What Is the Formula for an Ammonia Cleaning Solution?

Inexpensive household ammonia is the basis for homemade formulas that can be valuable weapons in your arsenal of cleaners.

Types of Ammonia

Syndicated Hints from Heloise columnist Heloise recommends ammonia solutions for a variety of uses.

Non-sudsy (regular) ammonia is an all-purpose cleaner that doesn't leave streaks. Sudsy ammonia contains detergent and is good for greasy or grimy surfaces. Scented formulas help tame the strong chemical odor.

Formulas

Blend 1/4 cup sudsy ammonia with water to make 1/2 gallon of solution. Make a non-sudsy mix by combining 1/4 cup non-sudsy ammonia with 1/4 cup rubbing alcohol and 1/2 tsp. dishwasher detergent in a half-gallon container. Add water to fill.

Safety

Prevent chemical burns by using rubber gloves and goggles when mixing solution. Use in a well-ventilated room to avoid inhaling ammonia vapors.

Uses

Remove old wax from tile floors; use as a bathroom or kitchen cleaner; replace brand-name window cleaners with the non-sudsy formula; spray sudsy solution on stainless steel and wipe with paper towels.

Warning

Keep away from children and pets. Do not combine with bleach; mixing creates poisonous chlorine gas fumes. If solution gets in eyes, flush with water; call doctor.

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