My Miracle Cleaner: Hydrogen Peroxide and Baking Soda
I think I am getting a bit obsessed with this new miracle cleaner that I discovered recently. You see, I love working the home, specifically in the kitchen. Cooking and baking are my comfort activities. But you know how messy and greasy it can be over there, right?
Cleaning up was a chore before I discovered this new ally. What amazes me even more about it is that it is made with natural cleaning ingredients. These two are always present at home, and I never knew they are this useful. These are baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.
Surprised? I was too! Not only because they are cheap and accessible but also because I found out that they can be used for almost anything! I can not stop singing its praises. Together, they are my right hand in cleaning everywhere around the house.
We use baking soda for baking. We use it also to deodorize or whiten things. You are all familiar with it; it does not need an introduction. On the other hand, hydrogen peroxide is a first aid supply. It is used for disinfecting. Well, at least that is how most of us recognize it for. Mix the two, and you get my very potent cleaning aid, perfect for most surfaces!
Making your own miracle paste
You only need three things to make my miracle cleaner. These are a box of baking soda, a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and a small bowl. Do not worry. You will not use the whole thing. Making the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste does not follow a strict rule. Observation is key in making one.
What you will do is get a shallow bowl first. Pour in a bit of baking soda. The quantity depends on the surface area you will apply to. However, for starters, say begin with ⅛ to ¼ cups for now. Slowly add hydrogen peroxide. Make sure you do not make the mixture runny, just pasty.
Once the right texture is achieved, you may start using it to any stains you find around. You may use a spatula or your fingers to spread the paste on the target area. I do not usually bother with gloves or spatula if I am working on a small surface. The paste is very mild. It even feels softer afterward. If you have sensitive skin, you may wear a glove or use a tool for application.
Hard stains need extra help from steel scrubs or the rough flipside of your sponge scrubs, depending on how tough the problem is. They will work best with the paste to easily get rid of the target.
So, where do I use this? You might be wondering by now. As I have said earlier, I use it all over the house. I will give you a virtual tour of where and how I use it at home.
Just a little back story. Before I learned of the miracle cleaner, I believe I have tried all possible remedies. Yes, both commercial and homemade ones. It was heartbreaking watching hard-earned money going down the drain as I kept spending on solutions that never solved my problems.
Homemade, you say? Done that. I tried vinegar, Castile soap, lemon juice, and even the warm water trick. Unfortunately, none of them worked. It was so frustrating. What else can be done? I kept searching and researching. Until one day, I stumbled upon the two.
What makes them work
Have you tried the volcano experiment? It works the same way. You see, baking soda is otherwise known as sodium bicarbonate. It is a base. Its pH level is above water (7 or neutral is the pH level of water). When you put water and baking soda together, it creates a basic solution having a pH level of 8.3.
On the other hand, hydrogen peroxide is an acid. It has a pH level of 4.5. When you combine an acid and a base, a chemical reaction takes place to neutralize their properties. It is during this reaction (you see something that seems like boiling, or the lava flows effect during a volcano experiment) that the cleaning takes place. When this happens, the molecular bonds of the stains break down, leaving the surface free of the grit.
Virtual home cleaning
As I have said earlier, I will take you on a virtual tour around the house to see where I use my miracle paste on. You will see why I really love this thing. It does not only make my place and my stuff clean, but it also saves me time, energy, and some bucks!
I want to give you an idea of how this works for me. I am sure that many of you who come to my space are kitchen and baking enthusiasts too. I know the struggle of having to clean up after each task, especially if you are dealing with stains.
So, let us begin. Since I am a kitchen-person, we will take the trip first to my kitchen.
Being a Utahn, I am among those who deal with hard water daily. The problem with hard water is its calcium and magnesium contents are so high. It creates stains when it gets stuck. When the water is hard, home cleaning gets more difficult. It is so annoying when scrubbing with full force does not work, no matter what detergent I use.
Initially, I learned of the vinegar solution for this predicament. I will not say that it is not effective. It is. In fact, it was the trick I was using before I tried my miracle cleaner on my cooking utensils. You may also try that if you like.
Then again, I am betting more on hp and baking soda paste for washing my kitchen utensils. I only need to apply the paste over the areas with hardened minerals, rub down, rinse, and voila! The stains are gone! It works faster than the previous method I was using.
Aside from the dishes, I also use it on the sink, faucets, and on the laundry. Boy, was it effective! Nothing looks better than a clean kitchen! I am one proud home keeper.
The best thing about this is, it saves me a lot of time and energy. Baking and cooking energizes me but dealing with stains is a different story. The miracle cleaner makes washing utensils a breeze.
You know that I love baking, I do! However, the grease and stains on the pans and baking sheets can be annoying sometimes. No matter how careful you are, the grease can leave stains that are so difficult to eliminate.
Although the stains do not interact with the overall output of my baking jobs, they are eyesores. It is not dirty, but it does not look appealing at all. I was ready to accept the fact that that is how it is. Move on. Just bake. So what if there are grease stains?
Not. I am bothered. So, I tried the baking soda and hydrogen peroxide paste on them. Was I satisfied? Oh, yes! Honestly, a bit of discoloration appeared, but it does not look as bad as having a fixed grease stain mark. It only looks as if it was regularly used, which is a fact.
This mixture wipes out even old stains. I tried it on my pans, the mixing tools, on pans, and in almost everything. It works like a charm every time.
Sinks and faucets
Faucets and sinks are in many areas of my house. We have them in the kitchen, in bathrooms, and even outdoors. It is a big help to have access to them, especially after every gritty job. Again, there goes the problem with hard water. I have always been nit-picky when it comes to cleaning. I want to scour all corners, and the sinks and faucets always catch my eye.
Aside from the water issue, there are also other things like makeup, hair dye, etc. It is such a headache dealing with them, especially once they are left there to stay for quite some time. They seem to stay permanently where they are stuck and can be very hard to remove.
Thus, when I used my miracle cleaner, and it worked perfectly, it was such a wonderful day! I used a toothbrush on the areas with stubborn deposits. A bit of the paste and light scrubbing was all it took to finish the job! I am one happy woman!
Now, this is a nightmare! Hard water on toilets, can you imagine that? I did not have to because I was faced with the horror all the time. When I see the white outline that signals the stains, I want to freak out.
The most difficult part is the drain because that is where the water usually stays. Deposits build up over time if not addressed immediately. The problem is, you cannot use abrasive objects such as a steel brush in cleaning because it could damage the porcelain material.
If you can prevent major buildup, as I did, it will be a bit easier to deal with using the miracle cleaner. The chemical reaction of the paste will work on it gently. Apply it weekly as preventive maintenance.
However, if you are deep in trouble with it now, you also have to do a deep cleaning. It is like a major operation on your toilet. For this, you have to drain the toilet as much as possible. Turn off the mainline, empty the bowl, and then scrub gently. You will be surprised at how quickly the stains are gone. Don a rubber glove for this task. I am sure you would not want your bare hands touching the thing.
More to explore
I have tried the hydrogen peroxide with baking soda pastes on most things that get in contact with water, and on surfaces where there is water stuck up. From faucets to toilets; dishes to baking sheets. Almost all that I can see in the kitchen that needs cleaning has gone under my miracle cleaner.
Presently, I am still exploring other areas where I can use it, but I am sure that there are more. I only need to have it handy at all times, so that when the need arises, I am ready.
Cheap and effective, try it out
If there is one thing that I will boldly recommend, it is this miracle cleaner that I have found. This is not originally mine. This is a product of all my trials-and-error. After all the costly attempts at avoiding stains, I finally got the one that really works!
So, why don’t you give it a try? All that you need, the hydrogen peroxide and the baking soda, are available in most groceries and drugstores. Try it out and let me know how well it worked for you.