How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Remove Stains

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Things You'll Need

  • Baking soda
  • Small bowl
  • Spoon
  • Sponge
  • Towel
  • Spray bottle
  • Old toothbrush
  • Toilet brush
  • 2 to 3 drops of ammonia
Hydrogen peroxide, commonly used as an antiseptic, is a powerful stain remover.
Hydrogen peroxide, commonly used as an antiseptic, is a powerful stain remover. (Image: Jupiterimages/liquidlibrary/Getty Images)

Hydrogen peroxide often is used as an antiseptic and a disinfectant, but it also is useful for removing stains. It is fairly inexpensive, which makes it a cheap stain fighter to keep on hand for household use. It is important to note that hydrogen peroxide can bleach items and damage colored surfaces or fabrics. Always test an inconspicuous area before using peroxide to clean an item or area to make sure it does not cause damage.

Removing Baked-on Foods on Cookware

Step 1

Pour baking soda into a small bowl. The amount of baking soda needed varies with the size of the cookware you are cleaning. Add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to the baking soda and stir it with a spoon to make a thick paste.

Step 2

Rub the paste on the cookware in areas where baked-on food is present. Allow the mixture to sit for several minutes.

Step 3

Wash off the hydrogen peroxide mixture with a sponge and warm water to remove the baked-on food.

Removing Stains on Grout

Step 1

Dry the grout with a towel.

Step 2

Pour hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle, then spray the hydrogen peroxide onto the grout. Allow it to sit for several minutes.

Step 3

Scrub the moistened grout with an old toothbrush to remove stains or mildew. Repeat, if needed.

Removing Toilet Bowl Stains

Step 1

Pour 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl. Allow it to sit for 20 minutes.

Step 2

Scrub the bowl with a toilet brush.

Step 3

Flush the toilet. Repeat the process if stains persist.

Removing Stains on Clothing or Fabric

Step 1

Apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to an inconspicuous area on the fabric to make sure it does not bleach the color out of the fabric. Do not use peroxide to clean stains on the fabric if it removes the color.

Step 2

Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide on the stain and allow it to soak into the fabric. Remove grass stains by mixing 1 teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with two to three drops of ammonia and rubbing it on the stain.

Step 3

Launder the fabric or clothing as usual. Add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to your washing machine as a substitute for bleach when laundering whites.

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