Hydrogen peroxide or H2O2 is an effective all-natural sanitizer made of water and oxygen only. It is also one of the most common household antiseptics. Although most people use it for disinfecting small wounds or for whitening delicate items, hydrogen peroxide has a wide array of other uses around the house. Read on and find out how you can efficiently use this amazing product in your home.
- Disinfect minor cuts
Apply some hydrogen peroxide on a cut to clean it and prevent infection.
- Add highlights to your hair
You can spray some hydrogen peroxide over damp hair and leave it for 10 – 15 minutes before washing it off to get a classic “sun-bleached” look.
- Make whitening toothpaste
Make the best tooth whitening paste by mixing some baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and use it every day to remove stains off your teeth.
- Use it as an antiseptic mouth rinse
Rinse a cup of hydrogen peroxide to rinse your mouth, whiten your teeth and kill bacteria that cause bad breath.
- Disinfect your toothbrushes
As the bathroom is a kingdom of germs, steep your toothbrushes in some hydrogen peroxide to destroy staph bacteria and other germs often found there.
- Whiten your nails
You can naturally whiten your nails with hydrogen peroxide by soaking your fingertips and toes in it.
- Remove acne
Get rid of acne and clear your complexion by rinsing your face with hydrogen peroxide. It will effectively disinfect your face and kill all the bacteria that cause acne.
- Soften corns & calluses
Make a foot soak with equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and warm water to soften corns and calluses in a natural way.
- Clean ear wax
Apply a few drops of hydrogen peroxide into your ears and leave it act for a minute or two. Then add a couple of drops of olive oil. Leave for another minute before draining the fluid from your ears.
- Relieve ear infections
Ease the symptoms of ear infections by putting 6-8 drops of hydrogen peroxide in each ear.
- Treat foot fungus
Prevent fungal growth by combining equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water and applying it to the infected skin each night. Make sure you use a dark colored spray bottle as exposure to light will weaken hydrogen peroxide.
- Clean tiles
Clean kitchen or bathroom tiles by spraying hydrogen peroxide directly onto the tile surfaces. Leave it to act for several minutes then scrub clean.
- Clean toilet bowls
Disinfect your toilet bowl by pouring about half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into it. Let it act for at least half an hour before you rinse it off.
- Control mold & mildew
Prevent fungal growth and discoloration by spraying some hydrogen peroxide on areas with mold and mildew.
- Clean glass surfaces
Clean dirty mirrors from dirt and grime by spraying some hydrogen peroxide directly onto the glass surface. Wipe it away using a clean, lint-free cloth.
- Disinfect countertops
Clean and disinfect your kitchen and bathroom countertops with hydrogen peroxide.
- Disinfect cutting boards
Germs and bacteria from raw meat and other foods often get into the surface of the board. Disinfect these by spraying hydrogen peroxide on cutting boards.
- Wash fruits and vegetables
Remove dirt, wax, and other contaminants form fruits and vegetables by spraying them with hydrogen peroxide. Leave it to act for a minute or two before washing them with clean water.
- Clean your refrigerator
To remove food stains and disinfect, spray the inside of your refrigerator with some hydrogen peroxide and let it act for a few minutes. Wipe it clean with a cloth.
- Whiten laundry
You can easily revitalize dingy or yellowed whites by soaking them for 15-30 minutes in water to which you have previously added a cup of hydrogen peroxide.
- Remove organic stains
Coffee, wine, blood, sweat, and other stains can be easily removed by mixing hydrogen peroxide and dish detergent in a ratio 2:1. Apply the mixture on the stain and let it act for several minutes. Be careful when using this method as hydrogen peroxide can bleach darker fabrics.