Cleaning with Ammonia and Water

I recently just used hot water and ammonia to clean a bunch of stuff in my house. I actually just put it in a bucket and then would dip my rag in it and later thought about how I kept dipping it in and wringing it out with unprotected hands. I might be pregnant and started to worry! Is this dangerous that I kept dipping my hand in the ammonia/water solution?

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September 6, 20180 found this helpful

Best to ask your doctor to be sure...as you may have conditions I know nothing about and it is WRONG to give medical info to any one in a crowd source forum!! Only your doctor can tell you what is safe for you!! Call...they should not charge for a call.

If I wanted to know for me....if it is OK with my various and sundry health conditions...Web MD says just to be careful and use cleaning supplies in well ventilated spaces:

www.webmd.com/.../what-to-avoid-when-youre-expecting...

This site also says I would be OK: www.medicinesinpregnancy.org/.../

Wishing you and your baby only happy and goodness!! G-d bless you both!!!

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September 6, 20180 found this helpful

I agree! Call your doctor and make sure.

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I know I definitely do not enjoy touching ammonia, even if diluted. Best of luck to you!

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September 6, 20180 found this helpful

I dont think it is, and I think it would be an excellent question to ask your doctor. Ammonia is hard on your skin, so invest in a pair of rubber gloves, whether or not you are pregnant

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September 7, 20180 found this helpful

The New York State, Department Of Health has this to say.


Laboratory testing for ammonia exposure will not be useful in making emergency treatment decisions. There are tests that can detect ammonia in blood and urine. However, these tests cannot definitely determine if someone has been exposed to ammonia from an outside source because ammonia is also normally found in the body. A person exposed to harmful amounts of ammonia will notice it immediately because of the strong, unpleasant smell; strong taste; and likely irritation to the skin, eyes, nose and throat.

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You did not indicate being irritated in any way. I really think you would have to be exposed to enough to be irritating to yourself in order to harm the baby.

I use ammonia all the time for cleaning and suffer no ill effects. For you, though, it might be a good idea to not use it during your pregnancy at all. And then afterwards, only with gloved hands and good ventilation.

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