What Cleaners NOT to mix

on Mar 10, 2012 @ 12:16 pm

Learned the hard way that there are some cleaners you DON'T mix. Does anyone know more of these that are literally hazardous to your health?

Mixing a couple of household general cleaners can end up releasing WWII chemical warfare gasses that could kill you:
1. Don't use undiluted bleach to clean cat pee (ammonia chlorine = toxic chlorine gas)
2. Don't mix vinegar (to freshen) and bleach (to whiten) in your laundry (more toxic gases)
3. Don't mix Windex (ammonia) with anything bleach based (like Comet), or bleach with acid toilet bowl cleaners (same types of reaction) 

5 Replies

Thanks on Mar 10, 2012 @ 01:46 pm

Totally did not know that.

WOW on Mar 10, 2012 @ 02:20 pm

I was not aware of this either, thank you !

Good tips on Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:34 pm

Was just talking about this with my boyfriend the other day! We both remembered learning about mustard gas in gr 9 history, and our teacher warning us to be super careful never to mix certain household cleaners (we talked about it in a few other classes as well, like careers and co-op, when learning WHMIS and other safety stuff).
As a rule I just try to use one cleaner at a time because of that, but it's good to know exactly which ones to be careful with and why, so thanks for the info!

explosively clean.... on Mar 12, 2012 @ 12:38 pm

As much as i love my science experiments, these are a few i didnt want to accidently come across!!! Thanks TASHACAT :)

Took one for the team... on Mar 24, 2012 @ 02:09 pm

You are very welcome, Chicks! I can personally attest to the potency of the first two I listed. If I can stop even one of you from the eyes-tearing, lungs constricting, airing your home out in winter fun, then it was totally worth it.

Tasha's adventures in housekeeping...

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