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Cleaning Agents

Many of the chemicals contained in cleaning agents are corrosive. Follow these guidelines when working with any cleaning agent:

  • Always read and understand the label instructions or the MSDS before using any cleaning agent.
  • Mix solutions to the recommended strength.
  • When diluting acid with water, always add the acid to the water, not the water to the acid. (Concentrated acids may splatter when mixed improperly.)
  • Wear appropriate eye protection and gloves for the job (e.g., neoprene, nitrile, or rubber).
  • Do not leave aerosol cans in direct sunlight or areas where the temperature may exceed 120?F. Heated aerosol cans may explode.
  • Before mixing any cleaning agents check the table below and MSOs of the product.
  • Inform your supervisor before mixing any cleaning agents.

The following table outlines common cleaning agents, their hazards, and safety precautions:





Can cause severe eye and lung irritation.

If mixed with bleach, can form poisonous chlorine gas.

Use in a well ventilated area.

Do not mix with bleach.

Wear eye protection.


Can produce a poisonous gas if mixed with other cleaners.

Never mix with toilet cleaners or ammonia.

Wear gloves and eye protection.

Toilet/Drain Cleaners & Lye

Can cause serious burns.

Wear gloves and avoid skin contact.

Never mix with bleach.

Protect eyes from possible splashes.

Cleaning Fluids/Degreasers

May cause skin and eye irritations.

May contain solvents that can cause headaches, painful cough, dizziness, and liver or kidney damage.

Avoid direct contact.

Only use in well-ventilated areas.

Follow label directions carefully.

Aerosol Sprays

Can irritate nasal passages if inhaled.

Can cause eye irritation.

Follow label directions carefully.

Use in well ventilated area.

Floor Waxes & Furniture Polish

Can irritate skin and nasal passages.

Use in well ventilated area.

Avoid skin contact.