10 reasons to keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your home

4. Kitchen

Hydrogen peroxide is very handy to disinfect kitchen items with. For example, you can soak sponges in a bowl with 50 per cent water and 50 per cent peroxide to disinfect them multiple times a week. Spray or dab a bit of peroxide onto cutting boards to disinfect them properly. Do rinse them thoroughly afterwards, though.

5. Refrigerator

Put hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and spray this in your fridge after emptying and cleaning it. That way, you ensure all of the leftover bacteria are well and truly dead. You can also use this same trick on reusable bags and sports bags. Simply spray some peroxide into the bag to eliminate the bacteria. Wipe the fridge or bag clean using a clean cloth.

6. Tiles and grout

Make a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda (about 50/50) and rub this onto the tiles and grout in your bathroom, for example. Let this sit for about five minutes and then remove it with a cloth and some water. The peroxide will bleach the grout and make the tiles shine brightly again. Plus, the peroxide will also kill bacteria and mould.

7. Mirrors

You can ensure your mirror is streak-free by spraying some hydrogen peroxide on it and then cleaning it with a clean microfiber cloth.

8. White clothes

Instead of using bleach, add a cup of hydrogen peroxide (never use the two of them together!) to the white laundry in your washing machine to get your white clothes back to their perfect whiteness again. Are there any sweat stains in the clothes? Create a mixture of a quarter of a cup of hydrogen peroxide, a quarter of a cup of baking soda and a quarter of a cup of water. Use an old toothbrush to rub this mixture onto the stains and let it sit and soak for 30 minutes. Then wash the clothes like you normally would.

9. Dust mite

Eliminate dust mite by spraying hydrogen peroxide onto mattresses and pillows. Do make sure that you let them dry completely before making the bed again. The peroxide will kill the mites.

10. Toys

Toys, too, are very easy to disinfect with hydrogen peroxide. Use the peroxide to wipe clean the toys and then thoroughly rinse them with clean water. Dry them carefully.

Read more: 4 reasons why you should always keep a box of baking soda near your washing machine

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