There are many ways to clean your appliances naturally, with items that you would already have in your household. But when some of these cleaning agents such as baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and bleach are combined, they won’t clean anything and create chemical reactions which could lead to irritating gases being released.
Baking soda and vinegar are the first pair that shouldn’t be mixed. Vinegar is acidic and baking soda is basic, which causes them to cancel out. The combination is ineffective, a chemical reaction creating sodium acetate, and will likely explode if put in a closed container.
Bleach should not be mixed with ammonia, rubbing alcohol, or vinegar. When blended with ammonia, chloramine is released. It’s a toxic gas that could cause shortness of breath and pain in the chest. When mixed with rubbing alcohol, it creates the extremely toxic substance of chloroform, which has the same effect as chloramine. Vinegar mixed with bleach is just as bad, as chlorine gas can be released, hurting the lungs and possibly causing chlorine gas poisoning. Bottom line, the only thing you can safely mix with bleach is water.
Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar can be used one at a time, wiping down the surface in between using each, but are irritable to the eyes, skin, and respiratory system when put together. They create peracetic acid and it’s a likely toxic compound.
Cleaning your appliances with natural ingredients is so great, we even wrote a blog about it! But, you must be careful about which ingredients you put together, to keep you and your appliance safe.