When I think of hydrogen peroxide, the first thing that comes to mind is using it to disinfect a scraped knee. I’d always preferred hydrogen peroxide to rubbing alcohol as a disinfectant, because it didn’t sting like the alcohol. Turns out, that was just one of the many uses for it. Below I’ve listed the 10 most beneficial uses for hydrogen peroxide.
Most commonly used as an antiseptic, it is great to clean minor cuts and scrapes with hydrogen peroxide before applying a bandage. Also, sanitizing wounds will ensure a smooth, less complicated healing process.
Clean your fresh fruit and vegetables: Mix 1/4 of a cup of hydrogen peroxide to a big pot of cold water in the sink and submerge and wash your whole fruits and vegetables in the mixture. This will clean your fruit as well as keeping it fresh and tasting so as well.
Use it as a household surface cleaner. Use a 1:1 ratio of water and hydrogen peroxide mixed together and spray it over surfaces, and wipe clean. Kills harmful germs and bacteria so it’s useful for both the kitchen and bathroom.
An easy toilet bowl cleaner: Pour about 1/2 of a cup into the toilet bowl and let it sit for 15 – 20 minutes before scrubbing it clean and flushing.
Spray it on your shower walls and doors after a shower to prevent mildew buildup, and get rid of existing mildew by spraying areas in need and letting it sit for about 15 minutes before wiping away.
Mix a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with two teaspoons of baking soda for a quick and easy homemade toothpaste. Not the best tasting, but it gets the job done and sanitizes your mouth effectively.
Another way to disinfect your mouth with this is to simply rinse your mouth out by swishing and gargling a little bit of hydrogen peroxide in your mouth before spitting and rinsing with water.
Use it as a laundry booster to keep your whites white, and your coloreds nice and bright. Simply pour a cup into your washer’s bleach receptacle.
Stain treatment: Immediately dab fresh stains with hydrogen peroxide or saturate “set in” stains and let them sit for about 20 minutes before putting them in the wash.
Help prevent root rot and enhance root development in household plants by adding oxygen to your soil with hydrogen peroxide mixed in water. Mix an ounce of it with a quart of water and water your plants as usual.