Hydrogen peroxide is a germicidal agent made up of water and oxygen, which makes it the safest natural sanitizer. It`s a colorless liquid that is slightly more viscous than water. It is most commonly used as disinfectant, bleaching agent, and oxidizer. However, it turns out that this versatile liquid has countless uses. This article focuses on 65 of them, so make sure you check them all out and get a bottle of hydrogen peroxide as soon as possible.
Note: Pure hydrogen peroxide can explode when heated to its boiling point. This is the reason why most of household products contain a diluted solution, mostly having 3-5% of the active chemical.
THE COMPLETE LIST
1. Eliminate Viruses
Experts claim that applying 3 drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide in the ear helps reduce the duration of cold or flu. Allow the solution to work for about 10 minutes before letting it drain.
2. Get Rid of Pesticides
Most fresh veggies are treated with pesticides, detrimental chemicals that shouldn’t be ingested. To get rid of these chemicals, add ¼ cup of hydrogen peroxide to a bowl with water and soak the veggies in the solution for half an hour. When done, rinse and leave them in the fridge.
3. Get Rid of Airborne Germs
Combine a pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide with a gallon of water and add the solution to a humidifier. Let it run until the mixture is completely used up. The antibacterial and disinfectant properties of the solution will get rid of airborne germs.
4. Whiten Your Teeth
Hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in most teeth whitening products, and it works by oxygenating the surface of the teeth. Brush the teeth with toothpaste and then swish a mixture of two teaspoons of water and a teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide around the mouth. When done, rinse the mouth and repeat the procedure 3 times a week.
5. Bleach Finger and Toe Nails
The nails often look discolored after removing nail polish. To bleach them and reverse the natural color, dip the nails in a bowl filled with 3% hydrogen peroxide for about 5 minutes. Repeat the procedure for several days or until you get the desired effect.
6. Bleach Hair
Hydrogen peroxide is much safer than other bleaching agents, so it can be safely used to bleach your hair naturally.
7. Create Hair Highlights
To create sun-bleached hair highlights, simply spray some hydrogen peroxide on damp hair and let it work for about 15 minutes before rinsing it off.
8. Rejuvenate and Detox
To rejuvenate and detox your body in an all-natural way, soak in a bath with hydrogen peroxide. Add a cup of 35% hydrogen peroxide in a tub of water and soak for about half an hour.
9. Eliminate Stuffy Sinuses
To unclog your sinuses, try a homemade nasal solution with hydrogen peroxide. Mix a cup of water with a cap of hydrogen peroxide. If they are too stuffed, get a more concentrated solution.
10. Stop Toothache Pain
Oil pulling with a solution of hydrogen peroxide and coconut oil is extremely effective in alleviating a toothache, as the antibacterial properties of these two ingredients kill off bacteria that are causing the pain.
11. Disinfect Wounds
HP works very well to disinfect most small wounds. In most cases, a small cap full of a standard 3 percent solution will do the trick. Wash the wound with a 3 percent HP.
12. Make An Antiseptic Mouth Rinse
It’s true that HP can whiten your teeth, but it’s also effective as a mouth wash to reduce bad breath that is caused by bacteria. Mix 1 cup of water with about 2 caps full of HP and use it to rinse out your mouth.
13. Eliminate Acne
If you have acne, create a face rinse that can clear up the acne. Use a mixture of 2 tablespoons of 3 percent HP and 2 tablespoons of ACV. Dip a cotton pad on this mixture and pat it on your face on affected areas to eliminate the bacteria that cause acne breakouts. Do not use the same pad for the entire face, but use clean pads to pat new areas to prevent transference of the bacteria.
14. Get Rid Of Boils
You can use HP to get rid of boils. Just fill up your bathtub with water and a single cup of 35 percent HP. This mixture of bath water and HP will treat boils, but it will also rejuvenate and detoxify your body.
15. Soften Calluses And Corns
If you need to soften calluses and corns to get rid of them, just soak them in a mixture of equal parts HP and ACV. This mixture will naturally soften most corns and calluses.
16. Get Wax Out Of Your Ear
Most people have an enormous buildup of wax in their ear and don’t even know it. Get rid of it with 2 drops of HP in each ear. After adding the HP to one ear at a time, add a couple drops of olive oil. Wait a couple of minutes and drain the solution out of the ear. Most of the wax will flow out with the HP.
17. Prevent The Dreaded Swimmer’s Ear
Also known as swimmer’s ear, a typical ear infection is no fun! To get rid of it, just mix 1 cap of HP with some ACV in a small dropper bottle. After swimming, just apply a few drops of this solution to each ear to prevent infection.
18. Get Relief From Ear Infections
By applying about 8 drops of HP to an infected ear, you can ease many of the symptoms and clear out the infection.
19. Eliminate Skin Mites
Many people suffer from skin mites. You can use HP to kill them off. Spray some 3 percent HP on the affected skin. Repeat this process a few times after a few minutes, and it will kill skin mites.
20. Get Rid Of Foot Fungus
Mix equal amounts of 3 percent HP with water inside of a darkened bottle. The bottle needs to be darkened because HP cannot be exposed to light. Apply the mixture to foot fungus.
21. Make A Marinade For Poultry, Fish Or Meat
You can marinade meats by placing them inside a casserole that contains equal parts of water and HP. The casserole should be loosely covered and refrigerated for about 30 minutes. Make sure to rinse the items before cooking.
22. Disinfect Your Toothbrush
To maintain optimal oral hygiene, ensure your toothbrush is clean. You can disinfect a toothbrush by soaking it in HP. It will kill all of the bacteria that are known to thrive in the bathroom.
23. Remove Stubborn Stains From Clothing
One of the most difficult stains to remove from clothing is blood. You can pour some undiluted HP directly onto the stain, allow it to sit for about 1-3 minutes and rinse it off using cold water. Then scrub with a bar soap to totally remove the stain. Repeat the process as needed.
24. Control The Growth Of Fungus In Aquariums
If you own an aquarium, this is a brilliant way to use HP. You’ll have to check elsewhere to find the exact instructions, and you’ll also need to be careful because you don’t want to harm your fish.
25. Make An Emetic For Household Pets
It’s not uncommon for dogs and cats to fall ill after eating certain foods that they shouldn’t have eaten. HP can induce vomiting. This also works well if your dor or cat has swallowed something they shouldn’t and HP can make them throw it up.
26. Use As A Dishwasher Detergent
While it’s not a perfect substitute for dishwasher liquid, HP is always an option. You can make the last of your dishwasher detergent last longer by mixing some HP with it.
27. Create An All-Purpose Cleaner
Most people understand that your typical all-purpose cleaner can get expensive. Just fill a spray bottle with a diluted mixture of HP and use it to clean almost anything.
28. Clean Your Contact Lenses
If you wear contact lenses, then you can clean them with HP. Just soak your contacts into a diluted solution of HP overnight. It will get rid of protein buildup and make them ready to wear the next day.
29. Make Laundry Whiter
Over a long period of time, you’ll notice that your white laundry items can get dingy and yellow. Just add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to the wash and let the laundry soak for 30 minutes before wash.
30. Remove Organic Stains
Mix two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish detergent and apply to organic stains (coffee, wine, blood, sweat, etc) to remove them.
31. Eliminate Undesirable Odors
Over a period of time, your fabrics can get bogged down with odors. Just make a mixture of white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and soak the fabrics in it. All of the unpleasant odors will be removed.
32. Clean Carpets And Rugs
A number of homeowners use HP to clean dirty carpets and rugs. It’s especially useful on light carpets because it can bleach darker colors. Spray a diluted solution onto the rug or carpet and clean it as you normally would. Always do a spot test beforehand to make sure it won’t bleach the fabric.
33. Disinfect Your Lunchbox
It’s true that lunchboxes can accumulate a lot of bacteria. Spray your lunchbox with a diluted solution of HP. Let the hydrogen peroxide solution sit for a few minutes; wipe it away.
34. Keep Your Shopping Bags Fresh
A reusable shopping bag is great, but it can get really dirty. You can disinfect and remove odors from any reusable shopping bag by spraying it with some HP, let it sit for a few minutes and wipe it off with a clean paper towel.
35. Improve The Germination Of Seeds
In case you didn’t know, fungal spores can impede the germination of seeds. All you need to do is soak seeds in HP before planting them, and it will remove fungal spores from them.
36. Thoroughly Clean Your Humidifier
To keep a humidifier running efficiently and cleanly, just add 1 pint of HP with 1 gallon of water to it. The HP will disinfect the humidifier and remove mildew and mold.
37. Clean Tile Surfaces Better
An efficient and effective way to clean tile surfaces is the use of HP. Over time, tile surfaces will get dirty and accumulate stains. Remove the stains by spraying some HP directly onto tiles.
38. Clean The Toilet
Another great use for hydrogen peroxide is for cleaning the toilet. Pour half of a cup of HP into the toilet bowl and let it sit for about 30 minutes, then scrub. It will remove stains, disinfect the bowl and give the bowl a squeaky clean shine!
39. Make Grout Whiter
To make your grout whiter, mix 35 percent hydrogen peroxide with white flour and use it to clean the grout. However, the first step involves covering the grout with the paste. Allow it to sit overnight and rinse it off with water the next day, and see a much brighter grout.
40. Get Rid Of Soap Scum In The Sink Or Bath Tub
This is one of the hardest stains to scrub out of your tub. To get rid of soap scum quickly, spray the surface with 35 percent HP and let it sit for about 30 minutes. The HP will loosen the grime, so all you need to do is wipe it away with a sponge and rinse.
41. Say Goodbye To Mold
Some of the best health agencies in the world recommend using 3% hydrogen peroxide to remove mold. Simply spray the mold with the solution and leave it on for a few minutes before scrubbing it using a sponge.
42. Clean Glass Better
Spray the glass surface with a hydrogen peroxide to loosen grime and remove the dirt more effectively. It is recommended to wipe the surface using an old newspaper.
43. Clean Kitchen And Bathroom Counter
To clean and disinfect the kitchen and bathroom countertops, simply spray some diluted hydrogen peroxide onto them and let it sit for a couple of minutes before wiping it off.
44. Disinfect sponges and dishrags
It is a fact that over time, sponges and dishrags will get too dirty. So, it is advisable to soak them in hot water and two capfuls of HP for about 30 minutes. Additionally, it will thoroughly disinfect and clean all sponges and dishrags.
45. Disinfect Your Cutting Boards
Your cutting boards may hide food particles and bacteria. You don’t want to leave them on your cutting boards. To clean and disinfect them, spray your cutting boards with some HP after every use, and let them sit for a few minutes. Then, rinse them out under running water.
46. Wash Fruits
You can use HP to remove wax and dirt from fruits and vegetables. Just spray them down with some HP and rinse them off under running water.
47. Remove stubborn foods
Mix some baking soda and HP to create a paste. Next, scrub the paste into the troublesome food spots and leave it to sit for a few minutes. Afterwards, scrub it using your dish sponge and warm water.
48. Clean your refrigerator
Spray down the entire refrigerator with HP and leave it to sit for several minutes. Then, wipe it using a clean cloth.
49. Enjoy a fresher salad
You should add a tablespoon of food-grade HP to half a cup of water and spray the solution onto the salad in order to make it last longer.
50. Brighten curtains and table cloths
In case these items have become yellowed and mildewed, then you can wipe down the yellowed portions using a cloth soaked in HP. Moreover, you can also add 1 cup of HP to your wash when doing whites.
51. Remove algae
You should use HP to get rid of algae from an aquarium. Use about 60 ml of hydrogen peroxide for every 66 gallons of aquarium water. Plus, use a dropper to add the liquid over the span of 5 minutes.
52. Clean kid’s toys
They spread out on the floor usually attract bacteria on them. To keep your kid’s toys clean and safe it is advisable to use HP to wipe down play areas, toys as well as toy boxes. All you need to do is spray HP onto the toys and wipe them down by using a clean towel, or wash them in a basin of water with a cup of HP.
53. Treat animal wounds
Use HP on animal wounds similarly as you would use it on human wounds. In other words, dab the HP onto the wound carefully to disinfect while removing dead flesh.
54. Get rid of canker sores
If you experience canker sores in your mouth, it is recommended to hold a single capful of HP in your mouth for about 10 minutes. Be careful not to swallow it and it will undoubtedly help you get rid of the canker sores.
55. Add in your enema water
Combine 1 tablespoon of HP to 4 cups of water.
56. De-mold plants
In case you have some plants that are starting to get a bit moldy and musty, you should spray them down using some 3 percent HP.
57. Control yeast infection
Add about 2 capfuls of HP into your douche once or twice on a weekly basis.
58. Prolong the freshness of your veggies
HP can also be used to prolong the freshness of the vegetables. The only thing you should do is to add about a quarter cup of food-grade HP to a sink full of cold water, put the veggies into it and leave them to soak for around 30 minutes. At least, rinse them, shake out excess water, dab dry by using clean paper towel, pack them in a clean plastic bag as well as store them dry in the fridge in order to prolong their freshness.
59. Clean your mirror impressively well
Yes, over time, mirrors actually get too dirty. For optimal results to get a no-streak clean, spray them down with some HP and wipe them clean using an old newspaper or paper towel.
60. Remove wine stains
You can get rid of wine stains by mixing equal parts of liquid detergent with HP. Next, pour it onto the stain and blot the stain away with a clean cloth.
61. Easily kill mites
You can get rid of mites by spraying them with some HP. Repeat the same procedure a few times to be safe.
62. Remove stains from stone countertops
HP can act very well for the elimination of stains from almost any tile or stone surface. Combine it with some white flour and apply the paste to the stains. Next, wrap everything in plastic and leave it to sit overnight. The next morning, you should remove and clean it up.
63. Improve the root system of your plant
By watering them using a mixture of 1 part HP and 32 parts water you can improve the roots of your plants.
64. Get rid of collar stain
The collar should be sprayed with a mixture of 1 part liquid detergent and 2 parts HP. Allow it to sit for five minutes and then wash it.
65. Make short work of armpit sweat
Use 2 parts HP with 1 part dishwasher liquid and apply it to the embarrassing armpit stains to get rid of them. Let the stains soak for about a few minutes and at the end, wash it.