Are you missing something in your house cleaning kit? Every green cleaning guru stocks up on vinegar and baking soda. However, not everyone knows to save a space for hydrogen peroxide in their cleaning caddy! Perhaps hydrogen peroxide isn’t as often revered as vinegar because little is known about its purpose in eco-friendly house cleaning. Hydrogen peroxide is a colorless liquid more viscous than water. It is, in fact, the simplest peroxide. You can use it as an oxidizer, bleach, and disinfectant. Its ability to remove micro-organisms is what makes this peroxide a natural cleaner. For this reason, you can use hydrogen peroxide to clean almost every surface in your home! Keep reading to find out how to clean with hydrogen peroxide.
Sanitize Your Kitchen with Hydrogen Peroxide
A great place to start cleaning is the kitchen, since a clean kitchen equals a happy home. After preparing any raw meat on the counter or cutting board, it is wise to sanitize the areas the meat came in contact with. Add hydrogen peroxide to a glass spray bottle, and spray the surfaces. You will see a little bubbling or fizzing effect, which shows you that your concoction is doing its magic. After a few minutes, scrub the countertops and cutting boards, and rinse. Soak your sponges in a mixture of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and warm water. After 10 minutes, rinse them thoroughly. To sanitize your refrigerator with the same spray bottle, spray the shelves, drawers, and any part that is in need of cleaning. Let the solution sit for a few minutes before wiping all the surfaces clean. This can also be done with the dishwasher.
Scrub Your Bathtub with Hydrogen Peroxide
The bathroom is constantly in need of some tender, loving care. When you are ready to take on this task, grab that brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide and get ready to scrub. Bathtubs can develop a brown or gray ring inside and often prove difficult to clean. To whiten the bathtub, let it dry completely before spraying it down with hydrogen peroxide. When it starts to bubble, set your timer for 20 minutes. Enjoy your long break because when time is up, you will be scrubbing that entire tub clean. Use an old toothbrush and a sponge with a scrubber to effectively get the job done. Repeat this process, if necessary, until your tub whitens. Repeating the process is dependent on how much mildew or mold has built up on your tub.
Disinfect Your Toilets / Showers with Hydrogen Peroxide
To clean toilet bowls, pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into each toilet bowl. After 10 minutes, scrub them and flush. Add hydrogen peroxide to an empty spray bottle. Use this to spray the toilet seats and handles. Scrub the toilet and the floor around the toilet with a sponge. The hydrogen peroxide is antibacterial and able to remove any nasty residues. It effectively gets rid of mildew in the shower as well. Using the same spray bottle, spray the shower walls and let it sit for 10 minutes. If there is a lot of mold or mildew, let it sit for a longer period of time, or repeat the process. After you let it presoak, wipe the shower clean. Hydrogen peroxide not only disinfects, but it also removes any nasty smells caused by the mold and mildew.
Make Your Floors Sparkle with Hydrogen Peroxide
In addition to cleaning fixtures, hydrogen peroxide is great for cleaning floors! If your floors are looking faded or dirtied, it’s time to brighten them with this solution. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water in a mop bucket. Now mop away! When you dilute the hydrogen peroxide this way, it is safe to use on any type of flooring. If your tile floors are in need of some serious scrubbing, make a paste using the hydrogen peroxide and some baking soda. Scrub the grout with the paste. You will start to see the brightening effect as you do. Once it is clean, simply wash the dirt away with hot water, or wipe with a damp microfiber cloth. Simply mop all of your floors and use the paste as needed to freshen and brighten every room.
Whiten Your Laundry with Hydrogen Peroxide
You can also use Hydrogen peroxide in your laundry room! It’s great for removing stains from your clothing, curtains, all your tablecloths, and whatever else needs whitening. Pre-treat the stain by soaking it in undiluted hydrogen peroxide. Then, let it sit for an hour, or up to three hours. After you have let it soak, just add the stained item to the laundry and set it to wash. For an added whitening effect, add a cup of the hydrogen peroxide to a medium load of whites to brighten them. Hydrogen peroxide is a great, nontoxic alternative to bleach for eco-friendly house cleaning!
Sanitize Items Around Your Home with Hydrogen Peroxide
These eco-friendly house cleaning tips will make your home a more sterile and welcoming environment.
Keep your children’s toys clean by misting them with a half water and half hydrogen peroxide solution.
Spritz your houseplants with the same solution to kill off any fungus or mold that may be growing on your plants or hiding in the soil.
Add half a cup of hydrogen peroxide to a large container of water. Place your fruits and vegetables inside to remove any dirt or germs.
If you’re handwashing dishes, add half a cup of hydrogen peroxide to the sink to have cleaner, brighter dishes. Remove crud from pots and pans by applying your hydrogen peroxide and baking soda paste. After 30 minutes, use a sponge with hot water to easily scrub off the paste and crud.
Keep some hydrogen peroxide available by your bathroom sink. After you brush your teeth, swish with a capful of hydrogen peroxide to kill any bacteria and freshen your breath.
In conclusion, having just a few nontoxic cleaners under your sink makes eco-friendly house cleaning much more affordable, simple, and easy. You can use hydrogen peroxide to sanitize and scrub many different things around your home without the use of bleach. Fortunately, it is very inexpensive and can be found at almost every drugstore. In fact, you may already have that famous brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide that every family seems to keep in their bathroom cupboards. If not, then add it to your green cleaning supply of vinegar, baking soda, and Castile soap. You will be amazed at how well it disinfects and cleanses your home!