When it comes to making the washing machine, one of the factors to consider is the choice of detergent: not too aggressive to avoid damaging clothes, but effective for removing stains and cleaning thoroughly. In short, we often have to go to trial and hope not to get into some trouble. What if the remedy was within the reach of each of us, simple and super cheap? Maybe not everyone knows that hydrogen peroxide is a particularly efficient product to ensure cleanliness and hygiene for your laundry. Let’s see how to use it.
Disinfect laundry, useful tips
We all use the washing machine, one of the appliances that we can no longer do without: it allows us to wash the laundry in a short time, without any effort and even saving water, obtaining a much better result than hand washing – which we reserve practically only for the garments more delicate. In choice of detergent to use it is important to consider its disinfectant power.
There are in fact several cases in which it is useful sanitize the laundry: if you have small children, if the clothes are particularly dirty or at risk of being contaminated by germs and bacteria (just think of those who work in the hospital!), if there are fragile people at home. The most common product used to disinfect clothes is bleach, which however has some disadvantages. In addition to being a danger for delicate fabrics (its stains are among the most stubborn to remove), it is a particularly aggressive substance that can ruin the washing machine and, what’s more, it is very polluting.
What can be the ideal alternative to still having a sanitized and clean laundry? The secret is in most of our medicine cabinets: hydrogen peroxide (yes, the very one we use to disinfect wounds and, in some cases, to dye our hair). How to use it in washing clothes? Let’s find out together.
How to use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect laundry
Being a very versatile product, hydrogen peroxide is usually present in our homes. It is used for household cleaning, personal care and, of course, for laundry. Thanks to its sanitizing and whitening properties, it helps disinfect garments and is the perfect ally for pre-treating even the most difficult stains. It is also absolutely biodegradable, because it breaks down into water and oxygen without leaving dangerous residues for the environment (and for our health). In short, it is really what we need in the house.
So let’s see how to sanitize our clothes in the washing machine using hydrogen peroxide. First of all it is important choose the right concentration: usually, to clean wounds the 10-volume one is used, which corresponds to a concentration of 3% (it is easily found in the supermarket). If we want a truly effective result, we will have to buy thehydrogen peroxide at least 34 volumes i.e. at a minimum concentration of 10%.
When handling this product, we must be especially careful because it is a very irritating substance for the skin: therefore, remember to always wear gloves and use plastic containers – other materials could be damaged and reduce the effectiveness of hydrogen peroxide. Once the necessary precautions have been worn, mix 800 ml of water with 200 ml of hydrogen peroxide, then adding two teaspoons of citric acid to stabilize the compound. When the disinfectant is ready, we can use it in various ways.
For example, we can pour a glass into the bleach compartment of our washing machine (to avoid mixing it with common detergent, which would completely eliminate its effectiveness). In case of a low temperature cycle, we will have a perfectly sanitized and good-smelling laundry. And we won’t have to worry about colored garments: the hydrogen peroxide used in this way is widely diluted during washing and does not put dyed fabrics at risk.
Hydrogen peroxide for laundry, all uses
In addition to being disinfectant, hydrogen peroxide has a great whitening power and is therefore perfect for removing stains of any kind. In this case, we can use the mixture already prepared previously: by spraying a little on the area to be treated, we leave it to act for a few minutes and then put the garment in the washing machine proceeding with a normal wash at the maximum allowed temperature (remember to always read the labels!).
If the stain is really stubborn – as happens in the case of gravy, ink or blood) and the fabric is white, we can even spray it with hydrogen peroxide less than 34 volumes undiluted, so that the whitening effect is more powerful. This procedure is to be avoided on delicate items (eventually, we can try first on a hidden corner to see the effect that is obtained).
Hydrogen peroxide is also great against bad smells. If we have particularly smelly shoes or a shirt from which we can’t get the smell of sweat to go away, the solution is at hand. Just put the garments in question inside a basin full of water, add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide and leave to soak for at least 15-30 minutes. And then we can continue with normal washing: now your laundry will have a very good clean smell.
In addition to bleaching white fabrics, a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide (less than 34 volumes) added to the bleach tray in our washing machine is a great remedy for have clothes with vivid and bright colors. In this case, make sure not to put those particularly delicate garments in the washing machine that could be easily damaged. And let’s also remember never to use it without having diluted it (this happens automatically if we pour it into the detergent compartment) and above all never directly on colored fabrics.
The other uses of hydrogen peroxide
We have seen how hydrogen peroxide is useful for laundry, but we can actually use it for many others housework. For example, it is excellent for sanitizing the washing machine and preventing mold from forming on its seals: pour a glass of 10-volume hydrogen peroxide directly into the drum and program a vacuum wash at at least 60 ° C. This procedure is also useful for eliminate bad smells that occasionally form in the washing machine and that with a normal empty cycle may not disappear.
If we want to use it in house cleaning, however, we can use it for sanitize the sanitary ware and any work surface (with the exception of marble and limestone, which are particularly prone to acid damage). It is also useful for eliminating or preventing the formation of mold in bathroom joints and in more humid areas, for cleaning cutting boards and other kitchen utensils that have absorbed the odors of foods such as fish and eggs, for sanitizing the refrigerator and freezer. during the extraordinary cleaning of household appliances.