10 Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is another one of my favorite household staples and not just for the first aid kit and medicine cabinet. Every time I see hydrogen peroxide on sale (not that it’s expensive to begin with), I stock up. And I always have at least one spray bottle filled with hydrogen peroxide under the kitchen sink. Here are 20 ways to use hydrogen peroxide and feel free to add your own in the comment section.
10 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide
- Antiseptic – this is probably why most people have hydrogen peroxide in their home, but it truly is a most in any first aid kit or medicine cabinet. Kids love to see the bubbles on their cuts and scrapes (and it temporarily distracts from the pain).
- Laundry Stain Remover – Spot treat stains (the sooner the better) with hydrogen peroxide and then wash normally.
- Laundry Whitener – Add a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide to your wash to help keep your whites nice and bright.
- Cutting Board Sanitizer – I will not put any raw meet on my big wood cutting board (I use plastic boards that can go in the dishwasher) but I still sanitize my board after each use (slicing cooked meat or poultry etc). I spray hydrogen peroxide on the board, squeeze lemon juice and sprinkle sea salt – then use the cut half of the lemon to scrub the mixture over the board. Rinse with water.
- Toothbrush Sanitizer- All 4 of my kids share a bathroom – so I make a point of sanitizing those toothbrushes often. Soak the brush in a cup with hydrogen peroxide to kill germs. (After any illnesses, it’s a good time to toss the toothbrush).
- All-Purpose Cleaner – I have a spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide mixed with water and a few drops of tea tree oil for most cleaning jobs – countertops, bathroom surfaces, children’s toys… etc.
- Eliminate Plant Fungus – I have not tried this yet (as I have confessed, I am a novice gardener), but check out this chart for mixture instructions.
- Ear Wax Remover – When my twins were little they often had a lot of ear wax build-up and it’s not safe to dig in tiny ears with a cotton swab. My pediatrician instructed me to put a drop or two of hydrogen peroxide in their ears and that worked every time.
- Produce Cleaner – Sometimes simply rinsing your fruits and vegetables isn’t enough to eliminate pesticide residue. Spray them with hydrogen peroxide and then rinse with water.
- Foot Fungus Treatment – Thankfully, I have never had to use hydrogen peroxide for this remedy, but I am mentally filing it away just in case. Spray a mixture of 1/2 hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 water on your feet at night and let them air dry to help cure foot fungus.
There are so many wonderful uses for hydrogen peroxide around the house and with it’s inexpensive cost and lack of harmful chemicals, it makes a great addition (or replacement) to a lot of your household cleaning items. What other uses for hydrogen peroxide have you tried?
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