Modern problems need modern solutions, is a phrase taken extremely seriously nowadays. No matter how desperate the solution is, you should never apply the DIY hacks as it is when it comes to dealing with cleaning materials. Cleaning materials are treated chemicals, and chemicals have sensitive compositions and compatibility. Therefore, do your research first and know about the product you are using as it will directly affect your employees, customers, and yourself.

Keeping proper checks and balances in chemicals related jobs is crucial. Always read and know about the composition and compatibility of chemicals you are using. Some chemical combinations can be disastrous or even cause fatalities sometimes; the article below describes a few of such chemical combinations that you should never mix.

Vinegar + Baking Soda

You might have seen many DIY videos claiming that baking soda and vinegar mixture can remove all the tough grease stains, soil stains, and stubborn spots. But what many people don’t know is that when baking soda is basic while vinegar is acidic, when these two react, they form water and sodium acetate. They are not so effective cleaning materials. The resultant is mainly water. Imagine cleaning your hotel shelves with the mixture and finding, in the end, it was just water, and nothing is clean- a total disappointment. Well, the results shown in videos are achieved if you use these materials separately.

Moreover, what happens if you want to save vinegar and baking soda mixture for later. The mixture produces carbon dioxide, which can be highly explosive if enclosed in a container. When you open the container, exposure to extra carbon dioxide can affect your health and give you headaches, dizziness, restlessness, and more.

Bleach And Vinegar

Many people don’t know that bleach is an effective disinfectant. Vinegar is an acetic acid that has the ability to kill viruses and bacteria. The community may make you believe that mixing these two can create a very effective disinfectant, but this is far from true. In fact, mixing these two chemicals is a terrible idea.

Mixing these two creates a toxic chlorine gas which causes eye irritation and burning of the throat and nose. Exposure to this toxic gas can induce side effects like breathing problems, burning, and watery eyes, coughing, etc. Chlorine gas is heavier than air and can penetrate through the skin; swelling, inflammation, and blistering are also the major concerns for people sensitive to chemicals. This gas can also be harmful to pets and small children.

Bleach And Rubbing Alcohol

Just like mixing vinegar and bleach is a terrible idea, mixing bleach and alcohol is also a bad action. The resultant product formed is chloroform, which is damaging for the eyes, kidneys, liver, and even the nervous system as a whole.

Chloroform is the solvent used to dissolve other substances, but many people are not aware of all the threats it poses to the surfaces it is applied on and hazards to the lives of people in the environment.

Bleach is a common cleaning agent in industrial and commercial settings. Therefore, it is important to educate your employees about the consequences of mixing bleach with other chemicals that can be toxic. Even using hand sanitizer after working with bleach is dangerous as it will produce the same results as mixing bleach and rubbing alcohol. So, be proactive and protect yourself and your employees by educating them.

Hydrogen Peroxide And Vinegar

Another combination to avoid is hydrogen peroxide -a disinfectant- and vinegar - have disinfectant properties-. This combination results in the production of peracetic acid, a highly corrosive and reactive material. Although this mixture is often used in the medical field, they know the side effects and needed precautions. It is not good for janitors in various industries to create this mixture and use it unprofessionally.

Exposure to a low concentration of peracetic acid can cause eye burning, irritation, breathing problems, throat and skin damages. While permanent and long-term exposure to this chemical can cause permanent damage to the eyes, throat, and skin may even induce cancerous cells.

Ammonia And Bleach

The last combination to avoid on the list is mixing ammonia and bleach. Ammonia is an essential component in many residential and industrial cleaning products, such as multi-surface cleaners, glass and window cleaners, drain openers, toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, stain removers, etc.

It is even needless to say that you should always check the components of your ingredients before combining them with others. If your cleaning chemical contains ammonia, never ever mix it with bleach.

Many determined people tend to do anything others recommend to get rid of the rigid and stubborn spots, stains, and even smells. Although combining these two might give you a super cleaner to get rid of these pesky stains, the resultant product is actually chloramine gas. Exposure to this gas can cause nose, throat, and eye irritation, with the potential to cause coma and in severe exposures, even death.

Author's Bio: 

Pesky stains are problematic, but you should never try odd chemical combinations for them. The article lists some chemical combinations you should never mix.