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The Magic of H2O2

Did you know hydrogen peroxide can do this?

If you’re like most folks, you probably have a brown bottle of hydrogen peroxide sitting in your medicine cabinet. Most often used for disinfecting cuts and scrapes, hydrogen peroxide comes in a variety of potencies and has all sorts of uses. Three percent hydrogen peroxide can be purchased at stores and is used around the house and for antiseptic use. More concentrated forms are used to bleach hair (6 to 10 percent) or for industrial use (90 percent).
Wondering how to put that brown bottle to use around your house? Wonder no more.

Bleach and Freshen

Have laundry with deodorant stains, blood stains, or mildew smell? Hydrogen peroxide can do the trick. Let a bloodstained item soak in hydrogen peroxide and rinse with cold water. For armpit stain, apply a mixture of two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish detergent for an hour and then wash in cold water. Add half a cup of hydrogen peroxide to your load of towels to eliminate mildew smells.

Whiten and Brighten

Whether it’s your clothes, teeth, tile grout, or fingernails, hydrogen peroxide can be used as a whitening agent. Make a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts baking soda. Rub the mixture on your teeth, grout, or nails and let sit for several minutes before rinsing off. You may need to scrub the grout to help remove stains. Whiten and brighten your white clothes by adding half a cup of hydrogen peroxide to your load of laundry.

Clean and Disinfect

There’s no need to use harsh chemicals to clean and disinfect your home when hydrogen peroxide can get the job done just fine. The anti-bacterial properties of hydrogen peroxide can be used to clean your kitchen counters, appliances, bathroom fixtures, walls, and floors. Just spray and wipe with a cloth or paper towel. When the liquid fizzes, you know it’s working to kill mold and bacteria.

You can also clean your windows and mirrors with H2O2. An added perk is that when you spray windows with hydrogen peroxide and wipe them with a paper towel, you leave behind no streaks!

And since it’s non-toxic, hydrogen peroxide is a safe and cheap way to clean your kids’ toys.

Swish and Gargle

Want to freshen your breath but are skeptical about the ingredients in your mouthwash? Hydrogen peroxide is a safe way to kill germs in your mouth with the added benefit of whitening your teeth at the same time. Dilute the liquid with equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water, then swish and gargle in your mouth for a minute. Just be careful! Hydrogen peroxide can be dangerous if swallowed, so make sure you spit it all out and then rinse your mouth with water afterward. Call poison control if someone ingests the liquid.

Some people also use hydrogen peroxide to speed the healing of gingivitis, canker sores, or cold sores. When applied to irritated areas, it works to remove dead skin cells.

H2O2 can also be used to clean and disinfect your toothbrush, retainer, or mouth guard. Again—be sure to rinse these items off with water before putting back in your mouth.

Plants and Pest Control

How does your garden grow? Many gardeners use hydrogen peroxide as their secret weapon against unwanted pests, fungus, root rot, and infection. With the extra oxygen at their roots, plants are able to soak up more nutrients.
To ward off pests, spray a solution of one cup of water and one teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide onto the plants. When fungus is present, increase the amount of H2O2 to one tablespoon.