Contents Tip of the Week

In previous editions we have taken a lighter look at the world of cleaning. This week, I chose to take a different approach to the information. Don't worry, as in all other tips of week, my goal is to save you time and money.

Using hydrogen peroxide for disinfection and sanitizing should be a key ingredient in keeping your home clean. H202 prevents items from going from bad to worse, but can also bring them back again. 

Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2), is a colorless liquid usually produced as aqueous solutions of various strengths. It is used principally for bleaching (items like cotton/textiles and wood pulp), in the actual manufacturing of other chemicals (such as a rocket propellant), and lastly for cosmetic and medicinal purposes. Solutions containing more than about 8 percent hydrogen peroxide are corrosive to the skin.

First recognized as a chemical compound in 1818, hydrogen peroxide is the simplest member of the class of peroxides. Major commercial grades are aqueous solutions containing 35, 50, 70, or 90 percent hydrogen peroxide and small amounts of stabilizers (often in salts and phosphates) to suppress decomposition.

Although the above mentioned examples are common to some, they may not adhere to examples in everyday life. Below are some ideas that could benefit your day to day life.

Cleaning your cutting board. My cutting board at home is made of wood, and I will be the first to admit that I am not the most careful guy to the threat of cross contamination, which is always present. Pour some 3% H202 on the board, move it around with a sponge and let it do that "bubbly thing" that it will. Give it a few minutes before you give the board a quick rinse. This is a quick way to sterilize your cutting board.

Keeping sinks and brushes clean. Next to my sink you will find a container that I keep my sink brush in when I'm not using it. I suggest you do the same thing. Make sure it's decorative and above all else make sure it's plastic; do not risk broken glass. This will also work for the toilet brush, most of them fit perfectly in their own plastic container. Now just pour in about a quarter of the brush container with hydrogen peroxide, no more stinky brush and the brush stays snow white.

Use a plastic glass in your bathroom to dip your toothbrush into a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide for few seconds. This will not only prolong the life of your brush, but insure you are using a clean and effective tooth brush every time. Speaking of your toothbrush, if you're looking for that brilliant white tooth smile, try making a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, brush and leave on for a minutes for best results. This process might take a week before you notice a change, but change it will (please consult with your dentist before use).

Hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle can have a host of different uses from cleaning out the fridge to insure harmful bacteria's are eliminated, to removing dirt and wax from your fruits and vegetables with a quick spray and then rinse.


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