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11 Household Uses of Ammonia

Author: Demi Stanley
by Demi Stanley
Posted: Nov 02, 2016
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While it is not completely harmless as a basic ingredient for house cleaning, ammonia is milder than many synthetic cleaners. If you use natural ingredients to clean the surface and remove bacteria, such as baking soda and vinegar, you can use ammonia for stubborn dirt. But note however that the ingredient can cause asthma. Never, never mix ammonia with bleach or chlorine, which would create poisonous fumes.

1. Remove The Smell of a Paint

Fresh paint can have a very haunting smell. To remove it you can put a few plates with ammonia in each painted room. If the smell does not go away in a few days, replace the liquid with a new one.

2. Restore The Shine of the Crystalware

Clean the opaque surfaces of crystal dishes with a solution of a few drops of ammonia and 2 cups of hot water. Rub with a soft cloth, dipped in the solution, or with a brush. Rinse and dry with a soft dry cloth.

3. Repellent For Moths

To clear off the moths in the room, clean the furniture surface with a solution of half cup of ammonia and one litre of water. Clean very well inside the cabinets and drawers, then let them aerate.

4. Clean The Oven

Clean the surfaces of the oven quickly and easily with a little ammonia. Heat the oven to 65 degrees and turn it off. Place inside half cup of ammonia. On the lower level of the oven put a pot with boiling water. Close the door and let the fluid act all the night. In the morning, remove the cup and the pot. Leave the oven opened for a couple of hours to ventilate. After that, clean the surfaces with a cloth, dipped in ammonia, wipe with a solution of dish soap and warm water, then with a clean cloth. Let it dry. Do not use this method for gas ovens! You can clean the movable tray of the oven by soaking it in a large pot with warm water and half cup of ammonia. Wait for 20 minutes and wipe with a cloth.

5. Clean The Fireplace Doors

Dark layers from the inside of the fireplace's glass can be removed with a simple mixture of 1 tablespoon ammonia, 2 tablespoons vinegar and 1 litre of warm water. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and treat the glass. Wait a few seconds and wipe with an absorbent cloth. If necessary, repeat and leave the mixture for a few minutes.

6. Clean Darkened Brass and Silver Items

You can remove discoloured areas on brass and silver with an old toothbrush. Dip the brush into ammonia and scrub surfaces. Wipe with a soft cloth.

7. Remove Foam Residues in The Bathroom

You can remove grease and soap foam from the sink and bathtub with a little mixture of ammonia and water. Mix 1 tablespoon of ammonia and 4 litres of water, preferably hot, and treat contaminated surfaces in the bathroom. Rinse well with warm water. Clean the tiles in the bathroom with a sponge, soaked in a mixture of quarter cup of ammonia and 4 litres of water. This mixture will remove contamination and mould.

8. Remove Stains of Sweat, Blood and Urine From Tissue

Treat contaminated parts of tissues with ammonia, wait a few minutes and put them in the washing machine. You can remove fatty stains from fabrics with a little mixture of ammonia, water and dish soap. Place the mixture in a spray bottle and treat the areas with stains. Wait for the liquid to take effect (3-5 minutes) and rinse with warm water.

9. Clean Carpets and Upholstery

Dissolve the carpet or upholstery stains with a little mixture of 1 cup of ammonia and 2 litres of water. Apply the mixture with a sponge directly on the dirty parts, wait to dry completely and repeat if necessary.

10. Shine The Windows

You can remove dirt and grease marks from the glass with a soft cloth, soaked in a mixture of 3 cups of water and 1 cup of ammonia.

11. Keep Away Stray Animals From The Trash

Small waste bins can be easily turned over, especially from large animals. Place some liquid ammonia in a spray bottle and treat the outside of the trash. The pungent odour acts as a repellent for all animals.

It is important to know that when using ammonia you have to work in a well ventilated space and wear rubber gloves! If you have pets and children - it is better not to use it, because they are more sensitive to the odours! Simply use efficient and professional cleaning services and benefit from effective and advanced cleaning equipment, eco-friendly cleaning products and solutions!

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