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How to Use Hydrogen Peroxide to Disinfect Your Home

It can kill coronaviruses.

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Hydrogen peroxide has long been used as a cleaning agent — not only can it remove blood stains from clothes, it can also cleanse and sanitize almost every part of your home. Moreover, this chemical compound is known to kill germs and viruses, which can be quite helpful for regular indoor disinfection to contain the spread of coronaviruses.

Here are ways to safely use hydrogen peroxide at home. RL Tip: Make sure that the kind that you buy is only at 3% concentration.

You can use it in bathrooms to kill molds and other germs.

Place hydrogen peroxide in a spritz bottle and spray it on your toilets, walls, and sinks. Let it sit for around 30 minutes to an hour before brushing the area off and rinsing it. Make sure to wear rubber gloves to avoid irritating your skin.

You can use it to clean to replace bleach when washing white clothes or towels.

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According to The Spruce, a cup of hydrogen peroxide can replace bleach when laundering your whites. Simply soak them for 30 minutes to remove stains and musty smells. Best skip this chemical compound for your colored pieces, though, as it might ruin them.

Mix it with water and use it to clean knobs, banisters, tables, and other surfaces.

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Mix one part hydrogen peroxide to two parts water and use it to spritz areas that you and your housemates usually touch. For often-used surfaces like dining tables and kitchen counters, wash them first with soap and water before disinfecting with the mixture.

Remember!

Pure hydrogen peroxide can discolor or destroy the finish of granite and marble surfaces, as well as surfaces that have been painted. Do NOT mix hydrogen peroxide with vinegar or bleach. Keep your bottle of this chemical compound in a dark, cool place, and beyond the reach of children and pets.

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Sources: The Spruce, Insider

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