Is Ammonia Safe for Cleaning?

Q: Iíve been trying to track down a recipe I remember for cleaning the house using vinegar, water, ammonia and baking soda. Do you know it? óMichelle, Canada

A: I never recommend using ammonia.

* When ammonia is combined with bleach highly toxic gases are released, which can be fatal.

* Ammonia also is poisonous, a suspected mutagen, corrosive, and explosive when exposed to flame!

* It is highly irritating fume to the eyes, nose, and lungs.

* As for the combination of ingredients you list, acidic vinegar will neutralize the highly alkaline ammonia and baking soda, making them all worthless for cleaning.

Check out the many cleaning recipes in the Healthy Home section of Healthy Living!


Meghu D.
Meghu D.5 years ago

Ammonia is commonly used in household cleaning supplies and is technically called as ammonium hydroxide. It is useful for cleaning glass, surface, jewelry cleaning solutions and can also be used as disinfectant aerosol sprays.

Darren Woolsey
Darren Woolsey5 years ago

Useful link on Wikipedia with all kinds of information relating to Ammonia:

Terry V.
Terry V5 years ago

I'm allergic to it

Heidi Aubrey
Heidi Aubrey5 years ago

It always amazes me as to how much I take my General Chemistry Class for granted. Whenever I see someone mixing an acid and a base and expecting stellar cleaning results.

FYI. in chemistry class, baking soda is kept on hand for emergency acid spills or contact. Acid(vinegar) and bases(ammonia, Hydroxides,and bakingsoda)= neutral, harmless, ineffective for cleaning, pH.

Val M.
Val M5 years ago

I never use ammonia.

Fi T.
Past Member 5 years ago

If we know the right way

Lydia Price

I never could understand why people use ammonia. It takes your breath away and the smell is overwhelming.

Nb B.
Nancy B6 years ago


Duane B.
.6 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Dan S.
Dan S.7 years ago

While commercial ammonia cleaning products are pretty safe, I would not recommend mixing ammonia with anything that could lower its pH, such as baking soda. This could have the same poisonous effect as mixing with bleach. To be safe, I just wouldn't mix it with anything.