I spent years trying to keep track of specialized cleaning products, one for each and every type of surface in our home. I was so happy to learn that many cleaning jobs can be taken care of quickly and efficiently with hydrogen peroxide. Using hydrogen peroxide for cleaning is an inexpensive way to clean and sanitize your home while being gentle on the environment and it’s budget friendly!
What Is Hydrogen Peroxide?
Hydrogen peroxide is basically the same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom. Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and water. Hydrogen peroxide has antibacterial and antiviral qualities, it’s also a strong bleach.
Advantage of Cleaning with Hydrogen Peroxide
Besides saving money, there are several advantages when you use hydrogen peroxide to clean your home. One of the most important advantages is the fact that it is nontoxic. It won’t hurt the environment, pollute the air or cause cancer, yet it’s a very strong disinfectant.
- Kills mold
- Kills mildew
Because it disinfects, your cleaning tools are also disinfected every time you use them. Another benefit is the versatility of using hydrogen peroxide for cleaning. A number of surfaces can be cleaned with it, meaning that you don’t have to worry about five different cleaning products! It can even be used as a fruit and vegetable soak. I keep a bottle of peroxide under the kitchen sink. Conveniently sprayer tops fit the peroxide bottle, a great way to recycle!
Using Hydrogen Peroxide for Cleaning Various Surfaces
It is important to remember that hydrogen peroxide takes time to disinfect things. You can’t just spray it on and wipe it off but must allow it to stand for a few moments to get the best results.
Hydrogen peroxide is also good for cleaning walls, glass, doorknobs, countertops, toilets, and other hard surfaces. Use the three percent solution undiluted in a spray bottle and spray it on the surface to be cleaned. Allow it to stand for several minutes and then wipe it off. Some of the surfaces that I frequently clean with hydrogen peroxide are:
- Cutting boards
- Trash Cans
Using Hydrogen Peroxide As a Disinfectant
Besides cleaning, hydrogen peroxide can be used to disinfect items around your home. Just spray it on, allow the bubbles to subside and repeat. You can also soak things in it to disinfect them. Some items that can be disinfected with hydrogen peroxide are:
- Toilet brushes
- Dish scrubbers
- Cleaning rags
- Loofahs and bath scrubbies
Hydrogen Peroxide in the Laundry
Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to whiten and brighten clothes and to remove stains in your laundry. It disinfects laundry as well. Use hydrogen peroxide to:
- Remove blood stains, Just pour on the stained area
- Add one cup of peroxide to whites in the washing machine to brighten
Just remember that hydrogen peroxide is a bleach. It will leave bleached spots on darker colors as well as causing fading. If you have any doubt test a swatch of the fabric with hydrogen peroxide before using.
Put Hydrogen Peroxide to Work in Your Home
Using hydrogen peroxide for cleaning the various surfaces, materials, and rooms in your home can save you money as well as keep you healthier. By replacing your conventional cleaners with natural ones like hydrogen peroxide you will be helping to keep the environment healthier as well.