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Your cleaning cabinet likely contains several different products and chemicals for different areas of your home and different tasks. But with so many bottles of cleaner lying around, it's important to be aware of the ways different chemicals interact with each other.
When you're cleaning, the last thing you need is to receive chemical burns or to breathe in toxic fumes. When cleaning surfaces in your home, make sure you're knowledgable on what chemicals and ingredients your cleaners contain, and what not to mix.
Cleaning Chemicals Not to Mix
Bleach & Rubbing Alcohol: Never, ever combine these two chemicals unless you want the fumes to knock you unconscious. The mixture of bleach and rubbing alcohol creates chloroform, a dangerous toxic fume that can be used to knock you out.
Two Different Drain Cleaners: Different brands of drain cleaners and drain openers contain different combinations of chemicals, natural ingredients, and bacteria. They should never be used within the same day of each other, or it could result in a dangerous, corrosive reaction in your pipes. Stick to one at a time to avoid issues.
Vinegar + Bleach: Vinegar is one of the greatest natural cleaners, but it should never be combined with another household cleaner you may own: bleach. The combination of bleach and vinegar creates a chlorine gas that can damage your eyes, nose, and lungs.
Vinegar + Hydrogen Peroxide: When these two are combined, they can cause a highly corrosive combo that can burn and damage many different household surfaces, including your hands.
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