If you don’t have a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in you’re kitchen, you should. Peroxide can do many wonderful things but what it does in the kitchen will surprise you.
Peroxide is used as an antibacterial agent so it only makes sense that it would work well for home cleaning. There are a few different types of hydrogen peroxide, the antibacterial (3%), the bleaching (6-10%) and the food grade (35%). It’s important to use the correct type of peroxide, especially when it comes to using it on food.
Using Peroxide in the Kitchen
To kill germs and eliminate bacteria on your cutting board, clean as you normally would then spray with food grade hydrogen peroxide. Allow it to dry completely before storing.
Dish Rags & Sponges
To clean and kill germs on your dish cloth and sponges, soak them in a solution using equal parts hydrogen peroxide and warm water for 15-30 minutes. Rinse and let dry thoroughly.
Fruits & Vegetables
To clean fruits and vegetables, spray them generously with food grade hydrogen peroxide. Allow them to sit for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.
To sanitize fruits and vegetables, pour food grade peroxide into a dark colored spray bottle (light destroys peroxide) and fill another spray bottle with vinegar, spray your fruits and vegetables with the peroxide and then repeat using the vinegar.
To neutralize the chemicals and insecticides used on fruits and vegetables, add 1/4 cup food grade peroxide to a sink full of cold water. Soak the produce for 20-30 minutes, rinse and dry.
To prolong freshness, add 1/4 cup food grade peroxide to a sink full of cold water. Soak the produce for 20-30 minutes, rinse and dry.
To disinfect the inside of the refrigerator, spray it with peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.
To prolong the life of lettuce, lightly spray with a solution of ½ cup water and 1 tablespoon of food grade peroxide.
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