9 Cleaning Products that You Should Never Mix

mixing cleaning products

Cleaning can be a frustrating task. Whether you are trying to get a mark off of your bedroom rug or scrubbing your office floors on a weekend, some stains are just too stubborn and too difficult. 

In these times of frustration, it is straightforward to become reckless and make mistakes. That said, cleaning and maintenance involve plenty of noxious chemicals and cleaning materials. Even in the fit of the most challenging cleaning job, it is crucial to take note of the products that you should never combine. 

9 Cleaning Products that are not Meant for Mixing

As mentioned earlier, cleaning entails plenty of dangerous chemicals. These chemicals can be complicated and confusing to use. Even seasoned professionals have made their fair share of mistakes. 

To make sure that you and your maintenance team remain safe, below are a few cleaning products that you should never mix:

Baking Soda & Vinegar

Baking soda and vinegar are great cleaning products on their own. While there isn’t anything hazardous about combining these two chemicals, doing so would render them useless. Combined, baking soda turns vinegar into the water. Because they are at opposite sides of the PH spectrum, they create a neutral solution together. 

Hydrogen Peroxide & Vinegar

Hydrogen Peroxide and vinegar combined make peracetic acid. You can expect anything suffixed with the word acid to be corrosive, and peracetic acid is no exception. Similar to baking soda and vinegar, there isn’t anything inherently dangerous about this combination. Peracetic acid can be used as a sanitizer. It is, however, corrosive and shouldn’t be used with sensitive surfaces. 

Drain Cleaner & Bleach

Drain cleaners often work like magic. You apply it on any pipeline, and it almost instantaneously unclogs the surface. However, if you find yourself using a drain cleaner that doesn’t work – resist the urge to mix it with bleach. The combination of drain cleaner and bleach makes chlorine gas. Chlorine gas is highly toxic. Exposure to considerable amounts of this substance requires medical attention. 

Ammonia & Bleach

Both ammonia and bleach are frequently found in most over-the-counter cleaning solutions. Before making a cleaning concoction with what is available, it is crucial to check the ingredients first. Combining ammonia and bleach is not a good idea. The combination releases toxic vapors that can cause respiratory irritation and throat burns. 

Pesticides & Water

If you are into gardening or just deathly afraid of bugs, we are certain that you have pesticides on hand. While diluting solutions with water is often a good idea to stretch the amount you have, this simply isn’t the case with certain pesticides. Combining these two materials creates phosphine gas. Phosphine gas is deadly and should never be consumed. 

Antibacterial Disinfectant & Detergent

When mixing disinfectants with detergent, be on the lookout for quaternary ammonia. If the disinfectant has this chemical in the ingredients list, it isn’t good to make a solution. Again, it isn’t necessarily a dangerous combination. But it can mess up your cleaning flow. Instead of creating a more potent cleaning agent, the two materials are neutralized when combined, rendering them useless. 

Vinegar & Water

It isn’t a bad idea to dilute the vinegar with water. It is a great way to stretch your vinegar and minimize that acidic smell. However, do not use this solution to clean your hardwood floors. Vinegar is acidic. Enough of it can damage the shine of a hardwood surface. Likewise, the combination of vinegar and water can cause water damage. You are better off using another solution altogether. 

Bleach & Rubbing Alcohol

Bleach and rubbing alcohol is easily the most infamous combination. These two materials, when mixed, create chloroform. The same chemical bad guys in movies use to knock out people. Enough of this solution can make your household or employees sick, so be careful. 

Vinegar & Bleach

Both vinegar and bleach make suitable disinfectants. However, they should be used separately. Mixing these two substances makes chlorine and chloramine gas. Both of these materials are highly corrosive and can cause breathing problems. 

Best All-Natural Cleaning Solutions and How to Use them

Now that you know what not to do, it is time to cover the best all-natural cleaning products. Below are some solutions that are worthy of a try! 

DIY natural cleaning solutions

Wood Cleaner

Wood can be a finicky surface to clean. As mentioned earlier, if you want your hardwood to shine, you would like to stay away from vinegar. Instead, combine the ingredients below and apply them to any wood surface that needs cleaning. Since you are using an organic ingredient like lemon, best only to make as much as you need for one cleaning. 

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup lemon juice (from about 4 lemons)
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 1/2 teaspoon natural liquid soap or detergent (I used Dr. Bronner’s Peppermint Castille Soap, aka the only soap you ever need.)
  • A few drops of olive oil 

Stainless Steel Cleaner

Unlike the first solution, the ingredients below should not be combined to clean stainless steel surfaces. Instead, use the cloth and vinegar to clean any steel area. Rub vigorously to make sure that no debris gets stuck. Once it’s clean, polish with olive oil. 

Ingredients

  • Vinegar
  • Olive Oil
  • Microfiber cloth

Window Cleaner 

There are very few things more annoying than a dirty window. It keeps light from coming into a space. Thankfully, it is relatively easy to address. Start by combining the washing soda with the hot water in an atomizer or spray bottle. Once the solution settles, add the club soda and liquid detergent. Use liberally on a surface, and wipe to dry. 

Ingredients

  • 1/4 teaspoon washing soda
  • 1/2 cup hot water
  • 1/4 teaspoon liquid soap or detergent
  • 2 cups club soda


Office Cleaning and maintenance are responsibilities that often fall on the office manager or business owner’s shoulders. If you and your maintenance team can no longer keep up with the cleaning demands of your space, remember that there are professionals that are willing to help! 

We at Burgos Commercial Cleaning have decades of combined experience that can help you with the toughest of cleaning jobs. From carpet maintenance to HVAC cleaning, we have got you covered. Reach out to us today to learn more about our services!