Mixing household cleaners to prevent the spread of COVID-19 is a bad idea

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HARLINGEN, Texas – While people are stocking up on supplies like rubbing alcohol and bleach, COVID-19 has grocery stores struggling to keep up demand for household cleaning supplies.

We all have cleaning items in our homes but combining these ingredients can produce a deadly toxin.

“We’ve seen a lot of people empty the shelves of bleach, ammonia, wipes mostly a lot of detergent,” said Johnathan Rodriguez. He’s representative for Super Clean Service cleaning company.

One of the most dangerous combination is ammonia and bleach. It produces a chlorine gas that can irritate the eyes, skin, lungs and if inhaled in large doses can be deadly.

“Maybe combining the bleach with the ammonia can guarantee the safety of your home but what it comes down to it these are very volatile compounds that should not be in contact with each other,” said Rodriguez.

Super Clean Service is open and one of the essential businesses helping keep the community clean. He warns that people trying to become kitchen chemist can be fatal.

“Start releasing gas and fumes and could put everyone in danger, it starts really soon,” he said.

To protect your home against COVID-19, One quart of water and four teaspoons of bleach is all you need to clean surfaces. It’s not about what you clean with but also how often.

The Environmental Protection Agency has a list of disinfectants that kill the virus. Click the link, here.

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