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© 2013 Shanna Lea
I recently learned that Hydrogen Peroxide has so many uses around the house and for your health that I never thought of before. It is really an amazing thing to keep around for more than just cleaning wounds. It is a natural cleaner for all kinds of things.
I found it’s best to keep several bottles handy—take off the lid and screw on a pump spray nozzle and keep a bottle in the kitchen, bathroom and the laundry room.
Hydrogen Peroxide is safe and it works! Hydrogen Peroxide has the same chemical make-up as water; it just has an extra oxygen atom (H202). This allows it to break down fast and harmlessly into oxygen and water. Hydrogen peroxide is actually found in all living materials. It is in colostrum (mother’s first milk) and naturally produced by vegetables and fruits. It’s in rainwater and helps plants grow faster.
Here are several uses for 3% Hydrogen Peroxide:
- Gets rid of arm pit stains on shirts
- Rids musty smells in the laundry—use ½ cup peroxide and ½ cup vinegar, let set for 15 minutes, then wash on normal cycle
- Removes stains and blood from clothing—spray on stains and let it set for a bit before washing.
- Alternative to bleach—add a cup peroxide to the whites in your laundry instead of bleach
- Natural toilet bowl cleaner—add ½ cup to the toilet bowl, wait 20 minutes and scrub
- Clean the dishwasher with it
- Cleans countertops
- Sanitize lunch boxes and bags
- Hydrogen peroxide is safe around kids, so use it to spray down their play areas and toys.
- Spray doorknobs, toys, bathroom sinks, toilets and throughout the rooms when someone is sick or just on a regular basis
- Safe for those with respiratory conditions, it doesn’t irritate the lungs when sprayed in the rooms
- Removes mildew and scum from shower curtains—just add 1 cup peroxide to the wash cycle with detergent.
- After a shower or bath, spray down the stall or tub with peroxide to kill viruses and bacteria
- Brightens those dingy floors—mix 1/2 cup peroxide to 1 gallon hot water. Safe for any floor type
- Soak sponges in a 50/50 mixture peroxide and water and rinse
- Peroxide is safe around food, so you can clean the refrigerator with it
- Clean cutting boards with peroxide
- Remove pesticides from fruit and vegetables—rinse them in a sink of cold water with ¼ cup peroxide
- Prevents your salad from wilting—make a ½ cup water to 1 tablespoon peroxide solution and spray over salad. Drain and refrigerate and it will preserve your salad
- Removes baked on food from pots and pans—combine peroxide and baking soda to make a paste, rub onto the cooked on food and let set. Scrub off with warm water and a scrubbie
- Are your lace tablecloths or curtains yellowing? Soak them in a sink of cold water with 2 cups peroxide for an hour. Rinse under cold water and air dry
- Cleans humidifiers—use 1 pint peroxide to 1 gallon water
- Soaking your feet in the 50/50 peroxide and water mixture softens corns and calluses. It disinfects minor cuts too
- Use it to help with foot fungus—make a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water and spray your feet, especially the toes, nightly.
- Removes ear wax—add a drop or 2 of olive or almond oil in the ear, then just a little peroxide. Wait a few minutes and then tilt your head to remove the peroxide and wax
- Sprout seedlings for new plantings. Spritz the sprouted seeds with a peroxide solution daily.
- A plant’s root system can be improved by using a mixture of 1 part peroxide to 32 parts water
- Spritz on plants to get rid of fungus. Just add a little peroxide to the water and mist
- Make a peroxide/baking soda paste to brush teeth—kills bacteria and can help with early stages of gingivitis
- Whiten teeth with salt/baking soda/peroxide mixture
- Use as a mouthwash—50/50 peroxide and water
- Soak toothbrushes in it when someone has the flu
- Controls fungi in aquariums—use sparingly though
- Clears acne—just dab a bit of peroxide on pimples
- Some alternative health practitioners say adding peroxide to your bath helps you detox your body.
- Give your hair natural highlights—Dilute peroxide to a solution of 50% peroxide and 50% water. Spray it on wet hair for those natural highlights
- To remove skunk odor from your dog, mix 1 quart peroxide with ¼ cup baking soda and 1 teaspoon liquid soap. Read How to Remove Skunk Odor from Your Dog for more information.
Toss the chemical cleaners and have a safer, clean home.