Even for those who choose to go green in their cleaning efforts, the sense of responsibility must go a step further.
Most of us have chosen to go green for a myriad of reasons, including but not limited to the following: mitigating our footprint on the earth and thereby being a better steward of our planet, familial or personal health reasons, keeping our pets and children safe, and a more effective cleaning regime.
In spite of the benefits, like anything else that is good and wholesome, there is caution that we should exercise. For instance, there are certain ingredients that we should never mix. And that’s the scope of today’s article.
We’re going to go over which cleaning ingredients should never be mixed together.
5 cleaning ingredients you should never mix together
If you’ve ever studied chemistry, you’re well aware of the fact that certain substances simply don’t mix well together. Explosions can happen or material can be eaten away, or it could burn. Disaster can happen when your otherwise safe substances come into contact with the wrong one.
All of a sudden, what you think may be a recipe for deep cleaning action is a recipe for disaster!
1 – Vinegar and baking soda can cause an explosion
In vinegar, the green cleaning homeowner will find a helpful solution. It can be used for a variety of cleaning needs — from fabric softener to bathroom scum-busting — in many capacities.
For the person who wishes to be environmentally friendly in their cleaning efforts, vinegar is their best friend.
But this doesn’t mean vinegar can be used in any and every situation. Especially when you’re bringing baking soda into the mix.
2 – Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar create peracetic acid
Vinegar and hydrogen peroxide just don’t mix well together — they are almost opposites when it comes to PH levels. While they’re great for cleaning and sanitizing, they create a corrosive acid.
This is dangerous. The corrosive acid is called peracetic acid and can damage your skin or belongings should either come in contact with the acid.
3 – Bleach and rubbing alcohol irritate lungs
Some green-loving homes choose to compromise and employ the use of bleach. There are compounded dangers in mixing bleach with the wrong substance.
To create chloroform, rubbing alcohol and bleach are some of the ingredients required. Chloroform is a liquid with a sweet scent used as an anesthetic. It’s considered extremely hazardous.
At “best,” mixing of the two will create vapors that irritate your lungs. At worst, it can be deadly.
That being said, stay away from mixing the two!
4 – Bleach and vinegar emit toxic fumes together
Bring them together and they will create a substance that can give you a chemical burn. When bleach comes in contact with an acid, such as vinegar, poisonous vapors are released into the air. You don’t want to inhale this mix or touch it!
5 – Castile soap and vinegar don’t mix well
While it’s not going to hurt you, castile soap and vinegar don’t mix well. Add any acidic product such as vinegar or lemon to castile soap and you’ll have gunk on your hands. The acidic solution will breakdown the soap and warrant it useless for your cleaning needs. No one can work with that.
Is it dangerous? No. But is it useful? Not at all.
You’re better off using one product at a time. Use castile soap to clean and then follow up with vinegar — but don’t mix the two together. It won’t serve you well in any way that is helpful.
Going green doesn’t mean being thoughtless
Just because something is good does not mean it is safe in all instances. There is a time and a place for anything and everything. Before you bring ingredients together, make sure the combination will result in a safe cleaning experience for you and your family.
Toxic fumes and chemical burns are no good for anyone. If you can avoid a health risk, why not do your due diligence?
Something well-intended can turn into something deadly if you’re not careful.
Homemade cleaning solutions aren’t for everyone
While we’ll encourage you to pursue homemade cleaning solutions, we understand that such is not for everyone. Some of you may prefer to buy from the store or online. And there is no shame in that. We encourage you to read the label and shop around online for the best eco-friendly cleaning solutions available to your home.
Eco-friendly means a happier and healthier environment for all — and that’s something we are passionate about!