I'm a science geek, but sometimes I ignore some of the basics.
On the surface, the facts seem so simple.
1. Pets pee.
2. Everyone hates the smell of urine.
3. Bleach kills germs and makes things clean.
Based on that, it's obvious why so many people grab the bleach when we clean up after our pets. The trouble with that it leaves out two very important scientific facts.
1. Urine contains ammonia.
2. You should never mix bleach and ammonia, because it produces toxic fumes.
Most people know you can't mix ammonia with bleach, and most people know urine contains ammonia, but even with those facts, I've been guilty of cleaning cat boxes and pet accidents with bleach. Sometimes the fumes from the reaction were enough to make me wheeze and cough like crazy as my eyes wate... [More]
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