Does hydrogen peroxide clean battery corrosion?

You've probably heard that hydrogen peroxide is a great way to clean battery corrosion. But is it really effective? In this blog post, we'll take a look at some points to find out if hydrogen peroxide can clean battery corrosion. We'll also discuss some other ways to clean battery corrosion, so stay tuned.

What dissolves battery corrosion?

Battery corrosion is a common issue, and there are a few different methods that can be used to dissolve it. Sometimes the stuff we need is already in our pantry or medicine cabinet.

Here are a few of the most common household items that can be used to dissolve corrosion:

One popular method is using vinegar or lemon juice. Vinegar has acetic acid, which is effective in breaking down the corrosion. Lemon juice contains citric acid, which also dissolves battery corrosion.

For tougher corrosion, a baking soda and water mixture can also be used. Simply wet the battery corrosion with the chosen substance and let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it away with a toothbrush or another soft-bristled brush. Be sure to rinse the area clean afterward.

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Hydrogen peroxide is also another good choice for dissolving battery corrosion. It is available at most drugstores and can be used to clean cuts and scrapes, so it's likely to be in your home medicine cabinet. Hydrogen peroxide is also effective at breaking down organic material, which can include the build-up on battery terminals.

One of the best things about using hydrogen peroxide to clean corrosion from your battery is that you can use it as an alternative to harsh chemicals or acidic cleaners. You may not need any gloves, safety goggles, masks, and other protective gear when you're working with this mild oxidizer. But of course, just to be sure, and since you are working with batteries, these safety gears are recommended for safety purposes. It's also environmentally friendly and non-toxic, so you won't have to worry about the safety of you and your family.

With hydrogen peroxide, there's no need for hard scrubbing or brushing when it comes time to clean car battery terminals. Since this mild oxidizer is a liquid that breaks down into water and oxygen — leaving nothing behind but pure metal — all it takes is one quick dip to clear away any corrosion. Follow up by rinsing the area with water, and you're done.

There are also commercial products that can be used to dissolve corrosion. Be sure to do your research and read the labels before using any chemical-based cleaners. 

Whichever method you choose, make sure you do it correctly and safely. Be sure to read the manufacturer's instructions for your particular battery, and always exercise caution when working with any type of corrosive material.

How do you clean battery corrosion from a remote?

The process of cleaning corrosion from a remote may vary depending on the type of remote you acquired. You need to check first how bad is the corrosion and what is its material so you can prepare the stuff you need.

Before proceeding with the cleaning, you need to wear gloves to avoid contact with the battery acid. You should also work in a well-ventilated space. These are required for safety purposes only.

The steps below are generic and might not be suited for your specific remote. So it's best to check your remote's manual and follow the manufacturer's instructions.

If the corrosion is light:

- Start by removing all batteries from the remote, if any are present. 

- Check for corrosion on the contacts. If there is any, then use a cotton swab, or cloth dipped in a dash of vinegar or any cleaning solution you may have and lightly scrape the corroded area.

- Use a tiny amount of liquid at a time to prevent water from entering the wiring within the device.

- Wipe off any excess liquid with a dry cloth or a cotton swab.

- Allow the battery compartment to dry completely before inserting batteries back into the remote again, otherwise, you risk having corrosion build up fast in just a few seconds.

- Make sure that you are inserting fresh batteries with no traces of corrosion on the contact points. This way, you avoid future corrosion build-up.

If the corrosion is not too bad, you can try to clean it with a toothbrush or a small brush. If that doesn't work, you might need to use a paste made of baking soda and water. Apply this paste over the corroded area and let it sit for a few minutes. Then, use a toothbrush to scrub the area and rinse it off with water. Just be careful with the water not to let it get inside the remote.

If the corrosion is heavy, or if it has penetrated the plastic, it is suggested to take the remote to a professional for further cleaning as this might be too dangerous for home remedies.

The good news is that with a little bit of care and maintenance, you can prevent battery corrosion from happening in the first place. Make sure to keep your batteries clean and free of corrosion, and always remove them from the device when it's not in use. By following these simple tips, you can extend the life of your remote and save yourself some money in the long run.

If you are not sure how to proceed, check your remote's manual or contact the manufacturer for further instructions on how to properly clean battery corrosion from a remote control device. And don't forget to dispose of the corroded battery properly and safely. Consult your local recycling center for information on how to do this.

In conclusion, it's important to take care of battery corrosion as soon as possible, as it can eventually cause damage to the battery and to the device itself. If battery corrosion is left untreated, it can cause a number of problems, including decreased battery life, and even cause electrical shorts. So don't wait until it's too late. Take care of this problem as soon as you notice it. This way, your device will run smoothly for years to come.

About the author, Phil Borges

Phil Borges is a battery aficionado. He's written extensively about batteries, and he loves nothing more than discussing the latest innovations in the industry. He has a deep understanding of how batteries work, and he's always on the lookout for new ways to improve their performance.