Choosing ecofriendly products for cleaning your home is an excellent decision. Using natural ingredients is not only better for the environment, but it's also healthier for your family and gentler on your wallet. However, its important to know that using certain green cleaners in combination can create chemical reactions that result in very dangerous gases. At Mr. Rooter, we provide a variety of professional plumbing services for residents of Atlanta, Roswell, Sandy Springs, Stone Mountain and other nearby communities. We take the health and safety of our customer's very seriously and want to offer some advice on what can and cannot be combined when cleaning your drains and other areas of your home or business.
Avoid Mixing These Ingredients
- Bleach and Vinegar - Chlorine gas is created when you combine bleach and vinegar. Chlorine gas can make it difficult to breath and can even result in death.
- Hydrogen Peroxide and Vinegar - When combined, these ingredients will create peracetic acid. This chemical creates fumes that can cause lung damage and skin irritation.
- Bleach and Rubbing Alcohol - These two chemicals make chloroform, which aside from causing a loss of consciousness can also damage lungs. Prolonged exposure or a high dosage can cause death as well.
- Castile Soap and Vinegar - This mixture won't harm you, but it will make both individual ingredients ineffective.
A Few Effective Alternatives
Thankfully, there are many ways to combine natural ingredients that are safe and can enhance the cleaning properties of each substance. Here are just a few of the ways you can mix green cleaners and get the results you've been dreaming of.
- Castile Soap and Baking Soda - A combination of castile soap and baking soda, when combined with washing soda, sea salt and citric acid, is great for washing laundry.
- Peroxide and Baking Soda - Mix hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, lemon juice, water and essential oil. This is a great alternative to bleach that will leave your bathroom and kitchen sparkling clean.
- Vinegar and Oil - Are you looking for an alternative to wood cleaner? Vinegar and olive oil are an excellent way to clean your favorite furniture or to make your wood flooring shine.
- Vinegar and Baking Soda - Have you come across a stubborn drain clog? Before you reach for a bottle of pipe damaging caustic chemicals, try baking soda and vinegar. These two will create a fizzing reaction in your drain and help to clear away debris.
Do You Need a Drain Cleaning or Plumbing Maintenance Service? Call Mr. Rooter Today
Have you already tried using natural cleaners to fix your clogged drains? Rather than reaching for a gallon of drain cleaning chemicals, call the experts at Mr. Rooter. Our team of certified, licensed and insured plumbers can use ecofriendly tools and techniques to effectively remove even the most stubborn blockages. We will arrive at your location with all the equipment necessary to get the job done right, for prices that will fit your budget. Contact our office today for more information or to schedule a convenient appointment.