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16 Unexpected Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

January 26, 2024

When you think of hydrogen peroxide, you probably have memories of it being poured over a stinging cut or scrape as a disinfectant. However, did you know that there are actually a ton of different uses for hydrogen peroxide? Here they are!

1. Canker Prevention

Take one capful (the little white cap that comes with the bottle) and hold in your mouth for 10 minutes daily, then spit it out. No more canker sores and your teeth will be whiter without expensive pastes. Use it instead of mouthwash (small print says mouthwash and gargle right on the bottle).

2. Cleans Toothbrushes

Let your toothbrushes soak in a cup of peroxide to keep them free of germs.

3. Cleans Countertops

Clean your counters with peroxide to kill germs and leave a fresh smell. Simply put a little on your dishrag when you wipe, or spray it on the counters.

4. Disinfects Wood Cutting Boards

After rinsing off your wooden cutting board, pour peroxide on it to kill salmonella and other bacteria.

5. Eliminates Toe Fungus

One man reports, “I had a fungus on my feet for years until I sprayed a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. All gone.”

6. Cleans Cuts And Minor Infections

Soak any infections or cuts in 3% peroxide for five to ten minutes several times a day.

7. Heals Gangrene

A nurse reports that she has seen gangrene that would not heal with any medicine, but was healed by soaking in peroxide.

8. Bathroom Disinfectant

Fill a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and keep it in every bathroom to disinfect without harming your septic system like bleach or most other disinfectants will.

9. Clears Sinuses

Tilt your head back and spray into nostrils with your 50/50 mixture whenever you have a cold or plugged sinuses. It will bubble and help to kill the bacteria. Hold for a few minutes, then blow your nose into a tissue.

10. Soothes Toothaches

If you have a terrible toothache and cannot get to a dentist right away, put a capful of 3% peroxide into your mouth and hold it for ten minutes several times a day. The pain will lessen greatly.

11. Gradually Lightens Hair

If you like a natural look to your hair, spray the 50/50 solution on your wet hair after a shower and comb it through. You will not have the peroxide-burnt blonde hair like the hair dye packages, but more natural highlights if your hair is a light brown, reddish, or dirty blonde color. It also lightens gradually, so it’s not a drastic change.

12. Eliminates Boils And Other Skin Infections

Put half a bottle of peroxide in your bath to help rid boils, fungus, or other skin infections.

13. Whitens Whites

You can also add a cup of peroxide instead of bleach to a load of whites in your laundry to whiten them. If there are protein stains on clothing, pour it directly on the spot, let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with water. Repeat if necessary.

14. Streak-Free Mirrors

I use peroxide to clean my mirrors and there is no smearing.

15. Removes Blood Stains

Use 3% hydrogen peroxide for removing blood stains, especially if they are fairly fresh. Pour directly on the soiled spot, let it sit for a minute, then rub it and rinse with cold water. Repeat if necessary. It is a great bleaching agent for stubborn stains on white clothes. Combine ½ c. hydrogen peroxide and 1 t. ammonia for a great stain removal combination.

16. Bleaches Delicate Items

Use hydrogen peroxide to bleach delicate items such as wool or wool blends. Soak them overnight in a solution of one part 3% hydrogen peroxide to eight parts cold water. Launder according to care instructions. Note: It is always best to test a small, hidden area of fabric first.

Big thanks to Tsisa Aivazashvili for sharing these great tips!

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