5 Things To Do with Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide isn’t just for hair-bleaching or teeth-whitening. It’s the perfect stain-remover, too.
Did You Know?
Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) was discovered in 1818. The most common household use for it is as an antiseptic and bleaching agent.
Caution: Hydrogen peroxide is considered corrosive-even in the relatively weak 3 per cent solution sold as a household antiseptic. Never put it in or anywhere near your eyes or around your nose. And don’t ever swallow it or try to set it on fire, either.
1. Remove Stains of an Unknown Origin
If you can’t tell what a stain is, but still want to try removing it, try this sure-fire mixture. Mix a teaspoon of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide with a little cream of tartar or a dab of non-gel toothpaste. Rub the paste on the stain with a soft cloth, then rinse. The stain should be gone.
2. Remove Grass Stains
If grass stains are ruining your kids’ clothes, hydrogen peroxide may bring relief. Mix a few drops of ammonia with just 1 teaspoon of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Rub on the stain. As soon as it disappears, rinse and launder.
3. Remove Mildew
Mildew is a bathroom’s enemy, and a sign that you need to bring out the tough ammunition-a bottle of 3 per cent hydrogen peroxide. Don’t water it down, just attack directly by pouring the peroxide on the offending area, then wipe it clean.
5. Sanitise Your Chopping Board
Hydrogen peroxide is a sure-fire bacteria-killer-just the ally you need to fight the proliferation of bacteria on your chopping board, especially after you’ve cut chicken or other meat. To kill the germs on a chopping board, use a paper towel to wipe the board down with vinegar, then use another paper towel to wipe it with hydrogen peroxide. Ordinary 3 per cent peroxide is fine.
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