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How to Kill Black Mold With Ammonia

Killing Black Mold with Ammonia has its advantages. It’s a good disinfectant and does a pretty good job of killing mold on hard, non-porous items.

These items would include the bathroom sink, shower doors or kitchen counters. I’ve written an article on how to get rid of shower mold here. And, tackling all of the bathroom mildew challenges here.

Ammonia is also cheap and easy to find in your local grocery or hardware stores.

However, ammonia’s active ingredients (like bleach), do a lousy job of penetrating porous materials such as wood, concrete, sheet-rock, particle board or some of the traditional, drop-down ceiling tiles.

Ask anyone who has scrubbed their wooden deck with bleach – looking so very pretty and stain-free (for a few weeks – maybe). And, then later, eyed their deck in wonder. Wondering, why in the heck had the previously scrubbed mold returned! 

If you live in an area where you have a decent amount of humidity, moisture, and your deck is surrounded by tree cover (like I do). Then you know exactly what I’m talking about.

I’ve written here on how you can get to know the different types of mold associated with wood and mold growth specifically. You’ll find some very helpful tips on getting rid of the fungus. Enjoy the read!

In order to effectively kill mold spores, you have to get to them at the root level. And, chlorinated bleach and ammonia are not up to the task.

There are many other mold cleaning agents that will kill the fungi effectively and at the root level.

Baking soda and vinegar are excellent non-toxic alternatives to ammonia. And, they are not harsh on the environment or you.

Remember! Ammonia is a skin and eye irritant and its fumes are quite toxic. This mold killing agent is poisonous and could prove lethal when ingested or its fumes are inhaled. Especially, in non-ventilated areas without the use of a respirator.

Ammonia will react strongly with chlorinated bleach. Take care of you and yours! Label your spray bottles for your mold cleaning solutions and always read the label for active ingredients before combining any solutions.

Before choosing an alternative to your mold problem, please understand how to use the compound and its benefits and risks.

We all want the ultimate solution that will kill and clean mold effectively. And, if you are reading this article, I’m certain that your choice will be a healthy one for our environment!

How to Eliminate Black Mold With Ammonia

Wear a respirator and gloves when working with ammonia-based mold cleaning products. Never mix ammonia with chlorinated bleach

Open nearby windows or doors to get a cross-flow of air to dissipate any fumes generated by your cleaning (small mold cleanup projects – large jobs will require negative air pressure and sealing off area to prevent mold spores from escaping throughout residence)

  • Combine ammonia and water in 50/50 proportions.
  • Pour the solution into a spray bottle and spray contaminated areas evenly.
  • Allow the mold killing solution to sit for 5 or 10 minutes.
  • ​Scour mold tarnished area with a small brush or equivalent and wipe clean.
  • Repeat if necessary.

Often enough, many mold killing products will have ammonia already in them. Be extra cautious to follow the directions on the label to the letter and ensure that the cleanser is never mixed with bleach (in part or whole)!

Otherwise, ammonia is similar to using bleach in that it should only be used on non-porous areas – Always wear gloves when working with any chemical and wash hands immediately, thereafter!


Why Is Ammonia Used in Baking?

There are several reasons baker’s ammonia is a top favorite when baking.

What makes cooking ammonia unique is that it releases gas fast, which ultimately gives anything baking in the oven a speedy rise.

Unlike baking soda, it doesn’t require an acid or any other material to react with; moreover, it doesn’t even react with liquids as baking powder does. The most common advantages are:

  • The gases that are formed by the breakdown of the baker’s ammonia expand later on while baking.
  • It helps in modifying taste and flavor.
  • Baker’s ammonia helps to strengthen the dough.
  • The gases produced tend to expand the baked good’s walls, causing them to become more tender.
  • It works excellent in comparison to baking soda as it hardly affects the baked goods’ PH.
  • Not only does it make thin items like cookies crispy, but it also improves their texture.
  • Molded cookies tend to retain their shape and design well when cooking ammonia is used in the recipe.

Black Mold Removal with Borax

Borax is a popular chemical used in many household products such as fungicides, herbicides and as a household cleaner. It deodorizes, cleans and disinfects – making it a really good choice to help fight off and kill black mold.

Borax is toxic so be careful not to ingest it. However, it does not release toxic fumes or gasses that would otherwise mandate wearing a respirator to work safely. Be aware of these risks when using Borax.

Borax is a non-carcinogenic and has been classified as a mild skin irritant. Therefore, as far as mold killing solutions go – Borax is a winner!

How to Eliminate Black Mold With Borax

  • Combine a solution of 1 cup borax to 1 gallon of water and mix well.
  • Spray or wipe on the mold killing solution to the contaminated area.
  • Scrub the mold-tainted area thoroughly with a small brush or old toothbrush.
  • ​Wipe away or vacuum any mold material loosened from scrubbing (use HEPA filters when vacuum-cleaning to capture and contain mold spores).
  • DO NOT Rinse (any remaining borax will continue to work for you as a disinfectant and a deodorizer).
  • Allow to air-dry (repeat the process if necessary)

Common Baking Soda Substitutes

Baking powder. It’s a complete ingredient that has the necessary leavening acids to create carbon dioxide. Baking soda can’t achieve this effect on its own, and it needs other acidic ingredients to complete the reaction. Baking soda is an ingredient in baking powder, which makes the powder the best option. For the same leavening results when using baking powder, use three times the amount in place of baking soda. If your recipe calls for salt, use less of it because baking powder contains cream of tartar, which has acidic properties.

What is Sodium Bicarbonate 

Sodium bicarbonate is a white crystalline powder (NaHCO3) and it is also known as baking soda, bicarbonate of soda, sodium hydrogen carbonate, or sodium acid carbonate. Its IUPAC name is sodium hydrogen carbonate. It is categorized as an acid salt, made by combining an acid (carbonic) and a base (sodium hydroxide), and it responds to other chemicals as a mild alkali. It has a slightly salty and alkaline taste. Nahcolite is the natural mineral form of sodium bicarbonate. At temperatures above 149°C, baking soda breaks down into a more stable substance of sodium carbonate, water, and carbon dioxide.

2NaHCO3 → Na2CO3 + H2O + CO2

 Figure 1: Molecular formula of sodium bicarbonate

NaHCO3 can be obtained by the reaction of carbon dioxide with an aqueous solution of sodium hydroxide or the reaction of sodium chloride, ammonia, and carbon dioxide in water. It is an amphoteric compound and can be used to remove any acidic impurities from a liquid, to produce a purer sample.

Regular Cleaning

This section covers essential DIY porcelain cleaner recipes that you can use every week without worrying about damaging your tiles or porcelain-coated cast-iron tub. These recipes won’t scratch the porcelain, and you can create all of them using household cleaners. Regular use of these recipes will help keep heavy-duty cleaning jobs to a minimum.

Clean Your Porcelain with Water

Don’t underestimate water. It’s the foundation of most cleaners and has stellar cleaning properties when you use it by itself. The beauty of cleaning with water is that you’re not using any harmful agents that might leave a residue.

Water is safe to use and will clean away a surprising amount of grime or remove tea stains from a cup in the dishwasher. When you want to know how to clean porcelain sinks with a safe and reliable weekly cleaner, you can’t go wrong with water.

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Don the gloves, and soak a sponge in hot water. Wipe down all porcelain surfaces, and put a bit of pressure behind your wiping to clean away stains. Use the cloth to dry the porcelain.

The porcelain should wipe clean without too much trouble. If you encounter stubborn stains, move on to a more potent DIY porcelain cleaner.

Use Liquid Dish Soap

Liquid dish soap is one of the most highly versatile household cleaning products you’ll find. Dish soap not only works for dishwashing but also can kill fleas on kittens and puppies and is ideal for creating a homemade tub cleaner.

You can also use dish soap to get your porcelain looking gorgeous every week. You’ll be amazed at what this simple cleaner can do to remove stains from porcelain.

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Combine the liquid ingredients in a basin, and soak the sponge in the solution. Wipe down all porcelain surfaces, and bear down when needed to clean away stains.

Continue until the porcelain is clean. Never use steel wool or a scrub brush to clean porcelain, as doing so can scratch the porcelain glazing and leave rust stains.

Get Your Porcelain Clean with Vinegar and Water

Anyone who’s spent any time in the DIY world is familiar with vinegar and the wonders it works for cleaning inside the home, outside areas, and even in your car or RV. Vinegar is one of the prime ingredients in all sorts of homemade bathroom cleaner recipes.

Vinegar contains acetic acid, a mild acid that eats away at organic matter of all descriptions. It makes vinegar just what you need to clean your porcelain surfaces in the bathroom or in other areas throughout the house. Use this recipe when you need a bit more power behind your cleaner.

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Combine the liquid ingredients in a spray bottle, and spray down all of your porcelain. Use the sponge to clean away soap scum and other residue and build up. When you have finished, rinse the porcelain with clean water to complete your cleaning task.

Make Your Porcelain Shine with Baking Soda

Baking soda, like vinegar, is one of your best friends when you need a DIY porcelain cleaner. Baking soda has chemical cleaning properties and is also a mild abrasive, which is just what you need to get your porcelain bathtub and porcelain kitchen sink shining.

Baking soda won’t harm your tiles and leaves the porcelain smelling fresh, too. It’s a fantastic choice for a DIY bathroom tile cleaner.

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Combine the ingredients in a basin and soak a sponge in the solution. Use it to scrub away soap residue, grime, and any stains. Apply elbow grease as needed to scrub out any hard water spots or dirt. Rinse the area with water after the porcelain is clean.

Make Your Porcelain Shine with Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a handy household cleaner that you can use when you need to know how to remove stains from porcelain and many other surfaces. Peroxide works in much the same manner as chlorine bleach, but peroxide is milder and is safe to use on colored tiles without risking discoloration and damage.

Give peroxide a whirl as your weekly recipe when you have to clean high-traffic grimy porcelain. It’s a great way to clean porcelain tile floors and grout.

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Skip adding water if you want a stronger solution to clean bathroom floor tiles or those in the hall or kitchen. Don the gloves, and pour the peroxide and water into a spray bottle. Spray down all the porcelain, and use your sponge or a mop, depending on the area, to scrub it clean. Rinse the peroxide solution off the porcelain with fresh water when you finish cleaning and dry.

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