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5 Mistakes You Keep Making When Cleaning with Bleach

Reader's Digest Logo By Rachel Brougham of Reader's Digest | Slide 1 of 5: It may seem like it would only help the fight against bacteria and germs, but mixing bleach with other cleaners can cause serious problems. The Association of Residential Cleaning Services, International (ARCSI) says bleach should never be mixed with the following:

• Vinegar: When bleach and vinegar are mixed together, the combination creates chlorine gas which can cause eye irritation and breathing problems.

• Ammonia: Bleach mixed with ammonia creates chloramine, a gas which is similar to chlorine gas. Additional symptoms from exposure to chloramine are shortness of breath and chest pain.

• Pine-Sol: If you mix bleach and Pine-Sol in large amounts, it will create chlorine gas. Check out these 20 other household cleaning products you should never mix.

Mixing bleach with other cleaners

It may seem like it would only help the fight against bacteria and germs, but mixing bleach with other cleaners can cause serious problems. The Association of Residential Cleaning Services, International (ARCSI) says bleach should never be mixed with the following: • Vinegar: When bleach and vinegar are mixed together, the combination creates chlorine gas which can cause eye irritation and breathing problems. • Ammonia: Bleach mixed with ammonia creates chloramine, a gas which is similar to chlorine gas. Additional symptoms from exposure to chloramine are shortness of breath and chest pain. • Pine-Sol: If you mix bleach and Pine-Sol in large amounts, it will create chlorine gas. Check out these 20 other household cleaning products you should never mix.
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