Ammonia is a versatile chemical found in many commercial cleaning products. The inexpensive price tag of ammonia makes it an economical way to clean your home without expensive and unnecessary commercial cleaners. Ammonia can replace a variety of cleaners found under your kitchen sink. From floors to shoes, ammonia will keep your home clean and looking its best.

Ammonia can take the place of many common household cleaners.

Glass Cleaner

Many commercial glass cleaners contain some percentage of ammonia for good reason. Ammonia will not only remove dirt and fingerprints from your glass, but it will leave your windows streak free. Create your own glass cleaner by mixing 1 cup of clear ammonia with 3 cups of cool water. Wipe the glass clean with a lint-free cloth dampened in the mixture.

Tile Cleaner

Your bathroom and kitchen tiles will become dirty with everyday use. Ammonia will thoroughly clean the tiles while killing any lingering fungus such as mold or mildew. Fill a bucket with 1 gallon of water and 1/4 cup ammonia. Mix the contents together with a spoon and carefully pour the mixture into a spray bottle.

Soap Scum

Over time, a build up of soap scum will begin to form on your bathtub and in your sinks. Typically, this soap scum is difficult to remove and will not budge with normal cleaners. Fortunately, you can dissolve the soap scum by scrubbing with a mixture of 1 gallon of hot water and 1 tbsp. of ammonia. After you have removed the soap scum, rinse the sink or tub clean with hot water.

Carpet and Upholstery

Spills happen, and it is not uncommon for them to stain your carpet and upholstered furniture. Ammonia can help remove the toughest stains from your carpet and upholstery fibers. Dampen a cloth in a mixture of 1/2 gallon of warm water with 1 cup of clean, non-sudsy ammonia. Sponge the stain with the damp cloth for several seconds and let the mixture dry on the fibers.

White Shoe Cleaner

Scuff marks and dirt shoe up more on white shoes then dark-colored shoes. Fortunately, with a little ammonia you can remove the marks and discolorations, and restore the look of your white shoes. Fill a small container with equal parts water and colorless ammonia. Dip the corner of a cloth in the solution and scrub the white shoes clean.


Dust, dirt and other air impurities will land on the surface of your crystal and cause it to become dull. Ammonia will restore your crystal candlesticks, chandeliers, vases and figurines, and keep them looking their best. Fill a small container with 2 cups of water and three to four drops of ammonia. Dip a lint-free cloth in the mixture and rub your crystal clean. Rinse the ammonia mixture off the crystal with cool running water and towel dry.


Even though ammonia is a useful cleaning liquid, it is still dangerous and can cause a variety of health problems. Ammonia fumes can cause headaches, dizziness and nausea. To reduce the chance of these side effects, only use ammonia in a well-ventilated area. Furthermore, never mix ammonia with bleach or products containing bleach. The resulting fumes are toxic and dangerous.