A few days ago I got a message, which reminded me about wonders of an ordinary product most people have somewhere in the house.

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“I had a cut on my hand that opened up while I was putting my expensive duvet cover (recent wedding gift!) on my comforter, now I have blood stains where I touched it. Is there any hope of getting these stains out completely? I tried using a carpet cleaning solution and washing it but, those stains remain. I’m worried these stains will be there permanently. Thanks so much for your help!” Georgia

I responded immediately, directing Georgia to soak the stains with full-strength hydrogen peroxide, In hopes that she’d not set those stains forever. I heard back quickly. The hydrogen peroxide lightened the stains almost immediately, and within hours they disappeared completely. See what I mean? The stuff is downright wonderful.

Hydrogen peroxide is as harmless as it is powerful both as a household cleaner and all around remedy. It is non-toxic, safe, really cheap and available in any grocery or drug store in a food grade 3% dilution. It’s a wonderful cleaning product and reliable sanitizer. 

But there’s one thing you need to keep in mind to avoid disappointment: Hydrogen peroxide has a limited shelf life of about one year when not opened, and only six months once opened—provided you store it in a dark place. Sunlight dissipates it quickly turning it from H2O2 to plain water and oxygen. It needs to be fresh to be effective.

Vegetable wash

You can stop paying $7 or more for “veggie wash.” Make your own by adding 1/4 cup hydrogen peroxide to a sink of cold water. Wash your fruit and vegetables in the solution then rinse thoroughly with cool water.

Dishwasher

To disinfect your dishwasher, add 1/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide before you close the door to run a load.

Cutting board sanitizer

Spray your cutting board with undiluted hydrogen peroxide. Allow to sit for a minute or two, then rinse clean.

White teeth

Make a paste of table salt, baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for the best whitening toothpaste.

T-shirt armpit stains

Those yellow stains in white t-shirts are quite annoying. To get them out soak the stains in 3% hydrogen peroxide, which acts as a natural alternative to bleach, and allow to sit for a few hours. Lauder as usual.

Sanitize toys and lunch boxes

Because hydrogen peroxide is a non-toxic sanitizer, it’s perfect for cleaning plastic toys and lunch boxes.

Humidifier cleanse

Add 2 cups 3% hydrogen peroxide to one gallon of water. Run this through your humidifier or steamer to clean and sanitize the appliance.

Stinky towels

Can’t get rid of that annoying odor? Try this: Add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide, 1/2 cup white vinegar to the washing machine along with those stinky towels. Fill with hot water and your regular detergent and allow to soak for 15 minutes. Continue the cycle as normal. That should get rid of the smell.

Aquarium maintenance

Use hydrogen peroxide sparingly to control fungi and other pests in fish aquariums. Provided you do use it sparingly, it will not harm the fish.

I could go on and on with so many more ways to use hydrogen peroxide, and perhaps I will sometime in the future. In the meantime, make sure you keep a good supply of hydrogen peroxide on hand.

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