NEVER mix bleach with other products!
Apologies for the alarming headline, but this is an issue we've talked about before and is a message that everyone should hear . Mixing bleach with other cleaning products could potentially give off poisonous chlorine gas. The problem is that, because bleach doesn't smell nice, they think they can mix it with other, 'nice smelling' cleaning products. In a recent incident, one lady from Sheffield nearly died after mixing bleach with Dettol, Zoflora (a common, heavily-fragranced disinfectant) and hot water to mop her floor. Her son ended up having to call her an ambulance as she struggled to breathe and suffered chest pains.
She was taken to hospital and given oxygen. Thankfully she returned home the same day with just a sore throat and headache. The ambulance crew told her that 'it happens far more than you'd think'. As Charley explains, '‘I just want to warn people,’ she said. ‘Everything I used were just normal cleaning products that you can get from Asda. I didn’t read the small print on the bottles, but no-one does really, and I just want everyone to make sure they do when they’re cleaning.’
These are wise words from Charley. Just because cleaning products are readily available, that's because they are sold on the basis that they should be used as directed.
Of course, we would argue that the vast majority of cleaning tasks around the home can be tackled with traditional cleaning products that have a lower potential for 'accidental mis-use'. Soda Crystals are ideal for cleaning floors, drains and and so on, so there's no real need to have bleach in use in the home. We prefer a home to have no smell rather than a smell of bleach of artificial fragrance and even specialists advise this. If you do like a fragrance, why not just put a few drops of essential oil in your mop bucket with Soda Crystals?
You can read Charley's story here.