You likely keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your bathroom cabinet or first aid kit to disinfect minor cuts.
Hydrogen peroxide has incredible applications that you might not even have anticipated.
Here are 12 of our favorite uses, but extremely effective ways to use hydrogen peroxide at home:
1. Kitchen glass cleaner.
To clean glass surfaces, including mirrors and stovetops, spray hydrogen peroxide directly on the surface. Use a clean, lint-free cloth to easily wipe off the dirt.
2. Countertops disinfectant.
Your kitchen countertops can be breeding grounds for all kinds of nasty microbes. Be careful by spraying hydrogen peroxide onto countertops.
3. Cutting board cleaner.
The cutting boards are tricky. If not cleaned properly, they can cause some particularly bad problems in the germ department. Use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect cutting boards and kill dangerous bacteria.
4. Produce rinse.
You may be surprised to know that hydrogen peroxide offers a perfectly safe method of cleaning products. Soak fruits and vegetables in hydrogen peroxide for one to two minutes, then rinse it in clean water.
5. Refrigerator cleaner.
Refrigerator maintenance is important for a bacteria-free kitchen. Once a year, spray the inside of your refrigerator with hydrogen peroxide. Allow the liquid to soak for a few minutes, and then use a clean cloth to remove crud and fully disinfect.
6. Pot and pan degreaser.
For stubborn crud that seems impossible to remove, mix hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then use a solution to remove dirt and grime. You may need to let the mixture sit on the grease for a few minutes before attacking it with a purified sponge and warm water.
7. Stain remover.
For the hardest stains, pour three percent hydrogen peroxide directly onto the stain. Allow the hydrogen peroxide to soak for at least one minute, then rub the stain before rinsing with cold water.
8. Tile grout cleaner.
The bathroom and kitchen tiles can get very nasty very quickly. To clean the tile grout without eroding it, spray hydrogen peroxide on the grout and let it soak in for a full 30 minutes. Once it is thoroughly soaked, use a stiff-bristled brush to remove clogged dirt.
9. Mold remover.
Spray hydrogen peroxide directly on the mold to stop the growth of the fungus.
10. Toilet bowl cleaner.
Pour 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet, let it stand for 20 minutes, and then simply scrubbing the bowl clean.
11. Protect plants.
For a completely natural fungus remover, add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to your regular water spray in the proportion of 1/2 cup to 1 gallon.
12. Floor brightener.
The next time you mop your floors, use a mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide in 1 gallon of hot water. A mild cleaner is safe on all surfaces and is effective for illuminating dirty old floors.