Household Ingredients You Should NEVER Mix Together

Green cleaning methods and DIY concoctions are all over Pinterest, and every blog has another solution to tackle your chore list. But not all ingredients are good for your home and health…even if they are natural. When you get frustrated with your cleaning routine please curb the urge to experiment with mixing up different solutions. Some highly hazardous reactions can occur if you’re not careful.


Here is a list of common household ingredients that should NEVER be mixed:


1. Baking Soda + Vinegar: Skip any DIY cleaner that tells you to add these two together…it’s a waste of ingredients. Baking soda is a base and vinegar is acidic, so when combined the solution turns into mostly water. In addition, baking soda causes vinegar to foam up and can explode when stored in a closed container.


2. Hydrogen Peroxide + Vinegar: Combining these two can create acid which is potential toxic and can be irritating to the eyes, skin and respiratory system.


3. Bleach + Vinegar: When combined these two produce chlorine gas, which even at low levels can cause burning eyes, coughing, breathing problems and watery eyes.


4. Bleach + Ammonia: These two chemicals produce a toxic gas called chloramine which cause chest pain and shortness of breath.


5. Bleach + Rubbing Alcohol: You’ve probably heard of chloroform, but never actually been around it. Mixing these two create chloroform which can be irritating and cause breathing problems.