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You can purchase 3% hydrogen peroxide over the counter just about everywhere, and it's inexpensive and much safer for all of us and our environment than using chlorine bleach! Here is a list of a few of my tried and true uses. Please remember that it must be stored in a cool dark place to keep from quickly breaking down and becoming ineffective.
Brightening: Of course, as a retired hairstylist after 35 years, here is my favorite little secret tip for a natural sun kissed lightening for your hair. This will work on all natural hair colors (and even bottle color that turned out too dark), but works the best on lighter shades of brunette and blond. This formula lightens gradually, so it will not be an overnight shock change. Simply spray a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide on your wet hair after getting out of the shower, comb it through, and dry.
General Sanitizing: Hydrogen Peroxide is an approved sanitizer, so use it to clean germs from counter tops, tabletops, toilet seats, etc. by generously spraying a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water directly on the surface and wiping off with a damp rag.
Fabric Care: Use a cup of hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine bleach in your white wash load for brightening. Not only will our environment thank you, but your fabrics will too. If there are blood stains or other spot stains on your fabrics, pre-treat by pouring a little peroxide on the spot, leave for a minute, rub fabric together, and rinse in cold water (repeat if needed, but it usually works on the first try). To remove yellowing from fabrics, fill a sink with cold water and add a couple cups of hydrogen peroxide, soak for about an hour, rinse in cold water, and wash as usual. Be careful to do a test for color fastness in an inconspicuous spot first on all fabrics!
Foot Fungus: Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to help foot fungus. Wash feet first, dry, spray on mixture even between the toes, and allow air dry every day.
By Deeli from Richland, WA
My best cleaning tip is hydrogen peroxide. I put it in a spray bottle and clean everything in my bathroom from sinks to toilets, chrome, and mirrors. It also sanitizes and kills germs. It is a real time saver for me, I just spray and wipe. Try It! I hope you like my tip.
Source: This is a tip a janitorial worker shared with me years ago.
By Theresa from Portsmouth, VA
Many years ago a vet tech suggested using hydrogen peroxide to remove pet odors from carpet, rather than buying the all too expensive store bought cleaners. I gave it a try and have been hooked ever since. Test an area of the carpeting/upholstery first, then soak the area you're treating with peroxide.
If you have a microfiber couch that has spots or water marks, but can't remove them, try hydrogen peroxide. Dampen the area with a cloth, let dry, and brush with a soft brush. It cleans and leaves no stain.
My daughter's cat urinated on an expensive marble fireplace slab. She poured hydrogen peroxide on the areas involved, left the liquid until it soaked in to dissolve the urine stains.
Hydrogen peroxide works good to clean stains on counters and also stains in bathtubs.
If treated before before they set blood stains can generally be removed. This is a page about removing blood stains from clothing and fabric.
Whiten your laundry with hydrogen peroxide rather than bleach. It also works particularly well on protein stains such as blood. This is a page about using peroxide for laundry whitening.
Hydrogen peroxide is especially good for organic stains and is very gentle on carpet. This is a page about using hydrogen peroxide for carpet stains.
This is a page about using hydrogen peroxide for cleaning dentures. Hydrogen peroxide is a good cleaner for dentures, and a product many of us already have in the medicine cabinet.
This is a page about cleaning suede boots with hydrogen peroxide. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as an inexpensive suede cleaner.
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Hydrogen Peroxide works well for cleaning cuts, so it should be no surprise that it is effective for blood stains. It can have a bleaching effect so you will want to pretest it before applying it to a fabric stain. Keep a spray bottle of peroxide handy to tackle tough blood stains, even dried ones.
For blood stains on carpet, pour peroxide directly on the stain and blot with clean cloth. Pretest this solution on a remnant. Hydrogen peroxide can be purchased in the first aid section of your local drug store or grocery store. Always keep a bottle on hand.
When you cut your finger, put peroxide on it and a bandage. But don't put peroxide on it after taking the bandage off as it slows in the healing process that has already started (got this info from a Dr.) (07/17/2005)
You can use peroxide and a clean cloth to clean and disinfect sticky items like toys or high chair trays. Peroxide is cheap and it won't harm pets or humans.
My (ex) MIL had a fantastic blood removing recipe using hydrogen peroxide. Dampen the affected area with cold water. Pour some hydrogen peroxide on the spot then a bit of dishwashing liquid (Dawn works very well). Scrub it very well, rinse and repeat if necessary. This takes out even old dried in blood stains! (08/05/2005)