Sometimes, the simplest things truly are the best. hydrogen peroxide, a topical antiseptic and natural sanitizer, can be easily obtained for about a dollar a bottle. It’s time to think outside the medicine cabinet, though, as this simple solution has some clever, and unexpected uses! Today, I’m sharing 15 uses for hydrogen peroxide that may come as a surprise to you…
-Refresh sponges. Sponges have the reputation for being one of the dirtiest things in our homes. Fix that by steeping sponges in a cup of hydrogen peroxide to kill any lingering bacteria. Make sure to rinse it out thoroughly afterwards.
-Disinfect your dishwasher. To disinfect your dishwasher, add 2 oz. of 3% Hydrogen peroxide to your regular washing formula.
-Wash vegetables. Use as a vegetable wash or soak to kill bacteria and neutralize chemicals. Add 1/4 cup 3% H2O2 to a full sink of cold water. Soak light skinned vegetables (such as cabbage) for 20 minutes, thicker skinned vegetables for 30 minutes. Drain, rinse, dry and refrigerate.
-Remove mold from plants. To remove mold from houseplants, mix a pint of water with five tablespoons of 3% hydrogen peroxide or food grade peroxide. Spray your plants with the solution to remove any mold that has accumulated on the leaves.
-Use as a mouthwash. Use a cap full of hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse to help whiten teeth and kill germs that cause bad breath.
-Clean and disinfect toothbrushes. Soak toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide to kill staph bacteria and other germs.
-Clean toilet bowls. Pour about half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into toilet bowls and let it soak for at least 30 minutes to clean, sanitize and remove stains.
-Use to clean glass surfaces. Spray hydrogen peroxide on dirty mirrors and other glass surfaces to loosen dirt and grime. Wipe away with a clean, lint-free cloth.
-Take a detoxifying bath. If you want to give your bathwater a detoxifying boost, try adding two quarts of peroxide to your bathwater. Soak in the bath for half an hour.
-Disinfect and clean cutting boards. Spray hydrogen peroxide on cutting boards to kill germs and bacteria. Rinse and dry for a clean, ready-to-use cutting surface.
-Clean your refrigerator. Non-toxic hydrogen peroxide is an ideal cleaning tool for your fridge. Apply, let it soak, and wipe clean.
-Clean and whiten grout. Dry your tub thoroughly, then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit for a few minutes, then come back and scrub the grout with an old toothbrush. Repeat if necessary.
-Highlight your hair! Add highlights to your hair by diluting the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural highlights.
-Clear up acne. Clear acne by applying a little hydrogen peroxide to the infected sites. It will act just the same way it does on wounds, helping to kill the unwanted bacteria and cleansing the area.
-Clean mold. Have a mold problem? Apply hydrogen peroxide directly to the site, and then wipe it clean. Hydrogen peroxide is effective against many different types of mold and mildew!
Thanks for reading about 15 unexpected uses for hydrogen peroxide. Have a great day!