Cleaning with Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide is a great cleaner for your home. It’s also an inexpensive natural option to hazardous cleaners you might otherwise use.

Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide - also referred to as H2O2 - is one of the easiest ways to make sure that you provide a safer, cleaner space, with lower bacteria levels, but without the risk of the toxicity that is sometimes associated with cleaners. By cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, you not only protect the health of your employees and the other building users, but you also help to reduce the damage that is done to the environment.

The cleaning industry in America is taking an important turn towards providing effective, safe cleaning that also remains environmentally friendly. It has been predicted by such experts as the president of EnvirOx, that environmentally friendly products will comprise the majority of cleaning products within 10 years time. Though not to the point of exclusivity, this will mean that cleaning with hydrogen peroxide will comprise a substantial part of this movement.

Today’s ideal choices for cleaning involve using oxygen cleaners, which are formulations of hydrogen peroxide and a type of solvent, which may include something natural - for example, citrus or d-limonene (the major component of the oil extracted from citrus rind) or another type of degreasing surfactant.

Using hydrogen peroxide products are considered the elite option for cleaning because of their ability to effectively and successfully break down a stain from the molecular level. However, unlike toxic cleaners, oxygen cleaners are more environmentally desirable because when the hydrogen peroxide dissipates, the results are simple water and oxygen; neither of which has a negative impact on the environment.

This also means that another plus that you will experience when cleaning with hydrogen peroxide is that it works extremely well for cleaning and sanitizing countertops, and other surfaces that may be used for the preparation of food. This includes cutting boards made of woods and plastics.

Oxygen cleaners are readily available in pre-diluted formulas which are ready to use as multipurpose, multi-surface cleaners, as well as degreasers and stain removers. Moreover, concentrates are available for other lighter and heavier functions.

Cleaning with hydrogen peroxide works best on stains that are protein-based, on carpets, grouting, and on laundry, and work very well as deodorizers. However, petroleum-based stains, such as gum and oils still present a challenge for oxygen cleaners. Also, depending on the pH level of the cleaner, it may not work on hard floors, since it could damage the sealant of the surface.


House Cleaning - Everyday Cleaning Solutions

Cleaning Power of Everyday Things

Cleaning Effect of the Lemon

Lemon juice is the strongest food acid in our kitchens, strong enough to make life unbearable for most bacteria.

Sanitize a chopping block. Run a slice of lemon over the surface to disinfect.

Eliminate the browning that occurs when food sits out too long. Sprinkle apple or pear slices with lemon juice before serving, or squeeze a bit into guacamole and give it a stir.

Cleaning Effect of the Vinegar

Vinegar is a strong preservative because its acetic acid kills the microbes and bacteria that could cause food to spoil

Wipe salt stains off boots. Dip a cloth or an old T-shirt into vinegar, then wipe away the white residue.

Make wool sweaters fluffier. Drop in a couple of capfuls of vinegar during the rinse cycle for an extra-soft feel.

Cleaning Effict of the Baking Soda

Not only does baking soda neutralize odiferous fatty acids but it also attacks grease by turning it into soap.

Unclog a drain. Pour 1/2 to 1 cup of baking soda down the drain, then slowly pour 1/2 to 1 cup of white vinegar after it. Let sit for five minutes (covered, if possible). Follow with a gallon of boiling water.

Exfoliate skin. Wash your face, then apply a soft paste made of three parts baking soda and one part water. Massage gently with a circular motion, avoiding the eye area; rinse clean.

Cleaning Effect of the Salt

Salt has an affinity to water and can draw moisture out of many foods. Grains of table salt are also very hard, which is why they act as a handy abrasive.

Eliminate sticky residue from an iron. Run the hot iron (no steam) over plain paper sprinkled with salt.

Salt can also make eggs or cream whip up faster and higher. Add a pinch of salt before beating.


Cleaning Solutions

Polish Chrome With Baby Oil

Original purpose: Keeping skin baby-soft.

Aha! use: Polishing chrome. Apply a dab to a cotton cloth and use it to shine everything from faucets to hubcaps.

Reward: Shiny, happy surfaces from a medicine-cabinet staple. (Who actually owns chrome cleaner, anyway?)

Dust Crown Moldings With a Broom

Original purpose: Sweeping up kitchen crumbs.

Aha! use: Dusting crown moldings. Place a microfiber rag over the bristles and secure with a rubber band. Then use the long handle to dust areas that your arms can't reach.

Reward: No more circus acts (starring you, on a rickety, wobbly stool).

Scour Your Coffee Grinder With Rice

Original purpose: Making a bed for your stir-fry.

Aha! use: Scouring your coffee grinder. Mill a handful of grains and the fine particles will absorb stale odors and clean out residual grounds and oil. Discard rice and wipe clean.

Reward: A cleaner cup of coffee (and another take on rice and beans).

Remove Carpet Dents With a Fork

Original purpose: Twirling spaghetti.

Aha! use: Reviving dents in carpeting made by heavy furniture. Use the tines to gently fluff plush carpet fibers back to their original height. Now, that's a real fork lift.

Reward: A smooth rug. Those spaghetti stains are another matter.

Buff Scratched CDs With Toothpaste

Original purpose: Brightening your pearly whites.

Aha! use: Buffing scratches from CDs that skip. Apply a small dot of toothpaste (not gel) to a cotton pad. Rub in a straight line from the center of the CD outward and over the scratch. Rinse off the toothpaste with water.

Reward: Your heart, not the CD, will skip a beat when Sinatra sings.


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