21 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen Peroxide Uses.
Hydrogen peroxide (H202) is a clear liquid that looks exactly like water, but is a bit thicker. The over-the-counter types that most consumers are able to purchase is actually only 3% hydrogen peroxide (and 97% water). It is safe to use, but the pure stuff can be very dangerous if not used correctly.
I love using hydrogen peroxide around my home. It is very well known for it’s antibacterial qualities and that’s mostly what I use it for – but there are other uses as well.
Here are 21 ways that you can use hydrogen peroxide:
- Add about 2oz. of hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher detergent for a bit more sanitizing.
- Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water as a mouthwash to freshen breath and kill bacteria.
- Create your own toothpaste by creating a paste out of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. The hydrogen peroxide also acts as a whitening agent, so your teeth will be clean and white.
- Wash fruit & veggies to remove dirt and pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide to a sink almost full of cold water. After washing your produce, rinse thoroughly with cool water.
- Pour a bit of hydrogen peroxide on your clean cutting board, let it sit for a few minutes and then rinse clean with cool water.
- Wipe out your refrigerator using hydrogen peroxide.
- Soak your sponges for about 15 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and warm water. Rinse the sponges thoroughly when you’re done.
- Remove baked-on food from pots and pans by creating a paste out of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. Rub into your pots/pans and let sit for an hour or two. Scrub lightly and wash as usual.
- Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into your toilet bowl, let stand for 30 minutes, then scrub clean.
- Remove stains from clothing by soaking in 3% hydrogen peroxide for about 15 minutes. Then, wash as usual.
- For whiter whites, add one cup of hydrogen peroxide to a load of white laundry.
- Keep a small spray bottle filled with hydrogen peroxide and regularly spray doorknobs and light switches to keep them clean and germ-free.
- Hold one cap-full (the little cap that comes with the bottle) of hydrogen peroxide in your mouth for about 10 minutes and then spit it out. Do this every day for a few weeks and your teeth will be whiter. Only do this for a few weeks. Extended use could do more harm than good.
- To prevent wilting, spray a mixture of 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup water on lettuce, drain, cover and refrigerate.
- Apply a bit of hydrogen peroxide on pimples to help get rid of them.
- Eliminate bacteria in your shower/bathtub by spraying with hydrogen peroxide.
- Add 1 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle when washing your shower curtain liner. This will help to remove soap scum and mildew. Here’s how I wash shower curtain liners.
- Add musty towels to a mixture of 1/2 cup hydrogen peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar. Let stand for about 20 minutes and then wash as normal.
- Kill weeds by spraying with hydrogen peroxide.
- Add about 2oz. of 3% hydrogen peroxide to your bottle of dish soap for extra cleaning power.
- Get rid of underarm stains on your shirts by rubbing the affected area with a mixture of 1 part dish soap and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for about 1 hour and then rinse in cold water.