You likely keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your home to disinfect minor cuts. According to the Open Chemistry Database, the chemical compound is also found in some teeth whitening and other bleaching products. You’ll be surprised to learn there are oh-so-many-more uses for this magical product. Here are 12 of our favorite uses for hydrogen peroxide:
1. Kitchen glass cleaner. To clean glass surfaces, including mirrors and stove tops, spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto the surface. Natural Living Ideas suggests using a clean, lint-free cloth to then easily wipe away dirt.
2. Countertops disinfectant. Your kitchen countertops can be breeding grounds for all kinds of nasty microbes. Take preventative care by spraying hydrogen peroxide onto countertops, says Natural Living Ideas.
3. Cutting board cleaner. Cutting boards are tricky. If they are not cleaned properly, they can present some particularly bad problems in the germ department. That’s why Natural Living Ideas suggests using hydrogen peroxide to disinfect cutting boards and kill dangerous bacteria.
4. Produce rinse. You may be surprised to know that hydrogen peroxide is a perfectly safe method for cleaning produce. Natural Living Ideas likes to soak fruits and vegetables in hydrogen peroxide for one to two minutes before rinsing the produce in clean water.
5. Refrigerator cleaner. Refrigerator maintenance is important for a bacteria-free kitchen environment. Once a season follow the advice of Natural Living Ideas and spray the inside of the refrigerator with hydrogen peroxide. Let the liquid soak in for a few minutes before using a clean cloth to remove crud and fully disinfect.
6. Pot and pan de-greaser. For stubborn crud that seems impossible to remove, House Logicrecommends mixing hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, and then using the solution to rub away the dirt and grime. You may need to let the mixture sit on the grease for a few minutes before attacking it with a scrubby sponge and warm water.