The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommends routine cleaning of surfaces to limit the spread of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19). This is a good time for you to remind your community about the dangers of mixing household chemicals.
People are very concerned right now and may not think about the dangers of mixing cleaners. Some departments have shared information on social media listing combinations of chemicals that can either create toxic fumes or be highly corrosive. Departments should consider sending out a public service announcement to the communities they serve about the following deadly combinations:
- Bleach + vinegar = chlorine gas.
- This can lead to coughing, breathing problems, burning and watery eyes. Chlorine gas and water also combine to make hydrochloric and nypochlorous acids.
- Bleach + ammonia = chloramine.
- This can cause shortness of breath and chest pain.
- Bleach + rubbing alcohol = chloroform.
- This is highly toxic.
- Hydrogen peroxide + vinegar = peracetic/peroxyacetic acid.
- This can be highly corrosive.
Share our household chemical safety handout
Customize this flyer with your logo and share it with your community to increase awareness about the dangers of household chemicals. The handout stresses the importance of proper storage and handling of household cleaners, following instructions on labels and never mixing products, and keeping them out of reach from children. PDF ~ 240 KBEnglish Spanish