Washing Dishes With Ammonia

November 13, 2015

When you start to wash dishes by hand, plug the sink (of course, LOL) and start the hot water. Fill the sink only halfway up (or less) and squirt dish detergent in the sink. Then pour a couple of ounces of ammonia into the sink. Sounds crazy, right? But you will find you have the richest, soapiest abundance of soapsuds you have ever had!


At that dilution, the smell isn't noticeable, but the ammonia does the scrubbing for you. I don't care what it is; dried egg yolk, dried stuck on spaghetti, doesn't matter. Put the plates in the sink one at a time, letting each one get wet, and then the forks and spoons, etc., off to one side. By the time you get the rest of the table cleaned off and wiped and the water is cooled enough to put your hand in, just wipe the plates with the sponge. Repeat this process with glasses and cups, letting them sit in the sink while you rinse the plates, and they will sparkle when they are rinsed! Pots and pans are so much easier to clean with the ammonia in the water, too.

I can't remember the last time I had to really scrub anything. The soapy ammonia water is great for washing the cutting blade of your electric can opener or getting a shiny, squeaky clean coffeepot carafe. When wiping down the stove top, if something is cooked on, lay a rag over it and dampen the rag with a little of your ammonia dishwater and let it set for a few. Then wipe it up, easy as you please. Same for wiping down the toaster, can opener, food processor, etc. Just be sure to go back over them with another rag wet with just clean water.

You can also pour a little ammonia in your dishwasher at the beginning of the wash cycle; the dishes get SO much cleaner.
Note: Do not, DO NOT use bleach or Comet or Ajax or anything else with chlorine in it, to clean, while you are using the ammonia! If you want to bleach anything, do that with water without ammonia.

And a bonus reminder; mix your shampoo roughly half and half with vinegar; richer suds, cleaner hair, lots less cost.

Comment Was this helpful? 6
Read More Comments


Ask a QuestionHere are the questions asked by community members. Read on to see the answers provided by the ThriftyFun community or ask a new question.

October 16, 2008

Can you use ammonia in dish washing liquid?



October 16, 20081 found this helpful

Hi Clyde. If you mean a bit of dish detergent in a pail of water for cleaning the floor, yes. But make sure the dish soap is for hand washing and read the product usage directions on both products.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
October 16, 20080 found this helpful

Make sure the dish soap does NOT contain any kind of bleach or chlorine products in it. You never want to mix ammonia with bleach as it will combine to make poisonous fumes.


Ammonia is pretty nasty stuff anyway. I would use something else.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
By Syd (Guest Post)
October 18, 20081 found this helpful

Yes, you certainly can ... the more expensive Dawn dish detergent has ammonia in it! Use a cheaper brand and add your own ammonia, much cheaper. How much, start with an amount you think appropriate for the size of the container. You can always increase or decrease the amounts.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
By (Guest Post)
October 20, 20082 found this helpful

I put Dawn dishsoap and ammonia diluted with water to make a spray cleaner for my stove and countertops, great for grease

Reply Was this helpful? 2
April 20, 20201 found this helpful

Ammonia is harsh on skin, etc, yes. But it is actually the most biodegradable cleanser, and an excellent fertilizer when used in the right concentration.

Reply Was this helpful? 1
July 23, 20220 found this helpful

Dawn has said their products do not contain ammonia. People keep spreading this from a Facebook post!

Reply Was this helpful? Yes

Silver Post Medal for All Time! 267 Posts
July 23, 20220 found this helpful

Although Dawn does not contain ammonia, it should still not be mixed with bleach. Here is some information that was sent in to a follow up to the article you posted:


"Dawn wrote the VERIFY team, None of our Dawn dishwashing liquids contain ammonia. However, you shouldnt mix dish washing liquids with any cleaner, including bleach.

Dr. Dasgupta said that is because most of them have amines, an organic form of ammonia."

It goes on to say each should never be added to any type of cleaner to avoid any possible toxic fumes.

Reply Was this helpful? Yes
Answer this Question
In This Page
Home and Garden Cleaning DishesNovember 14, 2015
Summer Ideas!
Back to School Ideas!
Ask a Question
Share a Post
Better LivingBudget & FinanceBusiness and LegalComputersConsumer AdviceCoronavirusCraftsEducationEntertainmentFood and RecipesHealth & BeautyHolidays and PartiesHome and GardenMake Your OwnOrganizingParentingPetsPhotosTravel and RecreationWeddings
Published by ThriftyFun.
Desktop Page | View Mobile
Disclaimer | Privacy Policy | Contact Us
Generated 2022-07-23 09:09:07 in 3 secs. ⛅️️
© 1997-2022 by Cumuli, Inc. All Rights Reserved.