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How To Use Ammonia To Clean

Mary Smith
By Mary Smith. Updated: November 8, 2020
How To Use Ammonia To Clean

Ammonia is one of the most versatile home cleaning products that can be used on a variety of surfaces, with effective results. However, it's important to know the correct way to use it to enhance its effects and make your home look sparkling. To dilute it correctly in water is key to make it work perfectly in your house. So at OneHowTo.com we'll explain how to use ammonia to clean , simply and quickly.

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Prior to using ammonia to clean, it's important to take into account that this product has a very strong odour, and that it's recommended not to mix it with other chemicals or cleaning products. Mixing it could be dangerous and lead to poisoning or allergic reactions. Also, do not use it on marble surfaces, for tips on how to clean marble, check our article.

Therefore, you should only mix it with water, using one part of ammonia per three parts of water.


Ammonia is a great product to make your mirrors and windows clean and sparkling. You just need a cotton lint-free cloth, moistened with a little ammonia. Put it on the mirror or window and then wipe it with a special cloth for cleaning glass or a paper towel until the surface is completely dry. It is very important that you dry your mirror after cleaning it. Dampness left on a mirror results in water spots that are not nice to see. Dry it and you'll see how it sparkles.

How To Use Ammonia To Clean - Step 2

One of the best areas in your house to use ammonia to clean is the bathroom. It's the perfect product to remove dirt from the floor tiles and other surfaces. Simply wet a cloth with water and ammonia and clean these surfaces for the best results.

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This product is excellent for cleaning all types of glass and restoring shine and transparency. Wash crystal pieces with a mixture of water and a little ammonia, then dry them with a special cloth that won't scratch or leave lint traces. You'll notice the difference and see how the crystal looks great.

How To Use Ammonia To Clean - Step 4

In the case of copper and bronze pieces, you can also use ammonia to clean. Mix a small cap of ammonia in a little warm water and use a cloth to clean the pieces with the liquid. You'll see how they regain their shine and beauty.

How To Use Ammonia To Clean - Step 5

You can clean the filter in the cooker hood and effectively eliminate fat using ammonia, it's very effective, especially when cleaning stainless steel. Mix a little of this product in a container with hot water, then put in the hood filter and let it to soak for at least a couple of hours to eliminate the grease. Then rinse it and finish it off with a soapy sponge if necessary.

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James Pratt
Change: "To dilute it correctly on water is key to make it work.."
To: "To dilute it correctly IN water is key to make it work.."
OneHowTo Editor
Hi James, thanks for point this out!
wanda trudel
I am in the process of cleaning my kitchen walls but there are places where the grease is caked on & I would like to know if I put some lemon anomia in my water will the grease come off. The grease is really set in around my stove .
OneHowTo Editor
Hi Wanda,

It depends how baked in is the grease, but if you leave it to soak for a couple of hours, this is one of the best ways to get rid of tough stains.
The information that's missing from your ammonia articles is the strength of the ammonia that you're starting with. Is it 3% or is it the janitorial strength of 10%?
OneHowTo Editor
We use commercial ammonia which is the most common in most supermarkets,which is 3%.
Hope this helps
Best kept secret : ammonia is only solution for safely removing yellow mustard from clothing ! This has been passed down thru generations in my family
OneHowTo Editor
Thanks for the tip Mary!
you never say what the dilution ratio is or should be
Alice T Breeze (oneHOWTO editor)
Hi TC,
Thanks for the feedback, we'll certainly add it to the article. You should use 1 part ammonia per 3 parts of water.
Hope this helps
Really clear article, I'm buying some today!
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