How To Clean with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a great way to clean all sorts of things. It works well at killing germs, whitening items, cleaning, and even fighting mold and mildew. In fact, it is a good replacement for bleach and can be used in all the ways that bleach can without the harmful side effects, dangerous fumes, and harm to the environment. You can use bleach all over the house and in a wide range of methods for a very sparkling home that has less bacteria!

Step 1

Surfaces. Put hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and use it as all purpose cleaner. This can be used for appliances, counters, sinks, dish racks, and other surfaces in the kitchen. In addition, it can be used as cleaner in the shower, tub, toilet, and the bathroom sink. Spray the surface and wipe it clean for a fresh smelling and clean surface.

Step 2

Floors. Use your spray bottle to spray the floor down and wipe it clean. Or add 1 cup of peroxide to 1/2 gallon of hot water and give your floor a really good scrubbing.

Step 3

Toilets. Slosh hydrogen peroxide from the bottle up and around the rim of the toilet. Slosh additional hydrogen peroxide on your brush. Scrub the toilet as usual. This will kill bacteria and clean it sparkling. It is also a good idea to spray down any surfaces on top, down the sides, and around the base with hydrogen peroxide from your spray bottle for a very clean effect.

Step 4

Mold and mildew. Hydrogen peroxide will kill mold and mildew without the harsh results of bleach. Spray on heavily to mold and mildew spots or stains and let sit for ten minutes. Scrub clean.                    

Step 5

Dishes. Add 1/2 cup of peroxide to your dishwasher or dish water and have cleaner dishes. This will aid in the cleaning, add a sparkling touch, and will kill bacteria. Plus if it is used in a dishwasher it will help keep the dishwasher cleaner longer.

Step 6

Laundry. Add a cap full (the white cap on the bottle) to the laundry with about 1/2 the normal amount of soap and you will have cleaner laundry that is also whiter. If you use bleach on your whites then replace the bleach with peroxide and wash as normal for white whites without the harm of bleach.

Step 7

Stains. Peroxide can help remove organic stains from grout, cloth, and carpet. It can bleach so test the material in a place that isn't as easily seen. Then use it on the stain. Pour directly on stain, scrub clean with a brush and rinse well.

Step 8

Sponges. Keep your sponges clean by soaking it in hydrogen peroxide and then letting it dry. You will want to leave it in dish of peroxide (it can be diluted for making it go father, use 50% water and 50% peroxide). Let soak five to ten minutes (or more). This will let the bacteria in the deep parts of the sponge get killed. Then let it dry in the air. Let it dry thoroughly before using again.

Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive, easy to use, and can keep your house clean. Use it all over and you will have less bacteria without adding dangerous chemicals to your house. It is safe for people and their pets, won't harm the environment, and will still keep your house clean.


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I used to favor peroxide over bleach for a situation that I'll not mention hear. Until a (nurse) friend told me use bleach instead of peroxide because there is article about how harmful peroxide to your skin. She even said that hospital & doctors today discontinue using peroxide for that reason. Since, I work in a public place; I just keep my mouth shut about which one to use. "I have no comments."]
- It's very interesting to read this article. My advice for using peroxide did help some women. I don't know if that was a coincident/accident or not, now. :-l

By Lang (Elaine) Ngo

Yes - hydrogen peroxide, isopropyl alcohol, vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils are eseentials in my home.

By Melissa Howard

Thanks for the great tips! We've been trying to go greener and avoid using bleach or chemical cleaners whenever possible. I'm going to try out these suggestions!

By Elizabeth Grace