Few things are more satisfying than successfully scrubbing up a stubborn stain. Some cleaning know-how and a little elbow grease and what once was thought to be a permanent mark is now a thing of the past! Hey, we’re right with you; we love removing stains, it’s pretty much what we do. But, some stains are trickier than others, forcing you to take more drastic measures. Before you start searching the internet and grabbing every cleaning product you own, a few words of caution – there are some cleaners that should never be mixed as the results could be toxic or even permanently mar your surfaces and fixtures. 

  1. Bleach and Vinegar. Alone each of these household products is a powerful disinfectant but combined they produce chlorine gas which can cause coughing, breathing problems and burning, watery eyes. And, if the dose is high enough, the mixture could cause chemical burns on your lungs and eyes. No thanks.

  2. Bleach and Ammonia. Bleach is great for laundry and disinfecting toilets. Ammonia is a window-cleaning wiz. Together they product a toxic gas called chloramine which causes breathing and eye problems, shortness of breath and chest pain. Not great.

  3. Bleach and Rubbing Alcohol. Combing bleach with rubbing alcohol creates chloroform, the toxic stuff from kidnapping movies. While low levels might not make you pass out, it is irritating and toxic. High levels can damage your nervous system eyes, lungs, skin, liver and kidneys. It’s really just a good idea to never mix bleach with anything. So many cleaning products contain acids or ammonia that reacts dangerously with bleach.

  4. Baking Soda and Vinegar. We know, we know – this is the ultimate cleaning duo of most household cleaning blogs. Going back to chemistry class, baking soda is basic and vinegar is acidic. When they come together the pH is neutralized leaving water and sodium acetate but mostly water, i.e. you’re cleaning with water. Plus, when combined they foam up and if added to a closed container (like a spray bottle) could explode.

  5. Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar. Combing these two natural cleaning methods could result in a corrosive acid that will damage your surfaces, negating any stain fighting properties. 

  6. Drain Cleaner and Drain Cleaner. Never mix drain cleaners or use the same one right after another. These cleaners contain powerful chemicals that if combined could produce explosive chlorine gas. If your drain isn’t unclogged after following the manufacturer’s directions, you’re safer off calling a plumber.

  7. Antibacterial/Disinfectants and Detergent. The cleaning power of an all-purpose antibacterial surface cleaner that uses ammonia will be negated if used with a foamy soap. While it might seem like a perfect cleaning combination, the detergent actually neutralizes the disinfectant. 

If you’re unsure of which cleaning chemicals to use, go the safest route and call The Maids. We use our own proprietary blend of environmentally-friendly cleaning products that leave your home clean and smelling fresh. Breathe easy; our cleaning services are a healthy choice! 

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