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Hydrogen peroxide has been used for centuries to disinfect scrapes, clean wounds, and keep things squeaky clean. The next time you are up to cleaning and disinfecting surfaces at home, consider grabbing that humble brown signature bottle. We have shortlisted these 15 things you can easily clean with this handy solution.
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Countertops and Cooktops
Are you struggling to remove stuck-on grease on the cooktops? Hydrogen peroxide is a much recommended home care solution. All you need to do is combine hydrogen peroxide with baking soda, allow it to rest on the grease overnight, and use a non-abrasive sponge to clean it the next morning.
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Showers and Bathtubs
Warding off mold in the bathtubs and showers can feel burdensome. But hydrogen peroxide makes your task easier by killing the fungus. Spritz some liquid from the bottle around the tub and shower, and rinse it well.
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Cookware and Dishes
You can use the same concoction of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to get rid of baked-on food that is wearing off from the cookware and pots. Add a few drops of the mixture with your dishwashing soap, and you are all set to combat the grease.
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Mirrors and Glass
Hydrogen peroxide is a cost-effective way to clean glasses, mirrors, and window surfaces. Spray and wipe it off with a lint-free cloth. Or with any newspaper lying around. You will be left with a clean, streak-free surface without exposure to harmful chemicals.
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Dishwashers always smell, regardless of how many times you clean them. Although vinegar or bleach is the best way to clean dishwashers, if you do not have these around, you can use hydrogen peroxide. Keep a quarter cup of peroxide on the top rack of the dishwasher while it is empty, and run it on high heat.
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Carpets, Rugs, and Upholstery
Hydrogen peroxide works wonders when trying to remove stains on any fabric. Start by doing a test on the spot on the carpet or rug. The rest of the process is the same as you generally do for treating any other fabric. For an extra boost, you can mix hydrogen peroxide with dish soap or use steam to remove stains.
Hydrogen peroxide works like magic on white surfaces and sinks. You can sprinkle baking soda all over the sink and pour the liquid on top of it. Scrub the surface until you are satisfied with the results. Rinse the kitchen sink drain, and let it dry.
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Beauty, First Aid, and Hygiene Tools
You can soak and wipe your beauty blenders, makeup brushes, manicure tools, and tweezers in a hydrogen peroxide solution. You can also disinfect your toothbrush by soaking it in the solution for a few minutes and rinsing well a few times before the next use.
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Soak your sponges weekly in 50% water and 50% hydrogen peroxide for 10 minutes, and you are good to go. You will be left with a clean and disinfected sponge every time. Sponges are perhaps the most used cleaning item in every home. Disinfect it regularly.
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Refrigerators are often among the most neglected appliances when it comes to cleaning because of the sheer amount of time it takes. But now you can take the matter in your own hands. Wipe the inside and outside of the refrigerator with a hydrogen peroxide soaked cloth to disinfect and clean it.
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Hydrogen peroxide is a great solution if your plants are infected and dying. Spray the affected plant with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. The ratio must be one part of peroxide and three parts of water. You will start to see recovery in a few days.
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Washing machines can also develop mold and mildew, generally when the lid is shut for a prolonged period. If your machine is smelling musty, pour two cups of hydrogen peroxide and run a hot water cycle to get rid of that funny smell.
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Garbage can smell the nastiest if you do not clean them often. Spray the inside of the trash can with a combination of water and hydrogen peroxide. After rising, set it out in the sun and let it dry naturally.
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Flooring and Tiles
Get rid of dirt and grime from any flooring. Be it hardwood, tiles, or concrete. Dilute hydrogen peroxide with water and mop or spray the solution directly to the flooring. Leave it for a few minutes, and wipe the floor clean.
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Commercial cleaners work well on toilets but are heavy on the pocket, too. Mix hydrogen peroxide with water and pour it directly onto the toilet pot. Let it stay for 30 minutes, and scrub it off. You will be delighted with the sparkling clean toilet.