Contrary to popular belief, uses for hydrogen peroxide extend well beyond cleaning wounds & lightening your hair. It can be used to deodorize, sanitize, and disinfect almost any surface & item in your home. The uses are numerous, so let’s check out these 33 surprising uses for hydrogen peroxide!
1. produce wash
Add 1/4 of a cup of hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of cold water to remove dirt & pesticides from all of your favourite fruits & veggies. Remember to rinse well with cool water after washing.
2. ice box cleaner
Simply pop a spray top on to your bottle of hydrogen peroxide to easily clean & disinfect the inside of your cooler.
3. Reusable shopping bag disinfectant
While you have the spray top on your bottle of hydrogen peroxide, get out your non-porous shopping bags – think recycled plastics or cooler bags – just spray them down & wipe them clean! You’ll feel much better bringing home your produce in a disinfected bag!
4. whiten fingernails
Simply soak a cotton ball in hydrogen peroxide & apply to your nails. Let it sit on each nail for several minutes until any stains disappear. Remember to apply moisturizing lotion to your nails and hands after you’re done as hydrogen peroxide can be rough on skin.
5. bathroom cleaner
Having a problem with mildew or mold? Spray down the infected surfaces with hydrogen peroxide & let it sit for a several minutes. Wipe away the mold & mildew and you’re left with a lovely disinfected area!
6. stain remover
Treat any organic stain – think wine, coffee, blood & sweat. Just spray hydrogen peroxide onto the stain & rub it in. This works best with stains that are still moist. Try to avoid any dark fabrics as it could bleach the colour.
7. glass cleaner
Get your spray bottle top back on your bottle & use it to clean your windows as you would with any other cleaning product. It’s non-toxic & leaves a steak free shine!
8. aphthous ulcers
Also known as canker sores, aphthous ulcers are small, shallow lesions that develop on the soft tissues in your mouth or at the base of your gums. To help disinfect & reduce inflammation, swish a spoonful of hydrogen peroxide around your mouth for 5-10 minutes.
9. get out skunk smell
Combine 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent & 2 quarts warm water. This solutions can be used on humans or animals, but be sure not to leave it on any hair or fur for too long as it could lighten the colour.
10. Musty towels
Over time, towels can start to smell pretty musty. Add 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar to washing machine, let soak for 15 minutes wash as normal. No more musty smell!
11. Shower curtain cleaner
Place shower curtains in washing machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle. Bye-bye mildew & soap scum!
12. foot fungus
Spray an equal mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on your feet – especially the toes – every night and let dry. Use regularly to keep foot fungus at bay.
13. ear wax remover
Add one table spoon of hydrogen peroxide to a cup of very warm water. Spray solution into ear canal vigorously. Make sure to hold a large bowl under your ear to catch any ear wax that comes out.
14. humidifier cleaner
Add 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.
15. Whiten linens
Add 2 cups of hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of cold water. Soak items for at least one hour, rinse well & air dry. This is great for removing yellowing from lace and other delicate fabrics.
16. destroy acne
Dab your face with hydrogen peroxide daily to keep away acne, or use directly on any existing acne or pimples to diminish them.
17. lettuce keeper
Add a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide to a 1/2 cup of water and spray on copped up lettuce. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your lettuce.
18. body detox
Add a half bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath and have a nice, long soak. Not only will this help detoxify you, but it will leave your tub gleaming!
19. kids playroom cleaner
Hydrogen peroxide is the best thing to use when it comes to cleaning things children use – or anyone with a respiratory issue – as it isn’t a lung irritant. Get your kids toys, play areas toy boxes & any door knobs they touch regularly.
20. brighten your whites
Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to a load of whites to give them a boost. For treating stained whites, simply soak for a while before washing. It’s a green alternative to bleach & it works the same!
21. floor cleaner
Add a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of hot water and clean your floors like normal. It’s mild, so it’s safe for all floor types. It’s a great green alternative to other floor cleaners.
22. Toilet cleaner
Clean, disinfect and whiten your toilet by simply adding a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide to your toilet bowl & letting it sit for 30 minutes. scrub it clean and watch it glean!
23. cutting board cleaner
It can be hard to really disinfect a cutting board, especially a porous one. Pop your spray top onto a bottle of hydrogen peroxide, spray down your cutting board and let it bubble for a few minutes. Scrub it & rinse clean!
24. food stain remover
Finally get off baked-on food from your pots & pans. Add enough hydrogen peroxide to some baking soda to form a paste. Rub the paste onto your stained pots and pans & let sit for a while. Scrub with the rough side of your sponge with some warm water and watch your baked-on stains lift away.
25. tooth brush cleaner
Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs, especially during cold & flu season.
26. sponge sanitizer
Mix one part hydrogen peroxide & one part warm water in a shallow dish. Soak sponges in mixture for 10 minutes & rinse clean.
27. appliance cleaner
Get your spray top back on your hydrogen peroxide bottle and spray down & wipe clean your dishwasher and refrigerator. It’s completely non-toxic, so it’s safe to use where food and dishes are kept.
Mix enough hydrogen peroxide into some baking soda until a paste forms. This toothpaste kills bacteria, which helps with things like gingivitis. Add some salt to the mixture & you now how whitening toothpaste!
To help sooth the pain, gargle a mixture of coconut oil & hydrogen peroxide. The peroxide will help kill the bacteria that are causing the toothache pain.
30. soothe dry skin
Hydrogen peroxide can be a wonderful natural remedy for dry skin. When you add half a pint of peroxide to your bath water, the extra oxygen helps to rejuvenate the body and leaves your skin hydrated. Its antiviral & antibacterial properties can also help with various skin conditions.
31. ear infections
just a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide can help you kill bacteria that causes ear infections. If your infection doesn’t improve, make sure you go to the Doctor. Sometimes natural remedies aren’t quite strong enough.
32. kill mites
While mites or spider mites aren’t harmful to humans, they can be rather annoying when found around your home. To rid your home of them without using toxic chemicals, just spray some hydrogen peroxide wherever you find them.
33. weed killer
No one wants to spend their time physically pulling weeds from their lawn or garden & not all of us want to use toxic chemicals to do it with ease. Luckily, hydrogen peroxide makes an excellent DIY weed killer. Just mix one ounce of hydrogen peroxide with one quart of water & spray it on your weeds. Leave it on for 20 minutes & then rinse with water.
For all of the above mixtures, it’s best to use 3% hydrogen peroxide.
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