Cleaning Products You Should NEVER Mix

by Janine, May 2020

A new survey, published by, has discovered that there are some cleaning products that you should NEVER mix. But which? And… WHY?

  1. Bleach and Ammonia

“This mix creates toxic vapour, which causes burning eyes and respiratory problems and organ damage. Not only that, if there’s enough ammonia in the mixture it will create the highly explosive toxic substance.”

2. Bleach with rubbing alcohol

“The mix will create chloroform and hydrochloric acid, alongside chloroacetone or dichloroacetone. These compounds are known to seriously damage the nervous system, lungs, kidneys, liver, eyes, and skin.”

3. Bleach and vinegar or lemon juice

“When mixed, these substances create a toxic chlorine gas, which causes chemical burns on the skin, and attacks the respiratory system.”

And it’s not only the wrong products being mixed together that could cause health problems for you. The survey also showed that some simple mistakes can be equally dangerous:

  1. Not replacing the kitchen dish cloth or sponge every three days

“Kitchen sponges and dishcloths are a breeding ground for bacteria, because they tend to be used to clean everything in a kitchen, from surfaces that have touched raw meat, to cutlery and cooking utensils. This can lead to food poisoning through cross-contamination.”

2. Never vacuuming the mattress

Regular vacuuming of your mattress will help keep dust mites at bay since mattresses are filled with dead skin cells – a dust mite’s favourite food. A dust mite infestation can cause allergy symptoms like a runny nose and swollen eyes, and aggravate asthma.”

3. Not thoroughly cleaning the vacuum every few weeks

All vacuums pollute the air in your home with an array of bacteria, dust and allergens, according to a 2012 study published in the journal of Environmental Science & Technology. To prevent this, regular cleaning is required.”

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