Posted On March 22, 2017 In Helpful Information
If you are planning to do some spring cleaning in the next few weeks, it is essential to avoid making mistakes that can endanger your safety. When cleaning products are used incorrectly, chemical reactions can occur. Some of these chemical reactions may result in serious injury or death. The following examples are common spring cleaning mistakes people make with these products.
Bleach is great at what it is designed to do – clean and sterilize surfaces. However, it can create deadly chemical reactions when mixed with other products. Chlorine gas is produced when bleach is mixed with acidic products. This is a common mistake people make when cleaning toilet bowls. They will buy a toilet bowl cleaning product that contains acid, and then mix it with bleach. Another common mistake is to mix drain cleaners from different brands. Mixed together, this may also create chlorine gas.
Chlorine gas irritates the mucus membranes. Low levels of exposure can cause coughing, breathing problems and watery eyes. High levels of exposure can lead to vomiting, chemical burns, severe chest pain, pneumonia and death. Acidic cleaning products include vinegar, drain cleaners, window cleaners (some but not all) and drain cleaners.
Chloramines are produced when bleach is mixed with ammonia. These are toxic vapors that cause coughing fits, nausea, wheezing, shortness of breath and pneumonia.
If you are cleaning with rubbing alcohol, do not also clean with bleach. Rubbing alcohol and bleach create chloroform and hydrochloric acid when mixed together. In large enough quantities, chloroform vapors can cause dizziness and irritation. Hydrochloric acid is a corrosive substance that may cause chemical burns.
The Centers for Disease Control recommends avoiding the use of bleach products in enclosed or poorly ventilated spaces. Only mix bleach products with water and your own hard work ethic.
It is very important to keep cleaning products away from children. If you are going to be doing some spring cleaning, be sure to keep these products out of reach. For example, drain cleaners that contain sulfuric acid can lead to serious chemical burns and disfigurement when it comes into contact with soft tissue. Many of these products are uniformly fatal when ingested.
Although some websites claim these products should be kept on a high shelf, that is hogwash. Keep these products in a high area in a locked cabinet or large toolbox. Children can climb counters and they may not understand why these products are dangerous. Make sure your children can not see how you unlock these cabinets or toolboxes. Never leave cleaning products unattended.
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