We all want to avoid toxic cleaning products. But you can accidentally create a very dangerous situation by simply combining popular and effective cleaning aids. When it’s time to clean the apartment, here are some risky, if not disastrous, combinations you absolutely want to avoid.
Dangerous Combos to Avoid
- Hydrogen Peroxide and VinegarSeparately, these two items are safe. INDIVIDUALLY, they make great disinfectants. However, when you combine these two items, you create peracetic acid. This is a very corrosive solution that can be toxic to your respiratory system, skin, and eyes.
- Bleach and AmmoniaThis combination can really do a number on you. Mixing bleach and ammonia creates toxic gases called chloramines. These can cause nausea, wheezing, fluid in the lungs, and a number of other side effects. INDIVIDUALLY, these are great cleaning products, but when combined can send you to the hospital.
- Bleach and Rubbing AlcoholAs you now see, bleach deserves respect when it comes to chemical combinations. It’s is a great germ killer, as is rubbing alcohol. But, when these two items are combined, you get chloroform. Chloroform will knock you out cold! Injuries resulting from a potential fall make this combination doubly dangerous.Again, individually, these are not dangerous cleaning products. Just memorize these combinations, and stay safe.
Baking soda and vinegar together are just not effective. Baking soda is an awesome green deodorizer, and soft scrub. Vinegar is a great disinfectant. Together, this acid and base just cancel each other out. Their combination won’t produce toxic fumes, or corrosive liquid. But, it also won’t live up to its reputation as the green team “dynamic duo.” (You can, however, make a cool volcano for your nephew’s science project).
The desire for a clean apartment is a good thing. Just be mindful as you pull out more than one product. You certainly don’t want to get hurt, or hurt anyone you love.