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Peroxide As a Disinfectant

Hydrogen peroxide is a mildly acidic disinfectant that has many uses beyond the medicine cabinet. It is an effective household cleaner for the laundry, bathroom, kitchen and floors. Hydrogen peroxide is safe to use with many fabrics and common household materials like ceramic tile, grout, laminate surfaces and most types of flooring. It also may be safer to use in a home where there are children, immune system compromised adults and pets since it has no harmful fumes or residues. Using peroxide in the garden also benefits plants and the soil.

Using Hydrogen Peroxide in the Laundry

Peroxide solution.

Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to the laundry tub before loading the white clothes.  It will naturally brighten whites and reduce the bacteria and viruses present on the articles being washed. It's also great for removing ink stains and yellowed perspiration stains.  Do not use peroxide on silk, wool or items that require dry cleaning. To remove ink stains, dab a little on the spot, let sit for 20 to 30 minutes, rub and rinse. 

Hydrogen Peroxide in the Kitchen

Put a mixture of half peroxide and water in a spray bottle and spray kitchen counters with peroxide.  Tile and grout are easily cleaned with a 100 percent solution of peroxide. Let the peroxide stand on the grout for at least five minutes, wipe with a cloth and rinse.  Use it to clean refrigerator surfaces, inside and out. A 100 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide also will kill and remove mold from the rubber seals on the refrigerator and freezer doors.  Pour 1/4 cup of peroxide into the dishwasher to boost the cleaning power. Adding an equal amount of vinegar will boost the cleaning action even further.  Make a paste of baking soda, vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to clean the oven. Apply the paste, let it sit for 15 minutes or longer, and wipe off with a wet cloth.  Not only is this nontoxic, the fumes are safe to breathe Clean sinks after rinsing raw meat or vegetables covered with soil with a 100 percent solution of peroxide. Rinse with water after a few minutes. 

Hydrogen Peroxide in the Bathroom

Use a cup of peroxide to sanitize the toilet once a week.  Let it stand in the toilet for 15 minutes and clean with a brush Clean sinks and counters with a 50/50 solution of water and peroxide, rinsing with a wet cloth after a minute or two Use care when using peroxide to clean cuts or wounds. Apply the product with a cotton swab to protect the healthy tissue surrounding the injury.  This is a powerful antiseptic and not only does it kill viruses and bacteria, it will also kill skin cells.

Peroxide for House Plants

Dilute 1 tablespoon of peroxide in a cup of water and spray on house plants that have fungus or blight on them Add 1 tablespoon of peroxide to each cup of water for the plant.  The peroxide adds oxygen to the soil, which increases root health.

Peroxide in the Garden

Dilute 1/4 cup peroxide per gallon of water to use in the garden to oxygenate the soil and kill harmful pathogens, molds and wilt bacteria.  The peroxide also can be sprayed on the leaves of plants that are showing signs of mold, wilt (tomatoes in particular) or weak growth.

About the Author

Jackie Johnson is a published writer and professional blogger, and has a degree in English from Arizona State University. Her background in real estate analysis prepared her for objective thinking, researching and writing.

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