There are a handful of items that we always keep on hand in my house. Hydrogen Peroxide is one of them. There are so many household uses for Hydrogen Peroxide it would be silly not to keep this cheap but useful item in my cabinet. Check out this list to see just how many things you can use it for in your home.
20 Household Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide
Remove Pesticides & Dirt from Produce
Wash your vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of peroxide to a sink of cold water. After washing, rinse thoroughly with cool water.
Simple & Effective Mouthwash
Use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis (bad breath). Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. Added bonus is, it will whiten your teeth too!
Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing teeth. It helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills bacteria, it also whitens teeth.
This is great for cold & flu season. Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs.
Use peroxide to wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes. It is even safe for kids to use.
Remove Stains from Pots & Pans
Remove baked on stains from pots and pans. Just combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.
Whitten tile grout throughout your house! Liberally spray the grout with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times, but it works!
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Clean the toilet bowl naturally! Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.
Clothing Stain Remover
Remove stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths without harsh chemicals! Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains. Just soak the stain for a little while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost brightness. (Think Oxi-Clean)
Brighten and disinfect your floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water and start mopping. It is safe for any floor type, and non-toxic.
Here is a great household use for hydrogen peroxide! Kids toys can be covered in germs. Disinfect kids’ toys and play areas with some hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle. It won’t hurt anyone. Just spray and rinse/wipe clean.
Help your garden grown by warding off fungus. Just add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants to prevent fungus from growing.
Try adding a half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. It will also leave you with a clean tub.
This is a genius idea! Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad. Great for when you buy an entire head of lettuce.
Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin. This removes oils and toxins from the skin leaving it clean and beautiful without drying.
Remove Ear Wax
Use Hydrogen peroxide to remove ear wax. Use a solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first then the peroxide to your ear. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.
Treat Foot Fungus
Peroxide helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on your feet every night and let dry. Or try soaking your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.
Take the musty smell out of towels. Use 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar and soak towels for 15 minutes, then wash as normal. It gets rid of the odor.
Use peroxide as a mouthwash for a natural tooth whitening effect. Hydrogen Peroxide is actually the main ingredient in those teeth whitening strips.
NOTE: Do not swallow any peroxide. When the peroxide rinse is done, be sure to rinse out your mouth with water.
Peroxide is a bleaching agent and is used for lightened hair. Dilute 3% Hydrogen peroxide with water 1/2 and 1/2 and spray the solution on your wet hair after a shower. Comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, faddish, or dirty blonde. It also lightens gradually, not drastically. (Use with caution)
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