Clean with hydrogen peroxide and vinegar (Separately!)
UPDATE January 2015 – Vinegar and peroxide should not be combined in the same bottle. Learn more about the right way to use these natural cleaning items below.
Today is the day to get all those jars of citrus vinegar off my counter. I’ve been waiting and shaking for two weeks. It’s a good thing too- my hubby was getting worried about the number of blog projects I have going right now.
I placed the rinds into plain distilled white vinegar to infuse the citrus oils.
All you have to do is cut off the pith, the white membrane. Remove as much as possible then put your rinds in a jar.
Cap them and shake daily for two weeks. Then strain into a container.
I just love how this vinegar smells! Fresh and clean.
Vinegar has a pH of 2.0 which is an inhospitable environment for many microorganisms. It is the perfect natural cleaner for your home! Plus, it stores indefinitely if you are using it for cleaning purposes.
It effectively it kills bacteria and viruses. According to Green Cleaning, a 2010 study showed that a 10% malt vinegar solution was just as effective as commercial cleaning wipes in killing the Human Influenza A/H1N1 virus.
A 1997 study in the Journal of Environmental Health showed that undiluted vinegar was just as effective as bleach in eliminating E. coli from surfaces and sponges. reference
While using vinegar for cleaning is the bomb, the addition of hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) really takes this cleaner recipe to the next level. Easy to find and economical, hydrogen peroxide is safe and effective against fighting bacteria. It disinfects while killing germs and mold.
All Purpose Citrus Cleaner
Make a batch of citrus infused vinegar as directed above.
UPDATE: January 2015 – It turns out that you really shouldn’t trust EVERYTHING you read on Pinterest! After I wrote this post I learned the truth. The combination of vinegar and peroxide MIXED TOGETHER is caustic, but only when you mix them together in the same bottle.
The proper way to clean with vinegar and peroxide is this:
First you should spray with a straight infused vinegar solution (like the one I made above) and let it sit for at least a minute and wipe it off. THEN you spray with the peroxide and let it sit for at least a minute and wipe it off.
This Vinegar / Peroxide combination is effective on surfaces.
The CDC has published information on this page. “Hydrogen peroxide is active against a wide range of microorganisms, including bacteria, yeasts, fungi, viruses, and spores. A 0.5% accelerated hydrogen peroxide demonstrated bactericidal and virucidal activity in 1 minute and mycobactericidal and fungicidal activity in 5 minutes.”
BONUS: Today Kitchen Stewardship has a terrific article about Using Hydrogen Peroxide for disinfecting. You really should check it out.
Update – DO NOT combine infused vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle. It’s not good!
The resulting chemical, peracetic acid, can harm you when mixed together, so use the wonderful ingredients of vinegar and peroxide separately as stated below.
Where can you use all purpose citrus cleaner? Since both vinegar and peroxide are safe to ingest you can use it everywhere and you don’t need to worry about rinsing!
- It is a great cleaner for counters and inside cabinets
- Clean the refrigerator
- Clean and disinfect wood cutting boards
- Your counter tops will shine
- Use it in the sink and on fixtures
- Clean your eyeglasses
- Effective on mirrors and windows
- A terrific fruit and veggie wash
This simple, natural, and effective combination of infused vinegar and hydrogen peroxide is still a favorite tool in my natural cleaning arsenal. What natural cleaning recipes do you use?
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