Hydrogen Peroxide for Green Cleaning

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Green Cleaning

It is time to ditch your chlorine bleach and start using hydrogen peroxide. We all know that bleach is very toxic and not safe to use. If you don’t, check out this article ​HERE​. Hydrogen peroxide not only is a much safer alternative; it is also very reasonable. You might already have it in your first aid kit but, if not, you can pick it up at the Dollar Store along with a few other green cleaning goodies.

We often associate hydrogen peroxide as a mild antiseptic. However, it also works as a bleaching agent and disinfectant making it great for cleaning. Hydrogen peroxide is a solution made up of hydrogen and oxygen with water added to make the usual 3% dilution. It decomposes, becoming water and oxygen gas, making it safe to use. It should be kept out of the reach of children as it can irritate the skin and shouldn’t be ingested.

I like to use a half and half mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water on my carpet and laundry stains. Be sure to test your mixture before using it. If it is too strong, hydrogen peroxide can bleach your clothes and carpet. I like to use full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide on toilet bowl stains and in my shower. I find it works well to fight mold and soap scum.

Safe Green Cleaning Alternatives

Hydrogen peroxide breaks down quickly when it is exposed to light so be sure to keep it in the brown bottle it came in. If you have had a bottle for a while, pour it in your sink and if it bubbles it is still good, if not, toss it out. At only a dollar, it is easy to replace. Those dollar store spray bottle nozzles (mentioned in my article HERE) fit easily on top of a hydrogen peroxide bottle or Dollar Tree sells a peroxide bottle that already has a nozzle attached. Very convenient!

Hydrogen peroxide is my go to stain remover. What are some of your favorite ways to get out stains safely? Can’t wait to hear from you!

Until next time,

Love, art and the pursuit of healthy living

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  • Anneliese

    October 15, 2016 at 2:38 am

    Thank you for the tip!

    1. Mel

      October 15, 2016 at 12:27 pm

      You are very welcome!

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