Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide is a must-have in any house. While known for its antiseptic abilities, there are quite a few other things it is good for around the house as well. It is important to keep in mind though that a 3% Hydrogen Peroxide is the safest to use for any of these remedies and that it is always best that it be stored in a dark bottle to ensure that it retains its chemical properties.
Here are just some of the great uses for Hydrogen Peroxide.
Hydrogen peroxide can make a great astringent when it comes to cleaning facial pores. Simply put a small amount on a cotton ball and rub it on your face after washing. If you currently have acne try dabbing some hydrogen peroxide on affected areas 2 or 3 times a day to clear it.
One of hydrogen peroxide’s most common uses is to prevent infection and kill germs on cuts and scrapes. Simply pour a little on peroxide on the wound, wait for it to bubble, then clean it off.
Bathroom Germ Killer
Simply mix equal parts of 3% hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle. Not only does it kill germs but keeps bathroom smelling clean as well.
Blood Stain Removal
Hydrogen Peroxide works really well for removing fresh blood stains from clothing. Simply pour some peroxide onto the stain – let sit for a few moments – then wash with a clean damp cloth or launder your item as usual.
Due to its antiseptic properties, hydrogen peroxide, when used as a mouthwash can help canker sores. Add a tablespoon of peroxide to a glass of water and rinse your mouth well with the mixture before spitting it out. It will help sores heal quicker. Be sure not to swallow.
Cutting Board Sanitizer
To sanitize and disinfect a cutting board, put a spray bottle top on your hydrogen peroxide bottle and spray the cutting board. Follow up by spraying some white vinegar on the board as well, the rinse the board clean.
Dental Tarter and Plaque
Hydrogen peroxide is great for killing bacteria in your mouth. Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide with water and swish around your mouth before spitting it out. Do not swallow.
Ear Wax Removal
Another popular use for hydrogen peroxide is the removal of excess ear wax. Using a dropper gently drop 2 or 3 drops of peroxide in the affected ear – let it sit for a few minutes with your head tilted – you might hear crackling as it begins to break up. Follow up by filling a syringe with clean warm water and gently flushing out the ear. Then dry with a soft clean towel or cloth.
A great way to get your houseplants to grow greener and more lush is to combine one ounce of hydrogen peroxide with a cup of water and put it into a spray bottle. Then spray your plants with this solution.
Kitchen Counter Disinfectant
Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide with water in a spray bottle and use it daily to disinfect kitchen counter tops, kitchen appliances and other kitchen surfaces.
Run out of bleach? No problem. Hydrogen Peroxide works almost as well as bleach to help whiten laundry. Simply pour a cup into the washer or bleach receptacle. Make sure you do not pour it directly on clothes however, because like bleach it can fade out color if applied directly.
Simply soak your toenails or fingernails in a 50/50 solution of hydrogen peroxide and water every day to kill harmful fungus.
Mold and Mildew Remover
Hydrogen peroxide works great for preventing and/or removing mold and mildew that can build up in bathrooms. Simply spray on the affected surface, let sit for a few minutes, then wipe clean or spray after a shower to prevent mold from forming.
Hydrogen peroxide is a great stain remover. Not only does it work well on blood stains (as listed above), but it also works well on removing wine stains or even yellow underarm stains that can appear on shirts. You can pour some on a small bit of cloth and dab at the stain if you are currently wearing the item or even pour it directly on a stain and let it sit for a couple of hours before laundering as usual.
Hydrogen Peroxide makes a great teeth whitener (but be sure not to swallow). Swishing one teaspoon of 3% strength peroxide in your mouth for a few minutes each day will not only help whiten teeth but will also help kill harmful germs and bacteria. (Note: While rare, some people might experience extra tooth sensitivity. If this occurs, this remedy is probably not for you.)
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
As mentioned above, peroxide works great for killing germs in the bathroom. It also makes a great toilet bowl cleaner. Simply pour a half cup of peroxide into the bowl, let it sit for approximately 20 minutes, then scrub clean.
While not recommended for daily use, hydrogen peroxide mixed with baking soda works great as toothpaste in a pinch. Simply make a mixture of 2 tablespoons of baking soda and 1 tablespoon of peroxide and brush away! (Be sure it is a 3% strength peroxide however to ensure it does not irritate skin or gums.)