Hydrogen peroxide, chemically represented as H2O2, is one of the cheapest and most useful home products there is. In fact, chances are, you might already have some hydrogen peroxide lying around in your home. What makes hydrogen peroxide so useful is that although it’s an incredibly powerful disinfectant, it’s non-toxic.
Basically, hydrogen peroxide is water with an extra oxygen, that’s why you’ll find that it’s only difference from water is that it’s a little more viscous. Because of its extra oxygen, it has oxidizing properties that react with bacteria, viruses, yeasts, and spores in order to get rid of them, and it can work as a bleaching agent as well. Here are fifteen incredible uses for hydrogen peroxide.
Beauty and Health
1. Clean cuts and wounds.
Hydrogen peroxide is well-known to be a natural anti-septic, given its ability to get rid of contaminants such as bacteria, viruses, and yeasts. You can use it to clean small cuts and wounds to prevent infection.
2. Lessen acne.
Using a cotton ball or cotton bud, dab pimples with hydrogen peroxide to get rid of any infection that worsens the acne thereby promoting its healing.
3. Get rid of bad breath.
Since hydrogen peroxide is such a potent anti-septic, it’s very effective for getting rid of the odour-causing bacteria that is responsible for bad breath. Swish hydrogen peroxide around your mouth for 30 seconds every day until the bad breath goes away.
4. Get rid of toe fungus.
Make a 50-50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water then spray it onto the toe fungus every night. Allow the mixture to dry on the affected area.
5. Lighten hair.
Hydrogen peroxide is less harsh than bleach so it’s a great alternative for lightening your hair or for adding some highlights.
6. Clean tiles.
Spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto the tile then wipe it off to remove dirt and stains.
7. Tile grout.
Before starting, make sure that the grout is completely dry. Spray or pour a generous amount of hydrogen peroxide directly onto the grout then let it sit for 1-2 hours. Afterwards, scrub the area with a toothbrush and some warm, soapy water.
8. Clean mirrors and glass.
Often, even commercial cleaners leave streak marks on the mirror or glass when you try to use it for cleaning. To avoid this, use hydrogen peroxide instead. Simply spray it on the mirror or glass then wipe it off.
Many places and items around the house are filled with bacteria even though you can’t notice it. Disinfect areas such as kitchen and bathroom countertops by wiping them off with hydrogen peroxide. Disinfect items such as rags, sponges, and toothbrushes by letting them soak in hydrogen peroxide for 15-30 minutes, and cutting boards by spraying them with hydrogen peroxide.
10. Whiten clothes.
Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide into your wash to whiten your clothes. Since hydrogen peroxide is gentler than bleach, it can keep your clothes from wearing out fast.
Around the House
11. Keep salad fresh.
Let your salad last longer by spraying it with a mixture of one-half cup of water and a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide.
12. Clear the air.
Use a mixture of one pint 3% hydrogen peroxide and one gallon of water in a humidifier or steamer in order to clear the air.
13. Sanitize meat.
Rinse meat with hydrogen peroxide before cooking to make sure it’s free of salmonella and other bacteria.
14. Sprout seeds.
Soak the seeds in a mixture of one ounce 3% hydrogen peroxide and 1 pint of water overnight to promote the sprouting of seeds. Add the same amount of hydrogen peroxide every time you rinse the seeds.
15. Freshen musty fabrics.
Soak musty fabrics in a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in order to get rid of the unwanted odours.