Monday, April 18, 2011

Tip of the Day: Hydrogen Peroxide for Laundry

Last night as I was soaking cloth diapers in the washing machine with three 32 oz. bottles of hydrogen peroxide, I thought I'd share with you this super easy, super cheap remedy for a variety of laundry problems- from blood in fabric to awful smells.

Hospitals use hydrogen peroxide as a disinfectant and sanitizer, and you can too! It can also be used as a whitening agent- so use caution if you spot treat on laundry.

Here are a few uses for an 89 cent bottle of hydrogen peroxide:
  • To strip cloth diapers, fill your washing machine and put the diapers in. Let them soak overnight in 3-4 large bottles (like 32 oz.) of hydrogen peroxide. The next morning, run a super wash on cold to rinse it out. Then wash them again with your normal soap on hot. This has worked wonderfully for our ammonia filled cloth diapers.
  • To get blood stains out of fabric, spot treat with hydrogen peroxide and let soak overnight preferably. This is best if the stain is fresh, but it will work no matter when!
  • You can also use hydrogen peroxide as a sanitizer in your kitchen and bathroom- it can even kill salmonella on cutting boards! Just spray on with a spray bottle. To use on counters just douse your cloth with it and wipe them down.

Do you know of any more uses for hydrogen peroxide? Please share if you do!!!

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