As I scrolled through Tik Tok’s #CleanTok category, I couldn’t help but see so many videos of people dumping so many chemical compounds into their toilets and sinks. Although these kinds of videos may satisfy viewers, mixing random chemicals is extremely dangerous. So, in this article, I will further explain why you should never EVER mix certain chemicals together.
Never Ever Mix: Bleach & Ammonia
Bleach & Vinegar
Hydrogen Peroxide & Vinegar
When hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are mixed, peracetic acid is formed. Furthermore, peracetic acid is unsafe and can irritate the skin, eyes, nose, throat, and lungs. Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are okay to use consecutively on a surface but do not mix them in a single bottle.
Never Ever Mix: Bleach & Rubbing Alcohol
Bleach & Toilet Bowl Cleaner
When bleach and toilet cleaner are mixed, they release toxic fumes of chloramine gas. The fumes can irritate the skin, eyes, and nose, cause vomiting, pneumonia, and lead to fluid accumulation in the lungs. At higher concentrations, chloramine gas irritates the eyes and skin. If the concentration of chloramine gas is high enough, it can cause death.
Bleach & Pine Sol
When bleach and Pine-Sol are mixed, chlorine gas is produced. Do not mix bleach and Pine-Sol! Immediately open all windows and doors to ventilate the area if you accidentally mixed bleach and Pine-Sol. You should then pour the mixture down the drain after diluting the mixture with water.
Bleach & Fabuloso
Chlorine gas can also be created when Fabuloso and bleach are mixed. If bleach and Fabuloso were accidentally mixed, open all windows and doors for ventilation. Afterward, dilute the mixture with water and pour it down the drain.
Never Ever Mix: Different Drain Cleaners
Try to avoid mixing different brands of drain cleaner when clearing sink clogs. While some drain cleaners are acidic, others are alkaline. When those are combined, they can generate a lot of heat. Mixing drain cleaners can damage pipes or cause an unsafe buildup of pressure inside pipes. Moreover, drain cleaners have some extremely toxic ingredients, and mixing two brands of drain cleaner can create a poisonous gas, such as chlorine gas, or an explosion. If you would like to read more about alkaline drain cleaners vs. acidic, check out this article: Click Here.
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