10 uses for hydrogen peroxide. Who knew?

Most of us have heard of the common “green” cleaners such as vinegar and baking soda, maybe even used some castile soap. But here’s a super cheap and effective gem—hydrogen peroxide!

Here are 10 uses for the 3% solution in all areas of your home:

Kitchen

1. Cutting boards and countertops. Watch those bubbles clear away remnants of the meat or fish you made for dinner. Remember to store it in an opaque spray bottle, though– light will kill hydrogen peroxide’s effectiveness.

2. Refrigerator and dishwasher. Hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic, so it’s great for cleaning spaces that hold food and dishes. Just spray your refrigerator or dishwasher and let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it clean.

3. Sponges. Mix a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and warm water and soak sponges for 10 minutes. Then rinse thoroughly.

4. Pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to make a paste, then rub it on to the messy pan and let it sit. Later, come back with a scrubber and warm water and the baked-on crud will lift away.

Bathroom

5. Bathtub grout. Has excess moisture left your tub grout dingy? Dry the tub thoroughly and spray liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit and the bubbles will do their work. Come back and scrub the grout, maybe with an old toothbrush. It isn’t instant-you might have to repeat depending on how much mildew your tub has, but eventually your grout will be shine once again!

6. Toilet bowl. Just pour one half cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl and let it sit for 20 minutes. Come back and scrub it clean.

Laundry

7. Remove stains. You can use hydrogen peroxide as a pre-treater for stains by soaking the garment, table cloth, etc. Or add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to a load of whites to boost brightness. It works as a great “green” alternative to bleach!

Anywhere else

8. Dingy floors. Combine half cup of hydrogen peroxide to one gallon of HOT water, and scrub away on the floors. It is mild enough to work on any flooring type, and there’s no need to rinse!

9. Children’s toys. Because hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic and not irritating to the lungs, it is safe to use around children or anyone with respiratory problems. Use your opaque spray bottle on toys, door knobs, or any other common surfaces. You can also make a wipe by soaking a rag in peroxide.

Outside

10. Plants. Keep the fungus away by adding a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle when spritzing plants. For one cup of water, add one tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Remember, more is not always better– too much could harm your plants!

April 19, 2012, Courtney Craig, Houselogic.com