Cleaning Chemicals You Should Be Careful With

20 February 2019
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Cleaning a house is not always the easiest task in the world. There might be a lot of stains that do not come off just with water and a dainty brush or cloth. These kinds of stains are the nightmare of homeowners and cleaning services, and sometimes, what they need are strong cleaning chemicals.

What Are Some Of The Most Popular Cleaning Chemicals?

Cleaning agents are divided into categories based on their purpose or their chemical components. There are acidic cleaners, alkaline cleaners, neutral cleaners, degreasers, all-purpose cleaners, oven cleaners, dishwashing agents, floor cleaners, carpet cleaners, stainless steel cleaners, wood cleaners, etc. The most common chemicals that they contain are water, detergent or soap, ammonia solution, calcium hypochlorite also known as powdered bleach, sodium hypochlorite also known as liquid bleach, citric acid, sodium hydroxide, acetic acid, also known as vinegar and various forms of alcohol. 

What Should You Be Careful About?

When you buy a cleaning product, you should be very careful and read the label. This is very important because you can never know what kinds of chemicals a cleaning product is made out of, and some of them might actually be dangerous. Other than that, you should be careful about how you use various chemicals. Some of them might damage your organs and cause severe problems. One example is bleach. It is a very corrosive substance that affects the respiratory system if inhaled. That is why you should be careful while using it; cover your mouth and stay as far as possible from the area you are applying the bleach.

Other than bleach, drain cleaners, carpet or upholstery cleaners, ammonia and air fresheners might be dangerous. They damage your eyes and often cause burns. If you are using these chemicals, you should wear gloves, eye masks and cover your mouth. You should also keep the windows open. If in contact with these chemicals quickly wash your hands, skin or eyes with cold running water. In the case of burns, go to your doctor.

Which Chemicals Should You Never Mix?

While cleaning, you cannot help but try various options to clean off that ugly stain, and often happens that you mix different products. But some of these products should never be mixed as they release products that are very toxic. For example, you should never mix bleach and ammonia as they release toxic chloramine vapour, you should not mix bleach with rubbing alcohol because it forms toxic chloroform and you should not mix bleach and vinegar because it releases toxic chlorine gas.