How to Mix Ammonia and Borax


Homemade cleaners are not only economical, they also can be a safer alternative to commercial cleaners loaded with chemicals. Ammonia and borax, for example, are cheaper and more versatile than commercial cleaners and are common items in many homes. Ammonia and borax can combine into a cleaning solution as well. Mix the two together to clean a variety of surfaces in and around your home.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-gallon bucket
  • Long-handled spoon
  • Sponge
  • Cloths
  • Dish soap
  • Nylon scrubber
  • Lint-free towels
  • Dust mop
  • Sponge mop

Wall Cleaner

  • Pour 2 qt. cool water in a 5-gallon bucket. Add 1 tsp. clear ammonia and 2 oz. borax.

  • Stir the mixture with a long-handled spoon until the borax dissolves. Dampen a clean sponge in the mixture. Start at the bottom of the wall and begin scrubbing while moving upward.

  • Wipe the wall clean with a cloth dampened in cool water and let air-dry.

Oven Cleaner

  • Add 1 1/2 cups cool water in a 5-gallon bucket. Pour 2 tbsp. borax, 2 tbsp. dish soap and 1/4 cup clear ammonia into the water. Mix with a long-handled spoon.

  • Use a clean cloth to saturate stuck on food and grime with the mixture. Let the mixture sit on the grime for 20 to 30 minutes.

  • Remove the loosened grime from the oven surface with a nylon scrubber. Rinse the mixture off with cool water. Wipe dry with a lint-free towel.

Floor Cleaner

  • Remove surface debris from the floor with a clean dust mop.

  • Mix 1 gallon lukewarm water, 1/3 cup borax and 1 tbsp. clear ammonia in a 5-gallon bucket.

  • Dampen a sponge mop with the mixture. Place the dampened mop head on the area of the floor farthest away from the entrance.

  • Mop the floors with the sponge mop and mixture in a back-and-forth motion. Rinse the mixture off the floors with the mop and cool water. Dry with a lint-free towel.

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