Household ammonia is recognized as being an excellent cleaner for grease and oil. My question is, how does this work? Does ammonia merely put the oils into a suspension, like a detergent does? Or is there a more significant chemical reaction between the two - along the lines of how enzymes affect oils?

  • $\begingroup$ There is no reaction, just the detergent action. $\endgroup$ – Ivan Neretin Aug 31 '17 at 7:17
  • $\begingroup$ I can't verify your answer, but if you can offer backup, you should make this an answer. Thank you for replying! $\endgroup$ – Corvus B Sep 15 '17 at 1:09
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    $\begingroup$ I found this, a bit of a long winded video but has some relevant information. - nsf.gov/news/special_reports/chemistrynow/chem_cleaners.jsp $\endgroup$ – KalleMP Feb 27 '18 at 20:09

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