Never Mix These Household Chemicals

Posted: Apr 02, 2020 by David Rummel | with 0 comments
Filed under: Cleaners, Coronavirus, COVID-19
Generally, it’s not safe to mix different commercial cleaning products. It is important to always check product labels to determine what chemicals are in them. Even household chemicals, like ammonia and bleach, should never be mixed because it produces a toxic chlorine gas, chloramine, which is potentially fatal. Let’s take a look at some other household chemicals you should never mix, and the chemistry behind it.

Acetic Acid (Vinegar) + Bleach (Chlorox) = Toxic Chlorine Gas
Vinegar is a weak acetic acid and bleach is an oxidative chlorine compound. When combined, toxic gases of chlorine and chloramine are produced. Both of these can cause chemical burns on your skin and in your eyes, nose, and lungs.

Ammonia (Windex) + Bleach (Chlorox) = Toxic Chloramine Gas
Even in small amounts, mixing ammonia and bleach creates toxic chloramine vapors. In high enough concentrations, this mixture could produce liquid hydrazine, which is fatally toxic and potentially explosive. Not to mention, the nasty chemical burn you could get on your skin, in your eyes, and or respiratory tract.

Isopropyl Alcohol (Rubbing Alcohol) + Bleach (Chlorox) = Chloroform, Hydrochloric Acid, Chloroacetone and Dichloroacetate
The above chemicals are dangerous, toxic, and potentially fatal. All of them give off volatile vapors that can concentrate to burn the eyes, lungs, and skin. Highly concentrated or long term exposure can cause damage to the nervous system, liver and kidneys, with known carcinogenic properties.

Acetone (Nail Polish Remover) + Bleach (Chlorox) = Chloroform, Sodium Hydroxide & Acetic Acid
By now, I hope we’ve all learned that bleach mixed with anything other than water is generally a bad idea. In this example, mixing acetone with bleach creates toxic chemicals that could further react with any remaining bleach to create a fatal fume cloud. This reaction happens spontaneously and without warning.

Acetic Acid (Vinegar) + Peroxide (Hydrogen Peroxide) = Peracetic Acid
Mixing these two will form a corrosive, toxic chemical known as peracetic acid. This chemical could irritate your eyes and nose, but in extreme cases could cause serve chemical burns to your skin and mucous membranes.

Acetic Acid (Vinegar) + Sodium Bicarbonate (Baking Soda) = cool experiment, but not so good cleaner
We’ve all see the volcano science experiment by mixing baking soda and vinegar together. But mixing these two leaves you with carbon dioxide, sodium acetate and mostly water. Though it doesn’t create toxic fumes or explode (unless you mix in a closed container), you’re not going to hurt yourself by mixing these two. On one hand you’ll have a neat spectacle to look at, but a pretty lousy cleaner.

Post archive

No data in archive

Recent posts

No recent posts