Some of the common chemicals
found in your home shouldn't
be mixed together. It's one
thing to say "don't mix bleach
with ammonia", but it's not
always easy to know what
products contain these two
chemicals. Here are some
products you may have
around the home that
shouldn't be combined.
I also have a list of dangerous household chemicals that may be helpful.
Bleach with Acid Toilet Bowl Cleaners This mixture can result in toxic, potentially deadly fumes.
Bleach with Vinegar Vinegar is a type of acid. Toxic chlorine vapor is produced.
Don't mix chlorine bleach with any acid.
Bleach with Ammonia Toxic, potentially lethal vapors are produced. The main
danger comes from chloramine vapors.
Different Brands of One Type of Product Don't mix different cleaners together. They may react
violently, produce toxins, or become ineffective.
Highly Alkaline Products with Highly Acidic Products Acids and bases (alkalis) can react violently, presenting
a splash hazard. Acids and bases are caustic and may
cause chemical burns.
Certain Disinfectants with Detergents Don't mix disinfectants with 'quaternary ammonia' listed
as an ingedient with a detergent. The effectiveness of
the disinfectant may be neutralized.
Chlorine bleach is sometimes called “sodium hypochlorite”
or “hypochlorite.” You will encounter it in chlorine bleach,
automatic dishwashing detergents, chlorinated disinfectants
and cleaners, chlorinated scouring powder, mildew removers,
and toilet bowl cleaners. Do not mix products together. Do not
mix them with ammonia or vinegar.