A colorless chemical called hydrogen peroxide was first found and identified in 1818 by the French chemist Louis Jacques Thenard. This odorless chemical became very popular in the beginning of the 20th century, because people had realized that it has excellent cleaning properties. Because hydrogen peroxide kills microorganisms with oxidation, so it is found in most of the cleaning chemicals today.
Hydrogen peroxide is much better alternative to bleach, simply because it is very friendly when it comes to the environment, and it is cheap. You can use it in more than one way, and here are the four surprising ways to use this useful chemical.
Toothpaste and Mouthwash
If you want to wash your mouth and whiten your teeth in a natural and healthy way, you can use hydrogen peroxide because of its oxidizing abilities.
Use three or four drops of water and equal number of drops of hydrogen peroxide, and mix them all together. Agitate this mixture around in your mouth for about half a minute. Spit it out and rinse the mouth with clear water.
You can also use hydrogen peroxide as toothpaste, and it is not complicated at all. You just have to use same directions as for the mouthwash and wash your teeth with it. You can add baking soda, or even salt, and all the bad bacteria in your mouth will be killed.
Since hydrogen peroxide has also a role as a bleaching agent, you can use it to clean out the stains on your laundry. The great thing about it is that it will clean your laundry and since it is far less aggressive than store bought detergents, it will also save your favorite clothes.
Add in a gallon of hot water a cup of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide and soak the clothes in it. Leave your laundry in the mixture for about one or two hours. If you want, you can add this substance to the washing machine, instead of bleach. It will remove stains and whiten white clothes, but also brighten colored clothes.
If you are out of dishwasher liquids in your home, you can make an excellent alternative with hydrogen peroxide. Just add several drops into a cup of warm water and use it as a detergent. It will clean out the stains and make your glasses look sparkly clean. And since it is very cheap, you will also save some money in your pocket.
Vegetable and Fruit Soaking
You probably didn’t know this, but hydrogen peroxide can also remove all the harmful bacteria from vegetables and fruits. You just have put one cup of 35 percent hydrogen peroxide to a whole gallon of cold water. Lettuce and other thin-skinned product need to be soaked less time, about 20 minutes, and thicker-skinned products, like cucumbers need to be soaked at least half an hour. Try to drain, dry and put in refrigerate vegetables and fruits, right after this treatment, since their freshness will be extended.