Hydrogen Peroxide is safe to use when purchased over the counter. It is h2o2 and that extra atom gives it some extra abilities in fighting dirt, grime and germs. Hydrogen peroxide is a powerful cleaner, antibacterial, antifungal, antiviral, and natural bleaching compound. The three percent solution found over the counter in most drug stores and walmarts is potent enough to cut through most stains and grime and disinfect most surfaces.
Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaning Solutions
While hydrogen peroxide cleans well undiluted, you can mix your own hydrogen peroxide cleaning solutions and use it as an all-purpose cleaning spray throughout your home.
Hydrogen peroxide stays at full strength for about three years as long as it’s in its original brown container. Once opened, hydrogen peroxide is effective for only a few months, so don’t open a bottle until you’re ready to start cleaning with it.
Here’s how to mix your own cleaning solution:
- Spray bottle
- Hydrogen peroxide
- A lemon or lemon juice
- Distilled water
Mix one cup of hydrogen peroxide, two cups of distilled water, and two tablespoons of lemon juice in a spray bottle, shake it up, and you are ready to clean! You can use a solid-colored spray bottle so the hydrogen peroxide isn’t exposed to light, and distilled water to prevent spotting from minerals and other pollutants found in tap water. The lemon is not necessary but adds a nice fresh scent to the solution. You can also use orange peel oils to mix with this. Both have a good amount of acid that helps cut through grime.
How To Clean With Hydrogen Peroxide
This type of furniture can be expensive as indoor furniture, so it makes sense that you will want to keep it clean.
Power sprayers and harsh commercial cleaning products can get your outdoor furniture clean, but they can damage fabrics and painted surfaces. Instead, we recommend using hydrogen peroxide to clean your patio furniture. Mix about a gallon of warm water, ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a few drops of dish soap in a bucket. Use a nylon brush and your cleaning solution to scrub the metal, fabric, and other parts of your patio furniture, then rinse with a hose.
Hydrogen peroxide combined with baking soda creates an oxygen bleach that is perfect for cleaning grout. Mix ½ cup baking soda, ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide, and a few drops of dish soap in a sealable container. Shake the container to blend your ingredients, then grab some rubber gloves and use a cloth to spread the cleaning solution onto your grout. Wait about five minutes, then rinse away the dingy grime with clean water.
Did you know it’s a good idea to vacuum your mattress and clean it regularly? Your mattress is a haven for dead skin cells and bacteria that can aggravate allergies and prevent a good night’s sleep. After you vacuum your mattress, mix one part water to one part hydrogen peroxide and scrub any stains with an old toothbrush. Let the solution sit on the stain for five minutes and repeat the process if needed. Once the stains are gone, dry the spots with a hair dryer to remove moisture.
Tubs and Showers
Commercial cleaners for bathrooms and tubs can be especially harsh and can contain bleach, ammonia, and other ingredients that can be harmful to your skin and respiratory system. A safer, but just as effective, alternative is to mix two parts baking soda with one part hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Rub the paste all over your tube or shower, wait 30 minutes, then rinse away the grime with clean water.
Now that you know how to clean with hydrogen peroxide, take the next step and learn how to disinfect with hydrogen peroxide and get rid of bacteria and viruses.
How to Disinfect With Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant that kills germs and viruses safely and quickly without using potentially toxic chemicals. This makes it a great disinfectant. In addition, its antibacterial and antiviral qualities are more effective than distilled white vinegar and rubbing alcohol. It’s also as effective as chlorine bleach for killing mold and mildew on porous surfaces. Learning how to disinfect with hydrogen peroxide will make your home a healthier, safer place to live.
From kitchen countertops to bathroom vanities, the hard surfaces in your home need regular attention. Instead of using an other disinfectants, pour hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and use it to disinfect the hard surfaces in your home. All you have to do is spray, wait a few minutes and wipe away.
Whether you have hardwood floors, vinyl, or tile, keeping your floors clean should be part of your weekly cleaning routine. But did you know you can also disinfect your floors to minimize the spread of germs? Before you get started, spot test a solution of your cleaner on your floor before using on the whole floor.
Kill the germs in your toilet with a hydrogen peroxide disinfectant each week for a cleaner, healthier bathroom. Pour a cup of hydrogen peroxide into your toilets, wait 30 minutes, then scrub the toilet with a toilet brush. You can also keep your toilet brush clean and healthy by pouring some hydrogen peroxide onto the bristles and letting it air dry before you put it away.
Kitchen and bathroom trash cans can get pretty dirty and germy. About once a week, wash your garbage cans with soapy water, then spray them inside and out with a solution of one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide. If possible, let the trash cans air dry in the sun; you can also wait 20 minutes and dry them with a cloth.
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