Average Ph Level for common cleaning supplies

Chlorine bleach Ph 11-13 nearly tips the scale all the way to the top of the alkaline level. Because it’s near one of the ends of the pH scale, we know it is corrosive and will require you to use proper ventilation when being used. Bleach is not safe to use on many surfaces including some fabric types. Do not mix bleach with other types of cleaning supplies or chemicals. On the other hand, bleach is fantastic at whitening and removing stains.

Ammonia Ph 11-12 is another highly alkaline substance with a pH around 12.  Ammonia also can be corrosive and needs to be used in a highly ventilated area. Ammonia is not safe to be mixed with other ingredients.  Harmful gasses will result. Ammonia can work wonders with tough dirt and grime, making it a formidable cleaner


Mixing bleach with ammonia generates toxic chloramine vapor. Mixing bleach and ammonia is extremely dangerous, since toxic vapors will be produced.

Oven Cleaner Ph 11-13

Most oven cleaners are just as alkaline as ammonia giving them great power to cut through tough grease and grime. Of course, at the top of the alkaline scale, extreme care needs to be taken when using oven cleaner

Tub and tile cleaner Ph 11-13 is another alkaline substance that removes dirt and grime effectively but can be corrosive. Be sure to use caution and ventilate the room where you are using tub and tile cleaner. Neutralize of thoroughly rinse. Use your (PPE) Personal Protective Equipment.

Borax: With a 10 on the pH scale is not as corrosive as some of its cousins like bleach and ammonia. But Borax is still an alkaline substance, good at breaking down oils and organic dirt. This is one of the reasons that Borax makes such an effective laundry booster.

Baking soda Ph 8-9 is an alkaline substance, too. But just barely. Because baking soda has enough alkalinity to power through grease and dirt, but not enough to make it corrosive, it can be a great option to use in many places in your home

Mild Dish Soap Ph 7-8 When it comes to neutrality mild dish soap usually hits the mark perfectly. If your dish soap is labeled mild, gentle, or great for hands, chances are its pH level is somewhere right around 7. This mildness makes dish soap perfect for day to day cleaning. Most surfaces won’t be damaged by dish soap, and there are a lot of places it can be used besides in the kitchen sink.

Stone Cleaner Ph 7-10

Most stone cleaners are usually around a 7 for their pH level as well. Since stone surfaces can be damaged by pHs that are too alkaline or too acidicand may damage your sealer. Manufacturers usually produce a neutral pH. Be careful though. Some stone cleaners can have pHs all the way up to 10. Stay with neutral(7) and you will be fine.

Vinegar Ph 3 is acidic which makes it great for removing mineral deposits but also makes it possible for it to damage some surfaces, including stone. Many people mistakenly believe that vinegar is a perfect all-purpose cleaner, but surfaces that can be damaged by acids are not good candidates to be cleaned with vinegar. Vinegar may etch your natural stone surface

Lemons Ph 3, like vinegar, are very acidic. While there are many surfaces like copper pots and drains who benefit from the acidic cleaning and fresh lemony smell, there are others that can be damaged. Take care with using lemons on stone surfaces or near grout.

Toilet Bowl Cleaner Ph 1-3 is another acidic cleaner that helps break down and remove mineral and other non-organic substances. Because of its acidic level, caution and ventilation will be needed. Some toilet cleaners can have a pH that is very close to 0. Because they are at the end of the pH scale, use extreme care when using

Remember safety first when using chemicals, use your PPE

3 Responses to Average Ph Level for common cleaning supplies

  1. 1)
    What is the best to use as a cleaner on travertine stone tiles in my home?
    Just mild dish soap?
    Rinse a couple of times?
    Air dry or should i cloth them dry?
    Should i use a floor steamer on them mixed with mild dish soap or a mop??

    Thank you for your help & It seems i can never get them clean enough.

    • Valerie
      Sorry for the delay in getting back to you. Let me go boil it down and see if I can help, then I will offer a closing thought.
      Travertine is a beautiful stone but also can be a lot of work.

      (1)What is the best to use as a cleaner on travertine stone tiles in my home?
      Neutral cleaner.

      Detergents may leave a cloudy residue.


      It will etch your floor.I had a client do that after I had done a restoration 6 month earlier
      She misunderstood and thought I had said Natural Cleaner not Neutral Cleaner. It was a costly mistake.Fortunately they were spills and not the whole floor

      When we have a natural stone floors we must remember.
      KEEP IT OUT.

      and the real reason why you floor may still looks dirty is because your tile is scratched
      Dirt is just like sand paper.
      Your best practice is a good welcome mat. Not one of those cheap’Welcome to my pad” with the little frog rubber mats
      but a good thick washable mat outside. Keep your mats clean.
      A good large rug without the rubber on the inside (rubber may discolor your tile)
      The best practice of all is removing of shoes (inside slippers)
      But of course a restoration to remove scratches and fill holes is recommended and I only recommend StonePro Porous pro sealer. Sealer is a must.
      IMPORTANT NOTE. When the sealer(Stone pro) is applied. It is allowed to soak in for 3 to 5 min then the sealer can be moved over to the next area with a squeegee.Wipe dry any sealer left behind.
      If you are in the Bakersfield Kern County, Ca area we can help you with that.
      We have a new non toxic polishing system.
      I hope this helps
      Thank for stopping by

      Best regards
      Steve Richardson

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