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+60 Reasons Why You Need Hydrogen Peroxide In Your Home

The uses of Hydrogen peroxide are not just limited to disinfectants, but it can be used in several other ways to benefit yourself. Here are many simple life hacks that you should remember.

1. Removing stains:
Food as well as blood or wine stains can be hard to remove by simple application of detergents. You can use 3% hydrogen peroxide alongside laundry detergents to get rid of those stains.

2. Relief from toothache:

If you are suffering from toothaches, you should mix equal amounts of 3% Hydrogen peroxide with water and gargle with that solution for 30 sec. It will give you temporary relief from pain.

3. Clearing acne:
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The ordinary face wash does not have the capability to get rid of acne causing bacteria. Using 3% of a solution of Hydrogen peroxide to rinse the fence would reduce acne as well as clear up your complexion.

4. Kill ants & other bugs

Ant infestation? There's a quick (and cheap) fix for that!

Spray diluted hydrogen peroxide directly onto ants to kill them.

5. Cleaning toothbrush:

Toothbrushes do get dirty after cleaning. Simply rinsing it with water might not help that much. Soak the brush in 3% Hydrogen peroxide for good cleaning.

6. Removing bad Breath:

It can as well be used as an alternative for deodorant. Since it is a disinfectant, it can kill any bad smell-causing bacteria under armpit and keep them fresh for a long time.

7. Curing canker sores:
Canker sores inside mouth or near gum line can give trouble while eating or drinking. Make a 1:1 mixture of water and 3% Hydrogen peroxide and rinse your mouth with that.

8. Cleaning mirror:

Hydrogen peroxide can work as an effective glass cleaner. After applying it, wait for some time to let it produce bubbles on the surface. Then, wipe with a cloth to get squealy clean glass.

9. Bath Soak

According to alternative therapy practitioners, adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!

10. Cleaning wounds:
Instead of just using water on your cuts or lacerations, use 3% Hydrogen peroxide before applying a Band-Aid. It would work as a disinfectant and clean the wounds thoroughly.

11. First Aid

Hydrogen peroxide gently sanitizes cuts and scrapes without harsh chemicals. It’s a natural antiseptic that helps to prevent infection. This solution should be used to help clean minor wounds but should not be used for long term treatment or to clean serious wounds.

12. Soften Corns & Calluses

Mix 1 cup of water and 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide in a large bowl. Soak feet to soften corns and calluses.

13. Sinus Infection Relief
I would be cautious about this one (actually, personally I wouldn’t try it), but many people report success without any adverse effects.  Mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with an equal part of water in order to dilute it, and then put it into a nasal spray container.  Spray it into your nose and then blow it back out after a moment.  This in theory will kill the sinus infection.

14. Mouthwash

A food-grade, 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide can be used as an effective and safe mouthwash. When used daily, it can even whiten your teeth and help with persistent canker sores. You only need about 1 tablespoon daily; just swish around the solution in your mouth for 1-2 minutes and then spit.

15. Whiten Teeth
Combine baking soda and peroxide until it forms a nice paste. Then, just slap it onto your toothbrush and use it to brush your teeth! The peroxide cleans and both peroxide and baking soda help whiten your teeth!

16. All-Purpose Cleaner

I always turn to hydrogen peroxide in my home because it is an effective and safe cleaning product. It has strong disinfectant properties and so it can be used in the kitchen, bathroom and even on your children’s toys. It’s also great for cleaning mirrors and windows.

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17. Laundry Stain Remover

Next time you have to tackle a laundry stain, try using 3% hydrogen peroxide. Gently dab the solution onto the stain and let sit for no longer than 3 minutes (hydrogen peroxide can bleach fabric if left on the stained surface too long), then thoroughly rinse the affected area.

18. Whiten Laundry
Give up bleach for good and opt for hydrogen peroxide to get clothes naturally white. Add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide a load of laundry. Let soak for 20-30 minutes and wash as normal. Here’s a DIY natural bleach alternative you can try at home.

19. Mold and Mildew Cleaner

Don’t reach for bleach if you have a tough mold or mildew stain. Spray a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide on mold and mildew on grout, tiles, bath tubs, shower stalls and more. Let solution soak for at least 30 minutes and rinse.

20. Carpet Cleaner
If you spilled some juice or something on your carpet, there’s no need to fret. As soon as you can, pour some peroxide on it and then some warm water. After that, just scrub it out with a cloth and it should get most, if not all, of the stain out.

21. Disinfect Sponges

Soak a sponge in peroxide and warm water and let it sit for a bit. The peroxide will kill all the germs and bacteria in your sponge, making it good as new once you wring it out

22. Natural Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner

Hard to believe, but, yes, that produce you got from the store is covered in germs. Ew, right? Hydrogen peroxide can kill germs on your produce, as well as help neutralize potentially harmful chemicals.

Simply fill half of your sink with warm water and add 1/4 cup of food-grade, 3% hydrogen peroxide, then let your fruits and vegetables soak for 10-15 minutes. I would recommend using this method on fruits and vegetables with thicker skins such as cucumbers and potatoes.

23. Sanitize Cutting Boards
Keep your cutting boards clean with hydrogen peroxide. Just spray cutting board surfaces with hydrogen peroxide and let sit for 5 minutes. Rinse well with hot water, and then use dish soap to wash off food particles.

24. Disinfect Refrigerator
Peroxide is great for cleaning the fridge because it’s simple and easy to use. You can also put a box of baking soda in your fridge to get rid of any funky smells.

25.Whiten nails

If your nails have been stained from endless nail polish applications, soak your fingertips in a small bowl of hydrogen peroxide.

Rinse thoroughly to reveal cleaner nails and whiter French manicure-esque tips.

26.Contact Lenses
If you find yourself in need of taking your contacts out but don’t have any solution, have no fear. You can simply use peroxide to store your contacts for the night. However, make sure to follow instructions in order to neutralize the peroxide before you put your contacts back in.

27.Hair Lightener

Put a 50/50 mixture of water and peroxide into a spray bottle. Then, in the mornings, lightly spray your hair with the mixture. Comb your hair thoroughly and then let it air dry. This will naturally lighten your hair without harsh chemicals.

28.Purify Water
If you’re planning on storing water for a while it taking it anywhere for a trip, consider using hydrogen peroxide to purify it. For every gallon of water you want to add a pint of peroxide to make sure the water remains pure.

29.Toilet Cleaner

Splash some hydrogen peroxide into your toilet and swirl it around to mix with the water. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then really scrub the rest of your toilet. Flush when finished.

30.Grout Cleaner
If you notice the grout in your kitchen or bathroom getting a little dirty, then use some hydrogen peroxide to the rescue! Spread the peroxide on the grout you want to clean and then just scrub until it’s shining!

31.Hand Sanitizer

No need to go and buy a ton of hand sanitizer if you have hydrogen peroxide already. Just wipe some on your hands and then make sure to wash with soap!

32.Washing Dishes
If you find yourself running out of dish soap or just want a more natural cleaner, then put some peroxide in the dishwasher. You can mix it with detergent to keep your dishes even cleaner. If you’re washing by hand, make sure to rinse your dishes thoroughly.

33.Sickness & Earaches

Some believe that a little bit of hydrogen peroxide in the ear every morning can actually help prevent the common cold. While that may not be proven, peroxide can definitely help with earaches or each blockage. Just pour a little in your ear and then pour it out onto a cloth.

34.Removing Blood

While helpfully you don’t have to worry about this, peroxide can help get bloodstains out when needed. Dab and clean with a cloth and use as much peroxide as necessary to get the stain out.

35.Aquarium Cleaner
You don’t need to buy expensive aquarium cleaners in order to keep your fish (or other animals) fresh and healthy. Just empty the aquarium and then clean it well with a peroxide on a cloth. Make sure to thoroughly rinse the aquarium so the chemicals get washed out.

36.Sanitize Kid’s Toys
Kids put everything in their mouths; that’s just a fact of nature. Help keep them a little safer by wiping their toys with peroxide every now and then. This will sanitize and disinfect the toys and keep your children healthier.

37.Clean Counters

You can also use a peroxide mixture to clean and wipe down counters, especially after a messy meal. It’s a good idea to keep a spray bottle filled with a peroxide mixture that you can just spray on whatever surface you want to sanitize.

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38.Plant Doctor

Help out your plants. To ward off fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next time you’re spritzing plants.

39.Salad Keeper
Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better preserve your salad.

40.Skin Saver

Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.

41.Seed Sprouter

Hydrogen peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.

42.Ear Wax Removal
Although many of us use cotton buds to clean our ears, they're not actually recommended by professionals as they can easily damage delicate ears drums.

A safer way to removal built-up ear wax is using hydrogen peroxide. Tilt your head and add a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide into your ear, wait a few minutes then follow with a few drops of olive oil. After another few minutes, tilt your head the other way to drain out any excess fluid.

43.Humidifier Cleaner

Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.

44.Shower Curtain Cleaner

Wash shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum. Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent. Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.

45.Fish Tank Treatment

Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this purpose.

46.Towel Treatment
Use for towels that have become musty smelling. Add 1/2 cup peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar to washing machine, let soak for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the smell.

47.De-Skunking Solution

Combine 1 quart 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water. Work the mixture onto the affected animal (or human). Don’t let this mixture sit too long on animal fur, or the hydrogen peroxide could lighten the color of the fur!

48.Bathroom Cleaner

Hydrogen peroxide makes an effective and affordable mold and mildew cleaner! Spray down the surfaces in your bathroom that are affected by mold or mildew, and allow it to sit for several minutes. The gunk should be easy to remove, and the hydrogen peroxide leaves it disinfected as well!

49.Whiten Fingernails
If you paint your nails a lot, you’ve probably already noticed that your nails can yellow over time. Get rid of the yellow tinge by applying a cotton ball soaked in hydrogen peroxide to each affected nail. Let them sit for a few minutes until the stains disappear. Make sure to apply a lotion or cuticle cream afterwards, since hydrogen peroxide can be rough on skin.

50.Pet Poison Control

We love our pets, but it often seems as though they are determined to eat things that are bad for them! If your dog has ingested a lot of chocolate, or any other food or substance that could be toxic, it may be necessary to induce vomiting, and you can do that with hydrogen peroxide. Measure out 1 milliliter (mL) of 3% hydrogen peroxide per pound of your animal’s weight, up to 45mL. Use a turkey baster to feed the peroxide to your pet.

This method works for dogs as well as cats, pigs, and even ferrets. However, it is NOT recommended for use on rodents, horses, rabbits, or birds.

51.Cooler Cleaner
Pop a spray top on your bottle of hydrogen peroxide, and use it to clean and disinfect the inside of your coolers and ice chests.

52.Shopping Bag Saver

You can also use your spray bottle of hydrogen peroxide to clean your reusable shopping bags! You’ll feel a lot better bringing home fresh produce in a disinfected bag. Collect all your nonporous reusable bags (usually the ones made of recycled plastics), spray them down, and wipe them clean. Reusable bags that are more fabric-y can be thrown right into your washing machine.

53.Relieve ear infections
While we’re at it, you can also use hydrogen peroxide drops in your ear to take on an ear infection.  Just know that you may need medical attention; you cannot cure all ear infections on your own, and they can get serious.  So don’t let this stop you from going to a doctor!

54.DIY deodorant

Out of deodorant? Don't panic!

You can whip up a quick DIY version with 35% hydrogen peroxide and bicarbonate of soda. Apply under arms and it will keep you smelling fresh all day long.

55.Revive musty fabrics

If your Summer or Winter wardrobe has been in storage for a few months, you can help de-funk that musty smell by mixing hydrogen peroxide with vinegar and spraying onto fabrics.

Be careful with dark clothes as the peroxide may cause them to lighten. This also works well with fabric suitcases and smelly towels - just be sure to patch test first.

56.Treating Calluses:
3% Hydrogen peroxide can be mixed with water in equal parts to be used to soften up your feet. You can use this solution without any worry instead of looking for a pedicure.

57.Clean stubborn food from pans 

Washing up liquid not quite cutting it?

Get rid of caked-on foods from your pots and pans by combining baking soda with hydrogen peroxide to form a paste. Rub onto the pan and leave to settle for a few minutes before scrubbing away with warm water.

The baking soda acts like an abrasive while the hydrogen peroxide gets to work at breaking down the food.

58.Clean the pool

If you're lucky enough to have a pool, you'll know all about chlorine and the many problems it can cause.

A non-toxic alternative that may interest you is hydrogen peroxide. Head over to SFGATE to find out more.

59.All natural Bleach
Most commercial bathroom cleaners contain bleach and other harsh chemicals which are hazardous for health. But, there is an alternative for these cleaners in the form of hydrogen peroxide. Plus, it costs a few dollars and is cheaper than most chemical cleaners. This is a must try if you want to get rid of toxic chemicals.

60.Give A New Look to Old Baking Sheets
It’s very hard to clean baking sheets when they get covered with burnt food, etc over time. But this cleaning hack using peroxide and baking soda will make your cleaning easy and also help you to do it quickly. Who thought that two simple ingredients available in your home can have so much power when combined?

61.Say Bye to Pests

Worried about perpetual attacks from pests to your garden or plants? Say goodbye to these pests by saying yes to hydrogen peroxide (3%).

All you need to do is, mix an equal amount of hydrogen peroxide and water to prepare the anti-pest mixture. Spray it over your plants and keep them free from pest as it kills the pest and their eggs. Why buy chemically loaded pesticides when you have hydrogen peroxide!

62.Treat colds

There is no cure for the common cold, and hydrogen peroxide is no exception to that rule.  But there are things you can do to treat a common cold, and many people report that one great method is to put a couple drops of hydrogen peroxide in your ears.  This can help to clear out any infection or blockage in your ear.

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