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Natural household cleaners

Green Cleaners You Shouldn’t Mix

More and more homeowners are jumping aboard the natural bandwagon and adopting healthier alternatives to harmful chemicals found in traditional cleaning products. More impressive is the fact that in addition to opting out to these chemicals, many people are actually creating their own homemade green cleaners! Not only does this save you money, but it can help ensure your family’s health — so long as you make them correctly, that is.

At Mr. Rooter, we know that mixing the wrong natural ingredients could be hazardous so check out our list below for the natural ingredients found in your pantries you’ll want to avoid mixing!

Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar

The products from the reaction between hydrogen peroxide and vinegar are no laughing matter. In addition to the initial eye and skin irritation, prolonged exposure to the peracetic acid vapors produced when these ingredients combine could cause long-term lung damage.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

This pair brings back memories from our favorite middle school earth science class: make a volcano day! Though it was fun in middle school, this isn’t something you want to happen in your kitchen. The acidity of the vinegar coupled with the alkalinity of the baking soda cancels each other out, producing an acid-base reaction that yields a foam.

Vinegar and Bleach

A good rule of thumb is to always take caution when mixing bleach, understanding that strong chemical reactions can produce harmful gases. Chlorine gas forms when these two ingredients are combined. Small traces of chlorine gas irritates the lungs, inciting coughing, labored breathing, and chest pain. When in doubt, we suggest staying away from bleach altogether.

Another natural cleaning solution? Hydrojetting! If you have a stubborn clog, call the experts at Mr. Rooter San Francisco for a natural, chemical-free clean.