Cleaning products can be very expensive but you can make your own cleaning products at home and save on money. All you need are a few ingredients and some spray bottles. Using ammonia for cleaning has its pros and its cons but it is inexpensive and it will do a very good job of cleaning many surfaces in your home.
Pros When Using Ammonia for Cleaning
Use ammonia for cleaning any windows, mirrors, or glass surfaces that in your home. Make a solution of one part ammonia, one part vinegar, and one part water. Mix this solution in a clean spray bottle that has not been used for anything else. Just spray and wipe down surfaces.
Metal stove plates can become encrusted with burnt on food and oil that just won't come off no matter how much you scrub them. Use ammonia for cleaning these as well and you'll be surprised at how easily the dirt comes off. Place the plates in a durable plastic bag. Fill the bag with ammonia, close it securely and leave it in the sink overnight. By morning, you should be able to easily wipe down the metal stove plates.
Ammonia can also be used for cleaning your walls and countertops by using a solution of one part ammonia and two parts water. Make sure you do a test spot before spraying all over your walls or countertops.
Cons of Using Ammonia for Cleaning
Ammonia is not healthy for you and it is not safe to inhale its fumes. When using ammonia for cleaning, it is best to open your windows for good air ventilation and not let children use strong cleaning chemicals. Make sure you keep ammonia where children do not have access to it.
While ammonia fumes by themselves are bad enough, toxic fumes will result when mixed with bleach. Do not mix the two and do not place ammonia in a container that has held bleach and vice versa.
Another con of using ammonia for cleaning are the websites that suggest using it on floors but it is not recommended. Using ammonia for cleaning your floors could void the warranty of many floor manufactures, could damage the flooring, or cause a reduction in the lifespan of the flooring.
Weigh the pros and cons of using ammonia for cleaning your own home and be safe if you do decide to use it.