Ammonia is one of the most commonly produced industrial cleaning chemicals.
Ammonia can be used for:
Removing bathtub soap-scum
To get rid of those unsightly soap-scum buildups in your bathroom’s porcelain enamel tub and sink, scrub them with a solution of equal parts ammonia and water.
To clean bathroom tiles
Make bathroom tiles sparkle again-and kill mildew while you’re at it-by sponging tiled floors, backsplashes and shower enclosures with ¼ cup ammonia in 1 gallon (3.7 litres) water.
Use ammonia to make crystal sparkle
Has the sparkle gone out of your good crystal? Bring back its lost lustre by mixing several drops of ammonia in 2 cups of water and applying with a soft cloth or brush. Rinse it off with clean water, then dry with a soft, dry cloth.
To clean oven racks
Get the cooked-on grime off your oven racks by laying them out on an old towel in a large washtub. You can also use your bathtub, though you might need to clean it afterwards. Fill the tub with warm water and add ½ cup ammonia. Let the racks soak for at least 15 minutes, then remove, rinse off, and wipe clean.
To clean gold and silver jewellery
Brighten up your gold and silver trinkets by soaking them for 10 minutes in a solution of ½ cup clear ammonia mixed in 1 cup warm water. Gently wipe clean with a soft cloth and let dry. Note: Do note do this with jewellery containing pearls, because it could dull or damage their delicate surface.
Use ammonia to restore white shoes
Brighten up your dingy white shoes or tennis sneakers by rubbing them with a cloth dipped in half-strength ammonia – that is, a solution made of half ammonia and half water.
To strip wax from resilient flooring
Wax buildup on resilient flooring causes it to yellow in time. Remove old wax layers and freshen up your floor by washing it with a mixture of 1 cup ammonia in ½ gallon (2 litres) water. Let the solution sit for three to five minutes, then scrub with a nylon or plastic scouring pad to remove the old wax. Wipe away leftover residue with a clean cloth or sponge, then give the floor a thorough rinsing.
Use ammonia to fight mildew
Ammonia and bleach are equally effective weapons in the battle against mold and mildew. However, each has its own distinct applications, and under no conditions should the two ever be combined. Reach for the ammonia for the following chores, but be sure you use it in a well-ventilated area, and don’t forget to wear rubber gloves:
Clean the mildew off unfinished wooden patio furniture and picnic tables with a mixture of 1 cup ammonia, ½ cup vinegar, ¼ cup baking soda, and 1 gallon (3.7 litres) water. Rinse off thoroughly and use an old terrycloth towel to absorb excess moisture.
To remove mildew from painted outdoor surfaces, use the same combination of ingredients.
To remove mildew from wicker furniture, wash it down with a solution of 2 tablespoons ammonia in 1 gallon (3.7 litres) water. Use an old toothbrush to get into that hard-to-reach twists and turns. Rinse well and let air-dry.
YOU MUST NEVER MIX AMMONIA AND BLEACH!
CAUTION: Never use Ammonia around children or animals, Always wear protective gloves, Never breath in or smell Ammonia direct from the bottle.
Never use ammonia in an area without proper ventilation!
Ammonia in the eyes: Immediately flush the eyes completely with COLD water, lifting the eyelids as necessary.
Ammonia on the skin: If there is irritation, blot away the chemical and immediately flush the skin with clean water. If any clothing is affected, remove the article and wash away the area of skin with water.
Ammonia breathed in: Immediately head outside for fresh air.
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