Although bleach and bleach-based cleaners
are an effective way to kill germs, the fumes can irritate
In poorly ventilated areas, cleaning
with bleach can even cause lung damage.
Here are suggestions on how to sanitize
safely with bleach, courtesy of the Washington Toxics
Never mix bleach with ammonia, as
the combination produces toxic fumes that can damage
the lungs. Avoid mixing any bleach or bleach products
with household ammonia, glass cleaner, dishwashing liquid,
or metal cleaner -- all of which can contain ammonia.
People with asthma, heart disease
or lung problems should avoid cleaning with bleach,
as the fumes can further irritate the lungs.
If you are cleaning with bleach, be
sure the area is well-ventilated. Open a window or turn
on a fan.
Be careful with products that have
added fragrances – the fumes are only masked and
can still be toxic.
Bleach should never be mixed with
toilet bowl cleaner or rust remover, as these combinations
can produce toxic fumes.