Tuesday, February 5, 2013

10 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide


Today I have found 10 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide.   Like last weeks post 10 Uses for Rubbing Alcohol, I wanted to investigate what else Hydrogen Peroxide could be used for, and I was surprised.  This is also a very versatile product.  I also like that it is so inexpensive, which makes it an inexpensive alternative to the more expensive products that you find in the stores.

10 Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

1.  Fruit and Vegetable Cleaner

I love this one.  I always buy the antibacterial drops to soak my fruit and vegis in when I am in Mexico.  I no longer need to do this.  Use 1/4 cup peroxide in a large bowl of water and put you fruit and vegetables in the bowl.  Soak for 15 to 20 minutes.  Your food is now clean and sanitized.

2.  Clean Your Toothbrush

I really like this idea.  I never thought of it.  Pour peroxide in a glass, deep enough to cover the head of your toothbrush.  Put your toothbrush into the glass, head down and soak for 10 to 15 minutes, once a week.  You must  do this with freshly poured peroxide, because it becomes inactive when exposed to light.   This should take care of any bacteria or viruses on your toothbrush.  This is especially good to do after you have been sick.  That way you are not reinfecting yourself.

3.  Cleaning Your Cutting Board

I love this idea.  I never feel like I get my cutting board clean enough.  I also really dislike using bleach, which is what I have been using to clean my cutting board.  Wash your cutting board as usual, dry, then pour peroxide over the cutting board to make sure any additional bacteria is cleaned off.  You can let it sit for a few minutes to make sure it is really clean.  I especially love it when I see the peroxide bubbling, because I know it's working.

4.  Cleaning Kitchen and Bathroom Counters

This is another way to sanitize your counters.  I think the easiest way to use this is just screw a sprayer onto your peroxide bottle and spray your counters with the peroxide, and then wipe off with a clean cloth.  You could also put the peroxide on a clean cloth and wipe everything down.  This is another great and easy way to clean and sanitize your counters.

5.  Alternative to Oxyclean in Your Laundry

I use this all of the time.  I originally read it on the blog One Good Thing by Jillee.  I mix 1/4 cup washing soda,  1/4 cup peroxide, and 1/2 cup hot water and add it to my laundry as a pre soak to get my whites whiter.  I love it.  I also use this same mixture in the sink to soak whites for longer periods of time.  I fill the sink with hot water, and add the washing soda and peroxide mixture to it.  I then add my whites and soak for several hours.  Peroxide looses it's potency when exposed to light so you can not mix this up ahead of time, just mix it up for each use.  Also, you don't need to let things soak in the sink longer then a couple of hours, because it stops working.

6.  Cleaning Your Earrings and Backs

Put peroxide in a small bowl and add your earrings and their backs.  Use a soft clean toothbrush to gently clean any debris from the the earrings and backs, put back in the peroxide and soak for a few more minutes.  I love this because it will not only clean your earrings and their backs, but it also sterilizes them.  Great when your holes are infected.  If you have an infection, make sure that you dry the earring first with a clean dry cloth, before putting the earring back in your ear.  The reason for the is that peroxide can damage cells that need to heal you don't want to use it on those cells.  You could put the earring in alcohol prior to inserting the earring into your ear to help disinfect your ear.  

7.  Lighten Blond Hair Naturally

You can mix a 50/50 solution of 3% peroxide and water and spray it on your hair after your shower.  Once sprayed in hair comb it through to evenly distribute it. It will gradually lighten your hair without the yellowing and the damage that store bought hair peroxides can cause.  I thought this was great.  I have read that you can use it on dirty blond and also light brown air without the problems that bleach causes also.  I would be very careful with trying it on light brown hair, but it may be worth a try.

7.  Cleaning Your Floors

Mix 1/2 cup peroxide with 1 gallon of water, mop as normal to sanitize your floors.  This is especially great for families with crawling babies.   I have not tried this on my wood floors, but I would certainly use this on tile or linoleum.  I use vinegar and water on my wood floors, here is the link to my Homemade floor cleaner.

8.  Cleaning Sponges

I love this idea.  Sponges are a great hiding place for bacteria, and this solution will take care of that.  Mix a 50/50 solution of 3% peroxide with water in a shallow bowl and put your sponge into the solution.  Make sure that the sponge is covered completely in the solution.  Soak for 10 minutes.  Then remove from solution, rinse, and let it dry completely before using again.

9.  Cleaning Mildew and Mold in Your Shower

Mix 1 part peroxide with 2 parts hot water and spray it on your shower tiles and grout.  It will sanitize and get rid of the mold and mildew in your shower.  Just rinse when done.

10.  Cleaning Mirrors

While you are cleaning your bathroom counters, you can also spray peroxide on your mirrors to clean them.  Spray it on and wipe off with a soft cloth or a paper towel.  It cleans and leaves a streak free shine.

I hope that this is helpful for all of you.  I thinks it's great that you can use a simple household product like peroxide to clean so many things in your house naturally.  I always love hearing from you.

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  1. Love all these ideas! I have a friend that brushes with hydrogen peroxide. Have you seen anything about that?

  2. I love all natural anything, and never thought of using it for half of those things, so thank you for sharing.

    I have been using peroxide instead of bleach for YEARS..... now I know to use it for so many other thigns as well. Love it :)

    Glad I stopped by today!

    Have a wonderful day, and stop by anytime to say hello if you can.

    P.s. After coming back from an extended blogging break, I've started a 40 day challenge to get HEALTHY by my birthday. If you get a chance to check it out, I could sure use the support!
    Hugs, Bella :)
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