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How To Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Clean

June 20th, 2017

The most common use of hydrogen peroxide is as a disinfectant for when you sustain nasty cuts. It cleans out your wound and protects you from infection. But did you know that hydrogen peroxide can also protect your home from harmful bacteria and germs?

Hydrogen peroxide also works as a great household cleaner.

Here are 15 of our favorite ways to use hydrogen peroxide to get your home sparkling clean.

1) Floors

You can use some hydrogen peroxide to brighten up grimy floors. Just mix a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide with 1 gallon of hot water and use this mild cleanser to mop any floor.

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2) Clean Sponges

It’s easy for your sponges to get stinky and filled with bacteria or mold. Instead of replacing them constantly, you can disinfect them by soaking them for 10 minutes in equal parts hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow container. Rinse your sponge out well when they are done soaking.

3) Glass Cleaner

Hydrogen peroxide also works great as a glass cleaner. Just spray some right onto mirrors, glass stove tops and tables and wipe down with a lint-free cloth.

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4) Stain Remover

If you’ve got some nasty stains in your clothing, curtains, or tablecloths, you can pre-treat those stains by soaking it in 3 percent hydrogen peroxide before you add it to the laundry.

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5) Countertops

The countertops in your home get a lot of use, which means they can get pretty gross. Hydrogen peroxide will kill all that nasty junk and get them super clean. Using hydrogen peroxide can even prevent microbes from building up. Just spray and wipe down.

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6) Toys/Play Area

Anyone with children knows what a mess they can make. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe alternative to nasty chemicals you don’t feel safe about having around your children. You can spray play areas and toys down or use a rag soaked in it and wipe items down.

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7) Toilets

Get those unsightly stains out of your toilet bowl by pouring 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then scrub your stains away with a toilet brush.

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8) Cutting Board

Cutting boards absolutely need to be cleaned well. Pour some hydrogen peroxide over your cutting board and let it sit for a while. Scrub it with a sponge and rinse it clean.

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9) Tile Grout

Tile grout can get dirty and even moldy. You can whiten and disinfect your tile grout by spraying it with peroxide and letting it sit for a half hour. You can then use a stiff brush to remove all of the grime.

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10) Produce

Get harsh chemicals off of your fruits and vegetables by soaking them in hydrogen peroxide for one to two minutes before your rinse them off in clean water.

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11) Mold

If you have any mold growth in your home, you’ll want to get rid of it immediately. Just spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto the mold growth to kill it. Let it sit for a little while and scrub away with a sponge.

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12) Healthy Plants

Add a half cup of hydrogen peroxide and a gallon of water and use the solution in a spray bottle to spritz your house plants. They will fend off fungus and keep your plants healthy.

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13) Refrigerator

Your refrigerator is another place you’ll want to make sure is free of microbes and bacteria. Each season you can spray the inside of your refrigerator down with hydrogen peroxide and let it soak for five minutes. After it soaks, wipe everything down with a cloth and scrub the extra stubborn spots.

14) Degreaser

If your pots and pans have caked-on grease that can’t be scrubbed away you can mix some hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to make a paste. Use this paste as you scrub your pots and pans to cut through the grease. If you have extra stubborn grease marks, you can let the paste sit for a few minutes before you scrub and rinse with warm water.

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15) Oven

You can get your oven to look like it’s brand new by mixing together 1/4 cup of dish soap, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, a zest of one lemon, and one tablespoon of vinegar. Spread the glue-like concoction all over the oven.

Close the oven door and let it sit for four hours. After four hours, get a bucket of water and dip a cloth in it and wipe the entire oven down. You may have to scrub in certain spots.

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