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More Awesome Homemade Cleaners

Updated on July 8, 2010

In one of my previous Hubs, I wrote about the tons of cleaning uses for vinegar. This time I want to focus on hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2, has a ton of uses because of the fact that it releases oxygen when it comes into contact with other chemicals. This oxidation effect makes hydrogen peroxide a great anti-bacterial and anti-fungal cleaner. Beyond cleaning it also has some other great uses. I recommend that you use only hydrogen peroxide in the concentrations available at most grocery stores or pharmacies, which is normally in a 3% or 6% solution with water. Higher concentrations are available, but are very dangerous and should only be utilized for commercial applications. Be aware that hydrogen peroxide is also a strong bleaching agent, if you are going to use it on any fabrics, test first in an inconspicuous area.

Because of hydrogen peroxide’s sanitizing ability it is a great cleaner for cutting boards and for all over your kitchen and bathroom. Just wet a sponge with it and completely wipe down any surface that you want clean and germ-free. It can also be used to clean and sanitize sinks and toilets. It is safe for the environment and for septic systems.

I found a great use for hydrogen peroxide when I was bringing out our patio furniture last spring. If you have any outdoor furniture that has the plastic strap, you know how dingy and discolored they can look after a few seasons. Scrub them down with hydrogen peroxide and the color will actually come back as the dingy look goes away. I was amazed at how well this worked!

Because hydrogen peroxide can break down organic materials, it can be used to help remove grass stains from your laundry. You can also use it to break down organic stains on hard surfaces, such as granite. It can also do a great job at removing blood stains, which I hope you don’t have a lot of to clean up.

Of course, you can always bleach your hair with it! Just be very careful and dilute it or else your hair is going to get burned and turn a color that your not going to be happy with. Along the same lines, you can replace your bleach in your laundry with hydrogen peroxide and get your white socks looking great!

I have always used hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash. It kills germs and, according to my mom, kills cancer sores. It does taste horrible. There are tons of other uses for hydrogen peroxide, reply with your favorites.

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