Household Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

Many of us have hydrogen peroxide, or H2O2, in our medicine cabinets. Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound that breaks down into water and oxygen upon contact with other natural compounds. This released oxygen is what makes hydrogen peroxide a very effective cleaner with many household uses. Here are some examples:

1. Toothpaste

Stop buying expensive toothpastes that contain hydrogen peroxide, instead make your own mouthwash by mixing hydrogen peroxide and water in 1:1 ratio. This will kill all the bacteria in your mouth that can cause halitosis and will make your breath fresh. Hydrogen peroxide is safe and you can use it safely to fight plaque, gingivitis and bleeding gums.

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2. Bloodstain remover

Got bloodstains on your textiles? Stop worrying and put some hydrogen peroxide on the affected area and rinse with cold water before washing your clothes. This will help remove stains and your clothes will be left with a softer texture. Test a small portion of fabric before use.

3. Foot fungus

Get rid of foot fungus by applying a 1:1 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on your toes and other areas every night. Let it dry then wash off in the morning.

4. Cure for infections

Soak your cuts and wounds in 3% peroxide for 10 minutes several times each day. Deep wounds can often be healed by just using hydrogen peroxide. Mix a half-bottle of hydrogen peroxide in your bath water to get rid of boils, fungus, and other skin infections.

5. Sinus infections

Add 1 tablespoon 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup non-chlorinated water and use as a nasal spray. You can adjust the amount of peroxide depending upon the degree of sinus trouble.

Household Uses For Hydrogen Peroxide

6. Ear Cleaner

Always consult your doctor before putting anything in your ears. If your doctor approves the use of hydrogen peroxide then one drop makes your earwax soft enough so that you can easily pull it out without much pain. You can also use it for cold and flu! Here is the simple recipe.

7. Vegetable and Fruit Sanitizer

To keep your food clean and safe to eat spray food-grade peroxide on your veggies and fruit and let it sit for a few minutes. Rinse with clean water and allow them to dry.

8. Odor Eliminator

Unpleasant odors are part of life, especially when we have pets. You can quickly deodorize an area by using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Baking soda will absorb the odor then you can clean that area.

9. Canine emetic

To care for your dog when he has eaten something he should not have you can use hydrogen peroxide. It will make your dog vomit immediately then you can get treatment for your pet. Consult your veterinarian before use.

10. Floor scrub

Hydrogen peroxide can help you clean dirty floors when used directly or combined with baking soda. It is useful for grout as well which can be hard to scrub.

11. Safe Cleaner

This product is safe for cleaning your children’s bedrooms and toys. Its non-toxic and safe for those who have allergies and respiratory problems as it is not a lung irritant.

12. Helps preserve salad

Add 1 tablespoon hydrogen peroxide to ½ cup water and spray it on your leftover salad. Then drain it, cover, and refrigerate. This will help prevent wilting and will preserve your salad.

[Last Updated on March 7th 2014]

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