7 Non-Toxic House Cleaning Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

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Grocery stores and mass retailers are littered with cleaning supplies, with each one promising even more outstanding results than the next. However, there are cheaper, just as effective options outside of the cleaning aisle, one of which is good old fashion hydrogen peroxide. And with sixteen ounces of 3% often only costing a dollar (or less if you're good with coupons), you can't beat the price.

Here's the top ways to clean everything from your kitchen to your garden with hydrogen peroxide:

  • Spray down your counters, cutting boards, refrigerator or dishwasher with hydrogen peroxide to kill germs. Let it bubble for a few minutes before rinsing everything clean with water.
  • Dilute hydrogen peroxide to 50% and soak sponges in the mixture for 10 minutes to kill germs and bacteria. Make sure you rinse the sponges out with water before using.
  • Apply a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to dirty pans and let it sit before scrubbing. This mixture can get up even the most stubborn stains!
  • Replace your toilet bowl cleaner with hydrogen peroxide, letting ½ cup sit in the bowl for 20 to 30 minutes before scrubbing.
  • Pretreat laundry stains with hydrogen peroxide, or add it to your whites as a safe alternative to bleach!
  • Dilute it with water and use it to clean your floors and whiten grout!
  • Protect your plants from deadly fungi by spraying them regularly with diluted hydrogen peroxide.

This cheap, green alternative to store-bought cleaning mixes can keep your home disinfected, bright, and clean without breaking the bank or exposing your family to harsh fumes.