How to Use Ammonia to Clean Clothes

By Nidhi Nangia. Updated: August 8, 2019
How to Use Ammonia to Clean Clothes

Stains on clothes can be tough to get rid of and finding the right stain remover can sometimes prove to be a difficult task. Did you know that you can use ammonia for mildew laundry and smelly clothes? Ammonia is a compound of both nitrogen and hydrogen and functions a a great multipurpose additive in cleaning, especially when it comes to laundry. Ammonia is incredibly effective when it comes to removing grease from clothes, stains, soften fabrics and making whites whiter.

For more about how to use ammonia in the laundry, keep reading here at oneHOWTO.

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Ammonia stain remover

Are you wondering how to quickly remove stains from clothes? Try this step-by-step to remove stains with ammonia:

  • Combine equal amounts of water, laundry detergent and ammonia in a spray bottle, and mix well. Spray this solution onto ink stains, food spills, grass stains and other such marks and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then rinse out.
  • Another way to use this stain remover is to combine 2 cups water, ½ ounce ammonia and 1 ounce detergent, and apply directly onto the stain.
  • Urine, grass and blood stains can be effectively tackled with a mixture of equal amounts of water and ammonia. Apply this solution on the stains with a sponge or soft cloth, let it sit for 30 minutes, and then launder as usual.
  • To remove perspiration stains, apply undiluted ammonia directly over the stains with a soft cloth. If it is a spandex fabric, as in jeans, cotton blended shirt or workout gear, dilute water with equal amount of ammonia.

For more, read how to use ammonia to clean.

How to Use Ammonia to Clean Clothes - Ammonia stain remover

Does ammonia stain like bleach?

Adding one cup of ammonia in your wash cycle can be the best way to whiten and brighten your white clothes without causing any harm to the fibers. Additionally, ammonia won’t change the color of your clothes like chlorine bleach or oxygen bleach would.

Try our these additional home remedies to cleaning your clothes, with our article on how to naturally whiten clothes without bleach

How to Use Ammonia to Clean Clothes - Does ammonia stain like bleach?

Ammonia in laundry: soften clothes

Certain clothes, especially towels, can become hard over time, but why? Hard water residue and minerals tend to cling on your towels, causing the piles to stick together.

Ammonia is effective in dissolving these deposits and releasing any stuck pieces of fibers, thus making it softer than before. If your towel is no longer absorbing water, it means that wax has built up on it. Adding ammonia to the wash cycle will dissolve the wax and refresh the absorbency level of the towel.

For a natural alternative, you can try using lemon to clean clothes.

How to Use Ammonia to Clean Clothes - Ammonia in laundry: soften clothes

Ammonia to remove grease

Did you know that ammonia is a great grease-remover? Dab the stain with ammonia and grease-fighting dish detergent (in equal amounts), and wash with 1 cup ammonia and your usual washing detergent. Make sure that the dish detergent you use does not contain bleach, as it may cause damage to the fabric and as well as discolor your clothes. When combined, chlorine and ammonia can produce toxic gases, therefore, avoid this!

You may run an additional rinsing cycle to make sure that all the ammonia and soap suds have rinsed out of your fabric properly. For more, we suggest reading our article where we discuss How To Remove Oil Stains From Clothing.

Ammonia for mildew laundry

Have your clothes built up moister over time? If so, you can use ammonia to kill mildew on clothes!

The first thing you should do is wipe off and dry any visible mildew stains. Dilute ammonia with equal amounts of water and using a scrub or sponge, clean the affected areas well. Leave for roughly 15 minutes and then rinse and clean like you normally would.

For more, read how to remove mildew stains from clothes.

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How much ammonia do you put in a load of colored clothes/ as a sanitizer? And how much ammonia do you put into a load of towels in increase absorbency?
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