If you’re like many people selling a home in DC Ranch, your REALTOR® has talked to you about how important it is to stage your home – and you know that before you can stage it, you have to clean it from top to bottom. You might want to hire a professional cleaning company to tackle the job (that way, you only have to maintain what they’ve done while your house is on the market), or you might want to do it yourself.
When you choose the DIY route, remember that you’re going to need more than a little elbow grease throughout the process – and remember to never, ever mix these dangerous cleaning solution concoctions.
Cleaning Your Home to Sell It? Never Mix These Chemicals
If you mix cleaning chemicals, you could end up with a disaster on your hands. And in many cases, the mixtures don’t even work well – chemical reactions take place that make the cleaning agents ineffective. In the worst-case scenarios, you could end up damaging your home and hurting yourself. Check out these cleaning solution combinations you should never try:
- Bleach and ammonia
- Bleach and alcohol
- Bleach and vinegar
- Baking soda and vinegar
Noticing a theme with bleach here? We are, too. Here’s a closer look at each of these potentially dangerous combinations.
#1. Bleach and Ammonia
When you mix bleach and ammonia, they react with each other to create a toxic gas called chloramine. Breathing in chloramine could send you to the hospital. The worst part? Mixed together, there’s really no use for these two chemicals because each has its own purpose.
#2. Bleach and Alcohol
Bleach and rubbing alcohol are both very good at disinfecting things, but you shouldn’t mix them because the end result is acetone – and in some cases, chloroform. (Chloroform is what you see used in horror movies to knock someone out.) While acetone and chloroform are both toxic, they’re not usually lethal in small concentrations. However, because they’re both great disinfectants, you don’t need to mix them – just use them separately to stay safe.
#3. Bleach and Vinegar
Bleach and vinegar are both great for cleaning, but when you mix the two, you can create a toxic gas that’s similar to the poison used during World War I. Even exposure to small amounts of this gas can burn your mucous membranes, and it’s incredibly dangerous.
#4. Baking Soda and Vinegar
Baking soda and vinegar seems like a great cleaning solution – it’s all-natural and you can make it at home. It’s not a toxic mixture, so you don’t have to worry about poisoning yourself, but get this: It won’t actually clean anything. When you mix vinegar and baking soda, the cleaning properties each has is cancelled out. (It’s a great tool for clearing out a clogged drain, though.) Instead, use vinegar to disinfect things or clean your mirrors and windows, and use baking soda to cut through grease on your stove top or to clean porous surfaces.
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