7 Common Household Products That Could Kill You When Mixed

I love to experiment with different household products to see how they can be used in new ways. If you’re like me and like to experiment, you should make yourself familiar with the household products you should never mix together. A lot of these combinations are deadly, so taking the time to know this will keep you safe.

1. Two Different Battery Brands.

Although this one isn’t fatal, you’re going to want to avoid it. When two different battery brands are used together, they could leak. They leak because different battery brands usually contain different chemical compounds.

When one of the batteries dies, the other battery could continue discharging electricity, causing your batteries to leak. The leaking could damages the electronic device the batteries are being held in.

2. Acetaminophen and Alcohol.

You have probably heard that you shouldn’t take acetaminophen while drinking but what you might not have known is that it potentially deadly to mix the two. This happens because alcohol activates enzymes that transform acetaminophen into chemicals.

The chemicals can cause serious liver damage, even when the medicine is used in moderate amounts. Even when you take it after a weekend of drinking, it can lead to liver failure.

3. Vinegar and Bleach.

These common products are often used as disinfectants. These should never be used at the same time, as the chemicals mixed together release a toxic chlorine gas. This happens because adding any weak acid to bleach will release toxic chlorine and chloramine vapors.

The outcome of using these products together could leave you with a bad chemical burn. This could even burn your lungs and eyes.

4. Prescription medication and Grapefruit Juice.

Grapefruit juice is known to make a normal dose of prescription drugs, into a deadly overdose. This doesn’t happen with all medications but it is seen in a lot. Many of the drugs are common, such as some cholesterol-lowering drugs, antibiotics and calcium channel blockers used to treat high blood pressure.

Others include agents used to fight cancer or suppress the immune system in people who have received an organ transplant. If you are currently frequently drinking grapefruit juice while on prescription medication, stop immediately until you talk to your doctor to make sure you’re in the clear. For now, here is a list of the most common medications that react with grapefruit juice.

The next ones are found in a lot of products make sure you checked the ingredients for them.

10 Products You Had No Idea You Needed, And They’re All On Sale!

We’ve all experienced this before: You thought you didn’t need something until you finally got it. Then you think to yourself, how did I live my life without it?

Here are 10 products you had no idea you needed. The best part is that most of them are on sale now, so get it before it’s too late!

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The biggest headache for every homeowner is all the clutter in their house. When your shoes are piling up in your closet, instead of only buying a regular shoe rack, also purchase one of these shoe organizers. It’ll keep your shoes clean and everyone’s going to compliment you on how organized your house is the moment they walk in your entryway.

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Have you ever wished you could carry your TV around with you? Now you can! This mini portable HD movie projector is a great gift for everyone. It’s great for entertainment, education, business, and much more!

Get the solution to all your bathroom problems here!

This silicon mirror holder stores all your bathroom necessities. The best part about it is that it doesn’t slip off like many other such holders. Instead of putting your toothbrush and toothpaste on counters filled with millions of germs, declutter the area around your sink and place this holder on your mirror or bathroom tiles.

You know you want it, so get it here!

If an item can be used for more than one purpose, I’m sold. Kids have a lot of toys that tend to be left and forgotten all over the house. Purchase one of these toy storage bags and make it a fun game where they pick up all their toys. After they’re done, they can use it as a beanbag!

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I’ve purchased dozens of these super cheap car seat holder hooks for my friends and family. They save space and prevent things inside your bag from spilling. I use it for my purse and grocery bags, but my kids use it for their school bags. It’s also convenient when you quickly need to stick your hand in your bag to find something.

These next products are items you only dreamed you had. It all can be reality soon!

5 Essential Things Every Pet Owner Needs To Give Their Best Furr-iends A Perfect Life

Owning a pet is basically the highlight of anyone’s life. They bring so much joy and happiness to any household, and they really don’t ask for much in return. They just need your love, a few belly rubs, and some tasty kibbles.

Even though they don’t really need much, it doesn’t mean we shouldn’t spoil them. Every single dog and cat is a very good dog and cat, and they deserve a special treat for being so wonderful. They just want to spend time with you, and these amazing products can help you get the quality time with your pet that they deserve. Trust us, it’s what they really want.

Walks are probably the biggest highlight of a dog’s day. They spend a bunch of time in the house, waiting for you to come home that the moment you get them outside they can’t wait to explore the whole town. The problem is that eventually it gets dark. It’s hard for the cars to see your best friend.

It can be really dangerous to walk out at night, even when you’re on the sidewalk, because if your dog happens to get off leash and runs out into traffic, cars may not see them until it’s too late. If you want to keep them safe while also helping them look a lot more stylish, an LED collar is the way to go.

There are so many kinds of collars that will help your pooch make a statement, but honestly, it’s one of the smartest buys you will ever make for your dog and you’ll be happy you did it.

These types of leashes are great for dogs who pull because they help you use your entire body weight to control them as opposed to just your arm. It’s perfect for the person who wants to get a run in with their ultimate workout buddy.

It doesn’t just have to be for workouts though, stronger dogs do great with these types of leashes because it forces them to stay with you. The elastic leash is great because it’ll help prevent your dog from pulling so hard it chokes them, but you’ll still maintain enough control so that they don’t accidentally hurt themselves.

Those aren’t the only things your pet is begging you for…

15 Hidden Meanings Behind Logos You See Every Day

We all know the value of an eye-catching logo. The more a product sticks in your mind, the more likely you are to think of it.

But some companies hide secret messages, special symbols, and double meanings in their logos. Here are 15 really common designs with meanings you probably never knew about.

1. Google

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Now that we turn to the almighty Google for all our answers, we’re used to seeing this logo everywhere. But did you notice that one of the letters doesn’t fit in?

While the Gs, Os and E are in red, yellow, and blue (primary colors), the L is green. This is on purpose. As graphic designer Ruth Kedar explains, “we put a secondary color on the L, which brought back the idea that Google doesn’t follow the rules.” Such rebels!

2. Pinterest

This social media app’s users know that it works like a digital cork board, where you can “pin” recipes, projects, articles, and anything else that interests you. To fit that theme, the capital P is actually drawn to resemble an old fashioned push pin.

3. Hyundai

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There’s all kinds of hidden meanings behind the H on the front of your Hyundai. Slanting to the right is meant to make the letter look “aggressive,” but there’s a soft touch to the design too.

The News Wheel

The logo is meant to be a silhouette of a Hyundai representative shaking hands with a satisfied customer.

4. Toblerone

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See anything in this chocolate company’s logo? Here’s a hint, Toblerone comes from Bern, Switzerland, which is called “the city of bears.”

Yes, there’s a bear nestled into the negative space of the mountain. Now you’ll never be able to “unsee” it.

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5. NBC

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The TV network had tried a handful of logos before settling on “the bird,” a bright and colorful peacock meant to remind people about the channel’s lineup of programs in color (a novelty in the 1950s).

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The original peacock’s tail feathers were paired down to six in 1986, representing the network’s six divisions. From left to right: news, sports, entertainment, stations, network, productions.

6. Toyota

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There’s a lot of special meanings packed into this one car company logo. The three ovals are meant to represent “the unification of the hearts of our customers and the heart of Toyota products,” while the background “represents Toyota’s technological advancement and boundless opportunities ahead.”

Meanwhile, the clever design also spells out “Toyota” with just one shape. See how it’s done:

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7. LG

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This electronics giant wants you to remember “life’s good,” but the letters also stand for the company’s original name, Lucky-GoldStar.

But did you realize the logo is a winking face? The L and G created a friendly face meant to make the company seem more inviting.

Claire’s Recalls 17 Products After They Test Positive For Asbestos

Just weeks after we got some nasty news about the bacteria lurking on makeup testers, Claire’s is recalling 17 of their products.

The recall is the result of some impressive research by one Rhode Island mom who was curious about the ingredients in her 6-year-old daughter’s makeup kits. Kristie Warner sent a sample of her daughter’s makeup bought at Claire’s to an independent lab, and was stunned by the results.

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The product tested positive for tremolite asbestos, a variety of the toxic mineral which is known to cause health conditions including lung cancer, mesothelioma and a kind of lung scarring called asbestosis.

“I physically sank,” Warner said about getting the results back. “I ended up sitting on the ground, just trying to wrap my head around how something like that could end up in our home.”

Surprisingly, results like these aren’t unheard of either. A few months ago makeup from Justice tested positive for asbestos, before third-party testing debunked those results.

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But Warner says she’s confident that the Scientific Analytical Institute, which tested both her products and the ones from Justice, has the results right this time.

The lab compared 17 samples from nine different states, each of which tested positive for asbestos.

But that’s just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to nasty surprises hiding in your makeup.

Have You Ever Seen a Wreath Like This?

Nothing says a baby shower more then having a diaper made wreath right on your front door for display! Not only is this wreath a great piece of decoration to have, but it’s a great for mom-to-be. Get creative and add whatever products and items you want mom to have – this is will be a gift she won’t forget!

  • cardboard frame
  • paint
  • diapers
  • tulle ribbon
  • ribbon
  • products of choice
  • stuffed animal
  • hot glue gun
  • rubberbands

1. Begin by cutting out the size of frame you would like your wreath to be.

2. Paint your frame so that you don’t have any cardboard showing through.

3. Start rolling! Taking on diaper at time, begin rolling your diaper up into a cylinder and then securing it with a rubberband.

4. Once your diapers have been rolled, cut off pieces of ribbon that are long enough to wrap around the diaper cylinder and cover the rubberband. Glue them in place.

5. Begin gluing the diapers to your wreath.

6. To add some more color, tie strings of tulle in between each diaper, but be sure to trim them so it isn’t too long.

7. Tie on whatever products you have decided to add.

8. Tie on your stuffed animal in the middle and your are done!

15 Shark Tank Products That Made Us Ask “How Did They Come Up With This?”

The judges on the investment reality show Shark Tank seem to have a sixth sense for pitches that turn into million-dollar ideas.

But for every Shark Tank success story, the show has seen a few more flops. These 15 truly outrageous products made the judges do a double-take.

1. The Squirrel Boss

Squirrel Boss

The inventors behind this pest control product tried to build a better squirrel trap. A touch of the remote control sends an electric shock through your bird feeder, but it only managed to scare away the Sharks, who said it was too cruel.

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2. Kook’n Kap

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You had to be willing to sacrifice your sense of style if you put on this product, which was meant to keep cooking smells from sticking to your hair. Something about the deal must have smelled bad to the Sharks, because none of them made a bid.

3.  Under-Ease

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Another product designed to keep your life smelling fresh, the carbon filter in each pair of Under-Ease undies turned your farts into a breath of fresh air. But they didn’t exactly look comfy, and maybe that’s why the product got no bids.

4. The Wake’n Bacon

As if the idea of an alarm clock that cooks hot bacon next to your pillow wasn’t already a turn-off for the Sharks, the inventor actually raised his asking price in the pitch room. Kevin O’Leary wasn’t afraid to tell him exactly what he thought about the product:

“I’m going to put that in my Museum of Really Bad Ideas That Kill People.”

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5. Cougar Energy

The pitch behind this product is that energy drinks are only marketed towards young men. Cougar Energy is the sugary drink for mature women who need a pick-me-up. The Sharks weren’t attracted by the product, but against all odds you can still buy it.

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6. Man Candle

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With scents like beer, golf course and farts, it’s a wonder the Sharks could even stand to be in the same room with this pitch. Barbara Corcoran couldn’t even believe that the inventor was making a living from selling these candles, and Robert Herjavec looked stunned when he told the Sharks he had invested $40,000 in his business.

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7. The Elephant Chat

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There’s the beginning of a cute idea in this pitch: the stuffed elephant sits in your room until you need to have a heart-to-heart with your partner. Then, you pass him back and forth as you share your deepest feelings. Too bad this little critter costs $60, a price tag that investors just did not want to talk about.

8. Pet Paint

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The pitch said that Pet Paint is veterinarian tested for your dog’s safety, and washes off easily. But good luck finding a picture of a dog enjoying their makeover. The Sharks and dogs felt the same way about this product: hard pass.

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12 Items You Should Never Buy From A Thrift Store

Thrift stores can become goldmines if you know what to look for.

From designer clothing and rare collectibles, to one-of-a-kind vintage housewares, you never know what you’ll find well below the retail prices. However, you should always think twice about your purchases before you check out.

While a lot of clothes, furniture and cookware can be cleaned or re-purposed, there are some items that are difficult to restore, and even worse, they could potentially compromise your safety or harm your health.

So next time you’re at a secondhand store, here are 12 items you’ll want to avoid:

1. Bedding

Buying used mattresses, linens, bed sheets, pillows, blankets, and towels, is usually frowned upon because they could be contaminated with bedbugs or other germs. These items can be difficult to sanitize, even if you do wash them in hot water. You’re better off spending a little extra cash on brand new ones.

2. Cribs

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For the safety of your child, it is best to skip the thrift store when shopping for a crib. There are certain standards that crib manufacturers are supposed to meet, and since these are updated regularly, there’s a chance that an older model may not check off all the safety requirements.

It’s also important to note that over the years millions of cribs have been involved in recalls, and those that have not been returned or repaired could find their way into a thrift store.

3. Crystals

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If you’re an antique crystal collector, you should exercise caution before you buy your next batch. Old crystals tend to contain dangerous levels of lead, which could make you very sick if you use it to serve food or drinks. In fact, antique crystal vessels contain 32% or more lead oxide than newer ones reports The Washington Post.

If you do already have antique crystal items in your possession, use a lead test kit to determine if the levels are safe.

4. Carpets

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Even if a rug or carpet you’re eyeing doesn’t look old or stained, there’s a chance that it could contain mold, mildew or allergens that might not necessarily go away with steam cleaning.

5. Electric Appliances

If you can’t test it in store, and there is no return policy, then don’t bring old kitchen appliances or electronics home. Pre-owned electric appliances can have hidden faults, which means you’ll be looking for a replacement sooner than you’d like.

6. Car Seats

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A child’s safety is of utmost importance, so a parent can never be too careful when purchasing essentials like cribs, strollers and car seats. Safety standards for car seats and booster seats change often which means that there is a high chance a secondhand one doesn’t meet the minimum safety requirements.

If you do decide to buy a used seat, make sure you do some research on the brand and model to ensure that it wasn’t part of a recall.

13 Products In Your Medicine Cabinet That Do Absolutely Nothing

Odds are you pick up at least a few of the items on this list every month. But you’re better off saving your money, because none of these products do what they claim on the tin:

Even if you’re not the kind of person who obsesses over your skin, these products are considered a “must buy.” But while it feels satisfying to peel one of these strips off your nose, it’s not actually doing much for your skin.

The black “gunk” on the strip is called sebaceous filaments, and while they look nasty they’re mostly harmless. Plus, they’ll be back just a few hours after you use the strip. You might as well flush these strips down the toilet, because it would have the same effect on your pores.

Fixing the damaged ends of your hair is the Holy Grail of shampoo and hair product ads, but it’s just a marketing ploy. The only thing that can really get rid of split ends is a trip to the hairdresser. Products that supposedly fix your hair can actually make it worse by damaging the ends even more.

I bet you’ve seen ads for these products on late night TV and wondered “do they really work?” Nope. They claim to pull toxins out of your feet, and say that you know it’s working because the water in the basin turns murky.

But a chemistry professor from Rice University told the LA Times that this dirty water “didn’t show any traces of heavy metals or industrial chemicals other than a few chunks of rust that may have flaked off the electrodes.”

The makers of these foot massagers are “saying things that sound good, but they have absolutely no validity on this planet,” he warns.

The Environmental Working Group did a massive study of over 900 different sunscreen products, and uncovered some shocking results. The group found that 3/4 of sunscreens don’t protect you as well as they claim on the bottle.

Separate research by Consumer Reports found that almost 40% of suntan lotions are half as strong as they claim to be. You can check if your brand is lying to you here, and look for brands that say they meet clinical guidelines for their SPF.

Cellulite happens in 85-98% of women, and research shows that factors like diet, exercise, hormones and genetic factors play a big part in the condition. Basically, cellulite is a “you have it or you don’t” type of skin condition. But there are still lots of products that claim to treat it!

Doctors still say the best “treatment” for cellulite is diet and exercise, but it’s also true that in your case it could be impossible to remove, so don’t waste money on any expensive creams.

There are other skincare products to watch out for as well…