18 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide You Never Knew About

Let me guess – you have hydrogen peroxide buried in the back of your medicine cabinet. And it’s been there for years, just waiting for you to read this article and put that trusty ol’ peroxide to use.

Hydrogen peroxide has far more uses than cleaning out cuts and making bacteria foam up (oh, I’m the only one who thinks that’s cool?). This article will give you the lowdown on all the hydrogen peroxide uses you’ve been missing out on.

Get ready to have your mind blown with these 18 super easy ways to incorporate hydrogen peroxide in all areas of your life.

1. Get Rid Of Bad Breath

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Sometimes, a good brushing isn’t enough to get rid of bad breath. The trick? Gargle hydrogen peroxide diluted with water in your mouth once a week to kill the unhealthy organisms that may be causing your stinky breath. Don’t use it any more often than that, though, as you don’t want the chemical to kill the good bacteria in your mouth as well.

2. Clear Up Acne

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By using hydrogen peroxide as a face rinse to kill the bacteria that cause acne and help tone your complexion.

3. Whiten Clothes Without Bleach.

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Adding one cup of hydrogen peroxide to your washing machine is a great way to naturally boost whites, remove stains and clean your machine at the same time. It’s simply a win + win!

4. Change Your Hair Color

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Gradually lighten your hair color by mixing equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle. Spray the solution into your hair, comb through with a brush and wait for it to dry. Do this daily and you’ll have lighter hair in no time.

5. Give your dishes and dishwasher a boost

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By adding two ounces of hydrogen peroxide to your dishwasher detergent. Hydrogen peroxide provides super-sanitizing results.

6. Remove Harmful Chemicals And Bacteria From Your Veggies.

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Instead of rinsing vegetables in running water (which isn’t effective, by the way) trade it for a hydrogen peroxide soak. Make your own soak by adding just 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide to a sink full of cold water.

7. Sanitize Your Cutting Board

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Hydrogen peroxide cleans and removes stains from wood and plastic cutting boards. To sanitize, pour the solution directly onto the board. Proceed to scrub with a clean sponge and let it sit until it starts to fizz. Rinse.

8. Soften Ugly Corns And Calluses

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Mixing equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and warm water to make a foot soak that will naturally soften them and make your feet feel brand-new!

9. Treat painful toenail infections

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Soaking the infected foot for 20 minutes daily in half a gallon of warm water mixed with half a cup of three percent hydrogen peroxide.

10. Clean Kids’ Toys

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Kids’ toys harbor plenty of germs. To avoid spreading them, wipe down unsanitary toys and play areas with hydrogen peroxide, a safe cleaning agent that will keep everyone healthy and happy.

11. Tackle An Ear Infection

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By putting 6 – 8 drop of hydrogen peroxide in each ear to alleviate symptoms and help clear up the infection.

12. Wash Your Toilet Bowl

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Disinfect your toilet bowl by pouring in a half cup of hydrogen peroxide. Let it stand for twenty minutes and then scrub out the bowl with a toilet brush and flush.

13. Get Streak-Free Mirrors

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Simply wiping mirrors with an equal mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide.

14. Give Plants A Boost

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Adding a simple hydrogen peroxide solution to the soil to help deliver oxygen to roots. The solution is as follows: 32 parts of water to one part hydrogen peroxide.

15. Whiten Your grout

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Whiten grout in just three (inexpensive) steps. Mix hydrogen peroxide with white flour to create a thick paste. Apply to grout and cover with plastic wrap overnight. The next day, simply rinse with water for whiter grout and it’s really that simple!

16. Remove Tub Scum

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Spraying hydrogen peroxide on soap scum, dirt, and stains in the bathtub. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes then rinse to loosen grime and make cleaning easier.

17. Pamper Your Feet

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Mix together a one-to-one ratio of hydrogen peroxide and water in a soaking bowl and submerge your feet. You’ll come away with soft calluses, diminished foot fungus and cleaner feet.

18. Disinfect Reusable Bags

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If you’re shopping with reusable bags to help the environment, great job! Just make sure you spray some hydrogen peroxide on the fabric every now and then to disinfect it and get rid of food odors.