As a homemaker, it is tempting to purchase products for each task you have to undertake around the home.
After giving it some thought and some research, I’ve discovered that there are products that we already have in the bathroom, kitchen or emergency kit that can be used to undertake chores.
Some of these products are better for the environment and do the job a lot more efficiently.
One such product is hydrogen peroxide, here are 30 hydrogen peroxide home hacks.
1. Used As An Insect Bite Treatment
It is typical for not just children but also adults to receive insect bites in the heat of summer or the heat of the tropics.
Various insects carry bacteria and unfamiliar viruses that can escalate if left untreated and lead to illnesses later on. Hydrogen Peroxide can prevent the spread of these bacteria, it can also be used as an antiseptic.
With a cotton ball or cotton swab, depending on the size of the insect bite, apply Hydrogen Peroxide at full strength and let sit on the skin to cleanse and get rid of bacteria.
2. Used To Lighten Hair
If you have color-treated or bleached hair and your darker roots are coming in, use Hydrogen peroxide to lighten. This will also come in handy if you want colored hair without the immediate damage of bleaching. This hack is super safe and will come in handy for the homely DIY-ers.
Pour Hydrogen Peroxide into a container and with a dye brush apply to your roots only or from root to tip. Leave on to see the gradual change in lightness. If you have darker or more stubborn hair/roots, use Hydrogen Peroxide constantly over time to see a difference.
3. Ear Wax Removal
There are times when ear wax builds up in your ear causing a difference in hearing or an infection. To prevent this, use Hydrogen Peroxide to remove the excess build-up.
Before a shower, apply a drop or two of peroxide onto the area with the ear wax, it’s important to be precise. It will immediately melt the wax, allowing you to either clear it away with a cotton swab or rinse it away during your shower.
4. Easily Remove Calluses
Calluses can be caused by excess manual labor, wearing tight shoes, wearing the wrong sized socks, not wearing socks at all among others. These obtrusive corns can become unsightly and uncomfortable and you may have to spend a great deal of time and money to remove them.
Hydrogen Peroxide can save you some time and energy. Simply add 1 cup to 1 liter of warm water and allow your feet to soak for 30 minutes to an hour. After soaking, use sandpaper, a file or pumice stone to scratch them away and buff your feet, this will leave your feet feeling soft and new.
5. Provide A Detox Bath
For various reasons, you may need to remove toxins from your body and skin in a quick and safe fashion. Hydrogen Peroxide can provide this by making a detox bath.
The recipe is simple, add ½ cup to 1 cup of 35% food-grade peroxide to a bath-tub-full of water. Then get in and soak, 30 minutes or longer for a pleasant soak. That’s it! You may rinse off after to ensure all the impurities are gone.
6. Whiten Your Fingernails
If you handle dyes or things that stain easily or are stubborn to remove, like green banana stains or red nail polish then you may need to whiten your fingernails.
This hack will come in handy to transition you from colored nails to naturally clean and smooth nails in no time.Just pour hydrogen peroxide into a container that is wide enough to rest your hands in, place your hands in fingers first and soak for 15 minutes.
Another option would be to use a cotton swab to apply the hydrogen peroxide and leave on for an extended period of time. Whichever you choose, wash your hands before handling food.
7. Clean Your Toothbrush
We use our toothbrush to clean our mouth but we often neglect cleaning our toothbrush. There are certain germs that latch on to these useful tools that are unwelcome by our bodies. Keep your toothbrush as fresh as it keeps your mouth.
Occasionally, pour a cap full of peroxide over the bristles of your toothbrush, let fizz out and then rinse it away. This will also allow you to keep your toothbrush for a bit longer before a change is due.
8. Used To Make A Tooth Whitening Paste
The whiter your teeth, this brighter your smile and the more confident you feel. Tooth whiteners can be expensive and not 100% effective. However, there is a solution that is inexpensive, safe and effective.
Simply mix 3% hydrogen peroxide with water in a 50% ratio and use it once daily or add hydrogen peroxide to your toothpaste to increase the whitening effect. Not only will you see results almost immediately, but you will also see increased whitening over consistent use.
9. Treat Mouth Sores
Hydrogen Peroxide will promote healing of mouth sores or canker sores by cleaning the wound and reducing the number of bacteria in your mouth. Dilute a 3 percent solution of hydrogen peroxide with equal parts water, dip a cotton ball or cotton swab into the mixture.
Apply this to the sore at least twice per day. Another way to apply this mixture is to use it as a mouth rinse. Take a mouth full and swish it around your mouth, then spit.
10. Beat Bad Breath With A Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash
On the subject of mouth rinses, Hydrogen Peroxide is also great for kicking bad breath to the curb. After each brushing or after each meal, whichever occurs more frequently, use 1 part vinegar and 1 part water as a mouth wash.
This will lift the bacteria that would ordinarily fester over time to freshen your breath. This is also a great fluoride-free and effective alternative to conventional mouth wash.
11. Used In A Spray Bottle
Hydrogen Peroxide, in case you haven’t realized, has amazing uses that transcend just treating wounds, it is easy to use on a cotton ball or swab but imagine for a second Hydrogen Peroxide in a spray bottle.
This can be used to not only treat wounds quickly but it can be sprayed on insect bites, on surfaces for disinfecting, or products can be added to it to create a powerful and easy to use solution.
12. Used As A Tile Grout Cleaning Agent
It is inevitable that your grout will get a build-up of dirt as it is one area that doesn’t get cleaned as often as others, on a deep cleaning day, get into your grout with this hack.
Just mix two parts baking soda to one part hydrogen peroxide, apply the paste to your dingy grout lines, let it sit for a few minutes, then scrub it with a cleaning toothbrush. Wash it clean if it’s your shower walls or, wipe it clean if it’s your floors.
13. Used To Revive Your Baking Sheets
Over time, baking sheets get dingy and often rust. I remember thinking when I saw my baking sheets turn that I’d have to get new ones.
If you’re thinking the same, try this, create a paste with baking soda and water, apply it liberally to the baking sheet, lay it on a flat surface and pour the hydrogen peroxide all over it. Let this sit for 30 minutes to an hour and scrub clean for a baking sheet that’s like new.
14. Remove Underarm Stains
Stubborn armpit stains can ruin our clothing without effort. Beat this yellow dinge by applying 1 part dish soap and 2 parts hydrogen peroxide.
Let this soak for an hour to let the two ingredients work to loosen the stain and revive the fabric of the clothing. After the time has elapsed, hand wash and rinse. If the stain has not gone, reapply the solution and add 1 part baking soda.
15. Make Natural Bleach
If you prefer a more child safe and environmentally friendly solution to bleach or tough jobs that need bleach, there is a simple one with hydrogen peroxide.
In a gallon bottle mix 3/4 cup 3% hydrogen peroxide, 1/4 cup lemon juice, 10-15 drops lemon essential oil, 3/4 cup baking soda, 7 cups water and shake vigorously to mix. Use 1 cup per load of laundry and enjoy the fresh scent.
16. Keep Mattress Mites At Bay
Bed bugs can propel breakouts of eczema or just general bumps and skin abrasions. This can be prevented by killing them with cleaners on a regular basis, freshen your mattress and make it mite free using hydrogen peroxide.
With your hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle, lightly spritz the mattress before spreading. Ensure that it isn’t wet to avoid mildew.
17. Used As A Vegetable Wash
Another place that has harmful bugs and potentially harmful chemicals in our market vegetables. Kill those bugs that come home with us and cleanly wash off fertilizer and other harmful chemicals by washing your vegetables in a solution of 1 part hydrogen peroxide and 1 part water.
Shake them around until you’re satisfied and rinse with fresh water. Your vegetables will be fresh and more organic.
18. Clean & Disinfect Reusable Grocery Bags
In a more eco-friendly society, reusable grocery bags are the norm. These frequently build up as we often forget to bring them with us to the store and end up getting new ones.
This build-up of empty bags can harbor insects and mosquitos. Sanitize them and keep them insect-free by wiping them down with 3% hydrogen peroxide at full strength. Let dry and put them away for later use.
19. Used To Disinfect Kids’ Toys
Kids’ toys serve as a hub for germs and bacteria. Toys are used over, they get thrown across the room, shoved under the bed, buried in dirt, wrapped in play dough and so much more.
Protect your kids by disinfecting the toys with hydrogen peroxide. Simply saturate a wipe or cotton pad and wipe down the toy. It’s that easy to have clean and sanitary toys.
20. Used For Faster Seed Germination
For planters, it’s easy to speed up your seed germination rate. I’ve researched several methods all of which work quite well. Its only a matter of time and preference. Simply add 1 ounce of 3% hydrogen peroxide to 4 cups of water; choose one of the following three methods.
One, soak your seeds for 18 to 24 hours, rinse and plant.
Two, place your seeds on a length of paper towels, use a mister filled with the hydrogen peroxide-water solution to thoroughly dampen (but not soak) the towels and the seeds.
Then roll up the towels loosely or simply fold them over so that all sides of the seeds are in contact with a moist paper towel. Mist them lightly each day (or when the towel dries out) and plant them when sprouts emerge.
Three, just rinse your seeds with the solution, then plant. You should start seeing leaves spout a lot sooner but the time will still vary depending on the type of plant and the climate.
21. Keep Your Garden Clean & Plants Healthier
Hydrogen peroxide keeps harmful bugs away and keeps bacteria from becoming harmful to plants and the garden environment.
Simply spritz your garden soil with hydrogen peroxide and water before planting or spritz your already planted garden once per week to give your plants a shot of hydrogen. It’s completely healthy as long as it’s not overdone. Your plants will thank you.
22. Used To Stop Toothache Pain
After extraction of if you have a cavity, hydrogen peroxide can provide ease to any toothache you may have. Simply gargle or rinse your mouth with equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water.
Not only will it kill bacteria but it will also relieve inflammation and swelling. It will also reduce plaque and bleeding gums quickly.
23. Clear Sinuses
Hydrogen peroxide is known to clear up sinuses when used as a nasal spray. This is a lesser-known method but it has been proven to be effective and safe.
The recipe is simple, to make a nasal spray, add one tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup of non-chlorinated water. When you have an inflammation of your sinuses simply give a light spritz into your nostrils and inhale.
24. Used To Get Rid Of Mold
Hydrogen peroxide has also been proven to get rid of mold. This is effective as it kills bacteria and will lift the darkening that occurs as a result of the mold. Hydrogen peroxide will disinfect and kill mold causing agents, it will also work to prevent mold.
Just saturate the area with hydrogen peroxide at full strength, let it soak for 15-30 minutes and scrub the area with a paste of baking soda and water. For preventative measures, add hydrogen peroxide to your cleaning solutions and water to use on mold-prone areas.
25. Eliminate Airborne Germs
When choosing an air freshener, it can be difficult to tell which ones can really, truly illuminate germs in the air and create a cleaner atmosphere. You can rest assured that airborne germs will be no more when you use hydrogen peroxide.
This is effective by itself, with essential oil or added to your present air freshener. Simply bottle and spritz as you wish.
26. Used To Clean Carpets and Couches
On the topic of supplementing your cleaner with hydrogen peroxide, it will also act as a booster for your carpet cleaner or a cleaner for your couch. Add hydrogen peroxide to your carpet cleaner in surplus and use it to steam, vacuum or wash your carpet.
Additionally, you can create a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water and use this to wipe down your leather couch or steam clean your fabric couch.
27. Used To Clean Makeup Brushes
If you want a more efficient and cost-effective makeup cleaner, use hydrogen peroxide. This will loosen all the build-up in your make up brushes. It will even give a deep clean to the bristles.
Just pour hydrogen peroxide into a container, immerse the brushes and rub them between your fingers and the solution. Be careful not to be too rough or you will damage your brushes. Set to dry in a vertical position, bristles down on a microfiber cloth.
28. Used To Clean Mirrors
There are a plethora of cleaning products out there that are specially formulated to clean your mirrors, or so they say. But there is something that is already in your home that will save you money and will be a lot better for the environment.
Use hydrogen peroxide to get sparkling clean mirrors, just spritz it onto the mirror and wipe clean with a paper towel or microfiber cloth. For stubborn spots, use a little more peroxide and rub a bit harder.
29. Toilet Bowl Cleaning Agent
You can use your hydrogen peroxide bleach substitute as mentioned above by pouring 1 cup into the toilet, using your toilet brush to scrub and flush.
Another way is to add hydrogen peroxide to your toilet cleaner or to your toilet at full strength and clean your toilet as usual. This hack can also be amplified by letting it sit for 30 minutes or overnight and following your most effective cleaning steps.
30. Used As A Retainer Cleaner
For a quicker and more sure-fire way to clean your retainer, employ this hack as it omits the need for soaps or expensive cleaners and you can be sure your retainer will end up clean.
Just mix equal parts warm water and hydrogen peroxide and let your retainer soak overnight or for at least 30 minutes. Rinse thoroughly before use and enjoy. This method will kill most of the bacteria and will leave your retainer tasteless.
Hydrogen peroxide is super efficient at cleaning and killing bacteria. Keep this product handy for little projects that you need to get done and go or larger products that cause you to consider the environment.
Hydrogen peroxide will keep the bacteria at bay and keep your home fresh, clean and environmentally friendly.
- Hydrogen Peroxide Can Be Used As An Insect Bite Treatment
- Hydrogen Peroxide Is Used To Lighten Hair
- Hydrogen Peroxide Aids in Ear Wax Removal
- Hydrogen Peroxide Easily Remove Calluses
- Take A Detox Bath In Hydrogen Peroxide
- Whiten Your Fingernails With Hydrogen Peroxide
- Clean Your Tooth Brush With Hydrogen Peroxide
- Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Make A Tooth Whitening Paste
- Treat Mouth Sores With Hydrogen Peroxide
- Beat Bad Breath With A Hydrogen Peroxide Mouthwash
- Hydrogen Peroxide Can Be Used In A Spray Bottle
- Hydrogen Peroxide Can be Used As A Tile Grout Cleaning Agent
- Hydrogen Peroxide Is Used To Revive Your Baking Sheets
- Hydrogen Peroxide Can Remove Underarm Stains
- Make Natural Bleach With Hydrogen Peroxide
- Keep Mattress Mites At Bay With Hydrogen Peroxide
- Use Hydrogen Peroxide As A Vegetable Wash
- Clean & Disinfect Reusable Grocery Bags With Hydrogen Peroxide
- Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Disinfect Kids’ Toys
- Hydrogen Peroxide Can Be Used For Faster Seed Germination
- Keep Your Garden Clean & Plants Healthier
- Hydrogen Peroxide Can Be Used To Stop Toothache Pain
- Hydrogen Peroxide Can Clear Sinuses
- Hydrogen Peroxide Is Used To Get Rid Of Mold
- Eliminate Airborne Germs Using Hydrogen Peroxide
- Hydrogen Peroxide Is Used To Clean Carpets and Couches
- Use Hydrogen Peroxide To Clean Your Makeup Brushes
- Hydrogen Peroxide Can Be Used To Clean Mirrors
- Hydrogen Peroxide Is A Toilet Bowl Cleaning Agent
- Hydrogen Peroxide Is Used As A Retainer Cleaner