If you are anything like I am, you have probably spent way too much money on ineffective stain removal products in your life. I know that I used to have a clothing stain spray, a clothing stain stick, a carpet stain removal kit, an upholstery stain removal spray, a pet-specific stain remover for carpets and upholstery, disinfecting wipes for the counters, and on and on and on. The clothing stain removers never worked very well, neither did the carpet or upholstery stain removers. The pet specific stain remover often needed several applications and usually still left some odors around. Worst of all though, is that all of these somewhat ineffective products had a whole list of chemicals that aren't great for the environment and also cost quite a bit of money.

Enter hydrogen peroxide. Up until now, I had only ever purchased hydrogen peroxide for cleaning my earrings, as I was instructed to do by lady who pierced my ears back when I was 12. Recently, my husband and I were purchasing new carpet for a couple of rooms in our home and I asked what carpet cleaner we should use on the new carpet. To my complete surprise, the salesman recommended hydrogen peroxide. He said to just spray a little on, work it into the stain a little bit, then blot the excess up with a clean cloth. I was more than a little skeptical; really, an 89 cent bottle of hydrogen peroxide??

A couple of weeks later, though, we had the opportunity to try out this so-called miracle cleaning agent. Our dog had cut his paw on a rock in the yard in the middle of the night and had tracked blood all throughout the entire house. When we woke up in the morning to see the mess, the blood had already dried. Yikes! Since most of the stains were still on our old carpet, I reached for the pet-specific stain remover. It kind of worked, but I ran out of it long before I ran out of stains to remove. So, out came the hydrogen peroxide. I sprayed it on the dried blood stains and they pretty much just vanished. It was amazing. Some of the bigger ones required a little scrubbing as well, but they all disappeared much more than with the carpet cleaner.

After that amazing success, I started wondering what other stains hydrogen peroxide would remove. The old carpet had some stains and general grubbiness from the previous home owner (over 8 years ago). We hadn't been able to get any of those out with various carpet cleaners or the Rug Doctor. So, I thought I'd give the hydrogen peroxide a shot. Amazingly quite a few of the stains came right out. Some of them didn't, but they at least lightened a bit. I was impressed!

Since the carpet successes, I've also found hydrogen peroxide useful for many other stains.

  • Removing my nephew's red sucker stains from our microfiber couch

  • Cleaning baby spit-up out of the couch, carpet, and clothing

  • Removing cat urine from the carpet (unlike other cleaners, hydrogen peroxide also removes the smell)

  • Removing a red wine stain from my shirt

  • Removing a blackberry stain from the baby's pajamas (2 day old stain)

  • Disinfecting the baby's high chair tray (I just don't feel comfortable using other cleaners with any chemical residues they may leave behind. Any residual hydrogen peroxide just turns into water).

  • Removing grass stains from clothing.

I'm sure the list could keep going on and on. But, so far, I've given up my special laundry pretreatment products, carpet cleaners, disinfectant wipes, and upholstery cleaners all for hydrogen peroxide. I should probably note that, as with all cleaners, you should use caution when first using hydrogen peroxide on an item. Make sure that they hydrogen peroxide won't damage the material. You may want to test on an inconspicuous area of the material first. Additionally, the hydrogen peroxide I've been using is the variety found in the grocery store (3%). Even with 3%, caution should be used to not have your skin come in contact and you certainly shouldn't ingest it or anything like that. Read the precautions on the bottle! Happy cleaning!!