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21. You Accidentally Mix Bleach and Ammonia

These compounds hide in all sorts of products that live cheek by jowl in the pantry—Tilex contains bleach and Windex has ammonia, for example—and combining them releases toxic chloramine gas. Exposure can cause severe lung trauma, but first it will make your throat and eyes burn, hopefully driving yout to head toward fresh air. Once outside, call the fire department, which will clear the air with high-powered fans.
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