The best and non-toxic way to clean and disinfect your house is using hydrogen peroxide. It may sound awkward, but this cheap, stinging and bubbling disinfectant has a lot more uses that you think.
Since hydrogen peroxide is safe to use over the human body (with a 3% concentration), you can use it to whiten your teeth, clean your ears and your skin. In addition, you can use hydrogen peroxide to clean your entire house and the following hacks will make your life ten times easier by saving time and money.
1. Remove Ink Stains From Clothes
For light-colored clothing, you can soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide and dab it on the stained area. Then wash your clothes as normal.
2. Disinfect Your Walls, Windows, Mirrors, And Countertops
Hydrogen peroxide is an anti-viral and anti-bacterial. That’s why many household cleaners include this ingredient. If you’re running low on kitchen cleaners, use 3% hydrogen peroxide instead. Store it in a spray bottle and use as you would any other household cleaner. Although hydrogen peroxide is a powerful disinfectant, it takes time to work. You might want to leave the solution on your countertops or walls for a minute before wiping. A mixture of vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, and plain soap makes an efficient cleaning solution for windows and mirrors.
3. No Burnt Residue
Burn residue can take ages to scrub off. Since burned debris cakes onto the surface of pots and pans, just scrubbing won’t do much. You need a substance that dissolves and lifts the residue. Use hydrogen peroxide to remove the grime without having to scrub. Pour a generous amount of hydrogen peroxide to cover all the burned areas. Then stir in a pile of baking soda. Leave it for at least a couple of hours to act then wipe off any sticky remains until your pot or pan looks like new.
4. Reshine Your Rusty Tools
When is the last time you cleaned your gardening shovel, screws, or hammer? Probably never. If your tools begin to rust, it’s time for a scrub. Pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide onto the rusted area and rub it with steel wool or a brush. If you need a stronger solution, mix the peroxide with borax.
5. Remove Labels or Glue
More often than not, the label or sticker will break apart into irritating small bits that take way too much work to get off. Plus you end up getting the label or sticker stuck under your nails, and it makes a big mess. An easier way to remove labels and stickers is by using hydrogen peroxide. Set the product on a flat surface and spray the label or sticker with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit. After about 10 minutes, the label should easily come off with a little light scrubbing.
6. Protect Your Shower From Mildew
Fill a spray bottle with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Spritz the walls of your shower and let it work its magic for 10 minutes. Then, wipe the mildew away.
7. Remove Carpet Stains
Before you start pouring, dilute the peroxide. Mix one part 3% hydrogen peroxide with five parts water. Spray it on the dirty spot and wait for a couple of minutes, and then scrub the stain away. You might want to test it on a small area first.
8. Kill Mold With Hydrogen Peroxide
Mold can develop within 24 hours. Just add 3% hydrogen peroxide to a spray bottle. Saturate the mold-infected walls with the solution, and leave it there for ten minutes. Over time, the anti-fungal liquid will destroy the organisms. After ten minutes pass, scrub the area to remove all the stains. Then wipe the surface to dislodge any remaining mold stains.
9. Get Rid Of Blood Stains
If you have a blood-stained towel, add some hydrogen peroxide to the affected area, and let it sit. Then, rinse under warm water with soap. Repeat if it doesn’t come out the first time, but it should make a big difference!
10. Get Rid Of Foot Odor In Shoes
Mix it with baking soda to create a paste. Then, put it in your shoes and set them out to dry. Once dried, removed the residue with a cloth. It’ll help a lot!
11. Clean Your Toilet Bowl
Spray some hydrogen peroxide onto your toilet bowl to get a good clean and don’t forget to spray on the toilet seat. It will disinfect it rapidly.
12. Clean And Disinfect Drains
A lot of bacteria can build up in your drains and can affect you in different ways. Pour some hydrogen peroxide down the drains in the house and it will destroy loads of microbes for you.