(First For Women) Cheap, powerful, and (when used correctly) non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide could be the hardest working cleaner in your arsenal - if you used it correctly. A lot of people are put off (understandably) by the scary-sounding name, but there's nothing to fear. As a cleaning product, it's perfect -- and here are things you should be cleaning with it.

Cutting Boards
After using your chopping board to cut raw meat, wash it with hydrogen peroxide (dab some on with paper towel and rinse off with water) to remove bacteria. For bonus cleaning points, cover the board with salt (don't use your exxy truffle salt for this one) and rinse. Leave it in the sun to dry.

Think about it: your toothbrush is covered with germs from the inside of your mouth. And then you use it, night after night, to clean your mouth? It doesn't add up, right? Soak your toothbrush in a little HP every few days to clear it of unwanted bacteria. Your dentist will thank you (or maybe go broke).

Ok, technically you're not "cleaning" your plants with HP, but you can remove and prevent plant fungus with it. Spray with a mix that's one ounce HP and one cup of water every day to nix fungus completely.

We've all been there: you made an awesome bolognese, took the leftovers for lunch, then realized your Tupperware looks like it's been used as a prop in a horror film. Fear not: simply soak the offending plastic in a mix of HP and water for a day and rinse. Good as new.

Reusable Bags
First of all, well done for saving the planet by using your green bags. Keep it up. But before you do, clean those disgusting bags, would you? They're prime breeding ground for bacteria. Simply spray the inside of your bags with hydrogen peroxide to disinfect and remove odors.

Washing Machine
Like your toothbrush, anything used to clean other stuff is likely to be pretty dirty itself. Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to the detergent compartment and run a long cycle with hot water.

Use a baking soda bomb to clean your dishwasher. Mix two cups of baking soda with three tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide and 10 to 20 drops of your favorite essential oil, and form into balls. Allow them to dry and harden. Place a bowl of white vinegar (two cups) and one tablespoon of dishwashing liquid in the top rack of your dishwasher, and the "bomb" on the bottom, and run it on a long, hot cycle.

Armpit stains a problem? No sweat! Using a mix of one part dishwashing liquid to two parts hydrogen peroxide, spray on the affected area, leave for 30 minutes and rinse. So fresh and so clean, right?

Cut down landfill and give your sponge a new lease on life, rather than replacing it so regularly. Soak sponges in hydrogen peroxide for 15 to 20 minutes to completely disinfect.


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