Hydrogen peroxide, also known by its chemical formula H2O2, has innate properties that make it an effective tool for cleaning and sanitizing. In the previous post, we discussed how hydrogen peroxide can be used for carpet stains cleaning. Hydrogen peroxide sanitizes and kills harmful organisms through oxidation. As such, it is a very versatile product for home and carpet cleaning. Over-the-counter hydrogen peroxide bottles that are commercially available are commonly only 3% hydrogen peroxide mixed with 97% water, although it is also sold at higher concentrations for industrial use. However, remember that the 3% solution is already more than good enough for everyday cleaning.
In the kitchen, use hydrogen peroxide to sanitize counter tops and tables by spraying or wiping them with a hydrogen peroxide-spritzed rag or towel. Likewise, pour hydrogen peroxide on your chopping boards to get rid of harmful bacteria such as salmonella. You may also want to add a few teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide to your everyday dishwashing soap before running the dishwasher to disinfect your dishes.
Hydrogen peroxide at low concentrations (3% or less) is a non-poisonous substance. You should not ingest it but many people do use it to clean their fruits and vegetables. Mix one-fourth cup of hydrogen peroxide with a big bowl of cold water. Let your fruits and vegetables soak in the mixture for a few minutes and then rinse it out.
Hydrogen peroxide is also of great help for you dental health. You may use it to sanitize your toothbrush by dipping it in the solution. A hydrogen peroxide solution is also a great alternative to grocery-bought mouthwash. Measure the chemical using its bottle cap, gargle and leave it in the mouth for about ten minutes, then spit out. Remember not to swallow any amount of hydrogen peroxide and thoroughly rinse your mouth after mouthwash. Aside from cleaning your mouth, it is also a very effective teeth whitener. You can also combine hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to make your own toothpaste.
Hydrogen peroxide is a good stain remover for both clothes and carpets, especially for bloodstains. Place a small amount of the chemical onto the stain, leave for a few minutes, and then wipe off. Use sparingly as this might cause discoloration. It’s good to do a spot test first to understand what the ill effects are. You may also substitute bleach with hydrogen peroxide for whiter clothes. Use hydrogen peroxide to clean and wash windows and glass around the house. For over-all house cleaning, use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect the house in the case of contamination or mold infestation.
Hydrogen peroxide is a very powerful product for home and carpet cleaning and more. When storing your hydrogen peroxide bottle, keep it in a cool and dry place and replace cap right away to prevent contamination. For a safer household, make sure to keep it out of reach of children, use it in safe and proper doses, and handle with caution.