15 Surprising Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide
You may already know that hydrogen peroxide can be used on cuts or scraps. Or maybe you use it to help whiten your teeth, but you probably didn’t know that this little bottle can be used for a wide variety of things around the house. And the best part is that it is cheap and effective so you don’t have to spend a fortune on other products. Check out some of these surprising uses for hydrogen peroxide:
- Use Hydrogen Peroxide as a cleaner. Simply attach a spray nozzle to the bottle and spray it directly onto the counters or fridge for a deep clean. Spray it on, let it sit to bubble and wipe clean approximately five minutes later.
- Clean humidifiers and steamers by adding 1 pint of hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of water.
- Spray on mirrors or glass for a streak-free clean shine.
In the Kitchen
- Rinse your fruits and vegetables in this non-toxic solution of ¼ cup peroxide in a sink of cold water. Once the veggies are clean, rinse well.
- Clean wooden cutting boards. Spray your board with some hydrogen peroxide and some vinegar to sanitize them (use 2 separate spray bottles – one for peroxide and one for vinegar to be the most effective). This can work with other surfaces in your kitchen as well.
- Soak your sponge in equal parts peroxide and warm water for about 20 minutes to disinfect.
- Clean out the refrigerator with non-toxic hydrogen peroxide – it has no smell and it disinfects.
In the Bathroom
- Use it as a mouthwash to kill germs and help heal canker sores or other mouth sores. It also helps to whiten your teeth!
- You can also soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide to kill germs between uses.
- Make your own toothpaste by mixing hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.
- Kill shower mold and mildew by spraying it on, letting it sit and then rinsing. This is good to do to help prevent any mold as well.
- Whiten the grout in your bathtub with Hydrogen Peroxide. Dry the tub thoroughly, and then spray your grout liberally. Let it sit until it starts to bubble. Come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush to remove the peroxide and the “dinge” from the tub.
- Clean and whiten the toilet by pouring ½ cup hydrogen peroxide into the bowl and letting it sit for 20 minutes. Then you can scrub clean.
- Remove stains from clothing using Hydrogen Peroxide as a pre-treatment. Simply soak the stain in peroxide for 10-15 minutes before tossing the garment into the laundry. Tough stains? Peroxide works well at getting out blood, wine, and sweat!
- Add a cup of Hydrogen Peroxide to a regular load of whites with your laundry soap to boost brightness. It works just as well as bleach but has none of the chemicals and doesn’t smell as harsh.
How else do you use hydrogen peroxide?