What Chemicals Should You NEVER Combine?
Protect you and your family. Here are common household items that should NEVER be mixed together:
DIY cleaning solutions have been popular because they are low-cost and natural. All-natural does not mean it's OK to mix certain chemicals. The combinations below can be extremely hazardous to your health!
Ammonia and Bleach
These two products are very common and should never be combined. When mixed, Ammonia and Bleach produce a toxic gas called, "chloramine." This gas can cause coughing, shortness of breath, chest pain, nausea, irritation to the eyes, nose and through, and severe lung damage or fluid in the lungs.
Vinegar and Bleach
Vinegar is a great, cost-effective cleaning product. The smell of vinegar is difficult to bear; but, combining vinegar with bleach creates a toxic chlorine gas. Exposure to low levels of chlorine gas can result in irritation of the eyes, nose, and throat. Coughing, breathing problems, and chest pains may be included. Exposure at high levels of this gas can be fatal!
Bleach and Rubbing Alcohol
Combining these two items creates chloroform and hydrochloric acid. Chloroform is known to cause confusion and unconsciousness. Contact with this toxic combination can cause irritation of the eyes, respiratory system, and skin. Damage may further be caused to the central nervous system, as well as other organs.
Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar
Both products are powerful alone; but, the two do not mix well. Combining these two causes a chemical reaction that creates peracetic acid. Used in regulated amounts and concentrations, peracetic acid is a common disinfectant in medical locations. In home, the combination is not regulated and may be too concentrated. Exposure can result in irritation to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system. High exposure puts one at risk for permanent lung damage.
As a good rule of thumb, avoid combining bleach with any other cleaning products. While creating stronger cleaning products is tempting, a person takes a risk with causing a toxic environment.