25 surprising uses for hydrogen peroxide: Why you need it in your home

This article was originally published by our friend Anya V at Living Traditionally.

In households around the world, a milder and more diluted version of hydrogen peroxide is used. The general chemical we use at home is normally present from 3 to 5 percent.

When we cut ourselves and pout hydrogen peroxide on the wound, the solution actually releases oxygen molecules and, thus, the bubbling appears.

Hydrogen Peroxide Uses and Benefits

Note: The majority of these uses refer to a 3% consistency of hydrogen peroxide. Also, the abbreviation ‘HP’, found throughout the list, stands for hydrogen peroxide.

1.) Lightens toenails and fingernails

Soak nails in 3 percent HP and hold for some time. When done, rinse well and admire the results.

2.) Hair bleacher

HP acts as a milder version of other recommended hair bleachers. Use it as you would use any other bleaching product to get top results.

3.) Hair locks highlights

use HP on damp hair by spraying it and you will get light and fresh highlights. Keep spray on for 15 minutes before rinsing it.

4.) Wound cleaning and disinfection

This is especially beneficial for small wounds, which can be cleaned with 3 percent HP. You need a small cap of the liquid that you can directly apply on the wound.

5.) Eliminate boils

In a bathtub, pour only one cup of 35 percent HP. Soak in the tub to get rid of boils forever and regenerate the skin as well.

6.) Treats calluses and corns

To soften calluses and corns and destroy them for good, mix equal parts of HP and warm water and soak in it.

7.) Get rid of skin mites

HP can help you deal with skin mites in no time. Spray HP on affected skin and repeat treatment, wait a few minutes, and then repeat process.

8.) Helps with foot fungus

Prepare a mixture of HP and water. Keep liquid in a dark glass bottle, so the HP isn’t in direct contact with the sunlight. Apply mix to fungus directly. For best results, mix equal parts of 3 percent HP and water.

9.) Stain remover

Fabric stains, especially from blood are successfully removed with HP. Apply directly on stain, let it act for one minute and clean with cold water. Repeat if needed.

10.) Clears fungus from aquariums

To keep your aquarium clean, HP is the best option. Suitable directions for use can be found on the internet, since you need to keep in mind not harming the fish.

11.) Household cleaner

You can use HP to clean almost everything in your home. It is cheap, clean and quick to apply. You can keep it in a spraying bottle and use it on a daily basis.

12.) Bleach laundry

White fabrics do not stay perfectly white forever, so you can try HP to keep them clean and spot-free. Add 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide to the wash and let the laundry soak for 30 minutes. Afterwards, wash clothes as per usual.

13.) No more organic stains

Anything from sweat, blood, wine and coffee can be cleaned with HP. Mix 1 part dish detergent with two parts HP and apply directly onto stains. Keep in mind that due to the bleaching properties of HP, it can lighten dark fabrics as well.

14.) Neutralizes odors

HP removes unpleasant odors especially from fabrics. Mix white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide and soak fabrics in it. After regular wash afterwards, all odors will fade.

15.) Carpet and rug washer

Everything dirty on your carpet or rug can be removed with HP. If you need to lighten up your carper, the HP cleaning method is excellent. Just spray a diluted solution onto the rug or carpet. Then wash it as per usual. It is best to test wash the carpet if you do not want to bleach it on purpose.

16.) Refresh reusable shopping bags 

This is really practical if you are a constant shopper and in need of clean bags at all times. Spray HP in and out of the shopping bag and rinse them with water. This will remove all odors and bacteria.

17.) Clean humidifier easily

Add 1 pint of HP with 1 gallon of water to it. As a natural disinfector, the HP will remove all mildew and mold and keep the humidifier in an excellent shape.

18.) Clean tiles 

Tiles are known to accumulate plenty of dirt, that can be removed with HP> Spray HP directly on tiles, let it act a little, them wash regularly.

19.) Toilet cleanser

pour 1/2 a cup of HP into the toilet bowl and let it act for half an hour. This is also recommended for disinfecting the toilet completely.

20.) Whitening grout

Mix hydrogen peroxide with white flour and apply directly on grout. First, you need to cover grout with paste and let it sit overnight. The following day, clean grout with water and it will be whiter.

21.) Bath tub cleaner 

Everything from dirt to soap scum can be cleaned with HP. Spray bath tub with hydrogen peroxide and let the liquid act for half an hour. The, just wipe it off and enjoy your clean tub.

22.) Kitchen and bathroom counters cleanser

Spray diluted HP directly onto kitchen and bathroom counters. You can also mix it with your regular cupboard cleaner and get better results.

23.) Wash sponges and dishrags

Every fabric and material soaks in a lot of bacteria and dirt. To disinfect them soak sponges and dishrags in HP for 30 minutes. Enjoy your new, clean sponges and dishrags!

24.) Disinfect cutting boards

Plenty of products go on cutting boards, and bring bacteria with them. To disinfect them properly, spray HP on the cutting board and let it soak for a few minutes. Rinse regularly with cold water.

25.) Fridge hygiene

Clean your refrigerator by spraying it with HP and let liquid act for a couple of minutes. Wipe with clean towel and it will be as good as new.