Hydrogen Peroxide: Top 8 Cleaning Uses

Hydrogen Peroxide: Top 8 Cleaning Uses

September 12th, 2012   •   No Comments   

Hydrogen Peroxide is a weak acid and because of it’s whitening abilities, it is super versatile for cleaning tasks, especially within your home. The great thing about using hydrogen peroxide for your cleaning needs is that it’s also an eco-friendly product, meaning it’s chemical-free and totally safe.  So for those of you working hard to be green, here are 8 effective cleaning uses for hydrogen peroxide:

  1. Whiten Bathtub/Shower Grout. If you have mildew buildup within your grout, spray hydrogen peroxide into the grout,  let it sit for about 20 minutes, then scrub the grout with an old toothbrush.
  2. Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let sit for 20 minutes, then scrub with a toilet brush. You an also use for the sink and the bathtub. This really works well for working out the soap scum and to eliminate odors and germs.
  3. Kill Germs in Your Bathroom. Mix together equal parts of  H2O and hydrogen peroxide and pour it into a spray bottle. This solution will kill germs in your bathroom and as an added bonus, will keep it smelling squeaky clean.
  4. Whiten the White Laundry. Instead of bleach, use a cup of hydrogen peroxide for your white laundry.  It will whiten your clothes and is way less harsh on fabrics.
  5. Clean a cutting board and kitchen surfaces. Mix equal parts of H2O and hydrogen  peroxide and pour it into a spray bottle. Use it to sanitize your kitchen counter tops and cutting boards.
  6. Clean Kitchen Appliances. Because it’s non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning places that store food and dishes. Just spray the appliance outside and in, let the solution sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean.
  7. Brighten Floors. For a mopping solution, combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot H2O. This solution is very mild making it safe for all floor types. And an added bonus, there is no need to rinse. It leaves no residue.
  8. Clean Sponges. Once you’ve completed all your dirty work, soak your sponges for 15 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm H2O. Rinse the sponges well after.

One thing to think about when mixing your solution, hydrogen peroxide can easily lose it’s chemical makeup. Be sure to either store  your solution in an opaque bottle or only mix up as much as you will need for each use. Light can alter the chemical makeup of hydrogen peroxide, which is why it is only sold in a brown bottle in the store.

And you want to know the best thing about hydrogen peroxide?  It’s cheap!  You can buy a 16 oz bottle for just $1.00. It’s effective, inexpensive and green, making it the perfect alternative cleaning agent. Go buy a bottle today!

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