"The kitchen assistant who is unjustly offended and overlooked by the kitchen" - this is how hydrogen peroxide can be characterized. Indeed, among the bright jars and bottles with spray guns it is not always possible to find a nondescript bubble with peroxide.
But our ancestors actively used the available pharmaceutical preparations not only for their intended purpose. Peroxide applied for laundering various contaminants from work surfaces, disinfecting products.
All the possibilities of this inexpensive liquid are difficult to count. One cheap bottle is able to replace a whole battery of various advertised substances, ranging from dishwashing detergents and finishing with preparations for cleaning walls and floors. So, the place of peroxide is not only in the first-aid kit! What makes the tool so versatile?
Properties and possibilities of peroxide
The possibilities of peroxide are due to the presence of an “extra” (compared to water) hydrogen atom in the chemical formula. This atom makes it capable of dissolving in water, alcohol and ether.
The oxidative properties of an aqueous solution of hydrogen peroxide have found application in everyday life and industry. Everyone knows about his abilities whiten teeth, lighten hair, disinfect wounds, dissolve sulfur ear plugs ... And even to revive choked aquarium fish. But how do these "abilities" apply in the kitchen?
The use of hydrogen peroxide in the kitchen
Is there no bacteria in the kitchen, pathogens, fungi? Sometimes it seems that there is no sweetness with them, as, for example, with mold fungi. Significant funds are being thrown out to fight them. But if you remember about peroxide, then everything will be much cheaper, you will literally need a penny. What else "penny means" helps hostesses?
Fruit and vegetable processing
The vegetables and fruits we buy go through many hands. therefore concern for their safety is not superfluous. Of course, traditional washing has not been canceled. But it does not guarantee one hundred percent cleaning.
Tip! To clean the vegetables and fruits at high quality, it is necessary to spray a solution of hydrogen peroxide on them. And after a few minutes, rinse with plain water and allow to dry naturally.
Peroxide is a kind of preservative and even resuscitator. It refreshes wilted lettuce and preserves the freshness of the products.
Reference! For the "resuscitation" of the salad, sprinkling is required, but for the "preservation" of vegetables - a twenty-minute bathing in the solution, followed by drying.
By the way, during the "bathing" garden crops get rid of a significant amount of chemicals used in their cultivation.
Wash kitchen utensils and dishes
Even in the food industry for disinfection of surfaces that come into contact with the finished product, a solution of hydrogen peroxide is used. Why not do the same, but not on an industrial scale, but within your own kitchen? Recall the microbes that cannot resist peroxide and disinfect cutting boards.
Can be applied solution on pre-washed board ordinary sponge. Another option is to spray. After that, do not be afraid that bacteria will fall on the knives or products from the surface of the board. They will not be there!
We do the same with a desk, dishwasher. Plastic containers, mugs, glasses, cutlery - all this can and should be washed with the usual means with the addition of peroxide.
Tip! For daily use in the kitchen, it is better to pour the contents of the pharmaceutical package into a bottle, dilute with water in a ratio of 1: 1, close the lid with a spray.
Household appliance cleaning
Modern kitchen is difficult to imagine without expensive equipment. And here peroxide has established itself at its best!
Reference! Peroxide does not corrode the outer coating, but copes with drips, limescale.
To remove plaque, the solution is sprayed onto the surface, left to stand for a couple of hours, and then washed off with a soap solution.
The inner walls of the refrigerator, microwave, bowl multicooker, electric kettle - these devices can also be treated with peroxide. It will protect both from bacteria and relieve from an unpleasant smell.
Important the ability of peroxide to dissolve in fats is used to clean the dishes from carbon.
True for effective cleaning need another componenthaving abrasive qualities - baking soda.
Reference! Two kitchen "helpers" need to mix up to obtain a slurry, rub into problem areas, leave for some time. Then rub it again a little and rinse with warm water.
Peroxide can be added to dishwashing detergent in the dishwasher. Just a few drops, and the dishes sparkle, just like that from the store!
Care for indoor plants
Gardening, even within the same kitchen, can bring not only satisfaction, but also unpleasant moments.
After transplantation, some plants feel bad, they hardly adapt to the new environment. To help them is simple. Before "moving" to a new place process the roots with a mixture of 1 liter of water and one tablespoon of peroxide. It is permissible to keep the roots in the mixture for up to a day. After this procedure, the plant will quickly return to normal and will delight the host.
Watering a similar mixture can accelerate growth and transform flowers in just a few applications. The fact is that peroxide solution is similar to natural rainfall. So, no additional feeding is needed.
You can water the plants once a week. From the diseases and pests protect all the same solution, which additionally added 40 drops of iodine.
Important! All calculations are for a 3% peroxide pharmacy solution.
Cleaning the kitchen
Tile, sink, chairs, cabinets, floor - all this must be constantly washed! Some contaminants are persistent and stubborn, hard to get rid of. There is a way!
Tip! To wash the tiles, joints between the sink and tile, mix flour with peroxide to a pasty state. Rub the surface with the mixture and leave for a few hours. Then rinse with plain water.
In case of heavy pollution, you will need a different composition: half a glass of soda, a teaspoon of liquid soap and 50 ml of peroxide.
Cleaning kitchen sponges and napkins
Before leaving the kitchen, it would be good to remember about sponges, brushes, rags, with which everything was washed and cleaned. They also require care, as they accumulate a huge number of microbes.
Tip! To save textiles from germs and prolong the life of the sponges, they must be held for 10 minutes in peroxide, wrung out and dried.
Now the kitchen is brought to the purity of the operating room! Thanks peroxide!