Because I started this thread about cleaning racks . . . and because I learned something important that I didn't know this week . . . and because it has to do with cleaning and products we probably all use from time to time, I thought I'd better post this.
DO NOT USE DAWN AND CLOROX TOGETHER!
I'm not a chemist and I don't have any idea why this is a problem, but a local man died in the ICU where my wife works last week from smelling the fumes from using Dawn dishwasher detergent and Clorox in his kitchen sink. One of the trained chemists here can probably tell us what components combine to create a caustic gas, but it really doesn't matter. I know for a fact that this individual died, and the cause was attributed to lung damage from fumes given off by the combination.
And, if it turns out I'm full of $h#x, well . . . it won't be the first time and a laxative will fix that but I wouldn't want to live with myself if I knew something that might be important to my friends here and didn't share it.
I would never have suspected that using these 2 products together could be deadly. I don't know what strengths the ingredients were nor what proportions were used, but I will never have Dawn and Clorox out at the same time when cleaning ever again.
RH, I am not a chemist either but just as an FYI. Dawn (some) as well as Joy (some) and some other (but not all) dishwashing detergents contain ammonia and when mixed with Clorox (bleach) creates chlorine gas. As you may recall, chlorine gas was used in WWI in trench warfare, France I think. It says on the bottle "Do Not Add Bleach".