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Ammonia is a common household cleaner that has been used for years to clean many areas of a home including bathrooms and kitchens. But can Ammonia kill mold?
Ammonia can be used to kill mold in the home. However, it’s only effective at killing mold on nonporous surfaces as it can damage porous materials like wood or drywall. If you’re killing mold on a porous surface, it’s best to use a product with Sodium hypochlorite.
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Even though Ammonia can be used to kill mold, it comes with its own advantages and disadvantages and we are going to look at these later in this guide. But now let’s look at how you can use Ammonia to kill mold.
How Do You Use Ammonia To Kill Mold?
To kill mold with Ammonia, you will need
- Ammonia( should be labeled clear Ammonia).
- 50% portion of water for whatever amount of ammonia you will use.
- A spray bottle or any bottle you can use for spraying on surfaces having mold.
When you are ready to use ammonia to get rid of mold make sure there is proper air ventilation. We recommend opening the windows. Then make a solution of half water and half portion of ammonia in a spray bottle.
Shake the solution to mix it well and spray it on the surface with mold. wait for at least 10 minutes to allow the solution to kill the mold. Then rinse the area or scrub to remove the mold residue.
Will Ammonia Kill Mold on Wood Furniture?
Ammonia can effectively kill mold on outdoor furniture. It is also effective at killing mold on drywall and other non-porous surfaces.
You’ll need to mix Ammonia and water in a spray bottle. You should spray the mixture directly onto the affected area of your outdoor furniture.
Once you have sprayed all areas where there’s visible mold growth, allow the surface to dry for at least 10 minutes. After that, you can wipe away any excess moisture or dirt that may be present on your wooden surfaces using a clean dry cloth.
Does Ammonia Remove Mold From Clothes?
Ammonia can’t effectively kill mold on porous surfaces such as clothes. This includes wool sweaters, cotton shirts, towels, and other textiles (like bedding). To kill mold on clothes, soak the clothes in an appropriate solution of bleach and water. But thoroughly rinse with clear water to avoid causing damage to clothes.
Advantages of using Ammonia to kill mold
1. No residue will be left behind and no harmful chemicals are released into the environment.
2. It is very easy to use and you can do it yourself without having to call in a professional.
4. You can use it around the house or around your office without worrying about other people being exposed to harmful chemicals..
5. Compared to other chemicals used to treat mold, this product is safer for children and pets, so there’s no need to worry about endangering anyone when using Ammonia in your home or office.
6. You can purchase the product in many stores, so you won’t need to go out of your way to get it if you want it badly enough.
Disadvantages of using Ammonia to kill mold
- Sometimes, Ammonia is not always the best chemical to treat mold. That is simply because some people are allergic to ammonia which means that they may experience some allergic reactions when they come into contact with ammonia.
- Ammonia is not very effective at removing mold from porous surfaces such as wood or linoleum floors. In fact, this type of cleaning agent may actually damage these types of materials over time due to its ability to dissolve the glue and other bonding agents in wood flooring materials.
- It is relatively inexpensive to purchase and store, making it a cost-effective option for killing mold in many environments
Tips for preventing mold growth
There are certain things you can do to prevent mold growth. These include:
- Keep a clean home and dry the air regularly. Mold spores are easily spread by dust and debris. You should also keep your home as dry as possible to prevent moisture from accumulating in the air and causing mold growth.
- Make sure that you have enough ventilation and air circulation in your house. If there is too much moisture in the air, it’s much easier for mold to grow.
- Do not dry clothes on doors or near windows, as this can lead to mold growth in your home.
- If you find mold growing on objects such as your walls or under your carpets, it’s best to remove it immediately before more damage can be done by leaving it behind for longer periods of time.
- Check for leaks in your home’s plumbing system and fix them as necessary to prevent mold growth.
- Make sure windows are properly maintained, especially during the hot summer months when it may be easier for the rain to seep into your home through cracks or holes in the window frames or casings (especially if you have older windows).
HVAC tech with over 30 years of experience. Retired and doing repair work on the side around Madison County, AL.