Cleaning With Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is probably among the most commonly known household disinfectants. Chances are you have a bottle of it right now in your kitchen or washroom cabinet. I can hazard a guess that you recall your playground ‘war wounds’ being disinfected with hydrogen peroxide. You might even remember coloring your hair with it in your teens and beyond. I remember gargling with it to treat tonsillitis, doctors orders. However, as it turns out, there is much more to this brown bottle that many people realize.
Hydrogen peroxide comes in different concentrations. Concentrations can range from 3% to 10% to 35% and above. Typically, the brown bottle at your local drugstore is at 3%. Which means that its 3% hydrogen peroxide and 97% water. Therefore, if the application (or use) calls for 3% concentration of hydrogen peroxide, then you can use the brown bottle directly. You do not have to dilute it. As a side note, hydrogen peroxide concentrations of 35% and higher are considered hazardous materials and special training, environments, and transportation protocols are required for it. For the purpose of cleaning with hydrogen peroxide, we will be talking about the drug store 3% variety.
Cleaning With Hydrogen Peroxide:
You can use the 3% solution directly to clean countertops and other horizontal surfaces. Simply put the hydrogen peroxide directly into a spray bottle, spray and wipe as you would with any other off-the-shelf countertop cleaner. Hydrogen peroxide is antibacterial and anti-viral so it makes perfect sense to use it as a cleaner – logically as well as economically – as it is much cheaper than most cleaning products available in the stores.
Due to its nature, hydrogen peroxide does take some time to work so it would be wise to leave it on for a few minutes to let it do its job before wiping it off. Leaving it on for a short time has the added benefit of letting it kill the tiny allergens on the surface of your counter.
Cleaning Windows And Mirrors
HP also works as a degreaser and it does wonders on mirrors and windows. It’s a simple spray-and-wipe process and if you really want to be the dude of de-greasing then you can leave it on for a few minutes before wiping it down to see your pearly whites shining right back at you.
You should use hot water as often as you can to mop. That always helps. To get the right concentration of hydrogen peroxide, you will need to use the 35% hydrogen peroxide to be added to the water. Since 35% hydrogen peroxide is a hazardous material here is an alternate way to achieve the same result.
Use sodium percarbonate mixed in hot water. Sodium percarbonate is a dry and granulated form of hydrogen peroxide. When mixed with hot water, it releases hydrogen peroxide and soda ash. There are many advantages to the use of the sodium percarbonate form of hydrogen peroxide. It’s easily transported, it’s cheap and since its a powder, it does not spill or splash. It’s concentrated so a small amount can do the job. There are disadvantages as well. Please follow this link to see what they can be.
For floors, mix a small amount in hot water and go to work. It does need a little time to work properly but as you mop the different parts of the floor, it will have time to do its work. For tile grout, you can mix sodium percarbonate into a thick paste and use directly on the grout. Again, give it some time to do its work.
Yet another way to use hydrogen peroxide to mop floors is by spraying the 3% solution directly on the floor before mopping. If used in your daily cleaning regiment, it will work wonders to keep the floors clean and disinfected.
Clean Washrooms With Hydrogen Peroxide
To clean washrooms, you can use hydrogen peroxide directly (the 3% that is). Spray on the toilet seat and scrub. Spray inside the toilet bowl and in urinals. Spray around the wash basin and wipe. You can use it to spray and wipe the countertops and almost everything in the washroom, including the mirrors and windows (as explained earlier in the article).
You can also spray the shower stalls and shower doors and wipe down. Let the product sit for a while to do its work, as explained earlier. For the grout areas, spray and clean frequently to watch the discoloration disappear. As is always true, a maintained area or surface is easier to keep that way compared to a less frequently cleaned one. In all cases, do not allow the gunk to build up over time. Regular maintenance is always easier than a one off occasional deep cleaning.
The Benefits of Cleaning with Hydrogen Peroxide
Let’s recount the clear advantages of cleaning with hydrogen e at home and in the office. And to be totally honest the list is long, very long. Here in this article focus has been given to the broad strokes in terms the areas and surfaces where hydrogen peroxide can be used for cleaning. There is an abundance of cleaning applications for the product – residential, commercial – and even for your personal health – from cuts and bruises to using as a mouthwash. There are even esthetic applications as in the coloring of hair.
Hydrogen peroxide is anti fungal, anti bacterial and helps to prevent mold and mildew. It is also non-toxic for plants and pets. Mother earth will also return your kindness manyfold since any cleaning product you use, down the chain, ends up the water system, soil and by extension into the food we consume.
Think of the simplicity of using hydrogen peroxide for cleaning – one product hundreds of applications. You will not have to buy a range of sprays and a variety of powders to get the job done which also means that you can always have the product you need to clean at hand.
Hydrogen peroxide is inexpensive, at least until more people realize the potential of the product and start using it for cleaning basically everything.
Spread the word, there is a new ‘sheriff’ in town and he’s here to clean up, pun intended. Hope you enjoyed reading and will start cleaning with hydrogen peroxide to save yourself time, money and effort.
Author: Z Dharamsey