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20 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

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We have used hydrogen peroxide here at Back Roads Living for, well,… ever since I can remember. I can’t remember a time we didn’t have hydrogen peroxide in the cabinet. I can’t tell you the times I have poured it on a cut or used it with baking soda to brush my teeth. We hope you find this article on uses for hydrogen peroxide useful.

Hydrogen Peroxide is one of the most useful products in your medicine cabinet. Not only is it good for cuts and scrapes but so much more.

Lets take a look at some of the other uses of this wonderful product.

  1. You can wash vegetables and fruits in hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and pesticides. Directions: Add 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide to a sink of cold water. After washing vegetables, rinse thoroughly with cool water. Cleans and sanitizes.
  1. When using it in the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% hydrogen peroxide to the bottle.
  1. You can use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen your breath. Hydrogen peroxide kills the bacteria that cause halitosis (bad breath). Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water to accomplish this..

(This next one is one of the most common uses for hydrogen peroxide that I almost didn’t even mention it, but to cover the most useful things it has to be included. I think most everyone has at some time used hydrogen peroxide a toothpaste.

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  1. I have used baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste for brushing my teeth for years. This can help with early stages of gingivitis (inflammation of the gums) as it kills bacteria. Mix with a little salt and baking soda and hydrogen peroxide works as a whitening toothpaste.
  1. Always allow your toothbrush to soak in hydrogen peroxide between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is very helpful if you share a cup with others, especially if they have any kind of colds etc.
  1. You can clean your cutting boards and countertops. Just pour it on and let everything bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean with clear tap water.
  1. It can be used like a disinfectant like Lysol towel wipes. Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. It is non-toxic and this makes it great for cleaning places where you store food and dishes.

  1. Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift right off.

  1. You can whiten bathtub grout with a little effort. First you need to dry the tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for a bit, it may bubble slightly for a little while, then scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. This may have to repeated a few times.
  1. You can also clean your toilet bowl. Just pour a half cup of hydrogen peroxide into the bowl and let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.

uses for hydrogen peroxide

  1. You can brighten dingy floors. Just combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water, then mop your flooring as usual. Because it’s so mild, ití’ safe for any type of flooring, and there is no need to rinse afterwards.
  1. Clean kids toys and play their areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a very safe cleaner to use around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it is not a lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your kids touch on a regular basis. This is such a great cleaner for this.
  1. For our do it yourself beauticians, add natural highlights to your hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.
  1. This is great for salads also. Spray a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad, drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent your salad from wilting and preserve your salad.

uses for hydrogen peroxide

  1. Hydrogen peroxide can remove yellowing from older laced curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water and 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse in cold water and air dry. This may have to be done a couple of times.
  1. Hydrogen peroxide helps with foot fungus. Spray a 50%/50% mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water on your feet (especially on the toes) every night and allow to dry. You can also soak your feet in a hydrogen peroxide solution of 50%/50% to help soften calluses and corns, and disinfect minor cuts.
  1. Spray or pour hydrogen peroxide down the shower and sink drain to kill bacteria and viruses.
  1. Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean your humidifiers and steamers,. Just mix 1 pint of peroxide to one gallon of water.
  1. Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in your fish or pet aquariums. It will not harm hurt your fish or pet if used sparingly.

uses for hydrogen peroxide

  1. Use hydrogen peroxide as a de-skunking odor solution. Use 1 quart hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent and 2 quarts warm water. Wash in this solution.

Other sites with some terrific uses for hydrogen include:

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All of these sites are great resources and if you are looking for more uses for this great product, by all means go over and check them out.

I gathered several ideas from the internet to put this list together. I have tried several of these but not all. Please research anything before you use it. I am sure there are things that can be damaged by this product because it can cause bleaching like results on some items.

If you have uses for hydrogen peroxide I have not mentioned please feel free to share them in the comments below.

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