Do any of you use Ammonia in your laundry?

mark40511December 22, 2008

A friend of mine says she uses ammonia in her wash and I've never heard of that. It does indeed say on the back of a bottle of ammonia that you can add it to laundry. Does it disinfect?

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I don't think I would use ammonia on clothes, it is way too harsh. It would disinfect, but I think I would stick with bleach!

    Bookmark   December 23, 2008 at 12:52AM
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My mom always washed wool blankets in ammonia. She said it made them fluffy without harming the fibers. She used those wool blankets for decades.

Ammonia, when properly diluted, isn't really harsher (more alkaline) than laundry detergent.

1 Like    Bookmark   December 23, 2008 at 3:39PM
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I used to use a little ammonia occasionally but don't bother anymore. Can't stand the smell. If you do, be sure to use non-sudsing ammonia!

    Bookmark   December 23, 2008 at 4:25PM
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Be very careful not to mix it with other detergents or bleach as it will release noxious fumes and potentially harmful invisible fumes into the air.

I remember way back when, they made Spic and Span in the box. Powedered Spic and Span and amonia was a fabulous cleaning product for walls, floor, etc. and anthing that had grease on it. Can't mix the liquid Spic and Span with the amonia as the fumes will kill you.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2008 at 12:36PM
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Ammonia and detergent will take out stains that are tough. (Stains on the necks of shirts come to mind) In my experience, much kinder than bleach. Bleach will ruin many dyes. Bleach will *dissolve* wool. I've tested fabric of unknown content this way.

Ammonia to clean wool blankets..never thought of that, but it does make sense, especially when you figure blankets aren't washed as often as sheets. I use unscented detergent, and I've never noticed any ammonia smell to finished laundry.

    Bookmark   December 28, 2008 at 9:03PM
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Ammonia for the laundry is my new best friend!!

A few months ago a friend told me she used it for everything from grass stains in football uniforms to yellow stains under the arms. I have to say that it does work like a charm. I bought a squeeze applicator bottle from walmart(the type you would use to to drizzle chocolate) and mix it with a small amount of laundry detergent to give it a bit more weight to squirt out on stains and keep it right on the laundry shelf. I apply it to dress shirts, cuffs, spots,etc. I love it!

1 Like    Bookmark   January 3, 2009 at 11:30AM
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I will try the ammonia on the underarm stains, that has been driving me crazy,because bleach and stain removers don't get it out. I am getting rid of all the white undershirts because of the staining.
Also, the front loading washers do not do a good job at cleaning clothes. There is not enough water in there to have a good drink,let alone clean the laundry!

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 6:36PM
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I've used ammonia for probably 35 years. It's great for fresh perspiration stains. Just add it to the wash cycle, it's a great deodoriser too. White vinegar is best for old stains. I've soaked my stained t-shirts in undiluted vinegar for a couple of days, all of the stains gone. I've done it with coloured t's, should work with white too. I figured out years ago that the staining on my t's came from using anti-perspirant, when I switched to plain, old deodorant the staining resolved.

    Bookmark   January 5, 2009 at 9:58PM
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"Also, the front loading washers do not do a good job at cleaning clothes. There is not enough water in there to have a good drink,let alone clean the laundry!"

what??? someone please tell me this isn't true!
and thanks for the tip on ammonia. it's on my list!

    Bookmark   January 6, 2009 at 11:24PM
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I just had to buy a huge bottle of ammonia for my sons science fair project. We only need a dash, so I pretty much have this full huge bottle and don't know what to do with it. How do you use it in the laundry? A little, a lot, some? Does it hurt colors? I know nothing about ammonia other than its cheap!

    Bookmark   January 11, 2009 at 11:48AM
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Personally, I use in my Duet fl washer less than a half cup. I usually use it on colored clothes. I pour it through the detergent dispenser first, then I add a couple of tbs of Tide HE... I don't use it on whites because I use a small amt of bleach (a really small amt) but I'm sure you could use it on whites as well. I think its just a laundry booster. It's cheap and lasts a long time. If you have a TL washer you would use more.

    Bookmark   January 11, 2009 at 6:06PM
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Listen, I've been using ammonia for at least 19 years (I'm 36), for laundry and cleaning it's GREAT!!! My grandmother taught me this. She used a washer but line dried everything (hanged all her clothes outside on a line to dry). Ammonia can be used in EVERY load of it doesn't fade or compromise clothing like bleach can. It doesn't irritate skin after clothing is wash and dryed (It can if left directly on skin, just like bleach). Great for oil and tar stains (I know I work in a filfthy auto plant). For oil or tar-rub some Goo Gone & Tide on spot then pour/squirt a little ammonia on it, through it in washer with detergent and half cup more ammonia, wash in warm or hot every time like a charm. EXPLAINATION...Goo Gone lifts up the grease/grime, Ammonia breaks it up and Tide washes it away!

Ammonia is fine for all darks, bright, & whites (but not if using chlorine bleach...NEVER mix the two!!! DEADLY!

*For mopping the remove wax build up. DON'T use on wood floor!
*Can even use it in steam carpet cleaners!
*Wash windows, glass tables, and mirrors!



    Bookmark   July 9, 2011 at 3:57AM
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I mix a powdered detergent with equal amounts of baking soda. To about 1/3 C of this I add about 3/4 cup of sudsy ammonia and have great results. I usually stop the washer to let things soak for half an hour and then fill the tub with cold water and use a short wash which I think help preserve fabric (but I am still using the old top fill washer). I resent all the plastic packaging with the new detergents but then again, ammonia comes in plastic bottles.

There is no after smell of ammonia. I use sudsy ammonia alone to wash my carpets and then I rinse with vinegar. My carpets are a lot cleaner this way and the house smells so fresh once it has been aired out.

I would also like to point out that ammonia is a natural substance. Our stomaches make it and it has something to do with the production of urea, a natural body product with many health benefits - skin, soft feet, women�s makeup products.. At times I have even smelled ammonia when I took my shoes and socks off. (We have seen Chinese and Germans recipes that use cooking ammonia in them and though I have never cooked this way, I have eaten such pastries and breads.)

Bleach is not natural. It is deadly to the heart and possibly very much so to some heart valve, so I remember reading. I have also read that ammonia keeps the drains clean from scum.

Ammonia, baking soda and vinegar are the only cleaning agents we use in the house. We use epsom salts as our hands and body soap and, bathroom sinks and drains are never full of soap scum. Magnesium, unlike the drying of sodium in baking soda, is hydrating. Hand and body washing with nature�s wash cloths, the hands alone, have helped relieve allergies and dry skin. Dead skin on the body needs to be kept hydrated and magnesium assists this. Rubbing with a cloth tears this protective layer off and wrinkles are the long term result.

And here is another strange idea, we keep goji berries in the clothes closet and what a great smell when opening the door.

If you have soft water, all the better.

    Bookmark   March 30, 2012 at 6:16PM
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Ammonia works great. Bleach works great for some things. NEVER EVER EVER Mix the two. It makes a dangerous, poisonous gas. I have known people with permanent scarring on their lungs as a result.

1 Like    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 2:06AM
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ammonia is sometimes a component of sweat. why in the world would you use it on your clothes? When I'd work out at the gym years ago I had such a strong ammonia smell that it freaked me out. Ergo, I've googled the issue to see if others had that happen to them, which they had.

In any event, I'm not about to deliberately introduce ammonia into my clothing. No thanks. There are far better choices.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 2:32PM
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Lol, never mind the generations of homemakers that have successfully achieved great results with this versatile, inexpensive, deodorising cleaner. That's also quite gentle- can be used on woollens. Can't say that about many cleaners.

    Bookmark   April 18, 2014 at 7:32PM
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aamassther, ever heard of Woolite???

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 5:31PM
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Yep, use Woolite for delicate washes. Like the Dark version best. Add a 1/2 ammonia/ normal dose of Woolite to the wash water and wool blankets wash clean, soft and sweet smelling. No need for fabric softener.

    Bookmark   April 19, 2014 at 9:58PM
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the dark version is pretty much all we use now. i think the bottle of the regular woolite will likely dry up in the bottle before we use it all. LOL!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 2:09PM
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Ammonia cuts grease and wax-clean your floors, sinks, hairbrush and comb, the grease spattered underside of your kitchen hood fan, and properly diluted your woollens and regular laundry-the bottle should have correct amounts to use. Once it has evaporated or your laundry is dry there is no lingering ammonia smell, use gloves if cleaning with a cloth or sponge-you don't need to degrease your skin!

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 4:40PM
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who the heck wants to smell ammonia coming from the washer? washers don't sit outside in the yard--they are inside of homes or in garages. no thanks. ammonia smell is unpleasant to me.

    Bookmark   April 21, 2014 at 11:51PM
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Especially for Dave1812. The very fact that there is ammonia in sweat and urine is why you want to use it. Using a solvent that is the same as the carrier for the stain is the best way to rid yourself of it. By putting the fabric with the stain back into the ammonia and water that it was in when it was deposited gives the molecules that make the stain a natural habitat. IF you put some mechanical action to the stained fabric like agitating, and sometimes without it, the stain molecules leave the fabric and happily go back to the ammonia and water solution they were in when they were deposited on your clothes. Once the molecules are floating in the ammonia and water solvent, wash them away with lots of water and voila, you are left with cleaner fabric. It's not the ammonia that stains your clothes. It's the people parts that are carried by ammonia and left on your collar or wherever, that causes they stain. So, if you recreate the wetness with the staining people parts, you can rinse them away. It does work, I do it all the time. I sweat a ton and I stain my collars. Every few months, I soak the collar in a solution of ammonia, water and detergent, scrub them a little and then rinse. The water it soaks in turns from clear to the color of stain and the clothes are clean.

    Bookmark   August 31, 2014 at 5:23PM
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So how would you go about adding ammonia to a wash when using a front loading washing machine and powered detergent? And I'm assuming you wouldn't add fabric softener as well?

    Bookmark   March 3, 2015 at 10:56AM
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The easiest way is to put the ammonia in the liquid detergent cup and the powder in the drum. Softener can be added to the softener cup, as usual.

Though, I usually just put the powder in first, start the machine, open the drawer partway, once the water has started and had a chance to flush the powder through, and pour the ammonia in while still filling. Easiest for me, YMMV.

    Bookmark   March 3, 2015 at 11:44AM
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ammonia is a component of urine and sweat. That's why it is not useful for removing urine stains from carpet (doggy "mistakes"). I would think the same thing would hold true for trying to clean clothing with human "waste" products on them. I have lots of other products to get all of our clothing, bedding and filthy rags CLEAN.

    Bookmark   March 4, 2015 at 1:29PM
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Tried ammonia in laundry for the first time today and I am hooked. It is the only thing so far that has been able to get rid of residual odors. I can't wait to try it on my family's hockey gear.

    Bookmark   March 17, 2015 at 10:57AM
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Debbi Branka

I tried it last night. I liked the scent of the laundry when it was done (I could actually smell the scent of the detergent, and usually I can't), and I did not use fabric softener (but did us a ball of foil, along with my 3 wool dryer balls) and there was no static at all. It did NOT get the old deodorant stains out of DH's undershirts, even though I treated them and let them sit in a closed plastic bag for 24 hours, and washed them on "sanitize" for the hottest water I could get (I also ran the laundry tub tap before I started the washer to be sure the water was hot from the get-go). So while I liked the scent and fabric softener properties, I didn't notice that it helped much in stain removal.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2015 at 8:19AM
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Ashley Snyder

My dog went in heat and got blood all over my multicolored quilt. I just noticed it this afternoon. But I know she has been in heat for a couple days. Besides taking it to the dry cleaners I was wondering if ammonia, white vinegar or maybe something different will do the trick.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2015 at 3:18PM
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Peroxide will work--apply it to the stains. Be sure to wash it in cold water or the blood stain will set.

    Bookmark   March 18, 2015 at 8:03PM
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sparky nailed it.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2015 at 6:49PM
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