With the current situation in the world right now, I've been trying to find some positive ways to use my time and to also get some things crossed off my ever increasing to-do list. I'll be honest though, I've put that expanding and obviously invisible list somewhere and I honestly can't find it anywhere! It could be in any one of the piles of stuff I collect.. who knows? 😂
Well, actual list or no list, I've been crossing a few things off thankfully!
One of the main cleaning tasks I've been taking care of lately is to make sure all the surfaces are clean and sanitized. Since I've been a bit behind on those tasks, it's taken a few more bottles of various products to get everything done.
I have a little of this and a little of that… (sounds like I'm either mixing potions or pouring myself a drink! 😂)
No, no I'm not mixing anything – not potions, not drinks and definitely not cleaning supplies!!
… I might mix a drink later though…
I'm sure cleaning anything and everything has been on a lot of peoples minds lately, so I thought it might be a helpful to share some friendly reminders on how to safely use household cleaners without potentially creating any risky “potions” that could be hazardous.
In todays post, I cover some handy reminders on which cleaning products you should never mix. This post covers what cleaning products should definitely not use together or combine as you tackle that to-do list of yours!
6 Common Household Cleaning Products You Should NEVER Mix
Hydrogen Peroxide + Vinegar = Parachutic acid
This combination creates peracetic acide, which can be toxic and irritate skin, eyes and respiratory system.
Bleach + Vinegar = Toxic Chlorine Gas
These two products should never be combined as it will create chlorine gas which even at low levels can be deadly.
Bleach + Ammonia = Toxic Chloramine Vapours
This combination produces a toxic gas called chloramine. Many window and glass cleaners contain ammonia so please never mix these with bleach.
Bleach + Rubbing alcohol = Chloroform
Combining these two chemicals produces chloroform! Please do not mix these two together as it is toxic and can make you pass out!
A couple more cleaning products you shouldn't mix…
Avoid mixing different brands of the same type of cleaner
Just because two different brands of a product seem the same doesn't mean they contain the same ingredients. Ex. combining 2 different brands of toilet cleaner could potentially cause an adverse reaction since they may use different ingredients. The same goes for using two different brands of drain cleaner – even when using one after another.
Don't mix Vinegar and baking soda!
Yup, you heard right. I bet you thought these were ok to mix! It's ok, I thought the same too before I did a bit of reading through the interwebs. Yes, we all depend upon mr.google. 😂
Vinegar and baking soda should technically not be mixed together, but why?
There are a couple reasons:
- When mixed in a closed container the pressure will build up and explode!
- Vinegar and baking soda is actually a pretty weak cleaner. * cue sad trumpet music *
In the past I've sprinkled baking soda in the kitchen sink drain and then poured some vinegar over top as a cleaner.
While this does indeed create a bubbly reaction, I haven't really found it to be an effective cleaner, declogger, etc. Baking soda and vinegar is great for neutralizing yucky smells coming from the sink though! 🙂
I hope you found this post helpful!
And with whatever you're up to these days, I hope you keeping safe, sane and well fed. ❤️