This is Day 16 of the 31 Days to Green Clean series.
You may have noticed in the Basic Cleaning Ingredients list that Hydrogen Peroxide is listed, but we haven’t talked about it at all yet. Well, the thing about cleaning with hydrogen peroxide is that it is great all by itself! Oh, and I should also mention that it is super cheap! I can get a 32 oz. bottle at the grocery store for $0.99!
Hydrogen Peroxide is a natural disinfectant, stain remover, and safe alternative to bleach. All you have to do is get a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and add a spray nozzle to the top. Or, if you’re lucky, you can find a bottle with a spray nozzle already attached and then just buy the large bottles and keep refilling your spray bottle.
Here are several different ways you can use hydrogen peroxide for green cleaning around your home.
I’ve found that hydrogen peroxide is not really a good cleaner on it’s own. But it’s a great natural disinfectant, so I’ll use it to spray down my counters, especially after cooking raw meat, to disinfect my bathroom, really important during the cold and flu season, and to safely clean and disinfect my kids’ toys, especially after they’ve been sick or with baby toys that go in their mouth a lot.
Clothing Stain Remover
Besides my laundry stain spray that I talked about yesterday, I also use hydrogen peroxide for removing certain types of stains. It works really, really well on blood stains, dark food stains like those from berries or ketchup, and for lightening and brightening whites. It’s a great alternative to bleach, in fact, I have a bottle of Clorox Green Works natural bleach and the first two ingredients are water and hydrogen peroxide! But I’ve also used it without problem on lots of different items of colored clothing.
I’ve also used this homemade oxygen cleaner recipe with success for removing stubborn stains.
Removing Household Stains
You can also combine hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to make a cleaning paste that is great for removing stains around the house, like on counter tops or in the bathroom.
The one important thing to remember about Hydrogen Peroxide is that it breaks down when exposed to light. So you either need to transfer it to an opaque spray bottle, or keep it in the brown bottle that it comes in.
Do you have any other cleaning uses for hydrogen peroxide? Please share!
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