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These cleaners are common and helpful to have around, but the wrong combo can be quite dangerous.

When you're faced with a tough cleaning job, it's easy to get frustrated — and tempting to get creative with how you combat it. But before you reach for every cleaning product under your sink and start playing chemist, please be very careful.

"People often think that if one product works, mixing it with another one will make it even better," says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute.

But here's the scary truth: "Certain products, which are safe when used alone, can sometimes cause unsafe fumes or other chemical reactions when mixed with other products," says Nancy Bock, Senior VP of Education at the American Cleaning Institute.

Always read the warning and ingredient labels on cleaning products — and never mix these:

1. Drain cleaner + drain cleaner

"I would never recommend mixing two different drain cleaners or even using one right after the other," says...

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