Yep, hydrogen peroxide isn’t just for the medicine cabinet anymore. The more research I did on this handy green cleaner, the more amazed I was at its usefulness. So, let’s take a look at how using hydrogen peroxide in your home can help keep it clean, help the environment, and help save money.
What Is Hydrogen Peroxide?
First, did you know that hydrogen peroxide is exactly like water, only with one added molecule of oxygen? I was never a whiz at chemistry, so I was surprised to find this out. Its molecular formula is h2o2.
In its strongest form it’s actually a light blue color, and because it has such strong oxidizing properties it’s a great bleach alternative.
Types of Hydrogen Peroxide
There are two different solutions of hydrogen peroxide.
The first is 35% food grade hydrogen peroxide. This solution is heavily oxidized and very strong. There is some controversy on whether or not it should be used for home cleaning. I could not find a reliable source that said, conclusively, that it was safe or not, so please be aware that this might not be a good option.
The other type of hydrogen peroxide is the 3% solution that can be found in any drugstore. For the rest of the article, when hydrogen peroxide is mentioned I’m referring to the traditional 3% solution.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Cleaning
Hydrogen peroxide makes a great cleaner because, like I said already, it works just like bleach but without harming the environment. And, some drugstores will periodically put it on super-sale, so if you can stock up when it’s at discount, even better.
- Pour hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and use it as an all-purpose cleaner. It can be used on countertops, sinks, and tubs.
- You can use one cup of hydrogen peroxide in your wash to brighten up your whites.
- Half a cup of hydrogen peroxide mixed with one gallon of hot water makes a great mixture for mopping floors.
- Hydrogen peroxide works great on mold and mildew. Fill a spray bottle with one part hydrogen peroxide and 2 parts water. Spray it on the surface, let it sit for at least ten minutes, and then scrub it off.
- You can also use hydrogen peroxide in your dishwater. Pour half a cup into the sink when you’re hand washing, and you’ll have cleaner dishes.
- Pour hydrogen peroxide on your cutting boards after cutting meat or fish. It will kill salmonella and other bacteria.
- You can safely use hydrogen peroxide to clean toilets if you have a septic system. Mix one part peroxide with one part water, spray on the inside of the toilet bowl, and scrub clean. By the time the hydrogen peroxide gets into your septic, it will be diluted enough to be harmless.
Using Hydrogen Peroxide Around the House
Just when you thought that little brown jar of hydrogen peroxide couldn’t do any more, here’s another list of uses for you.
- Soak your toothbrushes for a few minutes in hydrogen peroxide to kill the germs in the bristles. Make sure you rinse the brush well before using.
- You can use hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and fungus on your fruit and vegetables. Fill a spray bottle with one part peroxide and one part water. Spray thoroughly, and rinse. If you do this right when you get home from the grocery store, your produce will last longer.
- Keep your sponges free of bacteria by soaking them for ten minutes or more in a shallow dish, using a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. Rinse them out thoroughly, and then let them dry completely before you use them again.
- If you want to save money on mouthwash, you can use one tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide mixed with one cup of water. Swish for one minute, and then spit. Make sure you rinse your mouth out well afterwords. This will help kills germs, as well as help whiten your teeth!
I have to admit, I had no idea hydrogen peroxide was such an all-around handy thing to have in the house. I’ve been using the usual “green cleaners”, you know, vinegar, lemon, and baking soda, but I’m definitely going to stock up on h2o2 next time it goes on sale at CVS or Target.small_su_logo.png