DIY Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner

Hydrogen peroxide cleaner is a household substance with many uses.  Create a peroxide spray to freshen your mattress, clean your cutting boards, and more.

Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner

You can use hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant, replacing many chemical-laden cleaners. But be careful, because it’s not safe for every surface.


What Is Hydrogen Peroxide?

Hydrogen peroxide is water (H2O) with an extra oxygen molecule (H2O2).  It can be found in a pale blue liquid and is often used as an oxidizer, bleaching agent, and antiseptic.

When you hear the formula H2O2, you may be thinking, “Hey, how is hydrogen peroxide different than water?” and that is a good question. 

Both water and hydrogen peroxide have hydrogen and oxygen in them, but peroxide is 40% denser. The biggest difference, though, is the chemical reaction.

According to the Fundamentals of Chemistry by Brady and Holum, “The single bond between the two oxygen atoms is weak so that H2O2 readily fragments into either H and HO2 or two OHs. Either way, the resulting species are free radicals, which means they are very reactive, and this makes H2O2 a very powerful oxidizing agent.”


Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner

One of the main uses for hydrogen peroxide is to clean. It’s cheaper than standard cleaners and can be purchased in large bottles.

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Hydrogen peroxide has many uses around the house. But before you try any of them, spot test to ensure it doesn’t lighten or damage the surface you need to clean.


Deodorize Fabric

You can deodorize fabric with hydrogen peroxide. It’s useful for mildew smells and can even remove the scent of skunk. Just spray the fabric with peroxide before washing it. (Spot test first, peroxide can bleach some materials.)


Clean Tile With Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner

You can deep clean most types of tile with peroxide. Mix a cup of hydrogen peroxide with a cup of baking soda to create a paste that you can scrub onto the tile. Make sure you get the grout too.

Then wait up to 15 minutes and scrub the area with a brush. Rinse with water to remove the paste. The grout lines should be brighter, and the tile should be free of grime. 


Defog Mirrors

If your mirrors are blotchy or foggy, use peroxide to clean them. 

Use half water and half peroxide to spray the mirrors and windows, then wipe them with a lint-free cloth. 


Medicate Your Plants

Hydrogen peroxide has a variety of uses for plants.  It can treat root rot, get rid of bugs and fungus.

Here’s how to use it: Add a spoonful of peroxide per cup of water and spray it onto the plants before you water them.


Get Rid Of Toilet Bowl Germs

Peroxide can get rid of unwanted toilet bacteria. 

Just pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into your toilet in order to sanitize. Let it sit for half an hour before scrubbing it with a toilet bowl brush. Finish by flushing the toilet, and you’re done.


Bleach The Bathtub With With Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner

Hydrogen peroxide cleaner is a good alternative to bleach for cleaning a bathtub. Spray it on the tub, allow it to set for a few minutes, and rinse it off.

It can remove bacteria, whiten the bathtub, and get rid of grime. 


Refresh Your Mattress

Since you can’t put a mattress in the washing machine, treating it with peroxide is a great way to remove stains.

Dab stains with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Follow up with a cloth dampened in water to remove the peroxide. Then, sprinkle baking soda over the entire mattress and let it sit for a few minutes. Vacuum to remove the baking soda afterward.


Clean Your Dishwasher

Most dishwashers contain a lot of bacteria, which you can kill with peroxide. To do so, spray the inside of the dishwasher with peroxide and then run it with standard dishwasher detergent.


Remove Watermarks With Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner

Do you have watermarks on furniture or countertops? Use half peroxide and half water to blot away the stains. 


Cleanse Metals

Clean metals by using baking soda and peroxide. Create a paste, and use it to scrub items like silverware and pots.


De-rust Tools

Remove rust stains from tools by spraying them with hydrogen peroxide. After they dry, scrub them with steel wool to remove the excess rust.


Spruce Up Outdoor Furniture

You can use diluted hydrogen peroxide cleaner on outdoor furniture. Just spray it on and wipe it off. Peroxide may be safer for use around pets than other chemical cleaners.


Sanitize Counters And Cutting Boards 

You can sanitize your kitchen counters and cutting boards by using diluted peroxide.

Spray them with your peroxide spray, rinse, and let them dry. You can do this once a week to keep your counters and cutting boards free from bacteria. 


Clean Your Veggies With Hydrogen Peroxide Cleaner

If you’re worried about chemical residue on your produce, use peroxide to clean them.

Add 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water to help remove bacteria from vegetables. If the veggies are root veggies or are thick-skinned, then you may have to soak them for twenty minutes first.