Hydrogen peroxide is a wonderful ingredient for cleaning because it is naturally antibacterial. It is non-toxic to people, plants, household animals and the Earth. Basically, hydrogen peroxide is water with an extra oxygen molecule. It is inexpensive to buy and simplifies the number of different cleaning products you need to keep handy.
Remember, hydrogen peroxide is a natural alternative to bleach.
When mixing your own cleaning products, make sure you store any peroxide mixtures in a dark bottle. The light will breakdown the molecules, causing the peroxide to be ineffective.
Here are some great cleaning tips to use hydrogen peroxide as a natural cleaner in your home:
1.) When washing a load of whites, add one cup hydrogen peroxide to brighten your threads.
2.) Make a 50/50 solution using peroxide and water to use around your house. Spray it on countertops and cutting boards to disinfect. Use it as a bathroom cleaner to create a germ-free area. Hydrogen peroxide can also eliminate that “boy” smell from bathrooms.
3.) Add ½ cup hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of water and use to wash fruit and veggies.
4.) Got a sickling in your home? Use peroxide to wipe light switches, door handles, toys, or any other surface they may touch.
5.) Soak your toothbrushes in a cup of peroxide to give them a good cleaning.
6.) Add an ounce of peroxide to one cup water and spray house plants daily to help prevent fungus growth.
7.) Gargle and rinse with peroxide as a mouthwash for brighter teeth and a breath freshener.
8.) Use it to scrub stained grout in the bathroom.
9.) Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater to stains. For example, it can be used to remove blood stains from clothes.
10.) Combine half cup of peroxide with one gallon of hot water and start mopping. Because it is so mild, it is safe for any floor type and there is no need to rinse. Great for brightening dingy floors.
11.) Use hydrogen peroxide to clean your mirrors for a streak-free shine, every time.
12.) Try soaking dentures in a 50/50 peroxide and water solution. I’m not there yet, but reports say it is better than using those tablets, and cheaper!
Most stores sell the 3% food grade hydrogen peroxide. Some health food stores and pharmacies sell a higher percentage, usually 35%. Keep in mind that this is an alternative for bleach, so the higher the concentrate, the more likely it will stain your fabrics. Be careful!
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