Can vinegar and bleach hurt you? “Warning: Never mix bleach and vinegar together — it creates toxic chlorine gas,” said the experts. Bleach and vinegar are both common household cleaners, but by using them together it can be toxic. Breathing in chlorine gas can be extremely harmful and effects typically begin within seconds to minutes.
What do I do if I accidentally made chlorine gas?
- Leave the area where the chlorine was released and get to fresh air.
- If you think you may have been exposed, remove your clothing, rapidly wash your entire body with soap and water, and get medical care as quickly as possible.
How quickly does bleach poisoning set in? For the majority of cases, which involve household bleach that has been diluted in water, symptoms begin within minutes. These include heavy drooling (especially in cats) and redness and irritation on the skin and in and around the mouth.
How long does it take for chlorine gas to go away? When treated effluent is released into receiving waters, free residual chlorine dissipates rapidly (it has a half-life of 1.3 to 5 hours).