If you have followed along with my blog for a minute, you know by now, that I love vinegar. But I must confess, I have another safe and non toxic cleaner to use as an everyday cleaner too. I also use Hydrogen Peroxide for everyday cleaning in addition to my vinegar. Sometimes, I use just the Hydrogen Peroxide to clean with, no offensive smell. Plus, Hydrogen Peroxide is an all natural agent that can be used for many applications. Here are a few uses that I have used it with.
1. Jewelry Cleaner- Diamonds lost their sparkle? Soak your jewelry in a little cup of hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes or longer if need. Rinse off with water and admire your sparkly jewelry again.
2. Carpet stains- If your house has carpet, stains are bound to happen. When they do, have no fear. Simply pour a little amount of hydrogen peroxide over the stain, use your iron on the steam setting to heat up the stained area, it will loosen up the stain and bring it to the top of the carpet so that you can blot it up with a towel. Vacuum afterwards and enjoying knowing that you just saved yourself a ton of money. You can do this in your car too, minus the iron. But it will take a lot more scrubbing, but the results will be amazing.
3. Cutting Boards Dirty- Clean your cutting boards in your kitchen. Cutting boards get germy quick. Thoroughly wipe the board, front and back, and don’t forget the edges with the Hydrogen Peroxide. Afterwards, re-wipe it this time with vinegar. Your boards may not look brand new, but they will be germ free and there won’t be any cross contamination while preparing your food, if you apply these simple steps to cleaning your cutting boards.
4. Produce Cleaner- You can use Hydrogen Peroxide to clean your fruits and veggies. As soon as you get back from grocery shopping, fill up a kitchen sink with 50% water and add 1/3 cup of peroxide to the water, then add your veggies and fruits and let them soak for five minutes. Then drain the sink and do a thorough rinse of your produce.
5. Fridge Cleaner- Use Hydrogen Peroxide to clean out your refrigerator. It is non-toxic and won’t leave an odor plus it destroys mold. Just spray and wipe clean, your fridge will look and smell brand new again.
6. Laundry- Don’t you hate when your white clothes look yellowish and dull? Pour a cup of Hydrogen Peroxide in the washing machine ext time you do laundry. It may take a few times before they are brand new looking again, but each wash will make them brighter. This is especially helpful with your husbands white t-shirt armpits stains or dirty white socks.
7. Toy Soak- Kids toys get dirty quick and germy. It never fails, so wash them monthly. I fell up the bathtub with all the toys, add water and two cups of Hydrogen Peroxide, and let them soak for thirty minutes or so. Drain the tub and grab some towels, invite your children to help dry their toys, make a game out of it. They will have fun and you will get a little help.
8. Got mold? Inside or outside the house, mold happens! When mold shows up at your house, kill it quick with Hydrogen Peroxide. Simply spray Hydrogen Peroxide onto the mold and watch it disappear before your very eyes. Use protective eye and safety gloves to protect yourself.
9. Dirty mirrors- Spray them with Hydrogen Peroxide and wipe clean. No streaks and it will look great when your finished.
10. Grout- It is a dirty job, but somebody has to clean it. Our front entry way is tile. The tile and grout get really dirty quick. Cleaning it up and getting rid of the grout reside is easy. After vacuuming up the entire area, spray it with Hydrogen Peroxide and allow it to soak for a few minutes. (Some entryways will require a longer soaking). After it has soaked long enough, wipe it up with a towel. Step back and admire your clean grout.
Hydrogen Peroxide is an non toxic and safe cleaner that has many applications for can be used around babies or other people with sensitive allergies. You can find bottles of Hydrogen Peroxide, 96 ounces, at the Dollar Tree. I hope that you enjoyed this weeks thrifty tip to try out. If you have any more uses for Hydrogen Peroxide, please feel free to share them.