What is hydrogen peroxide?
Hydrogen peroxide is a mild antiseptic that many use on the skin to prevent minor cuts or infections on its surface, burns, and scrapes. Also, dentists recommend applying hydrogen peroxide to relive mouth irritation or remove mucus in the mouth. It breaks down harmlessly, even though it is as strong as bleach.
Many of you have seen commercials that expose the cleaning powers of hydrogen peroxide. For those of you who like to use non-toxic cleaners, we will present to you the power of 3% hydrogen peroxide. There are numerous ways to use it in your household and you will be surprised by its cleaning effects.
Here are 12 ways to use peroxide as a cleaning product:
Clean kitchen glass
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent glass cleaner. You can use it on kitchen glass and even mirrors to have a sparkling clean surface. For best results, spray peroxide directly on the surface you want to clean and make sure to use a lint-free cloth. You will wipe out the dirt without an effort.
The kitchen counters can be a home to a range of bacteria and microbes that can affect your health. To disinfect countertops, spray directly on the surface and prevent from forming bacteria in your kitchen.
Clean cutting boards
It is recommended to periodically wipe down cutting board with peroxide to eliminate the lurking bacteria in the cracks of the board or on the surface. If you have a wooden cutting board and you cleaned it with hydrogen peroxide, apply mineral oil to extend its life.
Even if it sounds strange, hydrogen peroxide offers a safe method to clean fruits and vegetables. For just a minute or two you can soak them in a bowl and rinse it with clean water.
Clean your refrigerator
To have a bacteria and germs-free kitchen and refrigerator it is important to keep everything clean. Every now and then, spray the inside of the fridge with hydrogen peroxide and let it soak. After a few minutes, wipe down with a cloth to disinfect and remove the crud.
Degrease pots and pans
If your pans or pots are covered in a curd that feels impossible to remove, mix hydrogen peroxide with baking soda until they form a paste. Use the paste to remove grime and dirt from your dishes. If the dirt is too stubborn to be removed, let the paste sit for a few minutes and then scrub with a sponge and warm water.
Remove stains from clothes
To create a homemade laundry spot remover, combine two parts of hydrogen peroxide with one part dish liquid. Apply the solution directly on the stain and rub with your hands or you can use a soft brush. If the stain is still visible, let the solution sit for a bit and then rinse.
Clan tile grout
The kitchen and bathroom tile can be dirt-target and look pretty nasty. You need to be very careful and prevent the tile from eroding, so you have to spray hydrogen peroxide onto the grout. Let it soak for half an hour and when it’s thoroughly soaked, dislodge clogged dirt with a stiff-bristled brush.
With the help of full-strength hydrogen peroxide, you can easily eliminate mold form any area in your home. Apply it directly on the molded surface and let it sit for 30 minutes. Keep in mind that peroxide will only kill the mold, but won’t eliminate mold stains.
To sanitize and clean toilets, pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide directly in the toilet and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes. Then, scrub with a toilet brush and save yourself from buying a separate toilet bowl cleaner.
Protect your plants
Protect indoor plants from fungus by treating them with hydrogen peroxide. Add half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into 1 gallon of water and mix it. Spray the solution directly onto your plants.
Brighten up the floors
Try using a mixture of one half a cup of hydrogen peroxide in one-gallon hot water the next time you mop the floors in your home. The solution is safe to use on all surfaces, as it will brighten up soiled old floors.
Even if it looks fun to create homemade cleaners, do not mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar, as it may irritate your eyes, skin, respiratory system, and in rare cases, cause permanent damage to your lungs.