Here’s a Smart Mama simple tip for a Sunday morning: use hydrogen peroxide to remove blood stains from clothing. My son got a bloody nose last week at karate, and got blood on his brand new white uniform. Smart mama that I am (hah – not really), I took off his top and blotted on some hydrogen peroxide (3% solution – available in most every drugstore). After 3 blots, the blood stain was completely gone. The blood was fresh, and came out easily on the white garment. However, keep in mind that hydrogen peroxide is also a bleach, and may lift color.
Another great use for hydrogen peroxide – it can be used to disinfect countertops and cutting boards. Just put some on a clean rag and wipe them down. You can also put it in a spray bottle to use, but it does break down with exposure to light (that’s why it comes in a brown bottle) so it doesn’t really make sense to transfer it – just use it on a dish rag. Also, I’m loathe to recommend spray cleaners generally because use of spray cleaners (where the cleaning solution is aerosolized) is linked to increase risk of asthma.
Another use – you can use it as a vegetable wash to soak or kill bacteria. Better solution – rinse first with hydrogen peroxide then with vinegar. The combination is more effective than either alone. But, you can’t combine these in a single container to reduce time because they will react and destroy their effectiveness.
Hydrogen peroxide can be irritating to the skin, so be careful using like any other cleaner.P>