Hydrogen peroxide is an antiseptic. In other words, we tend to think of it when it comes to disinfecting cuts or scrapes. When we think about hydrogen peroxide, we think of our childhood. Every time we see hydrogen peroxide, we remember that painful sting we felt when our parents would dab our cuts and/or scrapes using a cotton ball that had hydrogen peroxide on it.
But as it turns out, this handy product has many more uses than just to prevent infection. It is actually one of the most versatile chemicals that you already have at home. It is helpful everywhere at home – from your garden to your kitchen to your bathroom. It is no wonder most parents always keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide (sometimes more than just one bottle!) in the medicine cabinet.
We’ve collected some of the best uses for hydrogen peroxide. After you give some of these brilliant uses a try, we’re sure you’ll want to keep more of it readily available at home.
So the next time you go to the drugstore, make sure to pick up some extra hydrogen peroxide to store in your medicine cabinet. Your house might thank you for it.
1. Whitening teeth
2. On your blemishes
3. In your ears
To try this, put a cotton ball in your ear and then pour a small amount of hydrogen peroxide into your ear using a funnel or pipette. One you hear and feel the fizzing in your ear, immediately tip your head to the other side. Please be careful when trying this, and don’t try it if you have or are recovering from an ear infection or a perforated eardrum.
4. Clean your fruits and vegetables
5. On your feet
6. On your linens
7. In your potted plants
The carbonated nature of hydrogen peroxide will help the soil in your potted plant breathe better and kill off any fungus that may exist.
8. Clean your smelly shoes
9. Clean your dirty pans
10. Clean your toothbrush
11. Clean your aquarium
12. Remove blood stains
13. Clean countertops
14. Clean your fridge
15. Clean your cutting board
16. Clean dirty grime and grout
17. Get rid of dirty towel smell
18. Lighten your hair
19. Remove pet urine smells
20. Remove skunk smells
21. Destroy plant fungus
22. Whiten your nails
23. Clean your oven
Close the oven door and let it sit for four hours. After four hours, get a bucket of water and dip a cloth in it and wipe the entire oven down. You may have to scrub in certain spots.