When it comes to disinfecting: bleach or ammonia?

Surely you have ever thought that mixing ammonia and bleach will create the most powerful disinfectant mixture on the market, because you should know that not. Besides being dangerous and harmful to health and the environment, you should know that you are nullifying the properties of both products. Both should be used separately, but which disinfects more, bleach or ammonia? Each of them has specifications that we will try to explain to you.

The first thing you should know is that cleaning is not the same as disinfecting and this is where the main difference between the two products lies. While ammonia has a great degreasing power, the star product of disinfection is bleach. However, there are places in the house where it is preferable to use ammonia rather than bleach, since the latter could damage and spoil certain surfaces. Therefore, it is important to first assess the needs and then use one or the other according to the result we want to achieve.

Ammonia is very good for removing grease from the kitchen, for cleaning glass and crystals., for bathroom tiles, for furniture and wooden surfaces as long as they are not varnished, for certain clothing and footwear fabrics, for rugs and carpets, for bad odors, for cleaning copper and bronze objects , among others.

Bleach water

Never mix ammonia with bleach

This mixture is harmful to health and can even be lethal. Bleach is sodium hypochlorite and ammonia is ammonium hydroxide and their union leads to a reaction called chloramine, a highly corrosive product to the lungs and eyes, so never mix them. Also, bleach should never be mixed with hot water.

Bleach is perfect for disinfecting bathrooms and other places where bacteria and germs accumulate.

Ammonia always with water

When using ammonia it is important that you bear in mind that it must always be diluted in water. To make it easier, we recommend that you buy it already diluted in water. Otherwise, you should take a container in which you can mix it with water before applying it on the surfaces, since otherwise it can be very corrosive.

Also, when you use this product, We recommend the use of latex gloves to protect your hands as it can be highly abrasive. Likewise, during use, it is important ventilate as much as possible, since it is a highly volatile product, which can irritate our mucous membranes and eyes. In this sense, it is preferable to use it when we least use that place or element that we are going to clean, so that its vapors can disappear without affecting our body.

And remember, don’t go overboard.