Since the pandemic broke out, cleaning our homes has been a priority.
We wipe down counters and doorknobs, and disinfect faucets and toilet handles, all in an effort to keep our homes virus-free.
But all the additional cleaning we’ve been doing has had an unfortunate side effect – poisonings.
According to a recent study by the CDC, poisonings were up about 20% in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period in 2018 and 2019.
Experts think the number is actually higher because the data the researchers used included reported cases only.
Look, I am all for doing all we can to keep our homes clean.
But we’ve got to do it right.
That means using the recommended amounts of cleaners and disinfectants, and using them the way they’re intended to be used.
Don’t overdo it.
And, avoid combining cleaning solutions.
Because the outcome could be lethal.
There are 6 major cleaning combinations you absolutely need to steer clear of.
The most well-known is bleach and ammonia.
When these two are combined, they produce a toxic gas called chloramine which can cause shortness of breath and chest pain.
Ammonia is in several glass cleaners, so be aware.
Ever watched a movie where a kidnapper put some liquid on a rag to knock out his victim?
That liquid is chloroform, and it’s made by combining bleach with rubbing alcohol.
Don’t knock yourself out. Keep your bleach far away from your alcohol.
Another cleaning agent you should never mix with bleach is vinegar.
This combination produces chlorine gas.
Even at low levels, this gas can cause coughing, breathing problems, and burning, watery eyes.
Speaking of vinegar, you should never mix it with baking soda.
On their own, vinegar and baking soda can be powerful cleaners.
But when combined, they essentially lose their cleaning ability.
You see, baking soda is alkaline and vinegar is acidic.
When put together, you end up with mostly water (and a little sodium acetate.)
Also, a mixture of vinegar and baking soda foams up, and can explode if placed in a closed container.
I don’t know about you, but the last thing I want to have right now is an explosion in my kitchen.
Vinegar also doesn’t play nice with hydrogen peroxide.
Combining the two creates peracetic acid, which is potentially toxic and can irritate the skin, eyes, and respiratory system.
Finally, you should never mix two brands of drain cleaner together, or even use two brands right after each other, as there is a risk of explosion, if combined.
Many household cleaners are out right now, forcing us to pick-up brands we’re not familiar with.
Take some time to review labels, so you don’t accidentally end up mixing toxic chemicals.
We already have a lot to worry about these days.
Take care to be sure poisoning yourself or your loved ones isn’t one of them.
Stay safe out there.