5 Reasons to Use Hydrogen Peroxide for Laundry

  • 5 Reasons To Use Hydrogen Peroxide For Laundry

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    Mary Marlowe Leverette

    The same bottle of hydrogen peroxide that’s in your first aid cabinet can be used in the laundry room to whiten whites, brighten colors, remove stains and odors and clean and disinfect your washer.

    Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is an oxidizing agent that can be used as a laundry bleach. The 3% solution sold in drug stores as a first aid disinfectant is the best choice for the laundry as well. Just as other oxygen-based bleaches, hydrogen peroxide breaks down safely into water and oxygen and is a more.

    Whiten Whites With Hydrogen Peroxide

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    White clothes become dull and yellowed over time due to exposure to body soil, dye transfer from other fabrics and residue from excess laundry detergent and fabric softener that gets trapped in the fabric fibers.

    Since most commercial oxygen-based bleaches (brand names are OxiClean, Clorox 2, Country Save Bleach, or Purex 2 Color Safe Bleach), are composed of ingredients that break down into hydrogen peroxide along with some brightening additives, you can use 3% hydrogen peroxide instead directly.

    Remove Stains From Clothes With Hydrogen Peroxide

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    Hydrogen peroxide is a very effective stain remover for protein and plant-based stains. It is not effective in removing oily stains but works well in treating mildew, blood, removing berry or fruit stains, vegetable stains and dye-transfer stains.

    Even though it is a mild form of bleach, it is best to test hydrogen peroxide in an inconspicuous spot (hem or inside seam) to make sure the colors don’t fade unless the stained area or fabric is solid white. Just dip a cotton swab in the hydrogen.

    Clean And Disinfect Clothes Washer With Hydrogen Peroxide

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    High efficiency front load washers are notorious for developing smelly odors especially in high humidity areas. The odor comes from mold and mildew growth on detergent and fabric softener residue left inside the washer drum and trapped to rubber door seals due to overdosing. Chlorine bleach is an effective washer cleaner but if you have a sensitivity or prefer to use a more environmentally friendly cleaner, you can use hydrogen peroxide instead.

    When your washer needs a cleaning, add two cups of.

    Brighten Colored Clothes With Hydrogen Peroxide

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    Colored clothes can become dull from body soil and detergent residue trapped in the fibers. But you can brighten them with the mild bleaching action of hydrogen peroxide.

    Remember, never pour full strength hydrogen peroxide directly onto colored fabrics unless you have tested them first for colorfastness. The easiest way to use hydrogen peroxide to brighten colored fabrics is to pour one cup into the bleach dispenser. It will be added during the wash cycle when there is plenty of water. If you.

    Remove Odors From Clothes And Towels With Hydrogen Peroxide

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    Smelly towels? Stinky tennis shoes? Grab the hydrogen peroxide.

    Simply mix 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide with enough water to completely submerge the smelly items and allow it to soak for at least 15 minutes – 30 minutes is better. Wash as usual.

    For an entire washer load of musty towels or foul-smelling athletic gear, add 1 to 1 1/2 cups hydrogen peroxide. Give them time to soak (up to an hour) and then add detergent and wash with hot water.


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