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How to NOT gas yourself while cleaning the loo

Posted: April 6th, 2010 | Tags: , , , , | 11 Comments »

By Tony and special guest blogger Heather Ipema

A common telephone call to the IPC starts with a person coughing, sniffling, short of breath, and having difficulty finishing sentences.  The caller wonders if it is due to poisoning from mixing bathroom cleaners.

Determined to really disinfect the entire germy bathroom, the caller has made the common mistake of mixing household bleach (5% sodium hypochlorite) with an acidic toilet bowl cleaner.  They are shocked to learn that the combination of bleach and any acid results in a substance once used as a chemical warfare agent in World War I, and still considered a weapon of mass destruction today.  So, what is this nasty greenish-yellow vapor emanating from their commode?  It’s chlorine gas, and it’s poisonous. Read more »