16 neat uses of hydrogen peroxide that’ll make you run for the first aid kit
If you check in your first aid kit, you'll probably find hydrogen peroxide. But if you thought this strong-smelling liquid was only useful for disinfecting wounds, these 16 tricks will soon change your mind:
1. Whiten your toenails
If you want your toenails to be whiter, mix a small amount of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide into a paste and rub it into your toenails using a toothbrush. Leave the mixture on your nails for 10 to 15 minutes and then remove with water. Beautiful!
2. Healthy plants
Protect your plants from fungi. Add a little hydrogen peroxide to the water when watering them and voila!
3. Cleaning toothbrushes
The antiseptic properties of hydrogen peroxide help keep your toothbrushes free of germs. Leave them with the bristles soaking in diluted hydrogen peroxide between uses. This is very useful if someone at home has the flu or a cold. Rinse the solution off before you use it.
4. Remove mold
A hydrogen peroxide solution can also be an effective treatment against mold in your home. Spray it over the affected area and then clean with a cloth.
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5. Sponge disinfectant
If you have no new sponges at home but still need to do the dishes, you can disinfect a used one. Soak it for about 10 minutes in a mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water (50/50). Then rinse it well and it's good to go.
6. Ear wax
If you have wax in your ears, first drip a couple of drops of olive oil in your ear, followed by some hydrogen peroxide. Then tilt your head to one side and let the mixture bubble up and do its work. Goodbye blocked ear!
7. Washing fruit and vegetables
Add four tablespoons of hydrogen peroxide to the water in your sink and use it to wash your fruit and vegetables to get rid of any bacteria. Finally, wash them with cold water.
8. Cleaning the toilet
First wash the toilet bowl as usual and then pour about 4 fl oz of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet and let it sit for about 20 minutes. Then clean well with the brush.
9. Cleaning floors
Pour 4 fl oz of hydrogen peroxide into about 10 gallons of water and scrub or mop with this solution. It's not very concentrated so you don't have to rinse it off and it's suitable for all types of floors.
10. Kitchen appliances
Clean appliances like your dishwasher or refrigerator with hydrogen peroxide. As it's non-toxic, it's ideal for washing places where food is stored.
11. Canker sores
To treat a canker sore, take a cotton swab and soak it in hydrogen peroxide. Apply to the wound three times a day — it will help relieve the pain and prevent infections.
12. Relaxing bath
At the end of a very stressful day, add half a cup of hydrogen peroxide (35% food grade) to a hot bath. This will help your body eliminate toxins.
13. Preserve salads
Pour one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide and some water into the leftover salad you simply couldn't finish. This will keep it fresh for longer.
14. Shower curtain
If your shower curtain is looking old and worn, pour a little hydrogen peroxide over the dirty areas and you'll soon see how quickly the stains disappear.
15. Disinfecting toys
Hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean toys. Spray some on toys boxes or door knobs that your children touch frequently.
16. Sweat stains
If you spot a yellow sweat patch on your favorite T-shirt, mix about 3 tablespoons of baking soda with a glass of hot hydrogen peroxide. Mix them well for 20 to 30 seconds and then pour directly on the stain. Put the shirt in the laundry straight away and the yellow stain will soon be history.
After reading these tricks, you'll definitely want to make sure you have hydrogen peroxide in your medicine cabinet. Check now, there are so many things you can do with it!