Which is better, vinegar or peroxide?

Liz - posted on 05/16/2012 ( 2 moms have responded )




I have read a lot of good things about using vinegar or peroxide for cleaning. Which, in your opinion, is better? Do they actually "clean," or just disinfect? (As in, will it remove soap scum from my tub, or the results of poor aiming from my toilet?) If you use both, which do you use for what jobs?


Katherine - posted on 05/17/2012




I personally like vinegar better. It is a disinfectant also. And after the smell is gone it leaves a fresh smelling odor. I have found it to be very useful because my daughter sleep with me and pees on my bed every damn night. So I spray it down with white vinegar. It also helps with the stains and leaves it smelling fresh and clean. I also know it's disinfecting my bed too. I have a mattress pad that goes ove the top but she somehow seems to pee around it. grrrr.

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Peroxide slowly turns to water. It reacts with light (hence the brown bottles) and air. So if you don't use it fairly quickly after opening it. I believe it is good for about a month once opened. Which is a bummer if you don't use it a lot. It can also bring a yellowish tinge to some white finishes.

I've found that vinegar is ideal for metallic objects as well as glass. From what I can tell it cleans those surfaces the best, followed by porcelain. It seems to eat away at plastics, stone, and wood finishes (which is why they say don't use window cleaner on your wooden surfaces).


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