Cleaning With Ammonia

Cleaning Toilet With Ammonia
Ammonia is a common cleaning agent found in many cleaners you buy at the store. It can also be purchased as a stand-alone cleaner. Caution should be used when mixing ammonia with other chemicals as dangerous fumes can be created. This page talks about the benefits and dangers of cleaning with ammonia.

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August 22, 2006

I'd tried everything, including tips from this site and was about to give up and tear out the carpet where my 1-year-old silver tabby had sprayed and peed in the corner of my closet, on my brand new carpet. I thought I'd give it one more shot and poured nearly half a bottle of sudsy ammonia in that entire half of the closet! and it worked!

No more gagging smell, nothing! And best of all, Sparky has decided that he is done with spraying and peeing inside the house, and he will not even enter that closet at all now!

I placed a table fan blowing on the carpet to dry it and since it is commercial grade, rubber-backed carpet, the whole process took less than a day. I was quite fortunate to not have to go more drastic and replace the carpet squares, and the cat!

Sudsy ammonia saved the day for us! Hope this works for someone else, too.

By Terry from Homer, AK

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August 27, 2005

Ammonia is wonderful for cleaning and cutting grease and is very inexpensive to use. Mix half and half with water in a spray bottle, spray, then watch the ammonia do the work, it's amazing how well it cuts grease so quickly.

I haven't found anything yet that it doesn't work on, just DON'T mix ammonia with bleach, EVER!You can also put it in a glass bowl in your oven overnight and just wipe clean within 24 hours. (Really messy ovens may take longer.)By BeaEditor's Note: Ammonia is the active ingredient in many bottled cleaners. Make sure you use it with ventilation. It is great for removing old wax from linoleum floors, too.



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August 27, 20051 found this helpful
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I soak my old costume jewelry in ammonia for a few seconds or minutes and it comes out shiny bright and clean. Be sure to rinse in clear water after soaking.

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May 6, 2014

Putting a bowl of straight ammonia in a corner of a room will clear the room of any bad odors, and you don't smell the ammonia.

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February 2, 2009

To clean the toilet, I use ammonia. I use a brush to get it all over the toilet bowl. Then I let it stay there for a few hours, or overnight.

By Kathleen from Dothan, AL



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January 3, 2010

I recently read a tip about mixing ammonia and something else, maybe vinegar, in a spray bottle to touch up soiled areas on the kitchen floor without doing the entire floor. I can't recall what the other ingredient was nor what the mixing proportions are. Does anyone know? Thanks.

By Cindyh from IN


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January 4, 20100 found this helpful
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I use water with ammonia, it works, good luck.

November 9, 20130 found this helpful
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I think the other ingredient is Dawn blue dish soap.

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May 25, 2016

My husband and I have purchased a house that was condemned and are working on getting it back up in running condition. I am horribly allergic to mold and dust so, I cleaned the basement from top to bottom with ammonia to kill any mold that might be lurking under the surface. It worked but, now being an older basement its starting to smell of mold/mildew/damp (inevitable I guess), but I was wondering how long I need to wait before I can clean the floors with bleach?

I'm very nervous about the 2 cleaning agents mixing, but I have to get the smell out (and what's causing the smell). It has been close to a year since the ammonia cleaning.


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May 26, 20160 found this helpful
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The warning about not mixing bleach and ammonia essentially refers to not mixing the two together at one time. If a year has passed since cleaning with ammonia, you should not have a problem using bleach now.

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April 22, 2015

Can I use an ammonia solution to clean my hardwood floors?

By Paul from Syracuse, NY


June 10, 20170 found this helpful
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This exactly what I am doing just this minute! It is the only think I could find that would remove the finish and go back to the original floor. Used a mixture of water and ammonia and worked like a charm.

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March 4, 2015

I have grey floor tiles in the kitchen and bathroom. They are looking dull. Is ammonia good to clean floor tiles?

By Del


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March 5, 20151 found this helpful
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What kind of material are we talking about? ceramic, vinyl, or ?

Is there grout? If vinyl, just soap and water. If ceramic, also just a little laundry soap and water.


Use old towel to wipe up dampness. Let dry and see how it looks. If grout is greying, scrub with a brush and a bit of baking soda, wipe with damp rag.

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July 27, 2013

Can I use ammonia in a steam cleaner that gets very hot, with no water added?

By Maryann


March 11, 20140 found this helpful
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You can use ammonia on your carpet without it changing the color of your carpet. I use it all the time and it actually makes my carpet soft. Also it does not leave behind an odor. But if you cannot stand the smell during the cleaning, mix it with a more pleasant smelling cleaner. I mix my mop water, cleaning solution etc, with Mr. Clean original Gain scent. It helps out so much.


But I definitely would not recommend using it undiluted in a steam cleaner - definitely mix with water.

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November 14, 2015

Ammonia is simple but effective cleaner that can be a good addition to your dishwashing routine. Care should be taken never to add bleach or other cleaning materials together to avoid toxic fumes.

January 30, 2017

Ammonia is useful in cleaning the burned on food and grease off of your oven walls and racks. This is a page about using ammonia as an oven cleaner.

A person wearing rubber gloves, cleaning an oven.

September 15, 2017

Ammonia has been used to clean a variety of items for many years. This page contains instructions for making an all purpose cleaning solution with sudsy ammonia.

A spray bottle with a homemade cleaner.

September 14, 2017

Although not a typical product to use in the dishwasher, it apparently can be used when you are out of dishwasher detergent. This is a page about, "Can I use ammonia in my dishwasher?".


January 31, 2017

Placing dirty oven racks in a plastic trash bag with some household ammonia is an effective method for cleaning them. This is a page about using ammonia for cleaning oven racks.

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