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How dangerous are cleaning products

 

At some point, most of us can find ourselves in a messy situation without the proper cleaning chemicals to clean up. Often we can find ourselves resembling a mad scientist mixing various kinds of cleaning solutions from under the kitchen sink, trying to come up with a special brew to get rid of that tough stain.

Here’s something that might make you think twice before you go blindly mixing different chemicals in your home.

 

Here’s a list of some common household chemical that when combined can cause serious health risks (and in some cases death).

 

 Vinegar + Baking Soda

Hazard: Toxic Chlorine Gas

Potential harm: long exposure can lead to a chemical burn

A common remedy for lifting tough stains around the kitchen and bathroom, but beware! This combination of chemicals actually produces toxic chlorine gas that can cause chemical burns, respiratory problems, dizziness and nausea.

 

Makes you wonder how safe all of the volcano lava experiments at school could have been, YIKES!

 

Similar combinations:

 

 

Vinegar + Bleach

Mildew Stain Remover + Bleach

Oven cleaner + Bleach

Bleach + Lemon Juice

Bleach and any other cleaning product

Rubbing Alcohol + Bleach

Hazard: Chloroform

Potential harm: short exposure to chloroform can cause nausea and dizziness; a long exposure can damage the nervous system, skin and lungs, and kidney and liver.

 

The chemical component of these two common disinfectant results in a dangerous by-product called chloroform. Chloroform is often used in lacquers, floor polishes, resins, adhesives, alkaloids, fats, oils, and rubber. Back in the mid-1900s, it was used to sedate patients who need to undergo medical procedures.

 

Vinegar + Hydrogen Peroxide

Hazard: Peracetic Acid

Potential Harm: Highly corrosive chemical

 

Individually used for cleaning, these two can work wonders in removing hard stains and grime on our surfaces. However, when mixed together, they have a chemical reaction that results in a highly corrosive mixture. Though vinegar and hydrogen peroxide is effective in sanitizing surfaces, it is also highly corrosive. The mixture causes skin irritation and even damage to some of our surfaces like polished wood, and more.

These are only some of the most dangerous mixtures we can make at home. We are pretty sure that you have already mixed some of them in the past, not knowing the potential harm it can cause you and the people in your house. Take note of these concoctions and avoid them as much as possible.

 

So what products are safe ?

 

Most household cleaning products have got labels indicating whether they are toxic, and this is great for cleaners.

Those concerned about chemicals like bleach and the danger of other ingredients found in common cleaners should take care to learn about the dangers of natural ingredients in their products

The best is to find someone with safe supplies, especially when it comes to harmful ammonia or other environmental alternatives that may sound good but are not a good mix

Hazardous toxins can affect your eyes and should not be included in your laundry as these could cause rashes. This is especially true when it comes to cleaning the drain.

So beware of everyday items you purchase for your family which may appear green and organic and good for the environment, because these toxins could be severely hazardous to your health and your families health

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Things are operating as normal with extra precautions being taken to minimise exposure to Covid 19. Social distancing , ppe is being used and professional chemicals being used to disinfect and sanitise all surfaces and touch points such as door handles , light switches and power points. A sanitising Fog is also available upon request to eradicate 99.9% of germs. I am also ensuring that there is no cross contamination between properties by making sure that all cleaning cloths are washed and disinfected prior to reuse.

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