Safe Cleaning

During COVID-19

Many of us are taking extra measures to make our homes clean and sanitary during these unprecedented times. Ensuring your cleaning methods and products are safe and effective is just as important as maintaining a clean environment. The CDC recommended best cleaning practice is to wash surfaces with soap and warm water, and then disinfect those surfaces using EPA-registered disinfectants

While many commercially available cleaning products can be safe to use, it can be incredibly unsafe to mix chemicals. DO NOT attempt to make your own cleaning products. Mixing compounds like bleach with household cleaners is dangerous and deadly to your health. Stick to the products registered with the EPA to use as household cleaners. When using any disinfecting chemicals, it is important to follow instructions closely and take the proper personal safety precautions like wearing gloves and having proper ventilation. 

Can this be mixed?

OK to Mix With Bleach?

Water YES  
Acids NO Vinegar
Lemon juice
Ammonia NO Glass cleaner
Toilet bowl cleaner
Oven cleaner
Drain cleaner
Isopropyl Alcohol NO Rubbing alcohol
Disinfectant Wipes
Hand Sanitizer
Hydrogen Peroxide NO  
Soap NO Liquid hand soap
Liquid dish soap

OK to Mix With Hydrogen Peroxide?

Water YES  
Acid NO Vinegar
Lemon juice
Sulfuric Acid NO Toilet bowl cleaner
Rust dissolving solutions
(Some) powdered detergents
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If you need to dispose of household cleaners do not pour them down the drain. Safely store materials until the Anoka County Household Hazardous Waste facility is open. At no charge to residents, these products can be properly disposed, ensuring the safety of you and the environment. To find proper storage techniques and a list of various hazardous products accepted at the facility, visit our HHW page or call 763-324-3400 Monday - Friday 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.