Many people tend to associate hydrogen peroxide with the clear liquid their parents poured over a scrape when they were little, maybe because it can be used as an antiseptic, antibacterial, and bleaching tool. It’s pretty safe to use; in fact, it can even be used to whiten your teeth! As long as it’s used safely, hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean your whole house. Keep reading to see all of the hydrogen peroxide tricks you need in your life.
Get Rid Of Ink Stains On Clothes
Removing ink used to seem like an impossible task, but if you have hydrogen peroxide, it’s quite simple. Just take a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide and dab it on the stain for a minute, then wash your clothes like you normally would. If this solution doesn’t work for you, you may need to amp it up a level, mixing one part hydrogen peroxide with one part ammonia. If you choose to do this, be careful to use clear ammonia. Make sure not to use this solution on silk or wool, as ammonia will eat through these fabrics.
The Journal Of Dentistry came out with a study in 2004 declaring hydrogen peroxide safe and effective for use in whitening teeth. To do this, create a mixture of one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water, then swish it around your mouth for at least 30 seconds, but ideally as long as you can. You should never swallow this mixture, and if it starts to hurt or sting, you should spit it out immediately. In 2006 the Journal of Dentistry said that using high concentrations of hydrogen peroxide can potentially damage tooth enamel, so don’t leave it in your mouth longer than you feel comfortable.
Help Plants Grow
Hydrogen peroxide releases oxygen, and plants need oxygen to grow; therefore, hydrogen peroxide can help your plants. To help your plants, mix one teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide and one cup of water. Pour it into a bottle and spray it onto your plants. If you plan to spray your entire garden, increase the mixture to 35% hydrogen peroxide with the water. Since hydrogen peroxide kills fungi and germs, spraying this onto seeds while they’re being planted can also help them grow quicker and healthier.
Clean Rusty Tools
Have no fear if you open your toolbox and discover your favorite tools are starting to get rusty; you can scrub that away! Take a brush or steel wool scrubber and rub the rust after it has been sitting in hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes. To make this work even better, mix in some Borax with your hydrogen peroxide. Though the hydrogen peroxide should not react negatively with brass, aluminum, or metal, you may want to test it out on a small area of your tool before submerging it completely.
Save A Dog’s Life
Most dog owners know that grapes and chocolate are toxic for dogs, but sometimes accidents happen if your pup gets curious while you’re not looking. Giving your dog a very small amount of hydrogen peroxide will induce vomiting and can save their life. Don’t worry, it’s safe. Make sure to use 3% hydrogen peroxide, though, since any higher concentration will be toxic for your pet. Give your pup one teaspoon per every five pounds of their body weight and monitor them closely. You should notice them start to vomit no more than 15 minutes after they drink the hydrogen peroxide, and it can last for up to 45 minutes. Be sure to consult with your vet afterward.
Clean Makeup Brushes
“Through daily use, makeup brushes can accumulate dead skin cells, dirt, oil, pollution, and bacteria,” said dermatologist Dr. Debbie Palmer, co-founder of the Dermatology Associates of New York. If you don’t clean your makeup brushes thoroughly and properly, they can cause staph infection. Mix one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl of warm water and soak your brushes for about ten minutes, moving them around to get the mixture all over them. You should then remove the brushes and rinse them thoroughly with cold water and let them air dry.
Wash Fruits And Vegetables
When you buy fruits and vegetables from a supermarket you have no idea where they have been and how many people have put their hands on them. Mix 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide in a bowl of cold water and soak your produce, then rinse with cold water. Make sure to use no higher than 3% hydrogen peroxide, as any higher concentration can be toxic.
Remove Earwax Safely
The Australian Family Physician reported in 2015 that the best way to clean earwax from your ears is to use a liquid that will soften the wax and make it easier to dislodge it. Hydrogen peroxide will cause the earwax to break up and soften, which is a good thing, and it is safe. place a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ear and let it sit for a few minutes, then wipe it out. Make sure to consult your doctor before doing this.
Disinfect Countertops, Mirrors, Windows, And Walls
As the hydrogen peroxide is an antibacterial and antiviral treatment, it is a great tool to use to clean your home. If you don’t like the chemicals found in typical cleaning supplies, you can pour some 3% hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and use it just as you would any other cleaner. Keep in mind that even though it is a powerful cleaner, it still takes time to work, so spray it and let it sit there for a minute or two. To clean windows and mirrors, mix plain soap, hydrogen peroxide, and vinegar.
Use As A Natural Deodorant
Our armpits are the main source of a person’s body odor, as they tend to sweat a lot, and sweat odors are caused by bacteria breaking down. Luckily, a 3% hydrogen peroxide does a great job of breaking down these odors and keeping you smelling fresh and odorless. Hydrogen peroxide- just like a normal deodorant- is not an antiperspirant; it won’t stop you from sweating, but it will keep the odors away. It’s free of harsh chemicals found in most drugstore deodorants like aluminum, and it’s cheaper.
Remove Burn Residue
Trying to scrub off the caked-on residue from burnt food in your pots and pans can take forever, and usually doesn’t prove to be super effective. Pouring a mixture of 3% hydrogen peroxide and a big spoonful of baking soda, then letting it sit for about six hours, will help lift these stains right off. After wiping the debris and rinsing off the pot, it should look like new.
Mix hydrogen peroxide and baking soda together to make a paste that you can spread all over your hair. Keep the paste in your hair for 15-60 minutes then rinse it all out with cold water. Your hair likely will not go from dark brown to bleach blonde, but it will definitely be noticably lighter. Just be careful when using hydrogen peroxide so close to your eyes, and be sure to not let it irritate your scalp.
Remedy For Discolored Nails
If your nails are yellow, it means there is a lot of fungi present. Hydrogen peroxide can kill those fungi and get your nails looking healthy again. Mix together half a cup of hot water with a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide, and some baking soda for extra power, then soak your nails in the mixture for ten minutes.
Soften Cracked Heels
Hydrogen peroxide can help soothe cracked feet by breaking down the dead skin and revealing soft, fresh skin. Mix two cups of hydrogen peroxide with two cups of hot water, then soak your feet for 30 minutes. After you dry your feet, scrub off the dead skin gently but thoroughly, then apply creamy lotion and put socks on and go to sleep!
Alleviate Pain From A Canker Sore
Hydrogen peroxide will not make a canker sore go away immediately, but it will speed up its healing process. It may also help to alleviate the pain, as it will kill the bacteria around the canker sore. Mix together one part 3% hydrogen peroxide with one part water and soak a cotton ball in it, then apply it right to the canker sore. Remember not to swallow any part of the mixture, and remember that it might sting a bit.
Clean And Protect Your Shower
There’s nothing better than knocking out two projects at once; this time, it’s cleaning your shower and protecting it from the mold at the same time. Take some 3% hydrogen peroxide and spray it all over your shower, then let it sit for 10 minutes before wiping it off. A study published in BMC Research Notes stated that hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria and yeast completely. Since hydrogen peroxide stops the yeast from growing, you’ll also be able to go much longer without washing your shower.
Get Rid Of Carpet Stains
Did you know that one of the ingredients most commonly found in store-bought carpet cleaners is hydrogen peroxide? That’s why the names of cleaners often have “Oxi” or “Oxy” in them. Be sure to use five parts water to one part 3% hydrogen peroxide. After spraying the mixture let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it out. If you’re not sure how it will react with your carpet, test it on a small area in the corner first.
Mold can be extremely harmful to people, especially those with allergies or respiratory problems. It is super important to kill mold as soon as you notice it, and if you want to do so without using a ton of harsh chemicals in your house, you can fill a spray bottle with 3% hydrogen peroxide, spray it on the affected areas, let it sit for ten minutes. After you’ve let it sit, scrub the area to get rid of any remnants of mold that are still there.
Clean A Mouthguard Or Retainer
Keeping your plastic retainer clean can be difficult, but it will be made much simpler with hydrogen peroxide, water, and baking soda. Place your retainer in a bowl of water, then add in a sprinkling of baking soda along with a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide. After soaking it for 10 minutes, take it out and rinse it off entirely. Make sure all of the cleaning mixture is gone before putting it back in your mouth.
Clean The Dishwasher
When your dishwasher works properly and gets your dishes clean, they can be a real life-saver; if the dishwasher is dirty and not working well, it can just add more stress to your day. Next time you run the dishwasher, add 1/4 cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide to the soap. Not only will the hydrogen peroxide disinfect the walls of the dishwasher itself, but it will also add more power to the detergent on your dishes.
Clean The Humidifier
Bacteria tend to thrive in warm, wet places, which means that a humidifier can be a breeding ground for it. To clean your humidifier, mix two cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide with an entire gallon of water. Pour the mixture into the filter of the humidifier then scrub it and let it sit for up to an hour before rinsing it off and cleaning it out.
Hydrogen peroxide can kill bacteria on your face, which can sometimes help cure acne more quickly than some other treatments. Make sure to not use this treatment on acne scars, though, because it can actually cause more damage to your skin. To use this spot treatment, soak a cotton ball in 3% hydrogen peroxide and place it on desired areas, then let it sit for five minutes; afterward, rinse your face with cold water. Don’t do this more than three times per week, and always wash your face properly before doing it.
Get Rid Of Bad Breath
Since hydrogen peroxide kills bacteria, it can also help eliminate the bacteria that causes bad breath and sore throats when you gargle it. Mix one part 3% hydrogen peroxide with two parts water. This will dilute the hydrogen peroxide to 1% instead of 3%. Gargle the mixture for 30-60 seconds and spit it out, making sure to rinse your mouth after. Be sure to not swallow it, either.
Clean Contact Lenses
Letting your contact lenses go for a while without cleaning them can lead to eye infections, which no one wants. Cleaning your contacts with hydrogen peroxide will get them sanitized, but you will also need to use a neutralizer so they don’t sting your eyes. Soak your contacts in 3% hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes, then let them sit in a neutralizer for a few hours.
If your dish sponge is starting to smell, you should clean it immediately. Like any other liquid, your sponge will absorb hydrogen peroxide, which will clean every bacteria in every tiny little part of the sponge. After letting the sponge sit in hydrogen peroxide for a few minutes, flip it to soak the other side and let it sit for another few minutes before rinsing it.
Disinfect Children’s Toys Safely
Hydrogen peroxide is a perfect solution to clean your kids’ toys, as it won’t leave any residue after you’re done. Before cleaning them, make sure to wipe them down with a towel and remove any batteries or electronic pieces they may have. You can either soak the toys in a mixture of half 3% hydrogen peroxide and half water, or you can dab a towel in the mixture and wipe down the toys with your towel. Be aware that if you choose to not dilute the hydrogen peroxide, it can stip the toys of their paint.
Clean A Lunchbox And Cooler
E-Cloth released results of a study that prove that upwards of 73% of lunchboxes are looming with bacterias that are so harmful that they can actually cause food poisoning. It may not seem obvious, but you need to be sure to clean your lunchboxes regularly to wipe away the bacteria. Just pour hydrogen peroxide into the cooler or lunchbox, let it sit for ten minutes, and rinse afterward.
Disinfect The Cutting Board
It makes sense that your cutting board accumulates a lot of gross bacteria; after all, it pretty much solely comes in contact with raw food, including raw meat. In addition to cleaning the cutting board thoroughly, you should also disinfect it. To do this, fill a container with 3% hydrogen peroxide, place the cutting board inside, and let it sit for ten minutes. After this, rinse it off well.
Clean The Air
Adding hydrogen peroxide to your humidifier can not only help to clean the humidifier, but it can also help to eliminate bacteria in the air of your home. Add one part 3% hydrogen peroxide to eight parts water, then pour the solution into your humidifier. To make the smell a bit nicer, you can add a few drops of essential oils. If you have pets, you may not want to use this method.
Touch Up Your Roots
If you dye your hair blonde, you can fix your outgrown roots at home instead of spending time and money at the salon. Simply dab some 3% hydrogen peroxide onto your roots and let it sit for 30 minutes- or less if it starts to sting. This will lighten your roots back to where you want them to be.
Clean Shower Grout
Because of all of the products you use in the shower that splatters onto the walls and all of the moisture, it can be difficult to scrub away everything from the shower. A mixture of hydrogen peroxide and a bit of lemon can be sprayed onto the grout of the shower to help get it looking clean again. Let it sit after you spray it, then after a couple of minutes scrub it in as best as you can.
Add Into The Bath
You may not have heard of this hack before, but hydrogen peroxide can be added to a bath, as it can help kill bacteria and germs on your body and prevent illness. Fill a warm bath, add some hydrogen peroxide into it, sit and relax in it for half an hour, and rinse it all off. If you have been in a germ-filled place like a kids’ ball pit or even an airplane, this hack can help prevent you from getting sick.
Prevent Ear Infections
Unfortunately, some people are more susceptible to ear infection than others. MedlinePlus says that 75% of children will get an ear infection before the age of three, and most of the time parents are bringing their sick children to the doctor, it’s because of an ear infection. To minimize the risk of infection, clean the inside of a child’s ear with a q-tip with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide.
Remove Dead Skins Cells From Towels
Many people don’t realize that their bath towels are some of the dirtiest things we touch every day, and sometimes detergent and hot water are not enough to get them sufficiently clean. They collect way more dead skin cells than you would ever think of. Add half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and half a cup of vinegar to your laundry each time you’re washing your towels in order to get them as clean as possible.
Remove Blood Stains
We always hope that we won’t have to deal with a bloody nose or something even worse, however, sometimes things happen, and when they do, you’ll probably reach for whatever is closest to you. If you have a towel or shirt that is stained with blood, put hydrogen peroxide on the stain and let it sit for a while before rinsing it off with warm water and soap. Repeat this if the stain is not gone, but even so, it should make a big difference.
Remove Foot Odor In Shoes
While there are some products that you can buy that are only meant for use in removing foot odor in shoes, you will be able to save yourself some money and not buy all of these products if you have hydrogen peroxide. Create a paste with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, then put it inside if your smelly shoes. After the mixture has completely dried, you can just use a cloth to wipe off the powder.
Clean The Toilet Bowl
While you are already in the bathroom to spray hydrogen peroxide on your shower grout, you can also spray it into your toilet bowl. Make a mixture of ¼ cup of castile soap, ½ cup of baking soda, and some warm water. This will help you save money and the time and effort needed to to a store to buy toilet cleaner.
Clean A Cut Or Wound
This is likely one of the most commonly-used uses for hydrogen peroxide, so it deserves an honorable mention for those who don’t know about it yet. Especially if you have kids who are always coming home with cuts and scrapes from playing outside, this will save you a ton of money on antibacterial ointments and sprays. All you have to do is apply a little bit of peroxide to minor wounds. It can clean dead tissue, clean the area to prevent infection, and stop minor bleeding.
You may not want to think about it, but your toothbrush attracts a lot of bacteria. The Children’s Oral Health Institute says that it is safe and encouraged to use hydrogen peroxide to disinfect your toothbrushes. Put your toothbrushes bristles-down in a cup filled with 3% hydrogen peroxide, and let it sit until you notice that the liquid has stopped bubbling. Rinse your toothbrushes thoroughly before you use them again.
Brighten Tablecloths And Curtains
To get rid of discoloration on your curtains, soak the yellowed part in 3% hydrogen peroxide for five to ten minutes before washing them in the machine. To fix stains on tableclothes, you can soak the stained parts in hydrogen peroxide for some time, scrub off the food that is stuck on the cloth with a damp sponge or towel. Afterward, clean in the washing machine as normal.
Get Rid Of Foot Fungus
Athlete’s foot is something that you never want to leave untreated for any amount of time, as it is not fun and can be very dangerous. Luckily, hydrogen peroxide is an antifungal liquid, so it will fix your problem quickly and easily. Mix equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide and rub it all over the affected areas.
Treat The Common Cold
Unfortunately, there is not one perfect cure for a common cold, but there are things that can help. One of these cures is to put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide in each of your ears. Doing this will help to kill the bacteria in your ears and eliminate any infection you may have or that may be waiting to begin. This will help make you feel better.
Clear A Sinus Infection
This one can be tricky and invasive, so only do it if you’re comfortable. A lot of people around the world are big advocates for mixing one part hydrogen peroxide and one part water into a nasal spray to help clear a sinus infection. If you spray it into your nose and blow it out about 30-60 seconds later, it should help to clear up your stuffed-up feeling.
Fix A Toothache
If you have a horrible toothache but your dentist is booked solid for the next few weeks, try this DIY fix. Mixing water and hydrogen peroxide and letting it sit in your mouth for 10 minutes can really help to eliminate tooth pains since the peroxide will kill the bad bacteria around your teeth. You can use it multiple times a day, but be aware that overuse can cause the good bacteria to be killed as well.
Treat A Yeast Infection
This trick is also pretty up close and personal and can be invasive, but it’s worth a shot if you need it. Try adding a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to any routine you already may have to avoid or cure a yeast infection. Its antibacterial properties can really help, and are cheaper and sometimes even more effective than a drugstore medication.
Drugstore toothpaste tends to have a lot of added chemicals inside that seems pretty unnecessary for the job it is there to do. If you want to try something safer and more natural, mix together baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to create a paste. Brush your teeth like normal and watch to see how fresh and shiny your smile is.
Disinfect Your Toothbrush
Most people don’t realize that their toothbrush is a breeding ground for harmful germs. Not only do you use this tool to get rid of germs from your mouth, but you then let it sit out in your bathroom all the time. Disinfecting your toothbrush with hydrogen peroxide every few weeks is a useful way to kill staph and other bacteria that you don’t want anywhere near your mouth.
Soften Foot Calluses And Corns
Having calluses and corns on your feet can be unsightly, painful, and quite annoying to deal with. Getting pedicures regularly can become quite expensive, and often times even a great pedicure won’t completely solve your problem. Soak your feet at home in a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water. After a while, you will be able to see and feel the difference.
Just like your toothbrush, you’d be surprised at how germ-filled your shower can get, even though it’s used to clean you. When you’re washing, soap can splatter and ends up getting caked onto the walls of the shower, which makes them quite dirty. Making a paste out of hydrogen peroxide and flour can be the best solution for cleaning your shower and making it look like new again. For optimal results, cover the areas that you spread the mixture on with a layer of saran wrap and let it sit overnight before cleaning it all off.
Make Your Pots And Pans Shine
If you are the one to cook and clean in your home, you probably know the pain of saying you’ll clean up your dinner after you wake up the next morning, then coming to find that all of the food is stuck to the pots and pans. Don’t fret: just combine baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to create a paste then let it sit on the affected areas for a few minutes. After this, it should be much easier to clean.
Keep Salad Fresh
Sometimes the best way to manage your time and keep up your healthy routine is by preparing food the day before. Unfortunately, prepared salads can turn brown in a matter of hours. To ensure that your salad stays fresh and crisp, all you need to do is mix a half cup of water with one tablespoon of food-grade hydrogen peroxide and apply it to the lettuce. Also, make sure not to overuse this since you will be eating it.
Clean Your Refrigerator
It is inevitable to collect unwanted odors and stains in your refrigerator. Despite this, it is easier to clean these problems than you may think. Start by emptying your shelves and clean out all the food that has been sitting around untouched. Then go ahead and clean the inside using hydrogen peroxide. This will get rid of the stains and smells locked inside.
Replace Harsh Bleach
Bleach isn’t always your best friend because of the toxic chemicals hidden inside. It’s okay to use from time to time, but it isn’t recommended on the daily. Hydrogen peroxide is an excellent alternative to cleaning white clothes. Soak your dirty whites for 30 minutes just before putting them in the washing machine and before you know it your clothes will be bright as new.
Disinfect Reusable Bags
People are really getting on the reusable bag movement and staying away from plastic. This is great news but keep in mind the importance of cleaning out these reusable bags every so often. Flip the bag inside out and spray hydrogen peroxide against the fabric. Wipe down as needed and soon enough the bag will be disinfected and your odors will be gone before you know it.
There is nothing more repulsive than sitting at home and noticing unwanted pests surrounding you. Fortunately, with the help of hydrogen peroxide, you can get rid of these unwanted visitors and avoid toxic chemicals in your home. Using hydrogen peroxide will solve your mites problem just as bug spray would without the added chemicals.
Remove Algae From Your Fish Tank
This hack needs to proceed with caution because if you go even slightly overboard then you can say goodbye to everything living in your fish tank. However, adding the perfect amount of hydrogen peroxide will kill all the algae growing inside the tank. It suggested adding 60 ml (2 ounces) of hydrogen peroxide for every 66 gallons (250 liters).
Treat Pet Wounds
Hydrogen peroxide is such a versatile product that can help not just humans. Even wounded animals can benefit from hydrogen peroxide but simply placing the product to remove dead skin and risky bacteria. Your furry friend may experience discomfort but not harmful action is being taken.
Science Experiments For Kids
A fun activity for children is to combine hydrogen peroxide, yeast, and food coloring and watch it create a bubbly foam that resembles an exploding toothpaste! What an awesome science project or afternoon activity.
Make Copper Shine
When your metal, copper, or brass products are left sitting outside, it makes sense that they begin to lose their natural shine. Rusty metal can be easily fixed just by combining hydrogen peroxide, vinegar and salt. With this mix, all your rusty products will be shining like new. This DIY trick will improve the condition of your home objects.
The odor of a skunk is so excruciating and is something you never want to endure. On the chance that you do come in contact with a skunk, you can reverse this stench by using one quart of hydrogen peroxide, one teaspoon of dish detergent, a quarter cup of baking soda, and two quarts of warm water into a tub. Scrub yourself and anyone else affected by the skunk smell, and the stench should come right out.
Purify Indoor Air
During flu seasons, it may be helpful to spray hydrogen peroxide around your home to avoid any sicknesses from booming. This product is a great tool to use against bacterias and viruses. You can even use a mister that has 3% hydrogen peroxide and make sure it does not drop on your hands.
Many people have tried using several chemicals to get rid of mildew they had to grow in their homes. Unfortunately, none were successful. That’s where hydrogen peroxide comes in. First, try and get rid of the mildew using soap and then apply 12% peroxide to the area and wait 5 minutes.
Remove Weeds In The Garden
Spraying hydrogen peroxide directly on the weed will help get rid of the weeds and later you can cut the remaining roots. Just be careful with this, because applying too much can potentially kill the other plants surrounding. Within one week you will be ready to disperse grass or other plants.
If you’re a parent then you know how important it is to keep everywhere in the house clean to limit access to dirt or bacteria. Add 100 ml hydrogen peroxide to regular water or spray directly on to the floor and wait 10 minutes to mop the floor. If you have more animals or children running around then repeat this process frequently.
Clean The Vacuum Cleaner
This type of appliance is a perfect place to develop bacteria that can then spread to your home. However, with the addition of hydrogen peroxide, you can clean these filters of the machine with 12% hydrogen peroxide. Start by cleaning off any noticeable dirt and then go ahead and apply the product. Before putting the parts back together, make sure they are fully dry.