety First

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.

Residential Cleaning Services

SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE has the expertise to provide a deeper clean than your basic house cleaning service. Our residential cleaning services will ease the burden of the constant maintenance cleaning of your home, but will also create a safe, clean and comfortable living environment for you and your family.

Call SERVPRO of Bear/New Castle, DE at (302) 392-6000 for all your cleaning needs.

Why Choose SERVPRO of Bear / New Castle?

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