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MSDS – Before Mixing Chemicals @SavvyCleaner

Read the MSDS before mixing chemicals

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@SavvyCleaner by Angela Brown

What kind of cleaning products can be mixed with bleach?

There are dozens of bleach products on the market. But let’s assume you’re asking about Clorox Bleach Regular. Heck, there are dozens of Clorox bleach products.

Bleach is a strong chemical that you can dilute with water, but I don’t recommend mixing it with anything. Mixing it can create toxic results. I know a house cleaner who mixed bleach with ammonia and the fumes were so bad her eyes started stinging and then she passed out. Mixing chemicals is foolish if you don’t know what you’re doing.

If you’re not sure of the chemical breakdown of any particular chemical including Clorox bleach, check the MSDS – BEFORE YOU MIX IT.

What is a Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS)?

A Material Safety Data Sheet (MSDS) is a fact sheet manufacturers are required to provide to the public, to describe the chemical properties of their product.

There are 16 sections of a Material Safety Data Sheet. They include brand-specific information such as physical data (solid, liquid, color, melting point, flash point, etc.) They also list health effects, first aid, and reactivity. You will learn storage methods, handling, and proper disposal of the chemicals. You will also learn personal protection and spill/leak procedures.

As required by the Occupational Health and Safety Administration (OSHA), the target audience for information in a Material Safety Data Sheet is the occupation worker who is exposed to chemicals at work. But you can also benefit as a consumer from learning to read an MSDS sheet.

The MSDS sheet for Clorox bleach is 10 pages long and has some pretty detailed information.

Here’s a screenshot of page 2.

MSDS for Clorox -

I’ve highlighted with arrows some interesting things you may want to consider before mixing bleach with other chemicals.

Arrow 1: Hazard Statement: Causes mild skin irritation and causes serious eye irritation.

Arrow 2:  Hazards Not Otherwise Classified: Heart conditions or chronic respiratory problems such as asthma, emphysema, or obstructive lung disease.

Arrow 3: Interactions with Other Chemicals: Reacts with other household chemicals such as products containing ammonia, toilet bowl cleaners, rust removers, or acids to produce hazardous gases, such as chlorine and other chlorinated compounds.

Right above arrow 3 you can see that other information includes: Toxic to aquatic life with long lasting effects. Interesting to know.

I’m not picking on Clorox or saying that it’s a “bad” chemical, I’m simply pointing out that the MSDS sheet has warnings that need attention.

Take the MSDS to the Emergency Room

The MSDS will give you assistance in how to deal with harmful reactions. If you have to seek medical help for a reaction to a chemical, always take the MSDS for the detergent or solvent that caused the reaction to the Emergency Room with you. This will help expedite your treatment.

  • All countries and suppliers have different forms of MSDS.

MSDS Database You Should Know About

I’ve created for you a free download (Click here: MSDS ACCESS) that has the entire Clorox Material Safety Data Sheet so you can review all the details about Clorox. And the bonus to that email is access to a website you will want to bookmark, that has thousands of Material Safety Data Sheets for all kinds of products you use in your home ranging from soap, to make-up, cleaning supplies, garden and yard fertilizers, shampoos, conditioners, and more.

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