Ways To Use Hydrogen Peroxide
If you are looking for simple ways to save money, one way is by taking a quick inventory of products that you already have on hand. In many cases, you may be surprised how versatile many common household products are. Hydrogen Peroxide is one of those items which can be utilized for many purposes other than it’s typical first-aid uses.
List of 25 Ways to Use Hydrogen Peroxide
Note: In all cases, a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide is used (like the bottles sold on the first aid section of just about any store).
1. Seed Germinator Booster. Soak seeds in one part hydrogen peroxide to 8 parts water for 5 minutes and rinse. This is said to help speed up the germination process.
2. Toilet Bowl Cleaner. Pour half a cup into your toilet bowl and let soak for about 30 minutes. Scrub and flush. Disinfects and removes stains at the same time.
3. Floor Brightener. Use half cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon of hot water and use on your floors. No rinsing needed.
4. Grout Whitener. Spray full 3% solution directly on grout and let sit a few minutes. Scrub with old toothbrush and you should see immediate results. Apply again if stain persists.
5. Cutting Board Sanitizer. Spray on cutting board, let sit a few minutes, then rinse.
6. Toothbrush Cleaner. Soaking your toothbrush periodically in between uses will help prevent germ buildup.
7. Keep Produce Fresh. Soak fresh produce in a mixture of 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide to 1 gallon of cold water. This will help keep your produce fresh longer.
8. Countertop Cleaner. Disinfect your countertop with equal parts white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
10. Mouthwash. Use one part hydrogen peroxide to one part water. Gargle/swish for 30 seconds, spit and rinse. Be sure and not to swallow any of the mixture. Brightens teeth at the same time.
11. Toothpaste. Run out of toothpaste? Make a paste out of equal parts baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. It won’t taste very good, but it will get the job done.
12. Foot Fungus Treater. The effectiveness of this technique is up for debate, but spraying a solution of half hydrogen peroxide and half water is said to curb foot fungus
13. Nail Whitener. Apply directly to fingernails to whiten them.
14. Mirror Cleaner. Spray your mirror with hydrogen peroxide for a smear-free cleaning.
15. All-Puprose Disinfectant. Use equal parts white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
16. Stain Remover. Said to work especially well on unsightly armpit stains.
17. DIY Laundry Bombs. Make your own all-in-one laundry bombs, get the full step by step instructions from PopSugar.
18. Revive Burnt Pots. Sprinkle a burnt pot with equal parts hydrogen peroxide and baking soda. let sit for a few hours to release the burnt bits. Works great on stainless steel pots.
19. Cookie Sheet Renewer. You know how cookie sheets tend to get nasty looking after many uses? Use the same step as above to bring new life back to those cookie sheets.
20. Mold Remover. Use 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of water in spray bottle. Spray affected area, let sit for a few minutes, Wipe with damp sponge.
21. DIY Watercolor Shirt. Ingenious idea involving sharpies and hydrogen peroxide. See the DIY Watercolor shirt tutorial from the Laurel Crowned.
22. Stove Top Cleaner. Make a paste of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and baking soda to remove the extra stubborn grease from your stove top.
23. Acne Clearer. Apply hydrogen peroxide to cotton ball and use to help clear acne.
24. Homemade Carpet Cleaning Solution. Use 1/4 cup of hydrogen peroxide, 2 tablespoons of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of grease-cutting dish soap (like Dawn) and 1 gallon of hot water.
25. Toy Cleaner. Disinfect those toys without using harsh cleaners. Use 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup of water in spray bottle. Spray and wipe with damp sponge.
Note: This post is part of my “Use What You Have” series where I regularly take a look at a common household product and list 25 ways to use each one. If you want to reduce spending and cut down on things you really don’t need, why not utilize what you already have around the house?
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