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Keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in every room of your house to clean mirrors, prevent stains, and more. Find how to use hydrogen peroxide in every room in your home.
Hydrogen Peroxide Uses for Every Room in the House
Chances are you have used hydrogen peroxide at your home to help clean a wound, but did you know that it has so many more valuable uses than that? You can use hydrogen peroxide in every single room of your house.
The standard three percent solution is a nontoxic staple that not only disinfects but also brightens and whitens. Let’s talk about how you could be using hydrogen peroxide around the house to help save you both time and money!
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Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide in the Kitchen
Disinfect your kitchen sponge. Kitchen sponges can harbor lots of harmful bacteria, freshen yours up daily by letting it soak in a 50/50 solution of water and hydrogen peroxide each night.
Clean your cutting board.
It doesn’t matter if your cutting board is made of wood or plastic. Each time you cut on it, new scratches appear that can hold bacteria. Spraying it with hydrogen peroxide after washing it and drying it can kill all of that bacteria.
Simply spray to cover your cutting board. Let it sit for 10 minutes and then rinse to disinfect.
Sanitize your refrigerator.
After you have cleaned out your refrigerator, spray it down with some hydrogen peroxide and leave it to work for several minutes. Wipe it down with plain water and enjoy your clean and sanitized refrigerator.
Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide in the Bathroom
Clean the tile grout. Not only does tile grout darken over time it can also be covered with mildew. Mix up a paste with hydrogen peroxide and water, spread it on the grout, and leave it to sit for 5 minutes.
When the time is up wipe it down with plain water and enjoy that sparkling grout.
Clean your toilets.
Want a clean, sanitized toilet with minimal scrubbing? Pour ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide into the bowl and leave it to sit for 30 minutes. When you come back use your toilet brush to swish it around and flush.
Sanitize toothbrushes and mouthguards.
Sanity your toothbrushes, retainers, and mouthguards by soaking them in hydrogen peroxide and then rinsing them with water. You may not always have time to run to the drugstore to buy a new toothbrush, so routinely sanitize it.
One study published in Contemporary Clinical Dentistry found that it’s far more effective than rinsing the toothbrush with water.
Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide in the Laundry Room
Say goodbye to dingy whites and faded colors once and for all. Even if you carefully sort laundry by color to prevent dark fabric dyes from bleeding onto other items, some discoloration is almost inevitable.
Brighten your whites. Simply add one cup of hydrogen peroxide to your washing machine with your regular laundry detergent and see how much brighter they come out.
Remove sweat stains and stubborn bloodstains
You can remove sweat stains from any washable fabric by using one part dish soap to two parts hydrogen peroxide. Let the mixture soak for an hour before washing it as usual.
As an RN, I picked up really quickly, that my scrubs were a mess. I would always come home with blood on my clothes. I learned that a quick squirt of hydrogen peroxide will lift the bloodstains right out. In the hospital world, hydrogen peroxide saves scrubs daily, and now it will save your clothing too.
Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide in the Bedroom
Freshen your mattress. Dust mites thrive on the little bits of skin that you shed while you are sleeping.
Kill the creepy little critters by spraying your mattress with a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water and let the mattress dry completely before remaking your bed.
Clean your humidifier or dehumidifier.
Humidifiers are also perfect breeding grounds for bacteria and other pathogens. They can contain mold and mildew, but you can take care of that by rinsing out the tank with hydrogen peroxide. Then use a clean toothbrush to scrub away film and mineral build-up from the base of the unit.
Allow the liquid to sit in the humidifier’s base for at least 10 to 30 minutes, followed by rinsing the unit out with plain water. If you are using your humidifier daily, you should be cleaning it at least once a week. Always ensure you unplug the humidifier before cleaning.
Clean your mirrors.
Make your mirrors sparkle by wiping them down with a microfiber cloth or crumpled-up newspaper and a spritz of hydrogen peroxide for a streak-free shine.
Hydrogen peroxide is similar to water but contains an extra atom of oxygen, which makes it a very reactive substance while still being completely non-toxic. I love that not only will you have beautifully cleaned mirrors, but they will be disinfected, too.
Sanitize your kid’s toys.
We all know kids can be a little germy on their best day. Spray their toys down with hydrogen peroxide a couple of times per week to clean and sanitize them.