101 Household Uses for H2O2
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Table Of Contents
Preface
Introduction
Hydrogen Peroxide Liquid and Dry Formulations
Using Hydrogen Peroxide
The Color Code System in This E-book
Indoor Uses
General Cleaning
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General Carpet Cleaning
Spot Carpet Stain Removal
Pet Odors and Stains
Carpet Underlayment – Especially after Water Damage
Black Mold Removal
Children’s Play Areas
Indoor Fountains
Humidifiers
Walls
Windows
Wall Degreaser before Painting
Kitchen
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Fruit and Vegetable Bath
Salad Spray
Fresh Sprout Growers
Prevent Mold on Strawberries
Meat Sanitizer/Disinfectant
Marinade/Meat Tenderizer
General Surface Cleaner
Floor Washing
Degreaser
General Disinfectant/Sterilizer/Germicide
Coffee Maker Cleaning
Drain Cleaning
Dishwasher Additive (sanitize/germicidal)
Refrigerator Cleaning
Sink Bleaching
Tupperware Stain Removal/Refreshing
Plastic Utensils, Outdoor Ware (Cups, Plates, etc.)
Kitchen Sponge Life Extension
Oven Cleaners
Toaster Oven Cleaning
Microwave Cleaning
Thermos Revival
Ant Control
Fruit Fly Control
Bath
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44.
Toothbrushes
Hairbrushes
Bathroom Cleaning General
Replacing the Toxins Toilet Cleaners, Acids, Chlorine, and
Ammonia
Soap Scum Buildup Prevention
Grout Stain Removal
Shower Curtains
Toilet Cleaner
Mold and Mildew Killer
Laundry
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48.
Clothing - Spot Remover
Brighten Colors, Color Safe Bleaching
Whitening Old Linens & Drapes
Heavily Soiled Items
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49.
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51.
52.
Presoak for Stain Removal
Fine Garments
Reviving Old Tennis Shoes
Most Organic Stains
Sick Room
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56.
Hand Wash
Spray Disinfectant
Sore Throats
Vaporizers
Baby Care
57.
58.
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61.
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64.
High Chair Trays
Playpens/Cribs
Diaper Pails
Laundry
Baby Bottles
Toys
Pacifiers/Teething Rings
Strollers, Walkers and Baby Carriers
Personal Care
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First Aid
Bathing
Humidifiers
Teeth
Mouthwash
Hair Bleaching
Cold/Flu Prevention Ear Drops
Hand Washing
General Foot Care
Athlete’s Foot
Skin Infections and Rash
Circulation Improvement
Skin Care – Anti-Acne
Deodorant
Bruise Soak
Plants
80.
House Plants
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81.
82.
Plant Diseases & Fungi
Sprouting Seeds
Outdoor Uses
Garden
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84.
85.
86.
87.
Garden Plants
Cuttings and Rootings
Pest Control – Spider Mites, Flea Beetles and Aphids
Weed Killer
Birdbaths
Pools and Spas
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92.
Hot Tubs
Swimming Pools
Water Gardens
Fish Ponds
Outdoor Fountains
Auto
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96.
Window Cleaner
Mirrors and Chrome
Vinyl and Plastic Interior Surface Cleaner
Carpet and Upholstery Spot Cleaning
Concrete Patios, Garage Floors and Driveways
97.
98.
99.
Patio Cleaning
Garage Floors
Driveways
Outdoor Decking
100.
101.
Wood Deck Stain Removal
Wood Deck Cleaning
Vinyl Siding
102.
103.
Vinyl Siding General Cleaning
Vinyl Siding Stain Removal
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Pet Care
104.
105.
106.
107.
108.
109.
Skunk Odor Removal Recipe
Litter Boxes
Ear Mite Prevention/Cure
Wormer – Water Treatment
Emergency Dog Treatment for Poisoning
Aquariums
Specialized Uses
110.
111.
112.
113.
Wood Refinishing
Carbon and Grease Buildup Stripping
Oil Rags, Work Clothes Presoak
Toxic Caustics and Chemicals Replacement
Appendices
Appendix A:
Appendix B:
Appendix C:
Appendix D:
Appendix E:
Appendix F:
At A Glance: Basic Cleaning Product Replacement Guide
Cleaning Formulations and Home Cleaning Recipes Index
Important Information for Those Using Hydrogen Peroxide
around the Home
Hydrogen Peroxide Stabilizers in the Marketplace
Replacing the Hazards in Your Home with Clean Non Toxic Non
Polluting hydrogen peroxide
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Preface
Before we go diving off in to the deep end of the pool...
Just wanted to share a few thoughts with you before you find yourself sailing
along in the bright new world of hydrogen peroxide...
First.
Hydrogen peroxide is what it is because it is what it is. Does that sound
redundant? Actually, it's not. H2O2, as it's chemically named, is a chemical
compound.
It is created in our atmosphere as a natural process, as well as in our bodies, in
plants and generally... all over the place.
But we humans have this capacity to take simple chemical compounds like
hydrogen peroxide... and make them stronger.
So all the great advice in this ebook IS great. Use it. Apply it. And experiment…
a little.
But don't forget that you're dealing with a very powerful organic chemical
compound that, in high concentrations, is an oxidizer. That means it burns.
At concentrations higher than 5% it can cause permanent eye damage. So
don't put it in your eye!
And respect the fact that it is strong in human created dosages. 35% hydrogen
peroxide kills all microbial and bacteria life on contact in less than 20 seconds.
If you're battling the creeping crud of all mildews… that's terrific! If you're not
careful how you handle it, that's not.
Common sense is, unfortunately, not a salable commodity. So, just please,
don't be illogical. Think science.
If you find yourself getting sloppy in your conduct, just remember...
You may be playing with 8%, 10%, even 35% hydrogen peroxide...
Those space shuttles are launching off the pure stuff... it IS that powerful.
A little respect is not so much to ask.
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1. Over 3%: Wear gloves. Don't inhale mist. Ventilate area for large
applications.
2. Even at 3%: Don't inhale the mist, ventilate, let it work without working
on you.
3. Any applications of eardrops, etc. never use stronger than 3% solutions.
It's like all great and good things in life. Some is wonderful, and applied
correctly it gives nothing but joy. Too much makes trouble. No one thing is
good all the time.
So, use hydrogen peroxide with an awareness and respect of its power, and it
will serve you very very well.
Now that we've got that out of the way...
Let's talk about what is right, good and sensible about hydrogen peroxide.
You see, that's where all the good stuff is.
Whether you are working with liquid hydrogen peroxide or sodium
percarbonate dry compounds, the results and the outcomes are the same:
1. The oxidizing power will work when you apply it.
2. The same power will break down in water (any flow of water) almost
instantly.
3. The end result of all actions of hydrogen peroxide will be water and
oxygen, non-lethal, non polluting, non invasive, and not proliferating of
toxic by-products in the environment.
Even if you really mess up and pour 35% hydrogen peroxide on your foot
instead of into the hot tub... Running water will mitigate any problem without
long-term ill effects.
The inverse of the nuclear age, hydrogen peroxide, even if in concentrated
form, once exposed to the natural environment will quickly, readily and reliably
break down to common elements, which are non-toxic and life sustaining
rather than life threatening.
If you want more of the details check the Appendices for reference materials.
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Keeping Your Home Clean, Beautiful, and Healthy
Introduction
The wonders of cleaning and personal care with hydrogen peroxide are as
surprising for their variety as for their efficacy. A naturally occurring
compound, hydrogen peroxide is formed within the cell structures of plants and
animals, in the earth’s atmosphere and in the waters that cover the earth.
Formed in the upper atmosphere when water and ozone combine to produce
oxygen and hydrogen peroxide, its true chemical role in the mechanism of
climate and rainfall is far from being clearly understood even today.
As a commercial chemical it was first used in the restoration of famous
paintings to remove sulphur build up without damage to the paint or canvas
beneath. It has been long favored in textiles pulping, fabric production and
bleaching for its ability to whiten with minimal damage to fiber structures, and
has been used as an environmentally sustainable replacement for chlorine
bleaching in many paper and pulp operations around the world.
Hydrogen peroxide is manufactured, stored and shipped all over the world in
vast quantities, yet its application as a simple and effective household chemical
cleaning compound has never really come of age.
Clearly, hydrogen peroxide is a healthy, environmentally clean and sound
approach to not only clean bleaching of paper pulp; cleaning of hydroponics
and water garden waters, aquaculture and other industries, but is equally
useful around the home.
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Perhaps the first thing you’ll notice once you begin using hydrogen peroxide for
your household needs is a distinct lack of odor. No smells of perfumes,
chlorine, cleaners, pet, or bathroom odors… Instead there will be a simple
clean sweetness of additional oxygen and fresh clean air.
What else can this little wonder couple do around the home? The easiest way
to understand the vast array of practical applications of hydrogen peroxide is to
take a closer look at what it is, and how it interacts with the rest of the world.
Hydrogen Peroxide: H2O2
Hydrogen (H) and Oxygen (O) - building blocks of the natural world. What
makes hydrogen peroxide preferable to Chlorine, Ammonia, Window Cleaner,
Oven Cleaner, Pine Cleaner, Branded Disinfectants, Toilet Bowl Cleaners, and
Chemical Abrasives.
Unlike chlorine, ammonia and other toxic cleaning products, hydrogen peroxide
breaks down into water and oxygen. The two elements that make up
hydrogen peroxide (hydrogen and oxygen) in their most common form make
water (H2O).
Hydrogen peroxide was discovered by French Chemist Louis-Jacques Thenard
in 1818. Coining the phrase "eau oxygenee" to describe its properties, Thenard
believed it to be an oxygenated form of oxygen.
Hydrogen peroxide is produced naturally within plant biomass and plays diverse
and pivotal roles within the plant kingdom. It is present in trace amounts in
rain, water, and snow. It is also present in higher concentrations in such
natural healing springs as Lourdes, Fatima and St. Anne's.
Oxidation:
An oxidizing agent is a chemical compound that readily transfers oxygen
atoms. Hydrogen peroxide is a common oxidizing agent. It breaks down readily
in water, becoming water and oxygen as the oxidizing agent releases its extra
oxygen atom. This action of releasing the extra oxygen atom bound in the
hydrogen peroxide is what is defined as oxidation.
Without water to dilute the effect, highly concentrated formulas of hydrogen
peroxide are volatile, unstable, caustic and downright powerful.
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It is this powerful action that makes hydrogen peroxide an exceptional rocket
and space ship propellant. The simple power of oxidation when concentrated
becomes capable of creating enough energy to lift spaceships off of launch
pads and into outer space.
Simple yet effective, the actions of hydrogen peroxide in household
concentrations (3 to 9 percent by volume in a distilled water solution) are also
oxidative, and therefore, solutions of dry hydrogen peroxide once mixed with
water become reactive upon contact with the water, and will lose their potency
after approximately five hours. Liquid solutions will maintain their potency so
long as they are stored properly. Both dry and liquid forms of hydrogen
peroxide offer a powerful, effective, non-invasive and environmentally clean
household cleaner, disinfectant, odor eliminator and all around useful chemical
compound.
Liquid household and cleaning dilutions range from 3 to approximately 9
percent. Released oxygen molecules act on the micro organic level to kill
pathogens, molds fungi and anaerobic life forms. In this way, hydrogen
peroxide oxidation could be said to be the least toxic form of antiseptic
germicidal action.
This is not to say that hydrogen peroxide is not toxic and even fatal in higher
concentrations if ingested. Household strength solutions of hydrogen peroxide
should kept out of reach of children, and should be stored away from sources
of heat, moisture and direct sunlight. Gloves should be worn for direct
applications. Should skin become sensitive if exposed to hydrogen peroxide,
the solution is always to run copious amounts of water over the affected area.
Hydrogen peroxide breaks down in UV light, when exposed to air (open
container) or when mixed with water. Storage of hydrogen peroxide should be
in a cool, dark location in containers which block UV light. Because hydrogen
peroxide is volatile, tightly capped bottles should be loosened periodically to
allow the release of built up oxygen. Under these storage conditions, hydrogen
peroxide will lose its potency only very slowly, at a rate of less than 10 percent
per year.
All commercially available hydrogen peroxide is date stamped for freshness.
Over time hydrogen peroxide will lose its potency, and old containers of
hydrogen peroxide should be emptied and recycled.
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Hydrogen Peroxide Liquid and Dry Formulations
There are several forms of hydrogen peroxide available for household use. For
many applications simple 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution (same strength
as found at the local drug or grocery store) will work perfectly. Particularly
effective in kitchen disinfection, food grade hydrogen peroxide at 3 percent
solution is the preferred choice for most applications where humans or their
food come in contact with the surfaces being cleaned.
For some cleaning jobs that require more powerful deep cleaning and stain
removing action, the most practical and reliable solution is to use a sodium
percarbonate solution. Sodium percarbonate, also known as “dry hydrogen
peroxide” is a mixture of soda ash, and hydrogen peroxide that is readily
available from many environmentally friendly cleaning companies, from
agricultural suppliers and directly from chemical suppliers.
For both food grade hydrogen peroxide (as the commercial 35 percent
solution) and quantities of sodium percarbonate larger than two pounds,
federal regulations require HazMat packaging standards for shipping. For this
reason it is easier and less expensive to purchase food grade hydrogen
peroxide solutions at 3, 4.5, 6 or 9 percent solutions when buying online or
where shipping will be required and to purchase sodium percarbonate in 2 lb
bucket containers. (You may purchase as many 2 lb bucket containers of
sodium percarbonate as you need and have them shipped together and still not
be liable for HazMat shipping containers. Hazmat shipping containers are only
required for bulk packaging of sodium percarbonate (over 2 lb container size).
If you’re having trouble finding sodium percarbonate or do not want to
purchase it online, most agricultural and garden supply centers will either carry
it, or can easily order it for you. Agricultural grade sodium percarbonate does
not differ from commercial cleaning grades and all sodium percarbonate
remixes to an approximate 27 percent hydrogen peroxide solution when water
is added in equal amounts.
If you’re thinking these are exotic or new materials that you should know more
about before using, you may be surprised to know that sodium percarbonate in
dilute mix with soda ash to reduce its strength to a 78 percent sodium
percarbonate dry solid has been used in laundry and household cleaning for
many years.
Perhaps you have heard of a rather popular “oxygen bleaching product” which
entered the home cleaning market a few years ago: “Oxyclean”. Oxyclean is
nothing more than sodium percarbonate and soda ash in this 78 percent
strength formulation!
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Hydrogen peroxide, whether in its dry sodium percarbonate form or in a liquid
solution, breaks down into non-toxic, environmentally friendly components:
water, oxygen, and, in the case of sodium percarbonate, soda ash.
Liquid hydrogen peroxide is available in a variety of grades and dilutions,
ranging from 3% drug store solutions all the way to 90% oxygenizers for
rocket fuels.
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Using Hydrogen Peroxide
We’ve been taught by the chemical industry to expect instant results. The price
of these instant results is often toxic chemical corrosives, acids or worse.
When using sodium percarbonate or liquid hydrogen peroxide solutions, it may
be necessary to allow the solutions to ‘work” actively for a few minutes.
When dealing with serious staining, either of concrete, carpeting, surfaces or
clothing, a pre-soak period or activation time may be required. Throughout the
e-book we have provided specific instructions including necessary activation
time if needed for total effectiveness.
In some cases, adding a mild surfactant (a mild hand dishwashing liquid is an
excellent choice) will assist the hydrogen peroxide in removing the stain. Often
this is simply to help the hydrogen peroxide adhere to the stained surface in
question, and/or to create a slight viscosity or “slipperiness” to the cleaning
solution which aids in application.
In general, hydrogen peroxide can be safely and effectively combined with
baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) to form an excellent cleaning and deep
deodorizing paste. A few drops of liquid dish soap will add fragrance if desired,
and viscosity.
Hydrogen peroxide should not be mixed with toxic commercial cleaners. It is a
powerful oxidizing agent on its own, and without knowledge of the potential
chemical reactions of toxic cleaning agents to oxidizers, it is unwise to
experiment. Because hydrogen peroxide is such an effective anti-microbial,
anti-fungal and anti-bacterial agent, no other chemical agents are required to
accomplish proper cleaning.
The second thing about hydrogen peroxide to understand is that it is caustic at
higher concentrations. The applications therefore specify which concentration
of hydrogen peroxide is best suited for each particular purpose.
The human tendency to think “stronger is better” could lead to inadvertent
bleaching or lightening of fabrics or other when working with hydrogen
peroxide. 35 percent hydrogen peroxide solution is not suitable for direct
application in any cleaning process, as it can cause oxidizing, or burning (quite
literally burning holes through fabrics, for instance). A 3 to 4 percent solution
of liquid hydrogen peroxide is perfectly effective for many household cleaning
jobs; and higher concentrations are only advised for certain, specific tasks.
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Rather than assuming that a stronger concentration is needed, always repeat a
single application at the same concentration in order to achieve the desired
result.
Amazingly, once you learn this approach, you will find that hydrogen peroxide
can do almost anything around your home when it comes to cleaning, and
leaves a wonderful, fresh and really and truly clean home in its wake.
Finally, hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound. It is a cleaning agent,
among many other things. So wear your gloves when you are getting down
and dirty and digging into those chores. Your skin will not be harmed by
hydrogen peroxide, but prolonged exposure can cause itching and dry the skin.
Besides, who wants their bare hands in whatever is being cleaned up? For
simple counter top wipe downs gloves are not necessary, but if you’re headed
into the boys’ bathroom with a toilet brush and scrubbing tools, by all means,
don the gloves!
All hydrogen peroxide should be clearly marked as to their dilution ratios. Most
common dilutions of 3 percent are completely adequate for most household
cleaning jobs, and in fact, this is the standard dilution we use throughout our
home. In many cases, using sodium percarbonate diluted to regular cleaning
strength will work quite well for more difficult to clean areas, and a stronger
concentration is recommended for removing black mold, feces, urine and other
odor causing organic stains. Specific dilution ratios are included in each section
of the ebook.
We have included a handy reference guide and cleaning formulations table in
the back of the ebook. We recommend that you print this up and keep it where
it is easily accessible until you have become familiar with using hydrogen
peroxide for your household cleaning.
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The Color Code System in This Ebook
Each of the 101 household uses listed in the pages to follow is comprised of a
title and color chart for quick and easy reference. The color chart correlates to
the table provided in the Appendix for easy reference.
Home Use X
Cleaner Strength
Examples:
General Carpet Cleaning
Hair Bleaching
Wood Refinishing
Regular Strength
Double Strength
Extra Strenth
The formulations for these three basic cleaning strengths are:
Regular Strength
Double Strength
Extra Strength
3% liquid H2O2 or 1 oz (1/4 c) Sodium
Percarbonate to 1 quart water (100 to 150 F)
4.5 % liquid H2O2 or 2 oz. (1/2 c) Sodium
Percarbonate to 1 quart water (100 to 150 F)
6 – 9% liquid H2O2 or 3 oz. (3/4 c) Sodium
Percarbonate to 1 quart water (100 to 150F)
Sodium Percarbonate
Sodium Percabonate solutions will remain active for 5 to 6 hours, after which
they should be discarded. Unused material may be poured down the drain. It
will actually help clean and deodorize your disposal or toilet. Sodium
percarbonate solutions are most effective when mixed and used in warm to hot
solutions (100 to 150 F).
Mixing Ratio:
• General Cleaning:
Mix 4 fl oz of percarbonate in a gallon of warm or hot water.
(1 fl oz per quart).
• Heavy Cleaning: Mix 8 fl oz of Percarbonate in a gallon of warm or hot
water. (2 fl oz per qaurt)
• Soaks: Mix 2 to 8 fl oz Percarbonate in a gallon of hot water.
• Paste: Mix 1 to 2 ounces of Percarbonate with just enough water to
make a paste.
In those cases when using an extra strength formulation with Sodium
Percarbonate you will mix a paste of the powder and warm/hot water to apply
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directly to severe soiling or stain problems. Be sure to wear gloves if handling
the paste directly. Mix the paste in a small plastic, glass or ceramic container
with an old wooden spoon, painter’s stick or other non-metallic utensil.
Note that the liquid H2O2 solutions are not listed as proportionally doubled in
strength. This is because 6% and higher solutions can and will bleach some
surfaces, fabrics and other materials. Always pre test before using liquid H2O2
in concentrations higher than 4.5 percent.
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Indoor Uses
General Cleaning
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent all around general cleaning solution that is
safe on most surfaces. A short list includes most interior surfaces, and many
exteriors surfaces as well. From walls to windows, wood to patio concrete,
laundry and carpet stains and lots in between, you’ll find hydrogen peroxide is
versatile and effective as a multi purpose household cleaner. It can remove
staining, mildew, mold and fungi, all without leaving harsh odors or chemical
residue in its wake.
Most notably, hydrogen peroxide is excellent at cleaning any organic stains,
spills or spots from dirt to blood, foods, grass and plant stains and even urine,
vomit or fecal stains. In general, use it straight for stains and spots or mix it
with baking soda for stain and odor removal.
1. General Carpet Cleaning
Regular Strength
For general carpet cleaning to remove odors and bring a fresh scent to the
carpet use 1 oz Sodium Percarbonate or 4 oz 3% hydrogen peroxide added
per gallon to the cleaning solution of carpet shampooers and/or steam
cleaners.
2. Spot Carpet Stain Removal
Regular Strength or
Double Strength
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Remove organic stains such as grass, food, dirt or mud, tomato sauce
chocolate, wine or blood. Be sure to remove all actual matter with a brush or
vacuum before starting.
Spray the stained area thoroughly with 3% hydrogen peroxide and let stand a
minute or two, then spray and brush or scrub with a sponge if the carpet has
any nap to it to make sure the hydrogen peroxide reaches the full length of the
carpet fibers. Blot with a clean cloth or towel and repeat if needed.
In many cases this will be all that is required and the stain will be gone after
the first application.
For deep or seriously stubborn stains, a second application of sodium
percarbonate made into a paste and left to stand on the stained area for up to
5 hours may be necessary. In this case, test for color fastness of the carpet in
an inconspicuous area first.
3. Pet Odors and Stains
Regular Strength or
Double Strength
Sometimes worse than the staining, is the odor pets leave behind, particularly
cats. Yuck. Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent odor eliminator and works
particularly well when mixed with baking soda on tough odors.
Mix a paste of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. The paste will
thicken as it stands, and will re-liquefy as you stir it. Simply stir it up a bit so
it’s not thickened so much as to not be spreadable, and spread it over the area
to be treated. Thoroughly coat the area and rub or brush the mixture into the
carpet, upholstery or stained item. Let stand for five to ten minutes. In severe
cases it is advisable to let stand until nearly dry, which, depending on climate
conditions, can take a couple of hours.
For less severe odor problems, rinse and blot after 10 or 15 minutes with a
damp cloth or sponge, continue to rinse and blot until all the baking soda
residue is removed. If letting stand until dry, a vacuum cleaner may be used
to remove the dry powder.
4. Carpet Underlayment – Especially after Water
Damage
Regular Strength or
Double Strength
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If you have water damage that results in wet carpeting which needs to be
dried out, it is a very good idea to lift up the carpet and dry it separately from
the underlayment or foam padding which is typically installed under carpeting.
Whether you actually remove the entire carpet to dry out of doors, or simply lift
it up where it is wet, it is a great idea to spray down the entire underlayment,
or as much of it as you can get to, with 3% liquid hydrogen peroxide. This will
kill the germs and bacteria that will cause the foam to become foul over time
and also will kill the mold and mildew spores that will otherwise form beneath
the carpet if moisture is not completely removed.
This is also worth considering for those areas where pets have stained
repeatedly over time. Finding the nearest anchoring seam in the edge of the
carpet and actually applying hydrogen peroxide directly to the underlayment
will help prevent the return of staining moisture, bacteria and molds.
5. Black Mold Removal
Regular Strength
While this topic could take an entire ebook to cover, we’ll touch on a few things
that are important to know about black mold removal here.
Stachybotrys Chartarum (Toxic Black Mold) is a greenish black fungus found
worldwide. It colonizes particularly well in high cellulose material, such as
straw, hay, wet leaves, dry wall, carpet, wallpaper, fiberboard, ceiling tiles, and
thermal insulation.
The fungus (mold), before drying, is wet and slightly slimy to the touch. There
are about 15 species of Stachybotrys that can be found worldwide. This toxic
mold grows in areas where the relative humidity is above 55%. Breathing in
even dried mold of this kind causes many different types of respiratory
problems.
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First, never ever attempt to remove black mold in a dry environment. The mold
will send spores throughout the entire household if it is disturbed when it is dry
to the touch. Always wet the moldy area down with liquid hydrogen peroxide
spray (3 percent) or a regular strength sodium percarbonate solution before
attempting to do any work at all about it.
Second, always close off all ventilation to the area that has mold. In basements
you may need to put up plastic drop cloth sheeting to enclose the area, but do
this before disturbing the mold or the mold will be spread further throughout
the house rather than removed by your efforts.
In bathrooms, you can shut off all ventilation system, close all windows and
place rolled up towels at the bottom of the door and use plastic tape to seal
the top of the door. Do this before beginning to remove the mold.
Thoroughly saturate the mold infested area with the 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide spray or sodium percarbonate solution. Scrub gently with a nonmetallic brush or sponge, and continue to apply the spray or cleaning solution
as you work.
Always wear a mask when removing toxic black mold. If you are unsure if the
mold you are removing is toxic black mold, do some research before you begin
to determine for certain what you are dealing with.
6. Children’s Play Areas
Regular Strength
Rather than using chemical disinfectant wipes or chlorine around children, use
a spray bottle of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Simply spray and then wipe to
clean toys, play tables, and other surfaces where children play.
7. Indoor Fountains
Regular Strength
Keep indoor fountains smelling sweet and fresh by adding a few ounces of 3
percent hydrogen peroxide periodically to the water. This will sterilize the
fountain, kill algae and add oxygen to the air in the room as the fountain runs.
8. Humidifiers
Regular Strength
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Add 2 to 3 ounces of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to humidifier reservoirs to
keep mold from growing in the tank. You can add hydrogen peroxide each time
you refill the tanks, or just periodically.
Between uses, or in seasons where the humidifier is not in use, keep the
reservoirs dry after proper cleaning with a sodium percarbonate solution or
regular 3 percent hydrogen peroxide rinse to keep bacteria, molds, mildew or
fungi from forming in the reservoir when the humidifier is not in use.
9. Walls
Regular Strength
Walls can be washed in a regular sodium percarbonate solution of 1 ounce
sodium percarbonate to one quart warm to hot water, or sprayed directly with
3 percent hydrogen peroxide and wiped clean.
Either way, the walls will be brighter, clean, and free of grease, dirt, mold and
mildew with a simple application and wipe clean. High traffic areas such as hall
light switches will look freshly painted after the layers of dirt and fingerprints
wipe clean away.
10. Windows
Regular Strength
Your windows will have a new bright clean shine and sparkle with no streaks
when you replace your spray bottle of window cleaner with a bottle of 3
percent hydrogen peroxide solution. Use it just as you would any spray window
cleaner: spray the window and then wipe clean with a clean cloth or paper
towel. No smearing, streaking or blurring. Your glass will be clean and clear
without ammonia-D, ethyl benzoic or any other harsh chemicals, which can
aggravate asthma, interfere with breathing, and cause major organ damage
over long term exposure.
11. Wall Degreaser before Painting
Regular Strength
Are you getting ready to paint the interior of your house? Make sure you don’t
have to repaint, and that the first coat goes on perfectly by wiping all the
surfaces to be painted with a cloth dampened with hydrogen peroxide before
you start painting.
This will remove any grease, fingerprints or other surface matter that prevents
the paint from adhering to a clean surface.
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Kitchen
The Kitchen uses of hydrogen peroxide can replace a whole shelf of cleaners in
your closet. From general cleaning, produce, egg, cheese and meat washing to
scouring and surface cleaning, hydrogen peroxide can literally do it all.
In 1997 food scientist Susan Sumner, at the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and
State University, developed a chlorine-free home regimen for disinfection that
has proved to be very versatile; using simple spray bottles of hydrogen
peroxide at 3% solution and white vinegar. Her studies showed that this
combination not only killed all microbes associated with contaminated red
meat, but also all microbes on metal, wood and plastic kitchen surfaces. The
same formula kills microbes found on the foods themselves.
Spray vegetables first with a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and then follow
with a white vinegar spray. In fact, as Ms. Summer found, the order of which
solution is sprayed first does not matter.
The solutions represent an adaptation of a chlorine free disinfection scheme
Ms. Summer had been working on for red meat, and which turned out to be
effective for decontaminating carcasses. In the course of her studies, Sumner
found that vegetables coming from the garden or farm not only tend to
bear far more germs than red meat does, but they also hold onto
germs more tenaciously.
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While most germs that show up on produce come from the soil and are benign,
reports of Shigella on cantaloupe and Salmonella on raw vegetables prompted
Ms. Summer to develop a bactericidal treatment for restaurants and
other purveyors of salads.
In her tests, she deliberately contaminated clean fruits and vegetables with
Salmonella, Shigella, or E. coli O157:H7, all capable of inducing gutwrenching gastroenteritis. On its own, the hydrogen peroxide was fairly
effective against all three germs, she found. But the best results came from
pairing the two. "If the acetic acid (vinegar) got rid of 100 organisms,
the hydrogen peroxide would get rid of 10,000, and the two together
would get rid of 100,000."
In a report by Online Science News Ms. Summer was quoted as saying: "What
I really liked about this treatment is that every [microbe] that drips off is
killed." That means you are not just transferring disease-causing contamination
from your food to the sink, drain, or cutting board. Speaking of which, she
notes that the paired sprays work well in sanitizing counters and other food
preparation surfaces, including wood cutting boards.
What about taste? The peroxide left no lingering flavor, and the vinegar, when
applied to the skins of such vegetables as tomatoes and peppers, was
indictable; it was possible to discern the slight taste of vinegar on lettuce
leaves. However, a quick fresh water rinse followed by gentle shaking or run
through a salad spinner easily removes any lingering taste. For salads
eventually dressed in vinaigrette, the simple rinsing is not even necessary.
12. Fruit and Vegetable Bath
Regular Strength
Pesticides, bacteria, pathogens, chemicals, dirt
and general grime can all be removed safely and
easily from all our fruits and vegetables with a
simple veggie bath. Fill the clean kitchen sink ½
full with water. For most of us that’s about 4
gallons of water. If your sink is unusually large or
small, simply use a milk container and measure
how many gallons equals one half of your sink in
water.)
Add ½ oz of 35% hydrogen peroxide or 5 oz of
3% hydrogen peroxide. Place fruits and
vegetables in the “bath” according to their type:
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lettuces and leaf veggies 15 minutes; apples, cucumbers, celeries, squashes 30
minutes. Rinse, dry, and refrigerate after the bath. If I’m in a hurry when I get
home, I simply spray them all down with 3% solution followed by a spray of
white vinegar, set to air dry and then refrigerate.
When returning open heads of lettuce or leafy greens to the fridge, a quick
spray with 3% hydrogen peroxide keeps them fresh and green, preventing
brown rot on the leaves.
13. Salad Spray
Regular Strength
When preparing salads in advance of a meal, mix all ingredients except the
dressing, toss and spritz gently with 3% hydrogen peroxide before covering
and refrigerating. The salad will be fresh and crisp at the table and the only
thing you’ll have added to the mix is a little oxygen and fresh water!
(Note: a “gentle spritz” is a few sprays at most, do not saturate the salad as
your aim is merely to moisten the air exposed surface of the salad with
hydrogen peroxide and provide that oxygen barrier that keeps the salad fresh!)
14. Fresh Sprout Growers
Regular Strength
Do you grow sprouts of alfalfa, broccoli, sunflower or other greens for your
self? Maybe you have one of those nice little mini sprout green houses. You
know, the ones usually made of clear plastic with several layers, or shelves,
which you sprinkle with seed and then water? Or even if you simply use your
own little tray and nothing fancy… Here’s a way to keep your sprouts extra
healthy, make them healthier for you to eat AND avoid any possible air borne
or water borne contamination, mold or mildew that can sometimes grow on
fresh sprouts.
Simply add one teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution to each 8 ounces
of water you use to water the sprouts. You can also spray them directly with
this same solution (one teaspoon to one cup water). Remember that these
sprouts are for your consumption. If you don’t have filtered household water,
use drinking or distilled water for your watering needs for them. After all, they
take that water and turn it into what you eat!
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15. Prevent Mold on Strawberries
Regular Strength
Nothing ruins a great batch of strawberries faster than that pesky grey
greenish mold that creeps up from the bottom where you don’t see it and
makes strawberries inedible. Yuck.
Don’t let it ruin your strawberries. From now on, give those strawberries two
things right away when you get them home: a quick swishing through a
hydrogen peroxide bath and then a nice airy spot to dry. If you are in a rush,
pat them dry with a clean cloth or paper towel. Then put them away. They’ll
keep better; taste sweeter and best of all, no yucky mold will grow and ruin
them.
(Of course, if you leave them for weeks at a time, there is no telling what will
eventually grow on them; I am only speaking here of using them within a few
days to a week. This is not a long-term science experiment! Although perhaps,
now that I’ve thought of that I’ll do a test and tell you just how long I can get
them to last… ☺)
16. Meat Sanitizer/Disinfectant
Regular Strength
Meat is contaminated by handling. This is why in the large slaughterhouses
human hands never come in contact with the meat. However, in many smaller
grocers and meat shops this is not the case. Because the major cause of meat
contamination is handling, it is very important to wash your hands thoroughly
both before and after handling any raw meats.
Before you begin to work with your meat or poultry, spray your work surface
with hydrogen peroxide, followed by a spray of white vinegar. Then spray
down the meat or poultry itself. Let stand a few minutes before patting dry
with paper towel and beginning preparation for cooking.
Meats should be kept refrigerated before use, however, for best results meats
should be allowed to reach room temperature before cooking. Simply follow the
steps above an hour or two before you plan to cook the meats, cover lightly
with clean plastic wrap or in a marinade container such as a Tupperware, and
your meats will be tender, juicy and perfect without risk of contamination.
17. Marinade/Meat Tenderizer
Regular Strength
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent meat tenderizer as well. For best results,
spray the meats with a light misting of hydrogen peroxide early in the day and
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let the meat rest in the refrigerator until an hour or two before you intend to
use it.
Then season, prepare and grill, roast or cook as normal. You’ll get rave reviews
for your beautifully tender meats.
18. General Surface Cleaner
Regular Strength
This leads us right to those surfaces you’re working on. Clean them up with
hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar and you won’t be worrying about soap
residues OR bacteria and you won’t have to worry about the smells or tastes of
cleaners in your food.
From cutting boards to counter tops, this powerful duo will ensure you have a
clean sterile surface.
Counter tops, stovetops, even the walls are safely, effectively and easily
cleaned with a simple one-two spray of white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
If you have particularly stubborn cooked-on food or dried food on stove top or
counter surfaces, simply spray and let sit a bit first. The solution will quickly
begin to dissolve the food residue and it will easily wipe clean after only a few
minutes.
You can always tell when the hydrogen peroxide is working, because you can
see it and hear it, so take a look and listen, and if it’s still stuck (I doubt it),
spray again and wait a moment.
19. Floor Washing
Regular Strength
Speaking of surfaces, don’t stop at the counters when it comes to using
hydrogen peroxide. I use it all the time to wash the kitchen floor. The great
thing is that it works just like a “spray and mop” solution… just spray, and
mop! It leaves your floors really clean, so you don’t have that sticky soapy
after-effect that the commercial spray and mop products leave behind. Plus, it
disinfects as it goes, so your kitchen floor could actually be clean enough to eat
off of! Just kidding, don’t be putting food on your kitchen floor, really!
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20. Degreaser
Regular Strength or
Double Strength
Hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar makes the best degreaser I’ve ever used.
Spray greasy surfaces directly with the vinegar, then spray the hydrogen
peroxide and, depending how thick the grease is, wipe immediately or wait a
few minutes to let the peroxide do its work. To clean the stove exhaust hood,
place newspaper or paper towel below the hood on the stove or counters to
catch the grease as it runs off the hood. Spray down thoroughly, then wipe
clean.
21. General Disinfectant/Sterilizer/Germicide
Regular Strength
Cutting boards, knives and surfaces where you prepare raw meats, vegetables
and other foods can be kept bacteria free with simplicity using your hydrogen
peroxide and vinegar spray bottles.
Spray and then wipe down the surfaces after use to avoid spreading the
bacteria through the kitchen. Particularly when preparing raw meats and
vegetables for cooking, it is important to remove the packaging, any meat
drippings and other potential bacteria sources right away.
Because vinegar and hydrogen peroxide kill all microbes and bacteria that can
collect in any food area, it’s a good idea to use them regularly in your entire
kitchen cleaning. You don’t have to worry about chemicals, toxic cleansers or
soap residue and your kitchen will be fresh and clean all the time.
22. Coffee Maker Cleaning
Regular Strength
Do you use a coffee maker for your daily cup of brew? It is surely a wonder of
modern times to have a machine that can have that cup of coffee hot, ready
and waiting for you when you awaken each morning. But cleaning those
machines can be a real chore. Not cleaning the machine means the coffee
starts to taste bitter or worse, and that is simply not an option. Instead of
running cleaners through the coffee maker, simply fill the water chamber
halfway with water; add vinegar to ¾ full and hydrogen peroxide to complete
filling the container.
Then run the machine as usual, or if it has a cleaning cycle run it on that
mode. Use a paper filter during the cleaning, even if your machine normally
uses a mesh basket. You can fold a paper towel into the mesh basket if you
don’t keep paper filters around the house. That will catch the sludge that
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comes through the machine when cleaning. After the mixture has run through
the machine, wipe all the interior surfaces of the machine you can get to, to
remove the built-up residues underneath the filter apparatus and in the filter
compartment. Then simply run a few pots full of fresh clean water through the
machine, and voila, your coffee will taste fresh and wonderful once more.
Between cleanings, run a damp cloth or clean sponge in around and under the
filtering apparatus occasionally to remove the build up of coffee residues.
Some people don’t like to use vinegar when cleaning their coffee machines,
complaining that the taste of the vinegar lingers. If that’s you, then replace the
cleaning solution above with 8 ounces hydrogen peroxide and ¼ cup baking
soda. Place the hydrogen peroxide into the water reservoir first, add the baking
soda and swish with a long handled wooden spoon or other utensil to
completely dissolve the baking soda and proceed with the rest of the cleaning
process. Both recipe will work very well, and you can even run the hydrogen
peroxide baking soda solution back through the machine a second time for
added cleaning.
Note: if your machine has a chlorine filter insert or floating filter for
the water chamber, remove it before cleaning the machine.
23. Drain Cleaning
Regular Strength
Not only is hydrogen peroxide and sodium percarbonate great for your pipes
(plumbing pipes that is), but also it’s excellent for clearing drains, and keeping
the septic system healthy.
For general drain clearing use a regular cleaning solution of sodium
percarbonate and very hot water and pour the mixture, directly down the
drain. Do not run water for at least a few hours, or if possible, overnight. For
really clogged drains, make up an extra strength solution (3 to 4 ounces of
sodium percarbonate per quart) and again use very hot water. Mix the solution
for a minute or so and then pour directly down the drain.
To improve the health of septic systems, add one gallon of regular strength
sodium percarbonate cleaning solution down your drainpipes every few months
or as needed to maintain freshness and looseness of soil in the drainage field.
24. Dishwasher Additive (sanitize/germicidal)
Regular Strength
You can use sodium percarbonate directly in the dishwasher. You may add sal
soda, soda ash or baking soda if desired; however it is not necessary. Add ½
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oz. per dishwasher load along with 1/3 the normal amount of dishwashing soap
for best results.
25. Refrigerator Cleaning
Regular Strength
For many years we have been told to clean our refrigerators with chlorine
bleach. This is definitely not a good idea. Chlorine bleach breaks down on
contact with organic matter to form “Organochlorines” which are a new class of
chemicals now being recognized as extremely persistent in the environment as
well as being extremely toxic. Dioxin is just one of hundreds of these new
chlorine compounds; some of which are now known to be thousands of times
more carcinogenic than DDT. Never clean your refrigerator with chlorine
bleach.
Achieving a fresh, clean and environmentally sound and healthy refrigerator
starts with removing the contents of the fridge for a proper cleaning. Next,
remove any removable shelving and drawers for individual cleaning at the
kitchen sink. Spray the surfaces of the shelves and drawers with white vinegar
and then follow with a spray of hydrogen peroxide and let drain into the sink.
Scrub any stuck on food or debris off the surfaces with a scrubber sponge or
brush, rinse and stand to air dry on a rack or towel dry with dish towels. Next,
spray the entire interior with white vinegar followed by hydrogen peroxide. Be
sure to spray down the walls and ceiling of the fridge as well as the shelves, as
harmful molds, mildews and bacteria can form on these surfaces as well. Wipe
clean with a sponge or clean rag.
Vegetable, fruit and meat or cheese drawers often get funky odors over time.
In between whole refrigerator cleanings you can simply take them out, spray
them down inside and out and let them stand in the fresh air while the
peroxide does its work to get them fresh again. Then wipe down and replace.
In the event of extremely strong odors, use a paste of baking soda and
hydrogen peroxide to scrub the interiors of drawers and let stand 10 to 15
minutes before rinsing and wiping dry.
Note: One of the most common places black mold is found in modern homes is
in the insulating strip that acts as an air seal and moisture barrier around
refrigerator and freezer doors. Take the time to spray along the strip with
hydrogen peroxide when doing regular refrigerator cleaning and slide a cloth or
papertowel in the creases of the seal to wipe out the crud. Most times, if this
has not been done consistently since the fridge was new, you’ll get a dark
black stain on the cloth or papertowel as you go. That’s black mold. So make
sure the area is well saturated before you wipe it down, and dispose of the
cloth or papertowel in a sealed garbage bag when you are done.
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26. Sink Bleaching
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
For white porcelain sinks hydrogen peroxide is naturally brightening and
whitening every time you use it in the sink. To get a super white bleaching,
spray the sink with 6 or 9 percent solution and let stand overnight before
rinsing. Using a 3% solution regularly will brighten the sink but for actual
bleaching to occur you’ll will need a higher concentration solution.
You can also mix a paste of sodium percarbonate and water to spread on the
sink as you would a scouring powder. Let stand 10 minutes to several hours,
and rinse clean.
27. Tupperware Stain Removal/Refreshing
Regular Strength
Is your Tupperware looking less than stellar? There is nothing like a stained
and stinky Tupperware to turn you off from storing anything, let alone food you
plan to eat later! Whether from spaghetti sauces, heavy garlic or onion based
foods or strong staining spices and seasonings, Tupperware can become
unsightly and stubborn to clean over time. To get rid of those stains and the
smells they carry, soak your Tupperware in a hot sink of soapy water mixed
with white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide. For instant cleaning, spraying
hydrogen peroxide directly on the Tupperware also works very well. The
Tupperware will look like new and feel and smell clean and ready to use.
The first time I tried this I’d been trying to get a large spaghetti sauce stained
Tupperware clean using regular dishwashing liquid. It simply wasn’t working. I
grabbed my trusty spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide and sprayed down the
Tupperware inside and out… and as I continued washing it instantly came
completely clean. I was hooked.
Your Tupperware containers will last longer and never cause your food to taste
“off” again.
Scouring powder for tough grime, cooked on foods etc. – mix one part baking
soda with one part 3% hydrogen peroxide. Mix together to form a paste and
cover the area to be cleaned with the paste. Let stand a few minutes, then
wipe clean. For very stubborn stains you may have to repeat the application.
Glass and chrome appliances all clean up beautifully with straight hydrogen
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peroxide 3% solution without leaving streaks, grease or residue behind. Mirrors
and windows come clean fast and easy with hydrogen peroxide.
28. Plastic Utensils, Outdoor Ware (Cups, Plates,
etc.)
Regular Strength
Sterilize and clean outdoor plastic ware with a regular solution of sodium
percarbonate. Simply wash the items in the sodium percarbonate cleaning
solution, rinse, and dry. Clean, sterile and ready for the next use.
29. Kitchen Sponge Life Extension
Regular Strength
Keep sponges and dishcloths fresh and clean by spritzing them with the same
two sprays between uses. Sponges can be soaked in a cold water hydrogen
peroxide and salt solution. Let soak overnight. In a bowl combine ½ cup
hydrogen peroxide and ¼ cup salt. Swish to dissolve the salt, and place
sponge directly in the mixture. Soak overnight and simply rinse and squeeze
the sponge dry in the morning.
To use sodium percarbonate in place of liquid hydrogen peroxide, simply mix a
regular cleaning solution (1 ounce to one quart water) and follow the same
instructions above.
For between soakings, a good spray of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution
allowed to sit in the sponge a few minutes before rinsing out will also sterilize,
prolong sponge life, and reduce unpleasant odors.
30. Replace Toxic Oven Cleaners
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
Oven cleaners are among the most toxic of all household cleaners. They
contain volatile acids and toxic chemicals, which can damage the liver, kidneys
and respiratory system. Asthma sufferers should never be exposed to the
fumes from such toxic cleaners, but then, neither should anyone else.
To avoid the whole problem of toxic oven cleaners, the first step is to clean the
oven regularly. It makes the job easier and is much less work than when an
oven is allowed to build up spilled food and liquids which become carbonized
by repeated headings over time. If your oven has a heat cycle cleaning unit,
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you may only wish to clean using that system, but even after a heat cleaning,
wiping the oven out with a clean cloth sprayed in 3% hydrogen peroxide
solution will pick up all the remaining soot, dirt and ash from the heat cleaning
cycle.
To clean the oven without a heat cleaning cycle, sprinkle baking soda
(approximately ¼ to ½ inch deep) over the major spills encrusted on the oven
floor and saturate with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Finally, spray the area with
white vinegar. Let stand approximately 30 minutes, or up to 1 or 2 hours for
more stubborn thicker masses.
If the solution has become dry while standing, see if it will simply brush clean
with a cloth, often it will. If not, re-wet the area with hydrogen peroxide and
then use a sturdy cleaning pad to remove the stain.
For extremely stubborn spills that have set for long periods you may have to
repeat the application to remove all of the food debris.
31. Toaster Oven Cleaning
Regular Strength
Toaster oven cleaning is very much the same as regular oven cleaning. Unplug
the appliance before starting clean up! Remove all the loose crumbs and
debris from the bottom tray of the toaster oven. Apply baking soda and
hydrogen peroxide to the stubborn stains, spray with white vinegar and let sit.
Then wipe away for a clean finish.
To remove grease or sticky messes from the exterior of the toaster oven,
simply spray with hydrogen peroxide and wipe clean. Works great on those
little glass windows in the toaster oven door too!
32. Microwave Cleaning
Regular Strength
Microwave ovens come sparkling clean with hydrogen peroxide. It’s a snap to
do as well. Simply spray the entire interior surface, let sit a moment and then
wipe clean with a clean sponge or cloth. You can remove the glass plate and
stand and clean these the same way. Here too, the front glass and interior
panels will come easily and quickly clean, free of grease, food particles and
other debris.
Another great benefit of this cleaning method is that it eliminates all odors that
accumulate in microwave ovens. In our house, the kids use the microwave for
burritos and taquitos all the time and there’s just something awful about going
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to heat up a cup of coffee in a microwave that smells like a Mexican restaurant.
A quick spray down and wipe of the interior of the microwave even when it
doesn’t need a full on cleaning will immediately eliminate all those odors.
33. Thermos Revival
Regular Strength
Whether you have children who take a lunch and thermos to school each day,
a construction worker, truck driver or other professional on the go who loves
that “hot cuppa” or even that chilled drink on hot summer days, thermoses can
become exceedingly cruddy over time. Even regular cleaning just doesn’t seem
to get them really clean, and if they are used for coffee on a regular bases,
they soon become fit for nothing else.
Cleaning a thermos and removing all the residual odors and tastes, especially
of coffee, might seem impossible, but it’s actually fairly simple once you know
how to do it.
Start with boiling hot water and half fill the thermos. Add the juice of one large
lemon to the boiling water already in the thermos, close and swish gently. Be
careful with plastic or glass cylinder thermoses here, they can “squuir” hot
water out the top even when closed sometimes, so swish very gently. Let stand
at least one hour. Drain, and fill half way with 3% hydrogen peroxide. Add ¼
cup of baking soda. Reseal and shake gently. Let stand another fifteen minutes
to a half hour. Shake gently again, swish unseal the top and dump. Rinse with
hot water a few times and leave upside down and open to air dry. For
particularly bad staining, you may need to repeat the process one time
through.
When I first performed this operation on a Stanley stainless steel coffee
thermos my husband had used for years to take surfing and on other outdoor
adventures I was stunned and disgusted to see long strings of slime slide out
of the thermos after the treatment. All those years I’d thought that thermos
was clean it had been building a residue of dark coffee staining on the stainless
steel interior. When it was clean the stainless steel sparkled up through the
top at me as if it was brand new. Now that same thermos has a new life
carrying soups and non coffee drinks for our college student son and doesn’t
taste like the years of coffee it carried in its previous life!
34. Ant Control
Regular Strength
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Every year in late summer we have a fresh invasion of ants. Seems that when
the weather has been dry long enough, they come in looking for water. The
kitchen can be ant free one day and overrun the next.
The first thing to do is figure out where the ants are coming in to the house.
In our case it always seems to be either the kitchen window over the sink or
the back kitchen doorsill. Wherever it is, find the trail where it enters the
house.
In the first step of this process, we put out a small dish (a tiny ramekin, or
even an old tuna can works just fine). Place either a small amount of diet soda
containing equal/aspartame or a small amount of water with a packet of equal
diluted in the water. Set the dish along the ant trail close to where the ants
are congregating. Usually this will be near the sink, or on a counter that leads
to the sink.
Next, spray down the remaining ant trail indoors, as well as all surfaces where
the ants have been, with 3% hydrogen peroxide and wipe clean. Use a sponge
or rag, rinse and wipe until you have killed all the ants and the path of the ant
trail is all wiped. The hydrogen peroxide will destroy the ants’ scent trail and
they will no longer continue to enter the house following the trail.
Within about 24 hours you will notice that any ants still remaining in the house
will be in and around the dish of diet soda or sweetener and water, and most,
if not all of them, will be dead. Remove the dish, and wipe the counters and
surfaces clean once more with hydrogen peroxide.
The ants will not return. In our kitchen we keep a ceramic honey jar on the
counter, in past years with bad ant infestation we had to keep the honey in the
fridge to avoid re-infestation. Now that we’ve switched to this method, we
never have to put the honey in the fridge (where it gets too stiff and hard in
the cold for easy use) and the ants never return after the first application of
this method.
To continue to keep your household ant free, routinely spray and wipe down all
food surfaces with hydrogen peroxide after use. In our house, we simply wipe
down the counter where the honey jar is stored each night. No more ants and
no more cold stiff honey either!
35. Fruit Fly Control
Regular Strength
Another common kitchen pest in summer is the fruit fly. These tiny flying
insects are capable of breeding at super fast rates and attacking any open fruit
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or vegetable in the kitchen. Suddenly your fresh fruit basket is lost in a swarm
of these little pests who are stinging the fruit to lay their eggs. Yuck.
The first line of defense is to wash or bathe the fresh fruit and veggies when
you bring them home, especially those that you keep at room temperature in
the kitchen. This will protect the outer layer of the fruit and reduce the
incidence of fruit flies generally.
Next, if you do discover fruit flies in your kitchen, spray them with hydrogen
peroxide wherever they are. It will knock them out of the air for easy wiping
up without putting any harmful pesticides on or near your food. Keep compost
containers and other food sources tightly sealed and wipe down their outer
surfaces with hydrogen peroxide solution to remove any odor and eliminate the
bacteria that attracts the fruit flies.
This method has worked very well for us to eliminate fruit flies when they do
appear and to keep the incidence of their appearances much lower.
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Bath
Bathrooms seem to get dirty faster than any other room in the house. They
collect dirt, hair, lint, dust and general grime at an amazing rate, and the
constant high humidity of showering, bathing and running water don’t help
matters. It sometimes seems in our house as if the animals must all live in the
bathroom, the copious amounts of their shed hair and fur gathering in ugly
little communities in the corners… Happily, it’s a snap to keep a bathroom
clean when you put hydrogen peroxide to work on the job, and the bathroom
will also be mold and mildew free with regular applications of the simple h2o2
3% spray.
36. Toothbrushes
Regular Strength
We use our toothbrushes usually several times a day. We rinse them out with
water, and place them back in their rack, or in a cup on the sink side. However
we do it, most of us don’t think much about it until our toothbrushes start to
get old, lose bristles or simply get that “smashed” look to them… and then we
replace them.
But how can you really keep your toothbrush clean? A great way is to put
about an inch of hydrogen peroxide solution in a cup and drop your toothbrush
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in on its head. Let it sit there until the next time you use it. Then dump the
solution, rinse out the cup and the brush in clean water and you have a
completely clean disinfected and bacteria free toothbrush. It won’t make the
brush last longer perhaps, but it will make you feel like using it more often!!
Note: 3% hydrogen peroxide will destroy all microbes, bacteria, fungi and
pathogens in approximately 20 minutes. While it is true that 35% solution will
accomplish this in approximately 20 seconds, it also is extremely caustic. Any
time you want certain disinfection, simply let the toothbrush soak for no less
than 20 minutes in the 3% solution.
37. Hairbrushes
Regular Strength
For most brushes, a good cleaning is begun by removing all the hair in the
brush and then running the brush under hot water or swishing in a sink of dish
detergent or shampoo and then rinsing and allowing to dry. Next time you
wash your hairbrush, try adding a few ounces of hydrogen peroxide to the sink
along with whatever mild soap you usually use. Your brush will be cleaner, and
any mites or other tiny organisms which live on our skin and hair will be
eliminated.
38. Bathroom Cleaning General
Regular Strength
A spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the bathroom is perfect for general
cleaning. From walls to windows and windowsills, toilet tops to mirrored
cabinets, hydrogen peroxide leaves a residue free clean surface behind.
39. Replacing the Toxins Toilet Cleaners, Acids,
Chlorine, and Ammonia
Regular Strength
Toilet bowl cleaners are at the top of the list of highly toxic household cleaning
products, so replace them with hydrogen peroxide. For seriously stubborn
toilet stains you may wish to use a 6% solution. Thoroughly spray toilet and
toilet brush, then brush under the rim and around the bowl as usual. Note: If
using a 6% solution, don’t forget to wear gloves.
Regular strength sodium percarbonate solution for cleaning can replace most of
the toxins used for toilet bowl cleaning on the market to day at a fraction of
the cost. For severe staining scrub the powder directly with a brush on the
stained surface, then rinse with running water or wipe with a clean cloth.
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Spraying 3 percent hydrogen peroxide directly on stained toilet surfaces and
letting it sit for 15 to 20 minutes also will work very effectively. Wipe clean with
a sponge or clean rag.
40. Soap Scum Buildup Prevention
Regular Strength
One of the best and easiest ways to reduce soap scum build up in the shower
and tub is to spray the interior surfaces of the shower cabinet and/or bath with
hydrogen peroxide after each use. Makes that routine bathroom cleaning a
LOT easier!
41. Grout Stain Removal
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
For serious mildew or black staining mold in tile grout, spray with hydrogen
peroxide 3% and let sit. You may want to repeat the spraying process a couple
of times. Then scrub with a sponge or brush to easily remove the residue. If it
doesn’t come up right away, simply spray again and wait a bit. Leaves nice
clean bright white grout with a simple rinsing.
42. Shower Curtains
Regular Strength
To remove dirt, grime, mold and mildew from shower curtains start by soaking
the shower curtain in a warm to hot solution of sodium percarbonate at regular
strength. Let soak at least one hour, then scrub gently to remove the debris.
In cases where the mildew or mold staining is very severe, you may wish to
apply the sodium percarbonate in a paste to the stained areas and let set
overnight. After treating the stains wash the shower curtain on the gentle or
normal cycle of your washer, then hang to dry.
43. Toilet Cleaner
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
Cleaning the toilet is another one of those modern chores no one likes and no
one wants to do. But someone has to do it! With hydrogen peroxide you can
get the toilet bowl clean without introducing toxic chemicals, caustics or acids
into your water system. Toilet bowl cleaners are generally among the most
toxic of the household cleaners, so it’s definitely worthwhile to replace them
with hydrogen peroxide.
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Start with a clean brush, a spray bottle of 3 percent solution of hydrogen
peroxide, and rubber gloves. Spray down the brush until it is thoroughly
saturated, then use it up under the rim of the bowl to scrub away stains.
Spray down the rest of the toilet, including adding some more spray to the
bowl and let stand for 10 to 15 minutes. Return, scrub with the toilet brush,
and flush. You can re-spray the toilet with hydrogen peroxide solution after
you are done to allow to dry. This will kill all the surface bacterial and germs,
which cause odors and leave the toilet area smelling fresh and clean.
Note: For severely stained, discolored or fouled toilets, a 6 percent hydrogen
peroxide solution may be needed.
44. Mold and Mildew Killer
Regular Strength or
Double Strength
Mold and mildew buildup on ceilings and around bathrooms can easily be
removed with a spray of 3% hydrogen peroxide solution, which is repeated or
let stand for a few minutes. Safe for use on walls, floors, tile, grout (you may
wish to spot test wallpaper if in doubt.)
Some molds (particularly black molds) are extremely toxic. To avoid inhalation
or release of the mold spores into the air, saturate the affected area with
hydrogen peroxide solution first before attempting any removal, cleaning or
wiping. Once the area is saturated it is safe to wipe the mold away and
dispose of the cloth used for wiping.
Do NOT brush, vacuum or otherwise attempt to remove dry black mold, as this
will release the spores into the air and spread the mold to new areas of the
home. Areas with serious infestation of mold should be sealed with plastic
sheeting and duct tape from other areas of the house before attempting
removal.
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Laundry
Laundry is another area where hydrogen peroxide in wet and dry forms works
absolute miracles. Whether it’s reviving old favorite “tennies” or saving that
prize table cloth from the gravy stain, hydrogen peroxide can tackle all kinds of
jobs in the laundry room that most modern stain remover products just can’t
touch. Safely brightening colors and whites, and disinfecting and killing bacteria
and germs as it does its work, hydrogen peroxide is a true launder’s helper.
45. Clothing – Spot Remover
Regular Strength
If you’ve ever spilled red wine, spaghetti sauce, coffee or other highly staining
material on your clothing you know that feeling of frustration as you think
you’ve just ruined a favorite shirt, dress, slacks, etc.
In most cases, particularly on fine or delicate fabrics, it seems pretty hopeless.
Not any more. Hydrogen peroxide in a 3 percent solution comes to the rescue.
So far, I have not met a stain that I cannot remove using a simple method of
spraying the area with hydrogen peroxide and letting it sit; sometimes needing
to reapply several times over the course of a day. Wine, red sauce, coffee,
chocolate, ketchup, salsa, even mustard stains treated this way disappear
without damaging the clothing.
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In some cases you may want to use a tiny bit of dish or laundry soap at the
same time, but most often I simply use straight 3 percent solution of hydrogen
peroxide and it does the job fine by itself.
Tip: NEVER use bar soap to try to remove a stain. Bar soap contains
ingredients which act as binders, and you will simply set the stain permanently
if you use bar soap, even on a fresh stain. Instead, hang the garment so that
the stain is easily accessible and saturate the stained area with 3 percent
hydrogen peroxide solution. Check for results in an hour or so, if the stain is
still visible, repeat the saturation (a spray application is easiest).
In one case I had a bright white shirt, which I spilled major spaghetti sauce on,
and I really thought that there was, no way even hydrogen peroxide could do
the trick. It took several applications over two days but in the end the stain
was completely gone and the shirt was saved.
Do NOT try to “speed up the process” by using stronger solutions of hydrogen
peroxide, as they will bleach the fabric. Instead, be patient and reapply the 3
percent solution over a day or so. It WILL work!
General Laundry – Sodium Percarbonate
Benefits of using sodium percarbonate in the laundry:
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No environmental hazards - breaks down to oxygen, water and sodium
carbonate (soda ash) in your wash water.
Color safe and fabric safe. It brightens colors.
Continual use will not cause yellowing or graying of cotton fabric
Effective stain removal in a broad range of water temperatures
Does not weaken the strength of fabrics like chlorine bleach
It is very effective as a laundry presoak for heavily stained articles
In the laundry Sodium Percarbonate is used to de-stain, deodorize, and whiten.
Laundry Applications
It is very effective as a laundry presoak for heavily stained articles. For light
soils add 1ounce of Sodium Percarbonate with your laundry detergent per load.
For moderate soils use 2 ounces and for heavily soiled articles use 4 ounces.
46. Brighten Colors, Color Safe Bleach
Regular Strength
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Add one ounce (1/4 cup) sodium percarbonate to your regular wash for
brighter colors and whiter whites in mixed colored articles.
47. Whiten Old Linens & Drapes
Double Strength
For whitening old linens and yellowed window shears, deodorizing and cleaning
to remove yellow armpit stains on shirts: soak in 8 to 12 ounces of Sodium
Percarbonate per gallon of water for at least one hour, or overnight, then rinse.
48. Heavily Soiled Items
Double Strength
For extremely heavily soiled articles, oil soaked rags, work clothes or other
deep set grime, mix a presoak in up to 3 ounces (3/4 cup) sodium
percarbonate per quart of hot water. Allow articles to soak for at least one
hour, or overnight. The sodium percarbonate will be “spent” in approximately 5
hours. After soaking, launder as normal.
49. PreSoak for Stain Removal
Double Strength
Remove stains from linens, clothing, or bedding using a presoak of 1 to 2
ounces sodium percarbonate per quart of warm to hot water. Let soak for not
less than one hour for best results. Launder as usual after presoak.
50. Fine Garments
Regular Strength
To wash or remove sweat and other organic stains from fine fabrics, use a
solution of 1 ounce sodium percarbonate per quart of lukewarm water for hand
washing, or simply add approximate 1 ounce dry powder to the washer on a
gentle cycle setting.
51. Reviving Old Tennis Shoes
Double Strength
Revive old tennis shoes with a presoak in 8 to 10 ounces of sodium
percarbonate to one gallon hot water. Let soak overnight or at least 5 to 6
hours for best results. Drain and wash in regular cycle in washing machine, air
dry outdoors in direct sunlight or dry on low heat in an automatic dryer.
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52. Most Organic Stains
Double Strength
Hydrogen peroxide, either in liquid or dry form, is most effective on any kind of
organic stain. This includes foods, dirt, oils, most plants, urine, sweat, vomit,
fecal stains, molds, and mildew.
Using liquid hydrogen peroxide at room temperature or sodium percarbonate
solutions at warm to hot temperatures will provide the best results.
Always start with a 3% liquid solution or a regular strength mix of sodium
percarbonate (1/4 cup to 1 quart warm to hot water) as this will be all you
need for most stains. Apply liquid 3% hydrogen peroxide directly to the
stained area and let it soak in and work for at least ten minutes before blotting
or regular laundering. For deeply set or very dark staining, use a double
strength of sodium percarbonate in a spot application or presoak.
Sodium percarbonate generates heat and oxidation when mixed with warm
water, and will continue working for up to five hours, so badly stained items
can be left to soak overnight, then drained and laundered normally.
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Sick Room
Nobody likes to be sick, but in any household, some of the time,
somebody catches a cold or flu and is laid up in bed for a few days
or more. When that happens, keep the hydrogen peroxide handy
to keep those germs in check and keep that cold or flu from
passing around the whole household.
It’s interesting to note that the most recent advances in biocontrol,
decontamination and bio cleaning are all technologies which
implement the use of a hydrogen peroxide vapor capable of
completely eliminating all bio contaminants from viruses to airborne
mold, fungus or midew spores from contained areas in a matter of
hours. Once again the commercial applications of non toxic and
environmentally sound solutions seem to lead the way long before
home consumers are offered products of equal caliber.
Rather than wait for the latest version of popular household
products which may or may not list all their ingredients, it’s simple
enough to pick up a bottle of hydrogen peroxide and get the job
done for a whole lot less cost and effort.
53. Hand Wash
Regular Strength
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Replace “anti-bacterial” soaps, chlorine based wipes, sprays, disinfectants and
other toxic laden products with simple soap and a spritz of 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide solution.
Just wash your hands with natural hand soap and then spray them with the
hydrogen peroxide. Wipe dry.
54. Spray Disinfectant
Regular Strength
Use 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution as a spray disinfectant around the
sick room, to clean surfaces, and to stop the spread of infection. See the
personal care section for effective cold prevention with hydrogen peroxide for
added protection when taking care of family members with colds and flu.
55. Sore Throats
Regular Strength
Use a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash and gargle
when you have a sore throat. It will kill the infection on site and speed healing.
If you find that 3 percent is uncomfortable (your throat is really raw and sore)
dilute the mixture by 50 percent with distilled water.
56. Vaporizers
Regular Strength
Adding 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to the vaporizer is an excellent way to put
additional oxygen into a sick room, and improve ease of breathing during
congestive illness. Simply add one cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to the
standard vaporizer water chamber before running.
Between uses, the spray bottle of 3 percent solution is the perfect healthy and
natural cleaner for the vaporizer before it is put away.
Never use hydrogen peroxide in a steamer or with any form of boiling process.
The extra oxygen which makes hydrogen peroxide what it is, is extremely
volatile when hydrogen peroxide is heated and can cause flash fires and/or
explosions.
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Baby Care
Keeping babies healthy and happy and in a safe environment is right at the top
of every mother’s list of most important things to do.
But with so many household cleaners containing chlorine, ammonias and other
volatile and respiratory impacting chemicals, it’s not as simple as it might seem.
Scientists tell us that over 100 new chemicals are found in the blood, tissue and
bone of humans of our modern age… something so new that only 100 years
ago the vast majority of these chemicals were not present in our bodies or our
environments.
So, it makes sense that we should be paying closer attention to the chemicals
which surround those youngest members of our households.
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57. High Chair Trays
Regular Strength
Keep a spray bottle of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide handy for quick cleanup
and disinfection of baby’s high chair tray. The hydrogen peroxide is safe, nontoxic and effective at killing germs, so baby will be clean without exposure to
dangerous chemicals.
If you need a little viscosity in the mix for stuck on foods, add a few drops of
natural dish washing liquid to the spray bottle and shake gently.
58. Playpens/Cribs
Regular Strength
Wipe rails, flat surfaces and interiors with a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
solution and a clean cloth. Because babies often teethe on the rail edges of
their cribs or playpens and always are putting their hands in their mouths even
if they aren’t teething and chewing the actual crib or playpen, it is important to
keep these surfaces clean. A quick wipe down every few days with a 3 percent
solution left to air dry will disinfect and clean at the same time.
59. Diaper Pails
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
While it’s true that only about 15 percent of households with babies in
industrialized nations use cloth diapers anymore, cloth diapers in general are a
very handy item even if you don’t use them for diapering, when you have a
baby. If you are using cloth diapers to diaper your baby, the chances are that
you were taught to use chlorine bleach to wash them. While the disinfection
certainly is handled this way, the addition of chlorine to cloth which will be
worn next to baby’s skin is a less than optimal result. Chlorine is absorbed by
the skin, and babies are particularly sensitive and susceptible to skin irritation
from harsh chemicals.
To replace chlorine bleach in diaper pails use 1 cup of 6 percent hydrogen
peroxide liquid or 14 to 16 ounces sodium percarbonate for every gallon of
soaking solution for the diaper pail. The solution should also contain a simple
laundry soap – Original Arm and Hammer Washing Soda (also known as Soda
Ash, or Sal Soda in some places), Dreft, or some other mild laundry detergent
formulated for baby’s skin.
For soaking pails, change or add fresh solution daily to retain antibacterial
properties of the hydrogen peroxide. Diapers should be well rinsed of all fecal
matter and debris before placing in diaper pail.
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60. Laundry
Regular Strength or
Double Strength
Add 1 ounce of sodium percarbonate to regular washing to get baby’s clothes
fresh and bright and remove odors of sour milk and/or urine.
For heavily soiled baby items, presoak in hot (100 to 150 degrees F) water and
sodium percarbonate at a dilution of12 to 14 s per gallon of water. Let soak at
least 30 minutes before laundering.
61. Baby Bottles
Regular Strength
To disinfect baby bottles after washing in hot soapy water spray the interior of
the baby bottles with 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide. Set bottles
upside down in dish drainer to dry. No rinsing is required.
This same technique can be used for bottle nipples and pacifiers, or these
smaller items can be set in a rinse water of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide for 5
to 15 minutes after washing, then simply remove, drain and set to air dry.
62. Toys
Regular Strength
To keep baby’s plastic toys, blocks and playthings clean, spray with 3 percent
solution and wipe dry with a clean cloth.
It’s also a good idea to periodically make up a solution of warm water, a small
amount of liquid dish soap, a cup of hydrogen peroxide and a quarter cup of
baking soad and gently wash all of baby’s plastic tyos.
For stuffed animals, a laundering with a mild baby safe detergent and ½ cup of
sodium percarbonate will clean brighten and disinfect.
Wooden blocks and toys can be sprayed with 3 percent solution of hydrogen
peroxide and placed in the sun to air dry.
63. Pacifiers/Teething Rings
Regular Strength
Items often in baby’s mouth, like teething rings, should be given a 3 percent
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hydrogen peroxide bath occasionally to kill germs and sanitize thoroughly. The
easiest way to do this is to fill a small to medium sized Tupperware container
with enough hydrogen peroxide to cover the teething ring or other teething
toys. Wash the items to be sterilized with hot soapy water and rinse, and then
simply place in the hydrogen peroxide “bath” for a minimum of 15 minutes.
Remove and allow to air dry.
64. Strollers, Walkers and Baby Carriers
Regular Strength
Baby accoutrements these days come in all sorts of shapes and sizes, from
backpacks to carry babies to car seats and baby chairs which can be used to
carry the baby about. Many times the equipment includes straps, harnesses
and other devices to keep baby snuggly settled in.
For fabric linings on baby seats, carriers and strollers, remove and launder with
a mild detergent and ½ cup sodium percarbonate in the wash cycle to gethem
bright, fresh and clean again. For strollers and carriages with bumper bars
where babies often teethe or bite, spray thoroughly with 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide and let stand at least 15 minutes, then spray, wipe and dry.
In cases where the fabric cannot be easily removed from a metal frame, as in
some bably backpacks and strollers, mix up a general solution of sodium
percarbonate (1/4 cup to 1 quart warm to hot water) and scrub the fabric with
a brush or sponge, rinse and set out of doors to dry.
Molded plastic baby carriers, seats and other equipment should be completely
washed with either a 3 percent solution of liquid hydrogen peroxide or a
general cleaning solution of sodium percarbonate periodically.
Note: If you receive second hand baby items for your baby always take the
time to wash them before use with your baby. Baby items can carry germs,
traces of urine, spit up and other unpleasant odors and illness causing bacteria
and mold will grow readily in such environments. Never use chlorine bleach on
items which come in direct contact with baby’s skin, as chlorine is easily
transmitted through the skin.
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Personal Care
The subject of hydrogen peroxide and personal care, hygiene and such things
as cold prevention seems to be exceptionally fraught with misinformation these
days. While this section covers basic topics such as hydrogen peroxide
bathing, foot soaks and cold and flu prevention, there is a great deal of
information that would more naturally be suited for “medicinal” or health
beneficial uses of hydrogent peroxide. While it is not within the scope of this
book to cover this subject (ineed it would take another entire book to address
the subject) there is a new appendix in the back of the book covering basic
knowledge anyone should know about handling or ingesting hydrogen peroxide
along with a resource guide for physicians and practitioners who can better
guide you in this type of application.
65. First Aid
Regular Strength
Hydrogen peroxide is most commonly known for treating wounds, open cuts
and sores, or infections on the skin. It works great for these purposes, and is
highly recommended. At 3 percent solution it does not act instantly and should
be allowed to bubble up on the surface to do its work.
For most common household cuts and scrapes, hydrogen peroxide is all you’ll
ever need… But in cases where known pathogens were present at the wound
site (coral reef cuts, for example) it is wise to apply an antibacterial antibiotic
ointment such as Neosporin or erythromycin to the wound after cleaning.
66. Bathing
Regular Strength
To rejuvenate stressed nerves, tired muscles and sore aching joints, there is
nothing much better than a good soak in the tub with hydrogen peroxide and
either Epsom or sea mineral salts.
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Hydrogen peroxide baths have been a staple for many in the naturopathic
community for some time. In fact, it is now known that the healing waters of
Lourdes, Fatima’s and other famous “healing springs” around the world have
higher than average hydrogen peroxide concentrations.
So soak your worries and aches away in a hydrogen peroxide bath and you’ll
feel better, soften and heal your skin and sleep like a baby.
A standard hydrogen peroxide bath can be made of 1 to 2 cups 3 percent
hydrogen peroxide to approximately one half tub of water in a standard bath
tub size. If you have a huge bathtub you’ll just need to add more hydrogen
peroxide. Add one half to one cup of either Epsom salts or mineral sea salts
and you’ll give yourself a real healthy mineral soak.
This bath is great not only for soothing the nervous system, it also works
wonders for your skin, healing small abrasions and oxygenating the whole
body. Some even say that regular hydrogen peroxide bathing will eliminate
parasites in the intestinal tract and throughout the body. While I have never
done any research on this aspect of hydrogen peroxide bathing, I can say that
as a regular user of hydrogen peroxide for bathing, ear drops and mouth wash,
I have not come down with any of the colds or flu’s other members of my
household have been stricken with over the years. I just don’t get sick, or if I
get a slight cold while caring for others who are in bed for a week, it lasts a
day and is gone again. Well worth the “effort” of those regular hydrogen
peroxide baths!
67. Humidifiers
Regular Strength
While it is true you can and should use hydrogen peroxide and white vinegar
(keep sprays in separate containers, do not premix or the hydrogen peroxide
will break down before use) to clean your humidifier, it is also true you can add
hydrogen peroxide to the water of the humidifier to eliminate algae, mold,
mildew and fungi growth in the humidifier over time.
Use a standard one cup 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution to each gallon of
water added to the humidifier when you fill it each time. This will also help to
oxygenate the air in the room where the humidifier is operating. Great for
houseplants, pets and people alike.
68. Teeth
Regular Strength
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No, we are not talking only about bleaching teeth. Bleaching teeth is routinely
accomplished with hydrogen peroxide and other forms of peroxides which are
commercially available in strips, gels, or at the local dentist in specialized
applications. If bleaching your teeth is what you want to do, it is HIGHLY
recommended that you stick to commercially available applications designed for
this purpose. Do not attempt to make up your own teeth bleaching solutions
unless you have a great deal of experience using hydrogen peroxide; and even
then I would simply avoid any risks of home created remedies and use a
commercially available product designed for safe teeth bleaching.
Hydrogen peroxide at levels above 5 percent can cause bleaching in fabrics and
on skin. That means the 3 percent solution you may use as a mouthwash or
dental orifice is not likely to actually bleach your teeth, however, regular use of
good old 3 percent solution in teeth brushing and mouth rinse can be very
effective at keeping teeth bright and clean. If you need more whitening power
than this, please remember that teeth are made from enamel; they are not
impervious to oxidation which will, conceivably, at higher concentrations,
actually damage or wear away the enamel itself. No matter how tempting, do
NOT ever use a straight hydrogen peroxide solution higher than 3 percent
solution directly on the teeth surfaces. Stick to the tested and safe products on
the market designed for teeth bleaching to do that job.
But do use the 3 percent solution in a mix with baking soda for toothpaste and
you’ll discover your gums get healthier, your breath is fresh and your mouth is
all around healthy.
69. Mouthwash
Regular Strength
It is generally recommended that hydrogen peroxide solutions be used to heal
cuts and sores in the mouth by gargling with a dilution of 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide in water after teeth brushing.
Dilute the hydrogen peroxide at least one to one, swish, gargle and spit out.
70. Hair Bleaching
Double Strength
Many people mistakenly believe that they can achieve a “platinum blond” hair
color by using straight hydrogen peroxide (at 6 to 9 percent solution) for
bleaching. In fact, while hydrogen peroxide will strip the hair of color, or
lighten it, it does not make the hair blonde so much as “no color” which looks
more or less like a cross between white and grey and does not look really
“blond”.
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To achieve those rich blond tones you need actual hair coloring agents. Hair
coloring agents and hydrogen peroxide (mixed with other activating bleaching
chemicals) is what most commercial hair color products are made of. They are
full of chemicals, and pretty darn toxic, but hey, if the color of your hair
matters that much, go ahead and use a commercial product to bleach your
hair.
Or, if what you really want is just hair without color, you can “bleach” your hair
with hydrogen peroxide. First snip a small lock of hair for testing. Then mix a
solution of 6 to 8 percent hydrogen peroxide, and dip the test lock of hair into
the solution. Place the wet strand of hair on a clean surface and wait
approximately 15 minutes to ½ hour while observing the change in hair color
to the strand. Do not use a solution stronger than about 9 percent for this
purpose, and be aware, that applying this solution to your hair will definitely
mean it will be in contact with your scalp and for most people the sensation is
one of slight tingling to actual “burning”. The hydrogen peroxide will not do
any permanent damage to your scalp or your brain or anything like that, but it
doesn’t feel so great for some folks!
In general, you will observe a lightening of the hair. However, depending on
the original color of the hair and other previous chemical applications, etc. the
change in color may not be what you expected.
For those with naturally deep red hair color, a slight yellowing or bronzing
effect may occur. For those with brown or darker hair a sort of transparent
“non color” may occur. Test that strand before you attempt to change the
color of your whole head of hair to avoid unhappy surprises!
71. Cold/Flu Prevention Ear Drops
Regular Strength
This is one of my longest standing and all time favorite hydrogen peroxide
applications and it works like a charm, if you do it soon enough. If you wait
until you already are really sick it will work, and shorten the time of your
illness, but it won’t prevent it, and it won’t stop it in its tracks exactly… You’ll
still need a day or two to get better.
So BEFORE you really are sick, but when you either:
Notice others around you in your household are sick
Notice that your throat is starting to feel “scratchy”
Notice that your nose is getting stuffy
Notice that your sinuses are feeling enflamed or sensitive
Notice that your eyes are watering or you’re sneezing
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At the first sign of any of these “cold precursors” it’s time to take ten minutes
and stop the cold or flu before it really gets hold of you.
Using either a shallow dish and a few q-tips or a small eyedropper, and some
tissue, lie on one side and drop six to eight drops of 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide solution into your ear (the raised ear, obviously.)
Lie on your side for at least 3 to 5 minutes and let the hydrogen peroxide
trickle down inside your ear canal. This feels really funny at first and for some
people the tickling is just too much, but TRY to get used to it, and let that
bubbling and gurgling go on for at least a few minutes.
Then apply a soft wad of tissue to the ear as you turn your head to let the
hydrogen peroxide drain out. It will all drain out readily, and you can use a
clean dry q-tip to swab the outer area of the ear to dry off the excess hydrogen
peroxide on the skin surface of the outer ear.
Turn your head the other way and repeat with the other ear.
When its flu season and the kids are bringing home colds and coughs and flu
from school it’s a good idea to keep this treatment in mind as you find yourself
caring for sick people in your own household.
When family members are actually in bed and sick and I am caring for them I
will repeat this process every other day or so, just to make sure I am not
catching what they have.
Note: If you have an enflamed ear, painful ear infection or other signs that
might lead you to suspect a ruptured eardrum, you should not use this
treatment. Check with your doctor first if you have a painful ear condition
before using this remedy.
72. Hand Washing
Regular Strength
Mix in 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 3 parts of your favorite natural liquid hand
soaps for added disinfection power.
73. General Foot Care
Regular Strength
Just as it does wonders to soak your whole body in a hydrogen peroxide bath,
so it does your feet great wonders to soak them in a tub of hot water,
hydrogen peroxide and Epsom or mineral salts.
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Doctors have now proven that this regular soaking actually improves circulation
to the feet, reducing varicose veins and swelling and killing the fungi and other
bacteria associated with athletes foot.
A good foot soak in a whirlpool foot bathing tub with hydrogen peroxide and
minerals feels wonderful too.
And speaking of athlete’s foot…
74. Athlete’s Foot
Regular Strength
Before you go out and spend a small fortune on who knows what chemicals,
drugs or other remedies for athlete’s foot, try soaking your feet as noted
above.
Spraying the feet with straight 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution after
bathing and at the beginning and end of the day after wearing shoes or after a
morning shower, will dramatically improve all forms of scaly skin, athletes foot
and other foot problems.
Spraying down the shower stall you use daily after each use with 3 percent
hydrogen peroxide solution will also kill the fungi that cause the problem and
help to eliminate repetitive re-infection.
After soaking the feet, use either a pumice stone or a drug store variety skin
file to remove the excess dead skin that will become soft and white during the
soaking process. Then scrub feet briskly with a clean foot brush or bathing
sponge and hydrogen peroxide before drying.
75. Skin Infections and Rash
Regular Strength
A hydrogen peroxide bath is the best cure for skin abrasions I know, and I’ve
had scrapes heal up overnight after one hydrogen peroxide bath, but if you
don’t have the time or inclination to soak in the tub, just spritz the affected
area a couple of times a day and let air dry.
Your skin will heal much faster, and as a benefit I’ve noticed there is no
scarring.
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76. Circulation Improvement
Regular Strength
This remedy for circulation improvement is from Majid Ali, M.D.
If you are interested in understanding the complexities and intricacies of
integrative medicine, his works are a great place to start. We've put his web
site information in the Appendix of Resources at the back of this ebook.
Protocol for Hydrogen Peroxide Foot Soaks and Baths
Hydrogen peroxide soaks can be used with different concentrations of H2O2
and salt. The following is the standard protocol prescribed at the Dr. Ali’s
Institute:
H2O2 Soaks Protocol
Water 20 parts
H2O2 3% 1 part
Salt One teaspoon
Time 20 minutes
The recommended choices of salt are as follows: (1) Epsom salt; (2) sea salt;
and (3) common table salt.
Stronger solutions of H2O2, such as one part of H2O2 and 10 parts of water or 1
part of H2O2 and 15 parts of water may also be tried to test for variations in
efficacy for individual persons.
For chronic conditions, I generally prescribe foot soaks on a four or five day a
week basis. For sub-acute conditions, daily soaks are recommended.
Uncommonly, I have prescribed such soaks on a twice-daily basis.
There are several good brands of foot-soak and foot-massage units available
on the market. The one made by Brookstone Company creates effective
whirlpool conditions and includes a "nodule" for effective massaging of tender
points on the feet or ankles.
77. Skin Care – Anti-Acne
Regular Strength
Acne breakouts – everyone hates them, but lots of us get them. Even
occasional breakouts are a nuisance.
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Real acne is minor clogging of pores with sweat and dirt. It is not infectious,
and is not a skin eruption from below the dermis. A thorough washing of the
face with a mild cleanser each day is the best deterrent to acne.
For spot relief, a cotton swab dipped in 3 percent hydrogen peroxide can
disinfect a pimple… Do not apply pressure. If the hydrogen peroxide has no
effect, then the eruption is something more systemic than acne and may
require other treatments.
In fact, if you have something you are thinking of as “acne” and it does not
respond to hydrogen peroxide application (use a cotton ball or pad, apply the
saturated cotton to the acne, do not apply pressure). Then you very likely are
not experiencing an acne break out. It is more likely to be a form of boil,
infection or other skin irritation, which is symptomatic of the body’s release of
toxicity and not simple acne.
This is good to know if you’ve been thinking to yourself that hydrogen peroxide
doesn’t “work on my acne”.
Hydrogen peroxide heals acne with only one or two applications to the affected
area.
For general good skin care, it is also great to spritz with 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide after showering or bathing.
If you have very sensitive skin, dilute your 3 percent solution again by adding
50 percent distilled water, and it will still be very healthful for your skin.
78. Deodorant
Regular Strength
Because hydrogen peroxide is anti bacterial, it is a great deodorant. It simply
kills the germs and bacteria that cause odors. A hydrogen peroxide spray or
quick wipe with a hydrogen peroxide saturated cloth allowed to air dry and
then followed by crystal deodorant stone or other natural deodorant will keep
you smelling fresher longer, since you’ve started with a clean skin surface.
79. Bruise Soak
Regular Strength
The next time you bang your shin, or whack your wrist, set it to soak in a soak
of mineral sea salts and hydrogen peroxide mixed in hot water. It is possible to
completely “skip” the bruising stage this way, if done right away.
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Mix 2 to 4 tablespoons Epsom salts, 4 ounces 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in
one to two gallons hot water. If you start with one gallon and keep adding
water, you may get to two gallons… see?
This soak is also great for circulation, and the recommended foot soak protocol
from Dr. Majid Ali can be found there.
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Plants
Using hydrogen peroxide for plant care is effective and relatively simple.
Whether you are growing indoor plants or working out of doors in the garden,
hydrogen peroxide can be used for aerating soils, killing viruses and molds, and
even pest control. Mixing small amounts of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in the
watering can or sprayer for foliage applications helps keep plants healthy and
thriving. Strong solutions, over 10 percent, can even be used for direct
application non toxic weed killing.
80. House Plants
Regular Strength
Keep houseplants healthy and green by adding 4 ounces (½ cup) 3 percent
hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water when watering. This will oxygenate the
soil and root system of the plant, improving growth and color.
If you have a plant that is not doing well, repot it in fresh soil and use this
watering solution intermittently for several weeks.
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81. Plant Diseases & Fungi
Regular Strength
Use hydrogen peroxide as a natural fungicide to kill diseases and
microorganisms attacking your houseplants. Mix 8 ounces (1 cup) 3 percent
solution to 1 gallon of water. Dispense in a spray bottle, misting the affected
plants every few days until they improve.
In cases of serious damage or disease, many horticulturists recommend a
straight 3 percent spray solution applied directly to plant leaves. However,
some plants are very tender, and this solution may be too strong. Test on one
leaf before spraying the entire plant if you are uncertain.
The 8 ounces 3 percent to one gallon of water solution is also recommended
for plants in high stress from either too little water, or over watering leading to
root rot. In the case of over watered or improperly drained plants, repot in
fresh soil before applying the solution.
82. Sprouting Seeds
Regular Strength
Whether you are sprouting seeds for the sprouts or to start a new crop in the
garden, hydrogen peroxide works wonders for sprouting seeds. Keeping seeds
moist as they germinate without sprouting grey fuzzy mold can be a neat trick.
But with hydrogen peroxide it’s simple.
Ensure your seed sprouting success by starting with washing the sprouting
equipment (sprout trays, plastic planters etc) with regular hand dish washing
liquid and hot water. Next, spray the trays down with 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide solution, followed by a spray down with white vinegar. Wipe the trays
until clean and dry with paper towel or a clean cloth. This will disinfect the
growing area before you begin.
Next, follow the instructions for your sprouting seeds, either by setting them in
a glass jar with clean water to soak for a bit, or by moistening and placing in
the planting trays. However, instead of using plain water to rinse and prepare
your sprout seeds, use a hydrogen peroxide dilution of 4 ounces of 3 percent
hydrogen peroxide to one quart of water.
Each time you rinse the sprouts or water them in the growing cycle, use the
hydrogen peroxide solution instead of plain water.
Your sprouts and seedlings will grow faster, stronger and greener, and you
won’t be trying to rinse off grey fuzzy mold from baby plants headed for the
garden or dumping trays of eating sprouts as inedible because of mold growth.
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Once the seedlings are moved out of doors or into the garden, continue to use
a mild hydrogen peroxide solution when watering once a week or so
throughout the growing season. You’ll be pleasantly surprised at how well your
garden grows with a little h2O2 in the water.
Tip: remember to repeat the washing and disinfecting steps each time you
start a new crop of sprouts. This way your sprouting trays cannot harbor molds
or other airborne yeasts, mildews and fungi.
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Outdoor Uses
Garden
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83. Garden Plants
Regular Strength
Hydrogen peroxide works equally well in the garden, and can be applied using
a watering can or with a liquid sprayer. Set the dilution to 4:64 for liquid
sprayer units (that translates to 1 ounce per gallon, or roughly ½ cup per
gallon.) Saturating the soil around garden plants and spraying the foliage will
improve plant strength, growth and color.
84. Cuttings and Rootings
Regular Strength
Start new cuttings to root in a solution of ½ cup 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
to 1 gallon of water. They’ll root faster and begin new leaf growth sooner, too.
85. Pest Control – Spider Mites, Flea Beetles and
Aphids
Regular Strength
Here is a handy organic solution to some common garden pests. Simply mix
together
8 oz 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
8 oz white sugar
1 gallon water
Once mixed thoroughly pour some off into a sprayer bottle for use. Spray the
undersides and tops of foliage thoroughly. You may have to repeat the
procedure for several days before you’ve turned the tide on these plant eating
pests, but it will work.
Remember there is sugar in this mixture, so you might want to move any
afflicted houseplants out of doors before applications. That will avoid spraying
a sugar water indoors where it could adhere to walls or floors or attract ants.
86. Weed Killer
Extra Strength
Hydrogen peroxide at a 10 percent solution is an excellent non-pervasive and
eco friendly “herbicide”. There are no commercial products available at a 10
percent solution, so the easiest way to do this is to purchase 30 percent
agricultural hydrogen peroxide and simply dilute it down to the desired 10
percent solution. Apply directly to the targeted weeds. This will also work with
aquatic weeds. However, if killing off weeds in a contained fishpond, do not
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add such concentrations to the pond without first removing the fish and any
plants you do not intend to kill!
87. Birdbaths
Double Strength
Is your birdbath full of algae and slime? If it is… empty the water and let it
stand for a few days in dry weather. Then fill to cover the dried growth with 3
percent solution of hydrogen peroxide and let it stand for at least an hour. In
the years I have been doing this, I’ve never had a problem with birds going to
the birdbath while I’m in the midst of the cleaning, but you may cover the
birdbath while the hydrogen peroxide is doing its work. (If the birdbath is in
direct sunlight, definitely cover it, as the sunlight breaks down the hydrogen
peroxide and will reduce its effectiveness.)
After an hour or more, scrub out the now mostly broken down algae and crud
and rinse with fresh clean water. If your birdbath is really bad, you might have
to repeat this process once more to get it really clean.
You can also use a mixture of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and
kosher salt (for the large crystals). Make a goopy paste consistency mixture to
use when scrubbing out the bird bath to speed things along. The baking soda
will remove all the odors of the algae as well and the salt will provide the
abrasive action to remove the algae from the bird bath surface.
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Pools & Spas
88. Hot Tubs
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
*****Move 85 to below the 4th paragraph here below:***********
There is nothing so relaxing as a warm, bubbling soak in a hot tub…
Particularly if that hot tub is cleaned with hydrogen peroxide rather than
chlorinated. The oxygen enriched water smells clean and fresh, softening your
skin and soothing your body as you soak.
According to the Merck index, hydrogen peroxide can be used as a water
disinfectant. In fact, it is used internationally for water disinfection, treatment
of wastewater, water gardens and, increasingly, in swimming pools and spas.
Some newer pool disinfection systems actually use recently developed
equipment to generate oxidation in the water as it passes through the cleaning
system. In these newer systems the need for additional chemicals in the water
can be completely, or nearly completely eliminated.
While older spa systems rely on harsh toxic chemicals which fill the surrounding
area with their fumes and odor, these newer system provide clean, fresh
oxygen enriched water for bathing which has no odor.
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For those not ready to invest in an entirely new hot tub filtration and water
disinfection system, food grade hydrogen peroxide offers a transitional solution.
You can eliminate the use of chlorine or bromine chemicals in the spa and use
hydrogen peroxide instead of these chemicals. Adding any type of ozonator or
UV sterilizer to the system will also assist the hydrogen peroxide in the event
that your water contains high levels of iron or organics, which will break down
the hydrogen peroxide more quickly. If you are unsure of the mineral content
of the water, begin using the hydrogen peroxide as described here, and test for
hydrogen peroxide levels frequently.
Begin by shocking the tub with a high dose of 35 percent food grade hydrogen
peroxide. Add one cup (8 ounces/250 milliliters) of 35 percent hydrogen
peroxide per every 250 gallons (1000 liters) of water in the tub. Run the pumps
to circulate the water as you add the hydrogen peroxide and then
intermittently over the next 24 hours.
Note: Be sure to check and empty the filters when beginning and several dimes
through out the first 24 hours as the hydrogen peroxide will break down
organics and other materials in the water and may at first create an excessive
load on the filter system as you transition.
Allow the water to stand overnight (after the initial 24 hours have passed. Then
circulate the water briefly before using a hydrogen peroxide test strip to
measure the level of hydrogen peroxide in the water.
Hydrogen peroxide levels should run between 30 and 100 ppm (parts per
million) for regular hot tub use. If the levels are below 30 ppm when testing,
add hydrogen peroxide at a rate of 1 cup 35 percent food grade hydrogen
peroxide per 500 gallons of water. Circulate and let stand several hours before
testing after adding hydrogen peroxide.
By testing often in the early stages of using hydrogen peroxide you will be able
to determine how often you will need to add hydrogen peroxide to the spa. The
levels will vary according to the frequency and number of people using it. Test
at least weekly once you have a general idea of what your spa needs to
maintain optimum levels of hydrogen peroxide.
89. Swimming Pools
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
Swimming pools as well can be run on hydrogen peroxide instead of chlorine,
bromine or other chemicals. Using food grade hydrogen peroxide for
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swimming pools has become so popular that it is the fastest growing market
segment of consumer purchases of food grade hydrogen peroxide.
Like hot tubs and spas, swimming pools can be effectively maintained using
hydrogen peroxide. However, unlike hot tubs and spas, swimming pools are
substantially larger bodies of water and ideally, should not require constant
circulation or pumping.
In recent years, several product lines have become available on the market,
which allow you to set up oxidizing systems which do not require the addition
of any chemicals, or even hydrogen peroxide. These new systems are
becoming increasingly popular as more and more commercial and home
swimming facilities recognize the drawbacks of chlorination.
To achieve the highest level of purification it is generally recommended that
any oxidizing system should also consist of an additional UV (ultra violet)
disinfection system as well as the oxidizing unit. Many prepackaged systems
are comprised of both the oxidizing and the ultra violet disinfection systems.
90. Water Gardens
Regular Strength
Hydrogen peroxide is used in commercial water gardens around the world for
water sanitizing and as an algaecide. When using hydrogen peroxide for water
gardens, a dilution of 8 ounces (1 cup) of 3 percent solution to each 5000
gallons of pond water will give you a clean water garden.
You can provide a natural hydrogen peroxide emission system by adding baled
barley, peat or lavender to the pond. These plants naturally produce hydrogen
peroxide in the pond over time.
91. Fish Ponds
Regular Strength
As with water gardens, commercial fish farms, aquariums and other
commercial aquatic operations rely heavily on food grade hydrogen peroxide
for cleaning, algaecide and sanitizing the water.
In smaller consumer based applications, again care must be taken to avoid
over dosing the pond. Hydrogen peroxide even in very weak dilutions can
affect fish and other aquatic life.
In general, dilutions of 1/8 cup of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of
water are preferred, and water should be added to the fish pond one gallon at
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a time; never change out the entire pond and refill with hydrogen peroxide
diluted water. Instead, simply add the hydrogen peroxide, one gallon of
dilution mix at a time, over the course of a week or two.
92. Outdoor Fountains
Regular Strength to
Extra Strength
For outdoor fountains not containing fish, add one cup 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide to the running fountain every few weeks to keep water clean and
clear and algae and bacteria free.
If the fountain has a filtering pump, be sure to check the filter and clean it
after adding the hydrogen peroxide to avoid clogging and pump failure.
For more serious cleaning jobs, you’ll want to pick up some sodium
percarbonate. To clean a fountain that has accumulated algae and organic
matter start by draining the fountain. Then remove as much of the loose
material as possible. Then apply a generous coat of sodium percarbonate,
being sure to wear gloves or make certain the sodium percarbonate doesn’t
come in contact with your skin.
Let the sodium percarbonate sit on the fountain’s interior surfaces until it has
had time to do its work. It will bleach and loosen all the algae and scum. If
needed, use a scrub brush for the toughest stains and built up algae areas,
then rinse down with water and drain again before refilling with clean water.
Caution: sodium percarbonate dissolves in water to an approximate 27 percent
hydrogen peroxide solution. This will burn your skin, and can kill fish and plants
at such a high concentration. If working in a garden area, be sure to
continually run water over the area where the sodium percarbonate is draining
to dilute it down to levels safe for the surrounding environment.
You can also use the 3 percent hydrogen peroxide, baking soda and salt
mixture as advised for bird bath cleaning in place of the sodium percarbonate,
but it will not work as quickly and it will not bleach the surface of the fountain.
However, it will work just as effectively for most fountain cleaning jobs, and
will not require the extra caution of higher concentration sodium
percarbonates.
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Auto
These days it seems we all spend too much time in our automobiles, but even
if you mange to avoid being in the car for hours every day, it’s a good idea to
keep that interior clean and healthy for the times you are inside it. Using toxic
chemicals to clean upholstery, windows or interior surfaces of your car will put
you into a toxic environment every time you drive or ride in the automobile.
Instead, use hydrogen peroxide to clean and freshen the interior (and exterior)
of your car for a safe, healthy and pleasantly fresh ride.
93. Window Cleaner
Regular Strength
As already noted in the indoor general cleaning section, hydrogen peroxide at 3
percent solution is an excellent glass cleaner. It is great for interior and exterior
auto glass, leaving a clean fresh “no scent”, removing musty odors, and is quite
literally streak free.
Automobile interiors can become quite grimy over time. Fingerprints, dirt, and
the accumulations of dust, dander, pet and human skin oils can leave a filmy
residue on interior glass surfaces. Hydrogen peroxide not only cuts through
and cleans all that build up, it also disinfects and freshens the interior of the
automobile.
Keep the doors open while washing the interior windows to allow for proper
ventilation. Spray a 3 percent solution directly on the glass and wipe clean with
a clean cloth, unprinted newsprint paper or paper towel.
94. Mirrors and Chrome
Regular Strength
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If you think it’s great on the windows, just wait till you see how well it works
on your mirrors and chrome! Mirrors stay clear and chrome shines bright.
That simple 3 percent solution spray bottle can handle it all.
95. Vinyl and Plastic Interior Surface Cleaner
Regular Strength
3 percent hydrogen peroxide spray is perfectly safe for use on vinyl, plastic and
other man made interiors found in automobiles. It will deep clean, spot clean
and deodorize the car all with one application. Simply spray down the seats,
interiors of car doors, moldings, dash units and glove boxes with the 3 percent
solution and wipe clean with a sponge or clean damp cloth.
Use a dry rag to wipe down all the surfaces once they are clean to remove any
excess moisture.
If you have fabric upholstery, test a small un-noticeable area first for color
fastness, usually it’s fine and there’s no problem, but test to be sure. For deepset stains, spray the hydrogen peroxide and let set. Then blot or wipe with a
clean cloth or sponge and let dry.
In cases where spills or stains leave odors (milk, urine, sugared drinks etc) you
may want to use a small paste application of baking soda and 3 percent
hydrygen peroxide. Apply directly to the affected area and let stand for several
hours or overnight, then brush up excess powder and blot the area with a
clean cloth.
96. Carpet and Upholstery Spot Cleaning
Regular Strength to
Double Strength
For carpeting stain removal in the car or truck, follow the same instructions we
use for regular carpet and upholstery cleaning in the home. Saturate the area
that is stained and let set for a few moments. Then blot. Repeat as needed.
Before attempting stain removal of carpeting, it’s a good idea to vacuum the
carpeting and remove all loose dirt and debris. Then apply the hydrogen
peroxide to the stain(s), let set for a moment, then blot and repeat as needed.
Most of the time one application will do the trick. In fact, often you can watch
the stains disappear right in front of your eyes as soon as the hydrogen
peroxide is applied.
For deep set or odiforous stains, use the baking soda and 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide paste in spot applications. Leave for as long as overnight, brush or
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vacuum up the excess powder residue and blot clean with a cloth. You may
want to apply a final spray of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide after the application
and blot one final time for complete removal of the stain and odor.
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Concrete Patios, Garage Floors and Driveways
97. Patio Cleaning
Regular Strength to
Double Strength
Is your outdoor patio stained? Whether from mud, grease, or other contact
with staining materials, concrete can become stained and unsightly over time.
To remove stains from a concrete or brick patio, mix 4 ounces sodium
percarbonate to each quart of hot (100 to 150 degrees F) water. A few drops
of liquid dish soap can be added to the mixture to help it adhere to the
concrete surface better. (Liquid dish soap is a surfactant). Apply the liquid to
the patio using a long handled scrub brush (non metallic) stiff broom or mop.
Let stand at least 10 to 15 minutes, then rinse thoroughly with running water.
In case of severe staining, scrub again before rinsing and repeat if needed.
98. Garage Floors
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
Remove stains from concrete garage floors with the same formulation as for
outdoor patios. In this case you may want to start with the dry sodium
percarbonate powder and small amounts of warm to hot water to contain the
cleaning solution to a smaller area. You can also apply a few drops of liquid
dish soap to help the solution adhere to the stain.
Be sure to vacuum, sweep or otherwise remove all loose dirt, sawdust and
other loose material before beginning. Use sawdust or clean sand to remove as
much excess oil or gasoline from stains caused by these hydrocarbon
compounds before attempting to remove the stains.
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Clean sand, kitty litter and saw dust all work well to soak up oils and gas, but
remember that any material used in this way must be contained and disposed
of according to local hazardous waste removal regulations. Oil and gas
contamination of groundwater sources is a serious problem, so make sure you
dispose of the soiled materials properly.
After all excess oil and debris has been removed, sprinkle the sodium
percarbonate on the stained areas, adding small amounts of warm to hot water
as you work. Brush vigorously with a non-metallic scrub brush and then rinse
clean with flowing water.
99. Driveways
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
Follow instructions for cleaning outdoor patios to clean your concrete driveway
or apron. For larger stained areas, use a scrub brush on a pole. Be sure to run
plenty of water when rinsing to avoid leaving residue of sodium percarbonate
undiluted in nearby grass or garden areas.
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Outdoor Decking
100. Wood Deck Stain Removal
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
Brighten wood and remove mildew, algae, nail head stains and other blemishes
on outdoor wood decks. Mix a solution of16 ounce for each gallon of hot water.
Use one gallon of solution in a large bucket with a mop, long handled scrub
brush (non metallic) or stiff broom. Apply the wet solution while scrubbing and
let stand at least 15 minutes before rinsing thoroughly with running water.
101. Wood Deck Cleaning
Double Strength
For general cleaning of wood decks a solution of sodium percarbonate at
double strength (8 ounces per gallon of water) is sufficient to handle regular
cleaning. It is easiest to apply using a bucket and long handled brush or stiff
broom. Rinse and let air dry.
Regular cleaning will help prevent the build up of algae and mildew, which can
help prevent the onset of dry rot as well.
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Vinyl
102. Vinyl Siding General Cleaning
Siding
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
Begin with a double strength (8 ounces to one gallon water) solution of sodium
percarbonate in warm to hot water. Remove all loose debris before washing
using a spray hose or brush attachment.
Use a long handled brush, sponge or sponge mop to apply the sodium
percarbonate from the highest point across and then work your way down the
siding. Rinse with running water.
103. Vinyl Siding Stain Removal
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
Tough mildew, mold or tree sap staining on vinyl siding can be removed using
a small amount of sodium percarbonate paste applied directly to the stain and
spread thinly over it. Let stand at least one hour, then scrub and rinse.
Extremely tough stains may require two applications.
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Pet Care
104. Skunk Odor Removal Treatment
Regular Strength
Perhaps the most amazing and potent use of hydrogen peroxide is as a skunk
odor remover for dogs. While we have never actually used this remedy on a
cat, (and have never had a cat sprayed by a skunk), chances are very good, if
you could figure out how to get the cat to keep still for the treatment, that it
would work equally well on cats as it does on dogs. Let’s hope none of us ever
has to find this out.
To treat a skunked dog, the first thing you’ll need is some good latex or rubber
gloves. You’ll also want to put on your least favorite clothing. Some friends we
know even wear a fish cutter’s apron (one of those big yellow or white rubber
coated things!) Depending on the size of the dog and the severity of the skunk
encounter, you will have to make those decisions as you go.
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The first thing to notice is how badly the dog has been sprayed. We have seen
dogs who actually seem to love getting skunked, and in some cases the spray
can be so heavy as to appear as a sticky clear coating on the dog’s face, chest
and head. Double yuck.
If this is the case, you will most likely need to apply the treatment twice: first
to remove the actual physical skunk spray that is on the dog, and second to
remove all residual odors.
For small dogs, mix 1 to 2 cups baking soda, a few drops of liquid dish
detergent and 8 ounces of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in a glass, plastic or
ceramic container. A large bowl works best.
Continue to stir the mixture until it is a smooth consistent thick liquid. It will
begin to settle and harden between stirrings, that’s fine. Apply the mixture
directly to the dog, starting where the spray is worst and working to the tail.
Apply by stirring until liquid and then scooping one handful at a time and
rubbing in to the dog’s fur and skin. If the mixture gets too thick, simply add
more hydrogen peroxide. If it gets too thin, add more baking soda.
Apply until you’ve coated the dog’s fur from head to tail, being careful to keep
out of the eyes. This will take you 5 to 10 minutes. The longer the paste is on
the dog, the better the results. However, it is a tough job to keep a dog coated
in baking soda and hydrogen peroxide for any length of time! They want to
shake (don’t let them, it will spray little droplets of baking soda mix all over the
place!) Most dogs don’t like baths, so depending on your dog’s temperament
this job could be easier or more difficult to accomplish. Once the dog is
thoroughly coated, begin to rinse off the paste starting at the tail and working
your way back to the head. This lets the paste stay on the head and chest area
longest where it is most needed.
When the dog is completely rinsed, check to see if you need to repeat the
process. Unless the dog has sustained a direct hit to the face and front body
area leaving visible spray on the fur, one application is usually sufficient.
Note: Skunk spray is amazing stuff. It actually activates more strongly when in
contact with moisture, so when you begin rinsing the dog you may suddenly
smell the skunk odor again after the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide have
already done most of their work. That’s okay, just keep rinsing until you
remove all the baking soda hydrogen peroxide mixture from the dogs fur.
From the moment you begin to apply the paste, the odor will become less
unbearable, and by the time you are done with the “skunk odor bath” you will
be greatly relieved.
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The hardest thing about this treatment is that you actually have to bathe the
dog… That is, you have to stand over this horrid smell up close and personal
until the job is done. Don’t torture yourself any more than necessary. Open
nearby windows, do the bathing out of doors, or whatever it takes to relieve
you of having to endure the up close experience of strong skunk odor.
This is absolutely the only method we have ever used in all our years of dog
skunk encounters that actually works. In a funny confirmation of this fact, this
actual skunk odor removal remedy was tested by the folks over at Myth Busters
a couple of years back… and they too determined it to be the only genuine
solution to skunk odor of the various methods they tried.
105. Litter Boxes
Regular Strength
Keep litter boxes fresh and clean with regular cleaning. Every six months or so,
completely empty the litter box, removing all solid material and fill with hot
water mixed with 2 to 3 ounces of sodium percarbonate. Let stand at least 30
minutes, preferably up to 5 hours.
After soaking, scrub clean, drain and rinse and set to dry. The sodium
percarbonate is great for septic tanks, plumbing pipes and toilet bowls, so
flushing it down the drain is no problem.
Between cleanings keep the litter box fresh by sprinkling a small amount of
sodium percarbonate on the surface of the dry litter when changing the litter or
adding fresh litter. If your litter box has a roof with a ventilation screen at the
top (often with a charcoal filter “sponge” in it) you can sprinkle sodium
percarbonate on the charcoal sponge as well.
106. Ear Mite Prevention/Cure
Regular Strength
Does your dog have ear mites? Some dogs seem to be prone to them no
matter how well cared for they are. If you notice your dog shaking his/her
head often, it is wise to check for ear mites.
Use one to three cotton balls pinched together and gently swab out the inside
of the ear. If it is covered with brown “crumbs” or comes up with a brown wet
surface on the cotton ball chances are good your dog has ear mites.
To solve the problem, get some fresh clean cotton balls and saturate them with
3 percent hydrogen peroxide. Now gently swab the ear again, massaging the
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base of the ear while the cotton balls are in the ear. Remove, discard and
repeat with clean dry cotton balls to remove the excess moisture. Regular
applications of hydrogen peroxide to the ears will eliminate ear mites in dogs
within weeks. Often one application is all it takes.
107. Wormer – Water Treatment
Regular Strength
Dogs can pick up worms just by walking around the neighborhood. They don’t
have shoes, and the most common worms can come in right through the pads
of their feet.
The more dogs in the local area, the more likely yours are to pick up worms.
Rather than spending lots of money on liquid wormers that the dogs simply
refuse to take, throw up after you give them, or what have you, try adding a
few drops of hydrogen peroxide to the water dish.
One teaspoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide per gallon of water every so
often is a great defense against worms and infection for your dog. It is best to
use this treatment sporadically, every few weeks or so, and not on an every
day basis. Then add the hydrogen peroxide for several days running.
108. Emergency Dog Treatment for Poisoning
Regular Strength
Note: this emergency treatment should only be used when you know what the
dog has ingested and that vomiting is the best solution for the problem. For
example, if you know the dog has ingested rat poison, onions, or some other
poison for which the best remedy is to get them to “toss their cookies” then
this is the best and most expedient treatment. But if you do not know what
they’ve eaten, or whether or not vomiting is the best solution, contact your vet
before treating the dog. Some caustics, like bleach, or hydrogchemicals can
actually do more damage if vomiting is induced than if they travel through the
digestive system, so always check first if you are uncertain!
To induce vomiting in cases of poisoning in dogs: administer 2 to 3 teaspoons
of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide orally for average size dogs (over 30 pounds)
half that dose for small dogs. They won’t like it, so you’ll have to more or less
pour it down their throats. Wait five minutes. If no vomiting ensues, repeat one
time only. Vomiting should commence within five minutes so get the dog
outside.
We’ve known of several dogs whose lives were saved with this treatment –
most commonly animals who have eaten rat poison put out by farmers or
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neighbors without consideration that a local dog could come upon the baited
food as easily as a rat might. So the moral of this story might also be to avoid
using any types of strong poisons around your home or farm. You might just
accidentally poison your own pet!
109. Aquariums
Regular Strength
Hydrogen Peroxide is used in large commercial aquariums around the world for
algae control, oxygenating the water and general cleaning.
Ratios of hydrogen peroxide to aquarium water are extremely precise, and
need to be tested carefully or the marine life in the aquariums could be
threatened by improper applications.
For home aquarium use, it is best to remove any fish or living creatures before
you first test using hydrogen peroxide in the aquarium. Amounts to be used
are generally less than 1 ounce 3 percent solution per 100 gallons to start.
For home aquarium cleaning when the tank will be drained and refreshed, use
sodium percarbonate in a soak to remove dead algae growth and stubborn
stains. Use a regular strength solution, scrub as needed and rinse well.
Never add even a 3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution directly to the
aquarium as it can harm the fist at such concentration. Instead, dilute at least
64 to one before adding small amounts (less than 8 ounces at a time) to the
water.
Specialized Uses
110. Wood Refinishing
Extra Strength
Want to strip that old dresser or bookcase and refinish it? The next time you
need to strip some furniture, try using 35 percent hydrogen peroxide instead of
toxic furniture finish strippers.
You will still need your rubber gloves because 35 percent hydrogen peroxide
will burn your skin on direct contact, although it will do no permanent damage,
it is quite uncomfortable. Should you accidentally spill some 35 percent
hydrogen peroxide on your skin just flush with fast running water for at least 5
minutes. It may still sting a bit, and the skin may turn white temporarily.
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You can apply the 35 percent hydrogen peroxide with a rag or by pouring it
directly on the furniture surface and letting it sit as it begins to oxidize and
loosen the old finish.
Use your scraper blade to remove the loosened finish. Repeat the process until
you have removed most of the finish, and then wipe the surfaces dry. Once
the wood surface is completely dry again, you can proceed to the sander to
take off the last rough bits and get your furniture ready for its new finish.
If you don’t have any 35 percent hydrogen peroxide, you can also use sodium
percarbonate for this job. Simply add water to create a full strength paste of
sodium percarbonate, and smear it over the furniture surface. Wait 15 minutes
to an hour, testing occasionally to see if the finish is ready to be scraped off,
then scrape off the old finish, rinse off any residual sodium percarbonate with a
damp cloth or sponge, and wipe dry. Let the piece stand until it is completely
dry before proceeding to sanding.
111. Carbon and Grease Buildup Stripping
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
To remove build up of carbon from barbeque grilling racks, soot stains on
fireplace bricks or any place where cooking with fire or heating with fire has left
soot and staining, make a paste of sodium percarbonate and hot water.
Apply the paste to the affected areas and let stand at least one hour. Scrub
and rinse using hot water. For very stubborn carbon deposits you may need to
soak the item overnight in a strong (12 to 16 ounces sodium percarbonate per
gallon hot water) cleaning solution and then scrub and rinse.
112. Oil Rags, Work Clothes Presoak
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
See Laundry Heavily Soiled Items
113. Toxic Caustics and Chemicals Replacement
Double Strength or
Extra Strength
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Toilet bowl cleaners, oven cleaners, degreasers and other chemicals used
around the home can all contain extremely toxic caustic agents. Read the
labels.
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Corrosives. Avoid products labeled "Danger. Corrosive." Corrosives
include some of the most dangerous chemicals in the home, such as lye,
hydrochloric acid, phosphoric acid, and sulfuric acid -- the active agents
in many drain cleaners, oven cleaners, and toilet cleaners. These
chemicals can burn the skin, cause internal burns if ingested, and
explode if used incorrectly.
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Ammonia. Many home recipes and commercial products contain
ammonia, but it is a strong eye and lung irritant and should particularly
be avoided by anyone with asthma or other lung sensitivities.
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Bleach. For the reasons noted elsewhere, but primarily for its toxic
fumes.
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Phosphates. Phosphates are naturally occurring minerals used in
automatic dishwashing detergents as a water softener. When released
back into the environment, phosphates can cause algae blooms in lakes
and ponds that kill aquatic life. Look for phosphate-free dishwashing
detergents, try a homemade recipe of half borax and half washing soda
(a more alkaline form of baking soda), or skip the dishwasher and use a
dishpan and regular dish soap instead.
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Petroleum products. Many surfactants (cleaning agents) are refined
petroleum products that are linked with health problems and require
environmentally harsh methods to extract and distill. A few specific ones
to avoid: diethylene glycol, nonylphenol ethoxylate, and butyl cellosolve.
If you are in doubt about a particular product’s safety, head on over
to the Household Products Database from NIH and do a search for the
product. You’ll find their home page at:
http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/
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Appendices
Appendix A: At A Glance: Basic Cleaning Product Replacement Guide
Ammonia General Household
Cleaners, Spray Cleaners, Floor
Cleaners
Oven Cleaner
Bathroom Tile Grout Cleaner
Carpet Spot Stain Remover
Carpet Deep Stain and Odor
Removers
Carpet Cleaning – General
Kitchen Disinfection/Sterilization
Cutting Boards, Counter Tops and
Raw Food Handling Surfaces and
Utensils
Window Cleaner
Laundry Pre Soak
Fine Fabric Spot and Stain
Removal
Upholstery, General Fabric Spot
and Stain Removers
3 percent regular strength hydrogen
peroxide spray OR general cleaning
solution of 1 oz. sodium percarbonate to
one quart warm/hot water.
Paste of sodium percarbonate and hot
water applied for 10 to 30 minutes, then
wipe and rinse clean.
Sodium percarbonate paste mix, apply
and let stand 15 minutes, scrub if
necessary, rinse clean.
3 percent hydrogen peroxide spray
solution, saturate, blot and repeat as
needed.
Sodium percarbonate paste, apply, brush
in, let stand 15 minutes. Rinse and blot
clean. Or baking soda 3 percent solution
paste applied the same way.
Add 1 ounce sodium percarbonate or 4 to
8 ounces 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to
carpet shampooer tank.
Spray with 3 percent hydrogen peroxide
followed by a spray of white vinegar.
Wipe or rinse clean.
3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution in
a spray bottle.
1 to 3 ounces sodium percarbonate to 1
quart of hot water depending how soiled
items to be pre soaked are.
Fine fabrics: 3 percent hydrogen
peroxide solution spray (you can also use
a Q-Tip to apply to small spot stains.
For deep stains use a 2-4 ounce/1 quart
hot water solution of sodium
percarbonate, brush or thoroughly
saturate stain, let stand 30 minutes,
rinse and blot clean. Check Color
Fastness First!
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Cement Cleaners
Pre Wash for Indoor Painting
General Cleaning – 2 ounces sodium
percarbonate 1 quart hot water, apply
scrub and let stand 15 to 30 minutes,
rinse thoroughly.
3 percent hydrogen peroxide solution in
spray and wipe clean to remove grease
dirt and debris before painting.
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Appendix B: Cleaning Formulations and Home Cleaning Recipes
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General Cleaning Solution: 1 ounce sodium percarbonate to 1 quart
hot water; 3 percent hydrogen peroxide in spray bottle
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Odor Remover/General Deodorizer: 1 to 2 cups baking soda; 8 to
10 ounces 3 percent hydrogen peroxide 3 to 6 drops liquid dish
detergent. Mix well, mixture will thicken when left standing, stir to
loosen and apply as wet paste.
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Deep cleaning stain removal and scouring paste: mix sodium
percarbonate with only enough water to make a paste. Use 3 percent
hydrogen peroxide spray directly on stains and spots.
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Kitchen Disinfection/Sterilization: Spray bottle of 3 percent
hydrogen peroxide solution and spray bottle of acetic acid (white
vinegar) use consecutively, the order is not important. Do not mix or
combine spray bottles as hydrogen peroxide breaks down when exposed
to vinegar.
Sodium Percarbonate Home Products Data Sheet; Manufacturers Uses
List, Storage and Handling Instructions:
Household Products Data Sheet for Sodium Percarbonate Lists products
containing sodium percarbonate as well as data on the chemical compound
http://householdproducts.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/household/brands?tbl=chem&id=529
Sodium Percarbonate This product is a white particle powder, non-toxic no
contamination, non-flammable, non-explosive, easy to get damp, and soluble in
water. It is non-toxic, environmentally safe, biodegradable, and leaves no
harmful by-products or residues that can harm the environment.
Excellent for cleaning and removing organic stains such as coffee, tea, wine,
fruit juices, foods, sauces, grass, blood, urine or sweat from fabrics, plastics,
fiberglass, porcelain, ceramics, wood, carpets, asphalt, concrete, etc.
A partial list of Sodium Percarbonate Cleaning Uses
Use it to Clean:
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Algae Stained Roofs, Siding and Wood Decks.
Ceramic Tile Grout
Food Stained Plastic Storage Containers, Formica stained counters
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Coffee and Iced Tea makers
Any fabric: ink stains, oil, grease, chocolate, tomato sauce, grass, blood,
mud
Carpet Cleaner
Mildew Stained Tents, Camping Gear, Coolers, etc.
Septic System Enhancer helps keep the drain field soil loose so that it
drains well.
Boat Canvas, vinyl, rope, Teakwood
Lawn Furniture
Sanitize everything from Garbage Cans to baby diapers
Pet Stains – Odors
Use it to sanitize your swimming pool or hot tub
Commercial Growers use it to clean and sterilize their pots, benches soil
etc.
Sterilize home brewing equipment.
Virtually Anything that is Water Washable!
How Does it Work?
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Simply mix with warm water.
Once dissolved, you soak articles in the solution or apply with a sprayer,
mop or brush.
Wood decks come clean in minutes. Many clothing stains disappear in
several hours or after a simple overnight soaking! Scrub most articles
lightly after the solution soaks and rinse with a hose or running water.
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Appendix C: Important Information for Those Using Hydrogen
Peroxide around the Home
1. Food Grade Hydrogen Peroxide at 35 Percent is caustic to your
body.
In the event of ingestion of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide a person’s life is in
critical danger. Do NOT induce vomiting. Do NOT allow the person to lie down,
become prone, or curl up in a ball. These are natural tendencies because the
hydrogen peroxide will cause severe stomach discomfort. The person must
remain upright. Standing or sitting upright with a clear open air passageway.
Have the person drink plenty of plain room temperature water and remaining
sitting or standing until the symptoms subside completely. There will be a lot of
burping and expulsion of excess gas from the stomach along the way.
The reason you must not allow the person to lie down, become prone or curl
up is that if the gas produced by the reactions in the stomach to the peroxide
are not released they will rise into the lungs and suffocate the person. In
recent years there have been only 2 deaths by ingestions of 35 percent food
grade hydrogen peroxide I know of, and both occurred when the person did
not remain upright. In constrast, I know of two cases where the person
remained upright, drank plenty of water, burped like crazy, and within a few
hours was completely fine with no long lasting ill effects whatever.
The only cases of ingestion I know of ALL occurred when the 35 percent
peroxide was NOT LABELED was in “temporary containers” in one case it was
actually in an old soda bottle! And the unsuspecting victim drank it thinking it
was water. LABEL. SEAL and KEEP SAFELY OUT OF REACH OF
CHILDREN ALL 35 PERCENT SOLUTIONS OF H2O2!
It is my personal opinion that in a home with children any 35 percent peroxide
should be locked in a locking freezer. It will not freeze, will keep well, and will
be safely out of harm’s way. If you cannot do this, consider only keeping lower
concentrations in the home until your children grow up. But remember, in ALL
of the cases I know of, the people involved were over 16 years of age and
were capable of reading, had there been labels to read. LABEL IT and KEEP
IT SAFE.
As a comparison, the number of accidental poisonings each year in the U.S.
attributed to household cleaners is in the thousands. For a more in-depth
look at the serious issues surrounding toxic household chemicals,
take a look here: http://www.cleaningpro.com/toxic.cfm
2. Adding 35 percent food grade hydrogen peroxide to drinking water is safe,
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so long as you understand that it only takes a few drops for every 8 ounces of
water to achieve desired results. In many parts of the world hydrogen
peroxide is used for drinking water disinfection.
In fact, it is now the fastest growing bio hazard control product in a vapor
application being used for life science, pharmaceutical and medical research
facilities. But that doesn’t mean you drink peroxide! It means you add 2 to 3
drops to a full glass of water,
We’ve been adding it by the droplet to our drinking water for years with no ill
effects and it does seem to help us fend off colds and flu when others are
coming down sick all around us. But this is a personal lifestyle choice, it is not
the advice of a medical professional, and everyone must do their own research
to determine what is best for themselves.
To that end, we highly recommend that you take the time to investigate the
following sources of information about hydrogen peroxide:
ECHO
Dr. Majid Ali
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Appendix D: Hydrogen Peroxide Stabilizers in the Marketplace
Hydrogen peroxide is fairly stable in concentrations of up to 40 percent. It
does, however, break down with exposure to water, sunlight, and over time,
into water and oxygen. For this reason it is often used in high level aquatic
applications to introduce additional oxygen to the water in large aquariums and
closed system water environments.
However, hydrogen peroxide that is produced for the technical industry, as well
as over the counter drug store hydrogen peroxide, is all treated with a number
of possible stabilizing agents to retard dissociation of the hydrogen peroxide
into its water and oxygen components. The most common stabilizing agents
include “Acetamilide”, “phenol”, “tin”, “Colloidal stannate”, “sodium
pyrophosphate” (present at 25 - 250 mg/L) and “organophosphonates”,
“nitrate”.
Most of these stabilizing agents are toxic to humans. They are used in
hydrogen peroxide stabilizing for specific applications, none of which include
regular household cleaning, bathing, food preparation etc. For this reason it
simply makes sense to avoid use of these grades of hydrogen peroxide around
the home.
Let’s have a look at an excerpt from Wikipedia regarding the use and
applications of this “stabilizing agent” and see if you can figure out why any
personal care, food related or in home cleaning application of hydrogen
peroxide is better off without it!
Acetanilide
Chemical name
Chemical formula
Molecular mass
N-phenylacetamide
C8H9NO
135.17 g/mol
Applications
Acetanilide is used as an inhibitor in hydrogen peroxide and is used to
stabilize cellulose ester varnishes. It has also found uses in the intermediation
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in rubber accelerator synthesis, dyes and dye intermediate synthesis, and
camphor synthesis. Acetanilide was used as a precursor in penicillin synthesis
and other pharmaceuticals and its intermediates.
Acetanilide has analgesic and fever-reducing properties; it is in the same class
of drugs as acetaminophen or paracetamol. Under the name acetanilid it
formerly figured in the formula of a number of patent medicines and over the
counter drugs. In 1948, Julius Axelrod and Bernard Brodie discovered that
acetanilide is much more toxic in these applications than other drugs, causing
methemoglobinemia and ultimately doing damage to the liver and kidneys. As
such, acetanilide has largely been replaced by less toxic drugs.
In the 19th century it was one of a large number of compounds used as
experimental photographic developers.
Copyrights:
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English Language, Fourth Edition
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Mifflin Company. Published by Houghton
Mifflin Company. All rights reserved.
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Medical Dictionary Copyright © 2002,
2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Company.
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Appendix E: Replacing the Hazards in Your Home with Clean Non
Toxic Non Polluting Hydrogen Peroxide
Most of us consider the effects of the products we use around our home very
narrowly; in terms of their effectiveness at what we want them to do, or in
terms of our over all perspective on such issues as the environment, our health
and the health of our family members. We are now so well entrenched in the
chemical revolution which began generations before us, to introduce chemical
products into our daily lives that we barely notice how many chemicals we
actually use on a daily basis.
However, we are also now beginning, in many areas of health and
environmental science, to see the evidence that proliferation of chemical toxins
into our homes and environments may not always be serving us.
In the last 20 to 30 years the evidence has been mounting that a large number
of the chemicals we all considered “normal household chemicals” are, in fact,
highly toxic, resistant to bio assimilation (meaning they persist in the
environment after use) and become bio toxins in our bodies and environment
over time. During their proliferation beginning after World War II and right up
to today, the actual environmental and health consequences of many of these
chemicals have remained unknown.
Any cursory investigation of the Household Products Data Base at the National
Institutes of Health cross referenced with the Hazardous Materials Data Sheets
of the Environmental Protection Agency will show that “unknown” is the most
common entry in the areas of environmental and health risks of these
chemicals. In fact, “insufficient research data” is the most common explanation
of what the effects of these chemicals may be expected to be!
At the same time, we do know the effects of a great many chemicals, more
research is being done all the time, and the results of the research that has
been done are clear. Organochlorines, formaldehyde, hydrochloric acid,
phosphoric acid, and sulfuric acid, phosphates, diethylene glycol, nonylphenol
ethoxylate, and butyl cellosolve, and others are known toxins, which cause
cancers, liver damage, reproductive disorders, immune system break down and
more.
Starting with the first on the list, organochlorines make up a class of chemicals
that are the result of chlorine interactions in the environment. This new class of
man-made chemicals includes dioxin, and many others.
Some 177 different organochlorines have been found in fat, breast milk, blood,
semen and breath in people of the U.S and Canada.
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Because organochlorines persist in body fat and in the environment, they
concentrate at higher levels the higher up the food chain you go.
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Some organochlorines (vinyl chloride and dichloromethane) cause
mutations in genetic material, which can then give the wrong instructions to
the rest of the cell for cell division, differentiation and proliferation;
•
Some organochlorines (dioxin, chlorobenzenes, chlorinated pesticides, and
chlorinated solvents) strengthen the ability of other chemicals to cause cancer
by inducing enzymes that transform them into a more carcinogenic form;
•
organochlorines such as dioxin and PCBs interfere with the body's natural
controls on cell growth and differentiation;
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Some Organochlorines mimic or interfere with natural hormones like
estrogen;
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Organochlorines, namely the dioxins and the solvent trichloroethan, may
suppress the immune system's mechanisms for defending against tumorous
cells.
Chlorine Exposure and its effects
Breathing bleach fumes, soaking in a chlorinated Jacuzzi or taking a hot shower
in unfiltered chlorinated water all provide the potential for direct exposure to
chlorine in a heated environment, The addition of heat to the equation causes
the over exposure and added absorption of chlorine by the body.
This exposure causes two changes that affect this condition. The first effect is a
CNS motor neuron-proprioception disorder whereby muscle control is
disturbed, leading to differences in right and left sides or changes in
antagonistic muscle function. These imbalances then translate to joints and
discs, causing articular subluxations or disc shearing, with resultant nerve
pressure and entrapment.
The other deleterious effect of chlorine and its chemical breakdown products is
that it deranges collagen structure, changing a linear structure to a web type,
circular structure, like ringworm. The structure takes on the form of
microscopic scar tissue. This leads to restricted motion, from myofibrositis.
Eventually, the breakdown of collagen takes place in the cartilage and other
connective tissues. When the support mechanism is disrupted, structural failure
results, the most common of which are low back pain and sciatica.
This exposure can be prevented by eliminating household and clothes cleaning
compounds containing chlorine, changing chlorinated Jacuzzi's to hydrogen
peroxide sterilizing combined with ozone filtration or UV treatments and adding
chlorine filtering to the household water supply, either at the point of exit
(showerheads, faucet filters) or through a whole-house filtering system.
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Finally, a clearer understanding of dioxin and other organochlorines makes it
clear that while chlorine may break down into harmless salts and water in a
sterile laboratory environment, in the natural environment, it does something
very different than that.
Definition of dioxin from the EPA safe water drinking water hazards list includes
the following:
"What is dioxin and how is it used?"
"Dioxin is not manufactured for any commercial uses. Rather, it is a chemical
byproduct of the manufacturing of chlorine bleached paper"
The report goes on to state that "dioxin is believed to be the single most
carcinogenic chemical known to science".
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency has found dioxin to be 300,000
times more potent as a carcinogen than DDT.
In other research, scientists are beginning to assess how it is that these
organochlorines make their way into human tissues.
Chlorine and its organochlorines by-products are readily absorbed by the skin.
Dioxins present in bleached paper products such as coffee filters, paper towels,
diapers, tissues and other products used directly on the skin may be one of the
avenues by which some of the 177 known organochlorines make their way into
human tissue.
It is now reported that the average American ingests a daily amount of dioxin
that is already 300 to 600 times greater than the EPA's "safe" dose.
The Newest Line Of Antibacterial Soaps and Why We May Want to
Avoid Them
Growing evidence that a new breed of antibacterial soaps and cleaners are now
having deleterious effects on North American agriculture and natural
environments further suggests that we would do well to eliminate these “super
soaps” from our households as well.
Why replace antibacterial soaps? Consider this excerpt from a May 2006 Los
Angeles Times article:
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“Tons of chemicals in antibacterial soaps used in the bathrooms and kitchens of
virtually every home are being released into the environment, yet no
government agency is monitoring or regulating them in water supplies or food.
About 75% of a potent bacteria-killing chemical that people flush
down their drains survives treatment at sewage plants, and most of that
ends up in sludge spread on farm fields, according to Johns Hopkins
University research. Every year, it says, an estimated 200 tons of two
compounds — triclocarban and triclosan — are applied to agricultural
lands nationwide.
The findings, in a study published last week in Environmental Science &
Technology, add to the growing concerns of many scientists that the
Environmental Protection Agency needs to address thousands of
pharmaceuticals and consumer product chemicals that wind up in the
environment when they are flushed into sewers.
From dishwashing soaps to cutting boards, about 1,500 new antibacterial
consumer products containing the two chemicals have been introduced into the
marketplace since 2000. Some experts worry that widespread use of such
products may be helping to turn some dangerous germs into "superbugs"
resistant to antibiotics.”
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For many of us, the idea of thinking more globally about what we are doing
locally is still a new idea. However, thinking simply of our children, and their
children, it seems a natural response to want to follow a path of action that
provides the greatest benefit and least potential harm to the environment we
will leave to them.
Switching to simple hydrogen peroxide for household disinfecting, and general
purpose cleaning is an easy, effective and environmentally sound solution.
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Appendix F: Resources
Buying Food Grade H2O2 at 8%, 9%, 12% and
even 35%
Food grade H2O2 one 1-pint bottle
(16oz.)
Food grade H2O2, one case of nine 1pint bottles
If the above listings are no longer active, simply do a
Google search for "food grade hydrogen peroxide" and
you will quickly locate seller(s). Then, just compare prices,
shipping terms, etc.
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Hydrogen Peroxide Science Related Resources:
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NSF (National Science Foundation)
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ESA/International Hydrogen Peroxide Propulsion
Conference
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Scitation.org Digital Science Documents
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Pure Energy Systems Wiki – Community-built energy
information site
•
Chinese Showcase Eco-friendly Cars
•
Dr. Majid Ali’s Aging Healthfully Virtual Library - Dr. Majid
Ali- Integrative Medicine Editor of Integrative Medicine
Journal
•
The Many Benefits Of Hydrogen Peroxide - Article
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