Grandma’s age old remedy for seemingly everything still works wonders in your busy kitchen. Store a bottle of hydrogen peroxide in the kitchen and use it for tricks such as these while you’re in chef mode!
Clean a cookie sheet with no elbow grease
Cookie sheets are hard to part with if you’re a woman who cooks with soul. So many treats baked over the years for special occasions and family time – it’s as if it holds memories. However, it is one tough cookie when it comes to cleaning! This trick will save you considerable effort. First, sprinkle baking soda over entire sheet. Then, spray or sprinkle hydrogen peroxide over baking soda. Next, sprinkle an additional layer of baking soda. Let sit for at least two hours – time is the substitute for vigorous scrubbing. When you resume your work the majority of the residue and stains will now rinse of easily quite easily! A little bit of wiping and rinsing will finish the job with ease.
Sanitize food prep and storage surfaces
Use H2O2 to kill bacteria on cutting boards and refrigerator/freezer shelves. It will sanitize them so they are germ free. Hydrogen peroxide is non-toxic so it’s a great natural alternative to store-bought cleaners that are full of strong chemicals. Spray H2O2 on the surface and let it sit a couple of minutes. Then, wipe and rinse clean. If there’s gunk or food remnants, scrub first with a brush or clean rag. Bonus use: try it on your lunch bags and containers. Make sure to check the manufacturer’s instructions before using this on appliances!
Preserve a salad
Yes, it is actually possible to delay wilting and preserve the freshness of a salad for a little longer than you’d expect. Mix ½ cup water with 1 tbsp hydrogen peroxide and spray evenly over salad. (This is for fresh salad that hasn’t yet been tossed in dressing or oil.) After spraying thoroughly, rinse with a light touch so you don’t bruise the food, cover it, and keep it in the refrigerator. Waste not, want not!
Clean fruits and vegetables before consuming
H2O2 is a natural way to remove dirt, germs and pesticides from fruits and vegetables. Just add ¼ cup to a sink full of water. Gently rub foods clean and rinse thoroughly. Interesting trivia: Did you know that fruits and vegetables actually produce H2O2 and this is part of the reason why they are so good for you? Yep, they do!