How to Disinfect with Hydrogen Peroxide
If you’re a regular visitor on this website or our pest control website, you’d realize that we always provide tips on cleaning all kinds of things using natural and simple remedies. However, in this house cleaning blog, we’d be sharing tips on how to use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect all manner of things around the home.
What is Hydrogen Peroxide?
Hydrogen Peroxide H2O2 is a chemical compound made from a combination of hydrogen and oxygen. Just like water, it is colorless, odorless, and non-toxic, but it has bleaching properties. These whitening properties make hydrogen peroxide an ideal cleaning agent, as it is also useful for killing germs.
When to use hydrogen peroxide?
Hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic, so it can be used in cleaning wounds, disinfecting surfaces where food particles touch, disinfecting toothbrushes and cleaning the entire home. It can also be used to remove tough stains from clothes, toilet slabs, tiles, and sinks.
Precautions to take when using Hydrogen peroxide
Avoid exposing hydrogen peroxide to light because it is unstable when exposed to light. The liquid must be kept inside the original brown bottle to retain its stability.
Also, do not use hydrogen peroxide on colored fabrics to avoid bleaching and discoloration.
Hydrogen peroxide has an acidity of 11.75, which is not ideal for cleaning granite and marble. This may cause a disintegration of the surface over time.
How to use hydrogen peroxide
To remove stains from white clothing, use the liquid directly from the bottle. For cleaning surfaces, mix it with baking soda to form a cleaning paste. Use the paste to scrub tough stains from surfaces and rinse. For more straightforward cleaning and disinfection of surfaces, pour into a spraying bottle and spray on the surface before cleaning. For more thorough disinfection, spray both hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar on the surface; allow to stay for some time, then rinse with clean water and napkin.
Note: Do not combine both chemicals. Always spray them separately.
You can spray hydrogen peroxide on cutting boards and dishwasher- especially after chopping raw meat.
For cleaning the kitchen sink, spray hydrogen peroxide generously- even on to the drain- and allow it to sit for a while, rinse, and clean. Also, disinfect the garbage area.
For toilets and bathrooms, spray generously, allow them to settle for ten minutes before rinsing.
Use only a white napkin to clean surfaces treated with hydrogen peroxide- to avoid bleaching of colored fabrics.