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Old 22-11-2012, 09:43   #1
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Sourcing ammonia

We use the stuff for laundry to save on water usage. Here in the Great Satan it can be found anywhere, but we have had a much harder time finding it in SE Asia. We found it in Phuket at the Supercheap pharmacy in small quantities mixed with a lot of other stuff and on the expensive end of things. In Malaysia shopkeepers just smile and shake their heads. Anybody else using ammonia? Where did you find it?


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Re: Sourcing ammonia

the only ammonia on my boat is produced by my cat. i use the local favorite laundry detergent. even when at sea--at which time i will also wash my laundry in sea water, dry and then rinse in fresh. doesnt take but about a gallon then to rinse with. and clothing doesnt smell like ammonia. (i remember well my grandma's laundry--she used ammonia.)

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Re: Sourcing ammonia

Is it possible they call it something else there? Try a pharmacy again. Old-fashioned pharmacies still sell aromatic spirits of ammonia (to revive people who swoon from the vapors) and the druggist may know of a source for the laundry version.
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Re: Sourcing ammonia

Ammonia (anhydrous ammonia), or azane, is a compound of nitrogen and hydrogen with the formula NH3.
"Household ammonia" or "ammonium hydroxide" is a solution of NH3 in water. Household ammonia usually ranges in concentration from 5 to 10% ammonia, whereas commercial ammonium hydroxide is usually 30% concentration.
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Re: Sourcing ammonia

Ammonia, by any name, is also hard to find in may places in the S Pacific. I agree, it is great for laundry, but doesn't get out all the stains. It uses very little water, and the best part is you only wring out the laundry once. Ashore, i use their facilities.
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