10 Household Uses For Ammonia
Ammonia is a gas which can be very volatile. Household ammonia, however, is a solution which is dissolved in water so that it can be handled with a reduction on risk. Ammonia is commonly used in pharmaceuticals and many household cleaners. Even when diluted, this is a strong chemical which is incredibly effective in cleaning. Its potent properties make it an particularly effective in removing dirt and stains from numerous surfaces.
One very important thing to remember when using ammonia to clean at home is to NEVER mix it with bleach, because it'll cause a highly toxic chemical reaction. If you'd like to learn about the 10 household uses for ammonia, keep reading this oneHOWTO article.
Ammonia uses garden
Ammonia is used in agricultural farming as a great source of nitrogen fertilizer. It is so popular in farming that over 88% of ammonia manufactured is used in agriculture. The type of ammonia used in agricultural fertilizer is anhydrous, which means it contains no water. While this is effective, it is also considered one of the most dangerous chemical compounds to store and is, therefore, unsuitable for domestic use.
However, ammonia is just as useful in gardening, you just have to change how you use it. Are you wanting a lush green lawn, ensuring that your flowerbeds are in full bloom come springtime? Follow these steps to use ammonia safely in your garden:
- Add 1 cup of ammonia per 20 gallons of water
- Add any additional store-bought fertilizer you may like.
You have to be careful with how much you use. Some claim that you will only need 1 drop per plant, so be frugal. If not, you run the risk of damaging your plant. This is a particularly good trick if you are looking to help your dying plants grow.
For more, we recommend reading our article how to make natural fertilizer at home for plants and gardens.
Ammonia as a degreaser
One of the best known uses for ammonia cleaner is as a degreaser. Ammonia is an effective cleaner when trying to remove stains and grease splatters on the stove, counter-tops, stainless steel surfaces, tiles and other dirty surfaces. One of the main reasons ammonia works so well is that it is relatively streak free.
When using ammonia as a degreaser you should:
- Take a suitable bottle (like an empty dishwasher or soda bottle) and fill it up halfway with ammonium hydroxide (Ammonium hydroxide refers to diluted household ammonia).
- Fill the rest with warm water and shake well.
- You can use this ammonia and water solution directly onto the surface or to soak up dried-up stains.
Just remember not to use ammonia on marble surfaces. For more, we recommend reading our article where we discuss, ‘‘Can I use ammonia on stainless steal?’’
Ammonia to clean oven
You can use the same above mentioned diluted ammonia solution to clean your oven. This solution is effective in removing grease stains or other burned food from inside of the oven. These stains are particularly difficult to clean, which is why many people turn to ammonia as a cleaner.
We first recommend that you soften the interior overnight. Then, you will need to soak the racks and grills in the ammonium hydroxide and water solution. So that you know exactly how much to use, we recommend reading our article where we discuss how to use ammonia to clean the oven.
If you’re looking for a more natural and non-toxic alternative, we suggest that you try cleaning the oven with lemon.
Cleaning with household ammonia
You can also clean your windows and mirrors with ammonia for exceptional results. The safe ratio for this ammonia solution would be 2 tablespoons of ammonia (ammonium hydroxide) per half gallon of water.
If you’re worried about the cleaning with ammonia dangers, you can opt to clean your windows with vinegar. As we’ve already mentioned, ammonia is relatively streak free, so it’s a great alternative to get rid of fingerprints on mirrors. You can take a look at more tricks in our article tips for cleaning glass and windows. Make sure that you use the proper cleaning cloths so that you don't leave marks and make sure to keep any type of cleaning solution out of your eyes.
How does ammonia clean?
Next in our list of 10 household uses for ammonia, is to use it as a tile cleaner in either the bathroom or kitchen.
Ammonia is an incredibly powerful chemical when trying to get rid of hard stains.
Use a quarter cup of ammonia per gallon of water and scrub the tiles clean of the mildew and mold. This type of cleaning method won’t require daily repetition. For more, read how to clean tile joints.
Ammonia to clean wood floors
Diluted ammonia with water is also great when wanting to clean wooden floors and furniture. Additionally, it can also be used strip wood and remove furniture polish or paint. For this reason, it's important that you dilute the ammonia with water to make sure it doesn’t remove any wanted paint or cover. This is because the harshness of ammonia can deteriorate sensitive wood.
Ammonia uses laundry
Ammonia is also incredibly effective in cleaning clothes and removing stains from fabric. Are you wanting to remove wine stains from your clothes? Ammonia diluted in water will do this! Be careful with delicate material as you do not want to damage the fabric. If you’re wanting to clean delicate fabric like silk or linen, we recommend using a softer cleaning method.
For more read how to you ammonia to clean clothes.
Ammonia to clean shoes
You can also use ammonia to clean and remove dirt from shoes, however make sure to only use this solution on non-washable fabrics. Make a mixture of water, ammonia and soap to clean all types of shoes.
Ammonia to clean carpets
Are you wanting to use ammonia to clean your carpets and rugs? Use a spray bottle to apply the ammonia and water solution to dirty spots and stains on your carpets. The spray bottle will allow the solution to spread lightly and take effect.
Read how to use ammonia to clean carpets.
Ammonia as odor removal
Ammonia is also very effective in eliminating odors from fabrics, such as those caused by moisture or mold in dishcloths or towels. Add some ammonia when washing these fabrics to notice the effects. Furthermore, you can use this product as a fabric softener, due to the fact that it reduces static electricity.
Cleaning with ammonia dangers
Ammonia is a powerful chemical which needs to be handles with caution. Always make sure you are using the correct type of ammonia or ammonium hydroxide and mixing it appropriately when using it. Additionally, make sure to never mix ammonia with bleach. Also, when using any ammonia cleaning products, make sure to use the appropriate clothing and eye protection to avoid irritation to eyes and skin. When using ammonia, always make sure your house is well ventilated, as it can cause coughing, nausea and shortness of breath.
For more, read what happens when you mix bleach and ammonia.
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- Another of the uses of ammonia is to get rid of the soot accumulated in glass that has been in contact with fire.