Stay Safe and Don’t Mix These Cleaners
If you are trying to not be wasteful and avoid buying new cleaner because you have a little bit of everything, there are some things you should know before you go experimenting with them. Many individuals like to think they can combine any set of natural cleaners they have stored in their cabinets to make into a cleaner. Wrong! If you don’t know what to mix and what not to mix, it can be extremely dangerous. However, you’re making a step in the right decision by saving money and “going green” with your thinking. But when you are using these natural products, to ensure your safety, you should follow this guide:
Ammonia and Bleach
This is the number one combination to avoid at all costs. The mixing of ammonia and bleach will cause an extremely toxic gas called chloramine. The same goes for bleach and vinegar, it can cause shortness of breath and chest pain. Beware that many glass cleaner contains ammonia, so do not try mixing that with bleach if you are trying to combine cleaners to avoid having to run to the store. You could potentially end up in the hospital if it gets out of hand.
Drain Cleaner Plus Drain Cleaner
If you have two bottles of drain cleaner that are both running empty, do not combine them! This goes along with the professional advice house cleaners have given for years, as noted by Pro HouseKeepers. Mixing two different kinds of drain cleaner is dangerous because of drain cleaner, in general, is a very powerful formula. In fact, in fact, it could even explode if combined! Avoid combining drain cleaner (even if it’s the same brand) at all costs just to be safe!
Vinegar and Bleach
Have you ever thought about combining vinegar and bleach because you thought you would make the vinegar stronger? Wrong (and dangerous!). These two ingredients combined will create a dangerous chlorine gas. To stress the importance of avoiding this combination, an individual can even die if exposed to enough levels of chlorine.
Rubbing Alcohol and Bleach
Many people should know by now that the only safe thing to mix with bleach is water. Water is the only thing that can mix well without causing any harmful side effects. When you mix the rubbing alcohol with bleach it will create a chloroform gas that will damage your lungs. In fact, it can even be lethal.
Cleaners That Are Safe to Mix:
On the bright side, there are some things that are safe for mixing. We also recommend you do not mix up the “do not mix” with the “safe to mix” combinations! Always double check this guide before you do anything. Chemicals that fall into this category include DIY types of pest control chemicals, where adding water for dilution can often make them go further. However, if you’re dealing with a real pest problem such as ants or spiders coming out of your plumbing drains, you may need expert help from a company like Pest Control Pros.
Baking Soda and Hydrogen Peroxide
Do you have some baking soda left over from baking and a little bit of hydrogen peroxide stored away? If so, you can combine these two ingredients to create a safe alternative to bleach. Just a little bit of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, lemon oil, lemon juice, and water and you are all set to go!
Baking Soda and Vinegar
The go-to combination of cleaning drains and bathrooms! This is the “all natural” and safe combination for deep cleaning germy bathrooms and tough drains.