A particular generation (ahem) would be familiar with agua oxinada or hydrogen peroxide. It was what your mom or dad would usually use as an antiseptic to clean that wound you got after scratching your knee while playing.
Of course, doctors today do not recommend hydrogen peroxide to treat wounds anymore. While it acts as a mild antispetic, it can damage the skin, especially if we do not how to handle it. (Read here for correct wound care.)
As part of your house cleaning kit, however, hydrogen peroxide can be effective because of its antifungal properties. Here are some of our favorite cleaning uses when it comes to agua oxigenada. (Warning: agua oxinada is a chemical compound. Scroll below how to handle this with care).
Remove that musty smell from bath and kitchen towels
Your white bath and kitchen towels will benefit from a cup of hydrogen peroxide added to your wash load. Soak it for 15 to 20 minutes before washing (we recommend letting dirty rags sit longer). The bonus: It can whiten towels without chlorine bleach.
Be free of mold
If you want to make sure you kill any mold at home, treat it with agua oxigenada. Spray the area with its full strength, and let it sit for 30 minutes. (Others apply it to a rag first, and leave it in the spot where there is mold.) Then, clean the area as you typically would. By the way, getting rid of the mold stain is another story.
Disinfect tools you use to clean your face, body, and even teeth
This was our “we didn’t know that moment” after we read it in Real Simple. Apparently, hydrogen peroxide can “disinfect facial cleansing devices, shaving brushes,” and even items like toothbrushes, loofahs, and sponges. Just pour the hydrogen peroxide in a container, and leave the tool to soak for five to 10 minutes.
Sanitize your toilet bowl
You don’t need a toilet bowl cleaner if you have hydrogen peroxide. Pour half a cup of it in your toilets, leave it there for 30 minutes, and then scrub with your toilet brush.
Do a deep yet quick clean of surfaces
Pour agua oxigenada in a spray bottle and spritz away on germ-prone surfaces such as kitchen and bathroom countertops, sinks, and doorknobs. Let it dry after a quick spray. You can even sanitize cutting boards and get rid of any bacteria by wiping it down with hydrogen peroxide.
Reminder: Cleaning experts do NOT recommend mixing hydrogen peroxide with ammonia, chlorine bleach, or even vinegar because it can cause to form gas that is unsafe to inhale. Handle it with care and keep it away from children. When purchasing, buy a solution that contains a 3% solution, especially for household purposes.