Cleaning Product Warning: Mixing Bleach and Vinegar May Pose a Health Risk

Cleaning is just another part of life and something we all need to do. When faced with stubborn stains or mold, it’s common to find creative ways to make our lives easier. But a danger can be present if certain cleaning products are mixed, which increases the risk of serious consequences.

The potential risks of cleaning products were highlighted in a study that assessed lung function in people employed, long-term, in cleaning roles, as well as those using regular cleaning products at home.

It was found that lung function was markedly affected in these people, to the point of being compared to the effects of having smoked 20 cigarettes a day for 10 to 20 years.

Chemicals found in cleaning products, such as VOCs and ammonia, can induce certain physical symptoms.

And the severity of these health problems is related to the concentration of cleaning products and the duration of exposure to them.

Mixing your cleaning products can also cause health issues.

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Mixing bleach and vinegar creates chlorine gas which, even at low levels, can trigger coughing, breathing problems, and burning, watery eyes.

When you mix these two substances, poisonous chlorine gas is released, which is basically used to fight chemical warfare.

Many people mix bleach and vinegar together, but underestimate the health risks in hopes of increased cleaning power.

Combining hydrogen peroxide with vinegar creates peracetic acid, which is potentially toxic and can irritate the skin, respiratory system, and eyes.


“And a good window cleaner can be made by mixing water and vinegar.”

However, it’s worth pointing out that even seemingly harmless cleaners, such as vinegar and baking soda, can be dangerous when mixed or used with other cleaning products, reveals chemist Dr Tim Bond who advises the brand of e-cloth microfiber cloths.

“Remember, vinegar and baking soda are chemicals too,” he warned.

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