15 Unique Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

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I’m willing to bet that you have one of those brown bottles in your home somewhere.  You know the one. The hydrogen peroxide bottle that you have stashed away in your medicine cabinet or in your first aid kit.  Do you use your peroxide solely for first aid related purposes or do you have any bonus uses for it? In case you didn’t know it, there are some awesome things that hydrogen peroxide can do outside of first aid.  

Here are 15 unique uses for hydrogen peroxide that you may not have thought of:

1. Mouthwash

Mix peroxide with water and gargle as you would mouthwash.  It helps to whiten your teeth and to kill germs, freshening your breath.

2. Toothpaste

Mix peroxide and baking soda to create a whitening toothpaste.

3. Clean Your Produce

Put peroxide in a spray bottle and spray onto fresh produce to kill any germs or bacteria lurking on your fruits and veggies.  

4. Sanitize

You can use peroxide mixed with vinegar to sanitize food prep surfaces and cutting boards.  I don’t know about you, but I don’t like to use harsh cleaning solutions when cleaning areas in which my food is going to be prepared so this is a great alternative for that.

5. Clean Dirty Sponges

Soak your yucky sponges in a 1 part hydrogen/1 part water mixture and leave there for 10-20 minutes.  It will sanitize the sponge and take stink away.

6. Stain Fighting

Peroxide is great at removing stains from blood, sweat and red wine.  Peroxide is a type of bleach after all. Depending on what type of stain you are fighting, it may work best when mixed with laundry or dish detergent.

7. Nail Whitener

Soak a cotton ball in peroxide and rub it onto your fingernails for a quick nail whitening trick.

8. Cleaning Kitchen Appliances

Spray down your fridge shelves and dishwasher, let soak then wipe down.  Again, peroxide is non-toxic so there is no concern about the harsh chemicals being used in food areas.

9. Cleaning Tile

Tile can be hard to clean, but peroxide is great at penetrating stains and spots that you are fighting on tile.  

10. Sanitize Your Toothbrushes 

Soak your toothbrush in peroxide for a quick sanitization if you have forgotten to replace it, or after you have had a cold or illness.

11. Soften Your Feet

Soak your feet in 1 part water, 1 part hydrogen peroxide to fight off any bacteria and to soften your dry feet and calluses.

12. Laundry Pre-Soak.  

Combine ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup hydrogen peroxide together and use it as a pre-soak for your laundry to get rid of musty laundry smells.

13. Glass Cleaner

Use a spray bottle to spray peroxide onto windows and mirrors and wipe clean with a paper towel.  Works great for a streak free shine.

14. Clean Shower Curtains

Soak a washcloth in peroxide and wipe down your shower curtain to get rid of water soap scum and water stains.

15. Get Rid Of Dust Mites

Spray down your mattress with peroxide and let it air out before putting your sheets back on.  

Do you know of any other unique uses for peroxide?

Hannah R

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