When you’re faced with a tough cleaning job, it’s easy to get frustrated — and tempting to get creative with how you combat it. But before you reach for every cleaning product under your sink and start playing chemist, please just don’t.
“People often think that if one product works, mixing it with another one will make it even better,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.
But here’s the scary truth: “Certain products, which are safe when used alone, can sometimes cause unsafe fumes or other chemical reactions when mixed with other products,” says Nancy Bock, Senior VP of Education at the American Cleaning Institute.
And even if your ad-hoc cleaner combo isn’t dangerous or toxic, you can never be sure what effect two products can have on a surface or fabric when combined. Always read the warning and ingredient labels on cleaning products — and never mix these: