Cleaning & Organizing
6 Cleaning Products You Should Never Mix—and 2 You Absolutely Should
Cleaning days are hard enough. Make sure you avoid these mixtures to prevent accidents or other harm.
Don’t mix: Ammonia and bleachNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock
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. Here are some other smart ways to use bleach.
Don’t mix: Vinegar and bleachNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock
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. Find out these first aid mistakes to avoid.
Don’t mix: Hydrogen peroxide and vinegarNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock
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. Here are 17 unusual uses for hydrogen peroxide.
Don’t mix: Rubbing alcohol and bleachNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock
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 of the nervous system, eyes, lungs, skin, liver, kidneys, and even death. Did you know you could use rubbing alcohol to clean microfiber couches?
Don’t mix: Bleach and toilet bowl cleanerNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock
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. Check out the ways you may be cleaning your bathroom all wrong.
Don’t mix: Different drain cleanersNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock
If your drain is really clogged, you might be tempted to try this. Don’t. 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. Avoid using drain cleaner altogether by never putting these things down the drain.
Do mix: Laundry detergent and vinegarNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock
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. Here are other creative household uses for vinegar.
Do mix: Laundry detergent and baking sodaNicole Fornabaio/Rd.com, iStock
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. Here are other simple tricks for cleaning the rest of your home.