There are so many amazing ways to clean using hydrogen peroxide and I want to share them all with you so that you can use this miracle cleaner around your home.
Hydrogen peroxide used to come in medical kits as a solution for disinfecting wounds, however, it was found that it actually slows down healing time and it is no longer recommended. The good news is that it has antibacterial, antifungal, bleaching and antiviral properties so it makes a heck of a good cleaning agent for around the house. Just like Vinegar, Hydrogen peroxide is strong enough to cut through rust and a lot of other stains. Using hydrogen peroxide around the home can leave your home disinfected, and for less money too because you will save on commercial cleaners.
This natural solution is a great all-purpose cleaner. Here are awesome ways to clean using hydrogen peroxide around the home.
Do not mix vinegar and hydrogen peroxide together as this will create a peracetic acid which can irritate skin, eyes and damage your respiratory system which can cause damage to your lungs.
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What You Can Clean With Hydrogen Peroxide
All-Purpose Cleaner: Did you know you can screw on a spray bottle top onto a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and use it as an all-purpose cleaner, all over the house? Wipe down your kitchen counters and kitchen sink every night, use it as a dusting spray, and wherever else you need to use your all-purpose cleaners around the home.
Remove Wine, Chocolate, Grass, and Armpit Stains: To get rid of hard-to-wash stains, use hydrogen peroxide and dish soap to make a spot remover. Combine 2 parts hydrogen peroxide with 1 part dish soap and apply the solution to a stain. Let the solution stay for a few minutes and use a soft bristle brush, or cleaning toothbrush, to rub the solution into the stain. Rinse the stain under cold water and then wash your fabric in the washing machine as normal. This same method can be used to clean your carpet and upholstery as well, just be careful because hydrogen peroxide has natural bleaching properties.
Wash Bathtub: For a more eco-friendly way to clean the bathtub, make a paste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and apply it all over the tub and shower areas. Let it sit for 30 minutes and then wipe it away with a cloth. Rinse the tub and then dry it off to prevent mold growth around the tub surround.
Kill Mold: To kill mold, but not eliminate mold stains, use hydrogen peroxide at full strength and let it sit for 30 minutes on the mold. If the mold is on a spot where the liquid will not stay, use a paper towel or microfiber cloth and soak it with the hydrogen peroxide and let it sit on the mold spot for 30 minutes.
Clean Toilet: Use hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant on your toilet. Spray the entire toilet down with hydrogen peroxide and wipe away with a paper towel or microfiber cloth after 3-5 minutes. You can clean the inside of the toilet bowl as well by pouring hydrogen peroxide into the bowl and letting it sit for 30 minutes before scrubbing it down with a toilet brush.
Clean Stains On Mattress: If you’re doing your monthly mattress clean and notice stains on your mattress, use hydrogen peroxide on the stain to make it disappear. You don’t need to make any paste, simply spray the solution onto the mattress and rub the stain with a cloth until it goes away. Replace your bed sheets and comforters when the mattress is dry and clean.
Disinfect Cutting Board: After cleaning your cutting board using your favorite cleaning method like lemons or salt, spray some hydrogen peroxide onto the cutting board and let it sit for a few minutes before rinsing it off or wiping down with damp cloth.
Clean Grout: To clean your grout, use a baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste and let the solution sit on the grout for five minutes before wiping it clean. This should help clean the grout all around the house.
Remove Rust: Use a hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste to remove rust from items all around your home.
Clean Patio Furniture: Use your hydrogen peroxide to spray down your metal chairs and tables using a mixture of hydrogen peroxide, a scoop of borax and some dish soap in a gallon of warm water. Let this solution sit on your furniture for 15 minutes and then use a utility brush to scrape off any gunk. Rinse it off with a hose and your outdoor furniture will have a new shine.
Clean Granite: Granite can have water stains that stick to it easily. To get rid of these water stains, form a paste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and spread it over the water mark. Leave the paste on for 5 minutes and wipe off with a damp cloth or paper towel. If the stain is even tougher, you can leave the paste on overnight.
Deodorize After Skunk Spray: If you’ve had a run-in with a skunk and need to de skunk your clothing, dilute hydrogen peroxide into water and soak your clothes for a few hours in this solution. Rinse the hydrogen peroxide out with cold water and then wash in your washing machine using cold water. You can also use it to deodorize your skin using baking soda, dishwashing detergent and hydrogen peroxide.
Clean Stains Off Marble: If you have marble countertops, you know that they can stain with foods that are pink/brown from organic foods. To get the stains out, mix hydrogen peroxide and some water in a spray bottle and spray your stain well. Leave the spray on the stain for a few minutes before wiping clean with a paper towel or microfiber cloth. Some people have used ammonia and hydrogen peroxide to get these stains out as well, however, I personally do not like to use ammonia in my home cleaning so I can’t recommend it, nor do I know if it really works.
Disinfect Toys: Make a disinfecting soak by filling a bucket with hydrogen peroxide and then placing plastic toys in the bucket to soak for 10 minutes. Rinse the toys well and let them dry properly before giving them back to the children to play.
Where Can I Buy Hydrogen Peroxide
Most of the time you can purchase hydrogen peroxide from your local grocery store, Walmart, Target and even dollar stores. It is usually very easy to find. I like to keep a few bottles of it on hand at all times and so I prefer to purchase mine online at Amazon.com using this link.
How To Store Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide loses some of its disinfecting properties when exposed to sunlight or air. Keep the peroxide in its original brown bottle, and if you make a cleaner with the peroxide, you will not be able to keep it and use it at a different time. Store in a cool and dark place to maintain maximum disinfecting properties.
Use Caution With Continual Use on Countertops
Hydrogen peroxide is acidic and if used often on granite or marble countertops, over time it can break down the finish. It is ok to use once in a while. Hydrogen peroxide also has bleaching agents which can cause discoloring on countertops. Always test a small hidden area before using hydrogen peroxide on a large expensive surface.
Is Hydrogen Peroxide Safe to Clean With?
Hydrogen peroxide is safe to clean since it is a non-toxic substance and once was used to clean wounds. It does not hurt the environment or cause pollution. It is a strong disinfectant and can be used to clean the dog bed, children’s toys and so many more things that you want to disinfect around the home.
Hydrogen Peroxide Has Germ-Fighting Power
When thinking of ways to clean using hydrogen peroxide remember that it has germ-fighting power and can disinfect so many things around the home such as thermometers, light switches and doorknobs. It can also help whiten and brighten your laundry too. If you are cleaning the house after illness, your bottle of hydrogen peroxide can disinfect everything around your home.