Everybody knows about hydrogen peroxide. It’s been a staple in medicine cabinets and first aid kits for generations. Using it to clean and disinfect is a standard part of the drill when dealing with minor cuts and scrapes.
IMPORTANT: Do not use hydrogen peroxide to clean your ears.
As it turns out, though, most people don’t really know hydrogen peroxide at all. In addition to being a medicine cabinet staple, it deserves an honorary spot among the cleaning supplies as well.
And it has other uses beyond that, some of which are so unconventional that they strain the imagination.
In fact, there are so many different uses for hydrogen peroxide that a full list required four different categories: General Health, Hygiene, Cleaning and Miscellaneous. That made it possible to come up with a total of 50 uses, all of which showcase the usefulness and versatility of hydrogen peroxide.
Although it looks like water, hydrogen peroxide is much more different in content and is richer in oxygen. If brought to a boiling point, hydrogen peroxide is bound to explode.
In households around the world, a milder and more diluted version of hydrogen peroxide is used. The general chemical we use at home is normally present from 3 to 5 percent.
When we cut ourselves and pout hydrogen peroxide on the wound, the solution actually releases oxygen molecules and, thus, the bubbling appears.
Hydrogen Peroxide Uses and Benefits
Note: The majority of these uses refer to a 3% consistency of hydrogen peroxide. Also, the abbreviation ‘HP’, found throughout the list, stands for hydrogen peroxide.
1.) Lightens toenails and fingernails – Soak nails in 3 percent HP and hold for some time. When done, rinse well and admire the results.
2.) Hair bleacher – HP acts as a milder version of other recommended hair bleachers. Use it as you would use any other bleaching product to get top results.
3.) Hair locks highlights – use HP on damp hair by spraying it and you will get light and fresh highlights. Keep spray on for 15 minutes before rinsing it.
4.) Wound cleaning and disinfection – this is especially beneficial for small wounds, which can be cleaned with 3 percent HP. You need a small cap of the liquid that you can directly apply on the wound.
5.) Eliminate boils – In a bathtub, pour only one cup of 35 percent HP. Soak in the tub to get rid of boils forever and regenerate the skin as well.
6.) Treats calluses and corns – to soften calluses and corns and destroy them for good, mix equal parts of HP and warm water and soak in it.
7.) Get rid of skin mites – HP can help you deal with skin mites in no time. Spray HP on affected skin and repeat treatment, wait a few minutes, and then repeat process.
8.) Helps with foot fungus – prepare a mixture of HP and water. Keep liquid in a dark glass bottle, so the HP isn’t in direct contact with the sunlight. Apply mix to fungus directly. For best results, mix equal parts of 3 percent HP and water.
9.) Stain remover – fabric stains, especially from blood are successfully removed with HP. Apply directly on stain, let it act for one minute and clean with cold water. Repeat if needed.
10.) Clears fungus from aquariums – To keep your aquarium clean, HP is the best option. Suitable directions for use can be found on the internet, since you need to keep in mind not harming the fish.
11.) Household cleaner – you can use HP to clean almost everything in your home. It is cheap, clean and quick to apply. You can keep it in a spraying bottle and use it on a daily basis.
12.) Bleach laundry – white fabrics do not stay perfectly white forever, so you can try HP to keep them clean and spot-free. Add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to the wash and let the laundry soak for 30 minutes. Afterwards, wash clothes as per usual.
13.) No more organic stains – anything from sweat, blood, wine and coffee can be cleaned with HP. Mix 1 part dish detergent with two parts HP and apply directly onto stains. Keep in mind that due to the bleaching properties of HP, it can lighten dark fabrics as well.
14.) Neutralizes odors – HP removes unpleasant odors especially from fabrics. Mix white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and soak fabrics in it. After regular wash afterwards, all odors will fade.
15.) Carpet and rug washer – everything dirty on your carpet or rug can be removed with HP. If you need to lighten up your carper, the HP cleaning method is excellent. Just spray a diluted solution onto the rug or carpet. Then wash it as per usual. It is best to test wash the carpet if you do not want to bleach it on purpose.
16.) Refresh reusable shopping bags – this is really practical if you are a constant shopper and in need of clean bags at all times. Spray HP in and out of the shopping bag and rinse them with water. This will remove all odors and bacteria.
17.) Clean humidifier easily – add 1 pint of HP with 1 gallon of water to it. As a natural disinfector, the HP will remove all mildew and mold and keep the humidifier in an excellent shape.
18.) Clean tiles – tiles are known to accumulate plenty of dirt, that can be removed with HP> Spray HP directly on tiles, let it act a little, them wash regularly.
19.) Toilet cleanser – pour 1/2 a cup of HP into the toilet bowl and let it act for half an hour. This is also recommended for disinfecting the toilet completely.
20.) Whitening grout – mix hydrogen peroxide with white flour and apply directly on grout. First, you need to cover grout with paste and let it sit overnight. The following day, clean grout with water and it will be whiter.
21.) Bath tub cleaner – everything from dirt to soap scum can be cleaned with HP. Spray bath tub with hydrogen peroxide and let the liquid act for half an hour. The, just wipe it off and enjoy your clean tub.
22.) Kitchen and bathroom counters cleanser – spray diluted HP directly onto kitchen and bathroom counters. You can also mix it with your regular cupboard cleaner and get better results.
23.) Wash sponges and dishrags – every fabric and material soaks in a lot of bacteria and dirt. To disinfect them soak sponges and dishrags in HP for 30 minutes. Enjoy your new, clean sponges and dishrags!
24.) Disinfect cutting boards – plenty of products go on cutting boards, and bring bacteria with them. To disinfect them properly, spray HP on the cutting board and let it soak for a few minutes. Rinse regularly with cold water.
25.) Fridge hygiene – clean your refrigerator by spraying it with HP and let liquid act for a couple of minutes. Wipe with clean towel and it will be as good as new.