When it comes to building your emergency supply storage, you have to be organized and every item must serve several purposes. It would be fantastic, to be able to store a year’s supply of regularly used household goods, but lets be logical here. That is quite difficult, plus it’d cost a fortune. Thanks to Oli Fischer’s Survival tips, here’s a more practical approach.
Focus on incorporating items that have multiple uses. With this, you may realize that your medicine cabinet is overflowing with products that can be used for multiple purposes. Purposes you may not even realize.
One of these versatile products is hydrogen peroxide. To be a little more precise, it’s that brown bottle of 3% hydrogen peroxide.
If you and the general public knew all of the ways you can use Hydrogen peroxide around your home, retailers wouldn’t be able to convince you to buy a self full of product. You’ll start saving money every time you go through the checkout line.
In Your Kitchen
1. With hydrogen peroxide, you can clean and sanitize your cutting board and countertop. Hydrogen peroxide bubbles away any grime left after preparing poultry, meats and other messy items for dinner. TIP: Store your hydrogen peroxide in an opaque spray bottle (exposure to light kills its effectiveness) and spray on your surfaces. Let everything sit and bubble for several minutes, then scrub and rinse clean.
2. Cleaning your oven or fridge with hydrogen peroxide is also an option. As hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic it’s ideal for cleaning appliances that store food and dishware. Simply spray the appliance outside and in, let the solution soak for a few minutes, and then wipe the appliance clean.
3. Sanitize your sponges with hydrogen peroxide. Sponges can get extremely filthy within a short period of time. Here’s a recipe to thoroughly disinfect them. Soak dirty sponges for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly afterward.
4. Hydrogen peroxide is also capable of removing baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub the paste onto the dirty pan and let sit for 15 minutes. Give the pan a good scrub with a brush and warm water and the grease will come right off.
In Your Bathroom
5. Hydrogen peroxide can be used to whiten grout in your bathtub grout. If humidity has left your bathtub grout looking dingy, dry all of the surfaces thoroughly, then spray the tub liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit (you may notice some bubbling) for 15-30 minutes, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process to get your grout looking perfect.
6. Replacing toilet bowl cleaners with hydrogen peroxide is easy. Just pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let it stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.
In Your Laundry Room
7. Stained clothing, curtains, and tablecloths can also be treated using hydrogen peroxide. Take 5-10 minutes to soak stains in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing them into the laundry. You can boost brightness to your whites by adding a cup of peroxide to a regular laundry load.
Around Your House
8. Hydrogen peroxide is great for brightening up those dingy floors. Combine ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water to use instead of harsh floor cleaners into your mop bucket. This solution is so mild, it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.
9. Thankfully, hydrogen peroxide is also a safe cleaner for children’s toys and play areas. Fill an opaque spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your children touch on a regular basis. You could also soak a rag in peroxide to make a wipe.
In Your Garden
10. Hydrogen peroxide can even help out your garden. Add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spraying plants to ward off fungus. Combine 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide to one gallon of water in an opaque bottle for spraying plants.