Don’t mix these when cleaning for the coronavirus, local hazmat team warns

Avoid these combinations when cleaning for the coronavirus, local hazmat team warns

People are doing everything they can to keep their homes clean during the spread of the coronavirus, but a local hazmat team is warning of the danger of mixing some household chemicals.

The Westmoreland County Hazardous Materials Response Team posted a list of dangerous combinations on its Facebook page.

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When it comes to having a clean, but safe home, avoid mixing the following:

  • Bleach + vinegar = chlorine gas (This can lead to coughing, breathing problems, burning and watery eyes.)
  • Bleach + ammonia = chloramine (This can cause shortness of breath and chest pain.)
  • Bleach + rubbing alcohol = chloroform, which is highly toxic
  • Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar = peracetic/peroxyacetic acid, which can be highly corrosive

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, people should routinely clean frequently touched surfaces, such as tables, doorknobs and faucets.

With any cleaning product, the instructions on the label should be followed.

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