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Top Cleaning Products You Should NEVER Mix

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There's nothing better than a clean-smelling home. Clean is refreshing, comforting and can instill a sense of confidence! Unfortunately, some people are so eager to get that fresh scent, they use multiple products. Using them separately is fine. Mixing them can be a recipe for disaster. To ensure you are safely cleaning your home, here are the combos you never want to mix:

Bleach and ammonia: Both products are great for cleaning and disinfecting. Together, they are serious overkill. Combined they create a toxic gas known as chloramine. Don't intentionally mix them, and don't accidentally mix them by chasing one down the drain with the other. These products can mix in your plumbing causing the dangerous gas to emerge from your drains. Remember: always rinse drains well with water when using a cleaning product.

Bleach and vinegar: In general, bleach does not play well with others. Mixing these together - even in small amounts - could cause you to cough and wheeze and the chlorine gas the combination creates will have your eyes itching and watering.

Bleach and rubbing alcohol: Honestly, you should just not mix bleach with anything with water, but this particular combination creates chloroform. It's toxic and it can be very dangerous.

Drain cleaners: Not all drain cleaners are created equal. Never, but never follow one drain cleaner with another (even to dislodge the toughest clogs). The mixture of some drain cleaners can actually cause an explosion! (Not good for you or your pipes.)

Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar: Both have stellar cleaning properties. They do not belong together. The combination of the two creates peracetic acid. This can be toxic and at the very least will cause irritation to your skin and eyes. If you use one product, wipe the surface completely before adding the other.

Please keep all household cleaners out of the reach of children. Read labels and avoid mixing any chemicals without thoroughly researching the potential consequences of the combination.