QUEEN OF CLEAN TV SEGMENT – Aired on Sonoran Living (ABC15/Phoenix) on July 15, 2016 (9:30am)
THE AMAZING CLEAN PROPERTIES OF HYDROGEN PEROXIDE
Hydrogen peroxide is a fantastic cleaner and disinfectant for household use. It has the ability to quickly kill bacteria. After being used for cleaning and coming into contact with light and air, peroxide will decompose turning into simple water and oxygen. It leaves no harmful or toxic residue behind as do most disinfectants.
An important thing to remember is that hydrogen peroxide breaks down in light. That’s why it comes in the brown bottle. When you make cleaners with it, use only opaque bottles or the brown one it comes in, not clear bottles. Do not sit it on a window sill or in the sun.
Here’s some easy ways to start using this miracle cleaner in your home. A note: we are using regular drug store variety 3% hydrogen peroxide in all these formulas.
Empty a bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide into an unused opaque spray bottle or attach a sprayer to the peroxide bottle. Use the spray straight and undiluted as an anti-bacterial spray for counters in bath and kitchen, door knobs, light switches, toilet seats, etc. Just spray a mist of the solution on the area to be cleaned and wipe with a paper towel or cloth.
Glass and Window Cleaner
Mix 2-1/2 cups of hydrogen peroxide into 1 gallon of tap water. Add 2 or 3 teaspoons of your favorite dish soap and mix. Pour, as needed, into a spray bottle. Spray and wipe. Watch window cleaning hacks here.
General Daily Countertop Cleaning
Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 solution of water and hydrogen peroxide. Use as a spray and wipe cleaner.
To Disinfect Counters and Cutting Boards
Prepare 2 bottles of cleaner, one with hydrogen peroxide and the other with white vinegar. Spray the vinegar over areas to disinfect. Follow with a spray and wipe of hydrogen peroxide. After washing cutting boards with hot soapy water, spray with hydrogen peroxide to disinfect. Simply spray and let dry.
Dish Cloths and Sponges
Soak or heavily spray a dishcloth or sponge in hydrogen peroxide to clean and disinfect. Watch what are the types of sponges and their uses and care tips here.
Plastic Water Bottles
Clean, sanitize and remove odors from water bottles with half water and half hydrogen peroxide. Fill and let sit for a few hours, then rinse.
Undiluted peroxide is a great spray and wipe for refrigerators.
Fruits and Vegetables
Spray with hydrogen peroxide and rinse to remove germs, insecticides and pesticides. Remove wax from the outside of fruits and vegetables by soaking in a sink of cold water and about ½ cup of peroxide. Soak about 15 minutes and then rinse and dry.
Clean the inside of the microwave by squirting with hydrogen peroxide and wiping.
NOTE: You may want to wear rubber gloves when using peroxide because it can turn the skin on fingertips white. If so, simple wash and dry and apply lotion.