Hydrogen peroxide, a mild form of bleach, typically resides in household medicine cabinets, kept on hand for use as a disinfectant and antiseptic for mild cuts. But you can use it to clean things around your house too. The bleaching action works on tough stains and the disinfecting properties attack germs on soiled surfaces.
Hydrogen peroxide lifts tough stains, from grass to blood. In most cases, you should dilute hydrogen peroxide when you apply it to a stain because it can fade colors. For laundry stains, mix 1 tsp. of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide with half a tsp. cream of tartar or toothpaste. Dab the mixture on the stain with a cloth and rinse it clean under a steady stream of cold water. Apply hydrogen peroxide directly to deep-colored stains from red wine or blood and rinse immediately. When using hydrogen peroxide to remove stains on upholstery or carpeting, dab the peroxide on with a white cloth then dab it off with a clean wad of paper towels.
Remove Mold and Mildew
Disinfect mold and mildew by applying 3 percent hydrogen peroxide directly to the affected area. Either pour it on the area, or put it in a spray bottle and mist the area. Wipe the surface with a damp cloth. Be careful using peroxide to remove mold on porous surfaces because it can fade color.
Hydrogen peroxide can sanitize soiled surfaces in the kitchen or bathroom. Wipe cutting boards, knives, utensils and counters with a cloth dampened with distilled white vinegar. Follow with a cloth dampened with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide.
If you don't have regular bleach on hand, use hydrogen peroxide to whiten dingy laundry. Add 1 to 2 cups of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to your washing machine while it is filling. Wash and dry your clothing as normal.
- Reader's Digest Version: How To Clean Using Hydrogen Peroxide
- "Clean It Fast, Clean It Right: The Ultimate Guide to Making Absolutely Everything You Own Sparkle and Shine"; Jeff Bredenberg; 1999
- "2,001 Amazing Cleaning Secrets"; Jeff Bredenberg; 2004
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