Does ammonia disinfect?
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Does ammonia disinfect?

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Ammonia is not listed as a disinfectant by the Environmental Protection Agency. Ammonia is one of the most widely produced industrial chemicals in the United States. Roughly 80 percent of manufactured ammonia is utilized in fertilizer for the agriculture industry.

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Ammonia is also used as a refrigerant and gas and water purifier, and ammonia is used in the manufacturie of textiles, plastics, dyes, explosives and pesticides. Ammonia is produced naturally from the decomposition of plants, animals and animal waste. Ammonia solutions that are formulated for industrial use tend to have a concentration of 25 percent or higher and are highly corrosive. An antidote does not exist for ammonia poisoning, but the poisoning is treatable and people usually recover.

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