Careful What You’re Using to Clean With
It's really no surprise that when faced with a challenge, we'll find a solution. Although I'm not sure how people dealt with the toilet paper shortage (and I'm not sure I want to ask).
But when dealing with the shortage of hand sanitizer, we will find a way, and along the way, we may get carried away.
As reported by Molly Olmstead at Slate.com, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says calls to poison control centers have gone up, and the majority of those calls have to do with cleaning products and hand sanitizer. Calls about bleach have gone up by 62%, while calls regarding sanitizers and non-alcohol disinfectants have both seen 37% increases.
The rush on hand sanitizer and disinfectants have led us to trying new products to get the job done, and even being creative with the ingredients.
One woman reportedly soaked her produce in a mixture of water, vinegar, and bleach to clean it. She ended up in the hospital with hypoxia. Others have reportedly tried mixing chemicals or using them incorrectly, resulting in health issues. Mixing chemicals can create toxic gases, the CDC says.
Good House Keeping has a handy list of household chemicals you should never mix, including bleach and vinegar, baking soda and vinegar, and bleach and ammonia. If you decide it's a good idea to mix chemicals, consult this list or do some extensive research. Google it. Be safe, and don't take any chances.
Doctors remind us to stay with soap and water even for cleaning household items, as those will work just fine. This Vox article does a great job of explaining why soap is so effective against COVID-19 on our hands and surfaces.