As we move to a chemical-free home, I struggle to find thrifty solutions for serious cleaning.
Let’s face it: A lot of plant-based cleaners (especially laundry detergents) just do not do the job. If I don’t feel like my clothes or countertops are clean, what is the point of paying extra dollars for something that is supposed to be safer than bleach?
I find myself reverting back to solutions we used as a child – and my grandparents used.
One of those cleaning solutions is hydrogen peroxide. Typically used to fight inflammation in cuts, hydrogen peroxide is also a disinfectant that eats away at mold, mildew and gunk. and luckily, hydrogen peroxide is still inexpensive and budget-friendly. I’m hoping it never goes up in price like epsom salts, which used to be much cheaper in greater quantities than in today’s DIY society.
7 ways to clean with hydrogen peroxide
- Eat away tile scum. We had a terrible time getting ride of lime build up and a darkened scum that had formed in our shower. Even vinegar – another go-to – couldn’t make a dent in the hard water deposits. Pour pure hydrogen peroxide on the stains and let sit a few seconds while it bubbles. Wipe with a cloth, or scrub tougher stains with a fine mesh scrubber. The peroxide eats away at the stains without damaging the surface. I found an even better way to clean tile scum with peroxide. The recipe is below.
- Soak rags, sponges and towels in a 50/50 mix of peroxide and warm water to disinfect and brighten.
- Mix with baking soda to form a paste to clean grout.
- Soak toothbrushes to kill germs.
- Add to whites in the laundry to brighten.
- Add a cup to the toilet bowl, let sit 10 minutes, then scrub away any stains.
- Fight black mold. We had a terrible problem with black mold in one area of a hardwood floor. Pure hydrogen peroxide on the black mold seemingly ate it up. After allowing it to bubble up, I used paper towels to wipe through the peroxide. The mold was gone and the floor not damaged. If you try this, be sure to do it on a small area to ensure there is no damage before going big.
BONUS: Essential oil-infused hydrogen peroxide cleaning solution
I’m all about essential oils and using those that are pure and chemical-free alongside my cleaning solutions. When cleaning our bathroom, I discovered (thanks to a tip from my Mom) that adding some of Young Living’s Lemon Essential Oil boosted the cleaning power of my homemade peroxide cleaner.
Not only did it make faster work of cutting through the hard water grim, but it made the surfaces shiny – like new.
Grab an 8 ounce glass spray bottle – essential oils can eat through plastic, so always use glass. Mix together
- 4 ounces water
- 4 ounces hydrogen peroxide, and
- 4 drops of Young Living’s Lemon Essential Oil.
This cleaner smells GREAT, is free of chemicals, cuts through stains and leaves a shine.0