Hydrogen peroxide is a common liquid that is readily available in the pharmaceutical section of many local stores. Known for its fizzy disinfecting properties, generations of consumers have used it to clean cuts, but many don’t realize the dozens of ways there are to use this versatile product. The team at Ernest Homes has uncovered more than 40 uses for this do-it-all solution in your home, so if there isn’t any at your house, you should grab a few bottles right away!
Ease a Sore Throat…and more! – Gargle a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and warm boiled water for relief. Be careful not to swallow the mixture – spit it all out every time. Swishing the liquid around your mouth also freshens your breath and can relieve the pain of canker sores! Holding the mixture in your mouth for ten minutes can reduce toothache pain; it can also act as a natural bleach for discolored teeth. Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make your own toothpaste or denture cleaner.
Bath Marvel – Add half a pint of peroxide to your bath water to rejuvenate the body and rehydrate your skin. Its antibacterial properties can also help treat certain skin conditions.
Combat Yeast Infections – Hydrogen peroxide also works to prevent yeast infections by killing the main cause of the condition, Candida Albicans. Add 2 capfuls to your douche weekly.
Get Rid of Acne – Use hydrogen peroxide instead of antibacterial soap to kick-start the healing process. It deep cleans the area and kills unwanted bacteria. Apply it to the affected area only once – you need to protect the good bacteria that promotes healing.
Beat Foot Fungus – Combine equal parts water and peroxide and soak to cure athlete’s foot. You can also soak your shower shoes in a tub of the mixture to prevent athlete’s foot from taking hold in the first place.
Treat Ear Infections – A couple of drops in the ear canal can help kill bacteria. Keep in mind that stubborn ear infections will require a visit to the doctor. Peroxide also makes a good homemade ear cleaner for dogs.
Get Rid of Ear Wax – Carefully, place a few drops of olive oil in your ear, then add a few drops of peroxide. Keep your head tilted for sixty seconds, then lean the other way so the liquid drains out. Flush your ear with warm water.
Run out of deodorant? – Mix hydrogen peroxide with dish soap at a ratio of 1:2. Apply the mixture to your underarms, let sit for thirty minutes and rinse off. You’ll be dry and odor-free for up to 24 hours, giving you time to restock.
Clean Contact Lenses – A cheaper alternative to commercial cleaners is hydrogen peroxide. It’s less expensive and can clean your lenses quickly and easily.
Whiten Your Nails – Dunk a cotton ball in peroxide, massage your nails lightly and viola!
Dye Your Hair – If you want to subtly lighten or dye your hair over a period, without resorting to coloring your hair, hydrogen peroxide is a great alternative.
Disinfect Your Toothbrush – Pouring hydrogen peroxide over your toothbrush weekly will kill the many bacteria that live on your toothbrush.
Soften Corns and Calluses on Your Feet – Mix one cup of the peroxide with a ½ cup of water in a bowl, stir well, and let sit for five minutes. Soak the affected part of the foot for fifteen minutes. Remove your foot from the solution, rinse it with clean water and dry it thoroughly. Continue doing this several times a week for three weeks to get relief.
Disinfecting Countertops – Use hydrogen peroxide to clean your bathroom and kitchen countertops. Simply mix it with equal parts water and put it in a spray bottle. Spray down your surfaces and use a sponge to wipe them down.
Whiten your Grout – To make the best DIY grout cleaner, simply spray hydrogen peroxide onto dry grout and let it sit for several hours. Finish with soapy water and a toothbrush to vigorously scrub the grout. After drying, the grout should look like new.
Clean Your Mirrors – Hydrogen peroxide is a great no-streak cleaner for mirrors. Spray the chemical on your mirrors and wipe off with a paper towel.
Clean Your Toilet – Pour four ounces of hydrogen peroxide into your toilet and let it stand for twenty minutes. Scrub out the toilet with your toilet brush and flush. Finish by dousing your toilet brush with more peroxide to disinfect it. You can also get rid of a clogged toilet with hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and baking soda. Peroxide can even be used to get rid of rust stains in your in your toilet and tub.
Hydrogen Peroxide Kills Mold – Simply spray it with hydrogen peroxide and wipe clean.
Clean Cutting Boards – After using your cutting board, rinse it with water and spray it with hydrogen peroxide to take care of hidden germs.
Add it to Your Dishwasher – Add a couple of ounces of peroxide to your dish detergent to boost your dishwasher’s performance.
Disinfect Your Sponges and Dishrags – Soak them in hydrogen peroxide. It will not only keep you safe from deadly germs, but it will extend the life of your sponges.
Clean Your Fruits and Vegetables – Add some vinegar to a spray bottle and combine it with the peroxide. The two work together to detoxify your food. Spray and rinse, then let your food dry naturally. Hydrogen peroxide can also extend the life of your fresh produce. Add a quarter cup of hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of water and soak your produce in it for twenty minutes. Rinse thoroughly and dry off. The peroxide removes the chemicals that have accumulated during the growing process and preserves freshness.
Cleaning the Fridge – Wipe down shelves and the inside of the fridge with peroxide to get rid of ugly food stains, kill germs, and neutralize many of the odors.
Grow Mushrooms in Your Refrigerator – Really? Hydrogen peroxide will help you grow oyster mushrooms in your refrigerator? Watch this video on how to grow mushrooms in your refrigerator, an astonishing way to use peroxide.
And guess what? We’re just getting started! For more incredible ways to use hydrogen peroxide, check back for our next blog post!