Ammonia is a useful cleaning chemical found in window cleaners, toilet cleaners, all-purpose cleaners, and oven cleaning products that can tackle the most difficult of messes. You have to be careful when using products containing Ammonia so you don’t hurt yourself.
In this article, we will be diving into the many useful cleaning products with ammonia and the ways to use them safely. We will also shed light on things to watch out for when using products that contain ammonia.
What is Ammonia?
Ammonia Hydroxide is a chemical that is a mixture of NH3 and H2O. It is a chemical found in many household cleaning products.
Why is Ammonia used in cleaning products?
Ammonia Hydroxide breaks down grease and grime very well, as well as it evaporates quickly which means you can clean your surfaces without leaving streaks and residue.
Is Ammonia dangerous to use?
Even though Ammonia Hydroxide is a great cleaner, it is a chemical that can be dangerous. It is a strong chemical that can hurt you, as well as cause chemical reactions.
How can Ammonia hurt you?
When Ammonia Hydroxide comes into direct contact with your skin and eyes it can severely irritate them, or even burn if not washed off. When you breathe Ammonia Hydroxide into your lungs, it can also burn your respiratory tract.
What if you have a reaction to Ammonia?
If you break out in a rash, suffer from breathing problems, have itchy or irritated eyes, that may mean you’ve had a reaction to Ammonia. Be sure to read the chemical ratings before using the product. Usually, you can wash immediately with water, however, certain other chemicals can react poorly to H2O, so always check the ingredients.
What if the reaction to ammonia persists?
Always call your healthcare provider if there’s any reaction that persists for a long period of time. If you have a very severe reaction, you should immediately call 911 and proceed to the emergency department of your local hospital, just to be safe. Allergic reactions are to be taken seriously especially in the case of your respiratory tract.
What about mixing Ammonia?
Mixing Ammonia Hydroxide is never recommended. Doing this can result in a chemical reaction that can release toxic gasses that can harm you.
How can you safely use Ammonia?
Wear gloves and don’t mix Ammonia Hydroxide with any other cleaning products to prevent chemical reactions. If you have sensitive lungs, it’s recommended to wear a mask, or even make sure the room you’re cleaning is properly ventilated. Opening a window can help a lot.
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How do you know if a product contains ammonia?
The easiest way to figure out if a product contains Ammonia Hydroxide is by reading your product’s label. If you want to learn more about this, check out this site. All trusted products should contain their ingredients on the side of their container. You can also search online to find the answer to your inquiry. The company website should have information on each of their products.
What does Ammonia smell like?
Ammonia Hydroxide has a very specific smell. Because ammonia is found in urine, some have compared the smell to that. In the case of cleaning products, the smell is usually masked with sweet and fruity smells like lemon and citrus, making sure that your house smells fresh.
Useful Cleaning Products with Ammonia and How to Use Them
Pledge 4-in-1 Tile and Vinyl Floor Cleaner
This is a great floor cleaner which you only need a small amount of to clean your floor. You can place a little bit directly on your floor or make a solution with water, diluting the Pledge.
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Easy-Off Professional Glass Cleaner
This glass cleaner is great for your spring cleaning adventures. Make sure to wear gloves when applying. You can spray directly onto the glass. Be sure to whip the window down with small circles. It’s recommended to use a microfiber cloth instead of a paper towel so that fibers aren’t left on your window.
Resolve High Traffic Foam
Resolve high traffic foam is a cleaner specifically used for carpet floors and rugs. Simply spray onto any existing stain, leave for a couple of minutes to let it sink in, and then blot it away with a cloth. Be sure to wear gloves when you do this.
Resolve Instant Eraser
Resolve Instant Eraser is a cleaner used for pets. This is another spray cleaner that you can directly apply to any pet mess and then blot away with a cloth. Let the cleaner sink in before blotting it away, and again, be sure to wear gloves.
- Cleans tough spots and stains resists resoiling
- Can be used as a traffic lane cleaner and pre-treatment spray
- Use on wool, nylon, synthetic and stain-resistant carpets
Windex Advanced Glass and Multi-surface cleaner
This is a great all-purpose cleaner that comes in spray form (my favorite for when products contain ammonia). Simply spray on any surface and then take a towel or cloth to wipe away the dirt and grime.
Armstrong Floor Cleaner
This is a great cleaner to use for everything. It’s recommended to dilute it with water in your mop bucket and then apply it to the floor to clean.
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Lysol Aerosol Bathroom Cleaner
Bathrooms can be one of the grimmest places. Lysol Aerosol Bathroom Cleaner is one of my favorite products to clean the bathroom. Just spray on any surface you wish to clean and wipe away.
Lysol Disinfectant Spray for baby’s room
This Lysol product is specifically a disinfectant spray, meaning it kills bacteria and germs on any surface. It advertises its use to parents with babies, however, this spray will work on any surface whether you have children or not. I would advise you to make sure to let any aerosol settle before bringing your baby into the room.
Up and Up Ammonia Lemon
This all-purpose cleaner that you can find in spray and pour bottles. This is one of the best smelling on the list and can be applied to any surface to kill bacteria and clean. Again if you are applying any liquid chemicals to a surface, be careful and wear gloves and a mask until it settles.
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- Use full strength, wait a few minute and rinse with clear water
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