Instead of fighting stains with expensive, chemical-laden products, it’s always a good idea to try to remove the stain, using a natural/safe remedy. There are several methods for removing stains naturally, using items such as; salt, baking soda, vinegar, and lemons. However, one common household item that often gets overlooked for it’s stain removing abilities, is hydrogen peroxide. For a few tips on how to use hydrogen peroxide for stain removal purposes, check out this article from Green Cleaning Magazine.
4 Tips for Banishing Stains With Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent weapon against stains—it is has the power to lift really tough spills, marks, and messes.
It not only happens to be great for stains, it’s also spot on for disinfection of everything from kitchen and bathroom counters to children’s toys. Hydrogen peroxide is anti-bacterial, anti-fungal, and it busts mold and mildew. It also allows you to lessen the amount of harsh chemicals you use around your home—it is essentially non-toxic and safe for the environment.
How can you get started with this lesser-known cleaning tool? Here are a few quick tips:
1. Test It: It’s a good idea to always check how it works on a smaller, less visible area of the surface you want to treat. Using a cotton ball or pad, dab at the stained area with the hydrogen peroxide. If you do start to see changes in the color of the fabric or surface then run water over the area to prevent it from continuing.
2. Wear Gloves: While hydrogen peroxide is anti-bacterial, users should consider wearing gloves while using it to prevent skin irritation. You will see the peroxide bubbling as you apply it but this is normal.
3. Dab It: After testing the stained area, simply dab at it for further cleaning rather than rubbing it. As the peroxide breaks down the stain, it will likely spread if it is wiped around, so gentle dabbing is recommended. Dabbing will ensure that you are pulling the stain from the material rather than spreading it around the fabric. If needed, keep reapplying the hydrogen peroxide and be sure to use a fresh cotton pad every time you do so—or you may end up putting the stain back into the fabric.
4. Flush It: Flush the area with water after the hydrogen peroxide treatment and then put fabrics through a cold wash cycle—you will likely end up with a stain that has been removed.