Unusual Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

Hydrogen peroxide – chemically represented as H2O2 – is one of the most common household disinfectants in the world. In fact, odds are pretty good that you have a bottle in your medicine cabinet or under your kitchen sink right now. People typically use hydrogen peroxide for sanitizing small cuts and as a whitener for delicate items, however there is much more to this little brown bottle than most of us realize.

Read on to discover 42 reasons why you need hydrogen peroxide in your home.

  • Acne – to help clear up skin, dab pimples with peroxide
    using a cotton ball.
  • Finger Nails – to whiten, soak a cotton ball with peroxide
    and rub it on your nails.
  • Hair – to gradually give your hair highlights, mix equal
    parts peroxide and water and spray on wet hair. Comb the solution through your
    hair and dry.
  • Mouthwash – instead of purchasing expensive mouthwashes, try
    using peroxide instead.
  • Teeth – to whiten, hold one capful of peroxide in your moth
    for 10 minutes daily.
  • Toothpaste – to make your own, make a paste using peroxide
    and baking soda.
always consult a doctor before using hydrogen peroxide as a treatment
  • Boils – to heal, pour ½ a bottle of peroxide in your bath
  • Canker Sores – to prevent, hold one capful of peroxide in
    your mouth for 10 minutes.
  • Colds – to cure in 24 hours, put a few drops of peroxide in
    your ear, when the bubbling stops (5-10 minutes), drain onto a tissue. Repeat
    for the other ear.
  • Colonic – to make your own, add 1 cup of peroxide to 5
    gallons of warm water.
  • Corns and Calluses – to soften, soak feet in a solution made
    of equal parts water and peroxide.
  • Cuts – to keep from getting infected, clean the cut with
  • Detox Bath
    – to rejuvenate, add 2 quarts of peroxide to your bath water. Soak for at least
    a ½ hour.
  • Ear Infections – to relieve, place 6-8 drops in the affected
  • Ear Wax – to remove, add a couple of drops of warm olive oil
    followed by a couple of drops of peroxide. Sit with head tilted for several minutes
    and then flush the ear with warm water.
  • Enema – to make your own, add 1 tablespoon to 4 cups of
  • Foot Fungus – to cure, spray a solution made of equal parts
    peroxide and water to your feet every night.
  • Infections – to heal, soak the infected area in peroxide for
    5-10 minutes several times a day.
  • Sinus Infection – to relieve, add one tablespoon of peroxide
    to non-chlorinated water to be used as a nasal spray.
  • Toothache – to relieve pain, hold one capful of peroxide in
    your mouth for 10 minutes.
  • Yeast Infections – to control, add 2 capfuls of peroxide to
    your douche 1-2 time per week.
General Cleaning
  • Bathroom – to disinfect, fill a spray bottle with equal
    parts peroxide and water.
  • Counter tops – to kill germs, spray the counter tops with
    peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.
  • Grout – to whiten, make sure the grout is dry, then spray a
    generous amount of peroxide on the grout. Let it sit for 1-2 hours and scrub
    the area with an old toothbrush and some warm soapy water.
  • Mirrors – for a no steak clean, spray mirrors with peroxide
    and wipe with a paper towel or newspaper.
  • Mold – to control, clean the area with peroxide.
  • Tile – to remove stains, make a thick paste using flour and
    peroxide. Apply the mixture to the stain, cover with plastic wrap and let it
    sit overnight. Rinse clean.
  • Toothbrush – to kill germs, soak your toothbrush in peroxide.
  • Cutting Board – to kill germs, after rinsing off your
    cutting board, spray it with peroxide.
  • Dishrags and sponges – to clean, soak them for 15-30 minutes
    in a solution using equal parts peroxide and warm water. Rinse.
  • Fruits & Vegetables – to clean, spray them with peroxide (food grade) and let them stand for a few minutes, then rinse and dry.
  • Fruits & Vegetables – for a non-toxic sanitizer, pour
    peroxide (food grade) into a dark colored spray bottle (light destroys peroxide) and fill
    another spray bottle with vinegar. Spray your fruits and vegetables with the
    peroxide and then repeat using the vinegar.
  • Fruits & Vegetables – to neutralize chemicals and
    prolong freshness, add ¼ cup of peroxide (food grade) to a sink full of cold water. Soak
    vegetables for 20-30 minutes. Rinse, drain and let dry.
  • Refrigerator – to disinfect, spray the interior with
    peroxide and wipe with a clean cloth.
  • Salad – to prolong freshness, lightly spray with a solution
    of ½ cup water and 1 tablespoon of peroxide (food grade).
  • Blood Stains – to remove, pour peroxide on the spot and let
    it sit for a few minutes. Then rub and rinse with cold water.
  • Clothes – to whiten, add a cup of peroxide to your wash.
    Peroxide is more mild than bleach and will keep your clothes from wearing out
    as fast.
  • Wine Stain – to remove, mix together equal parts peroxide
    and liquid detergent. Pour the mixture over the stain. With a clean cloth blot
    the stain and wash with warm water.
  • Wring Around the Collar – to remove, spray the area with a
    mixture of 2 parts peroxide and 1 part liquid detergent. Let it sit for an hour
    before rinsing. *Works great on armpit stains too.
  • Mites – to kill, spray with area with peroxide.
  • Plants – to improve their root system, water them with a
    mixture of 32 parts water and 1 part peroxide.
  • Seeds – to sprout, soak seeds overnight in a mixture of 1
    ounce peroxide and 2 cups water.