Hydrogen peroxide can be found at just about any grocery store for only a few dollars, and there are so many smart uses for this fizzy oxidizer. What actually is hydrogen peroxide? It's the simplest peroxide, a compound with an oxygen-oxygen bond, and it helps reduce oxidization. You can find hydrogen peroxide in fresh fruit and vegetables and in the body's immune system. But the commercial concoction that you can pick up at the store is a serious powerhouse around the home — and in a few other ways that might surprise you.
- Clean wounds: Most of us know to reach for hydrogen peroxide when we see blood to help clean wounds. This home remedy really works by helping to stop capillary bleeding and safely disinfecting the cut.
- Dissolve ear wax: When ears are feeling a bit plugged, safely clear them up by adding a few drops of olive oil to the ear canal followed with a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Let sit and then tilt head and allow to release.
- Deskunk your pup: The next time your dog gets in a tussle with a skunk, mix together one-quart hydrogen peroxide, one-teaspoon liquid dish detergent, and two quarts warm water in a big bucket. Use for soaping up your dog and then rinse with water.
- Clean cutting board: Spritz your cutting board with hydrogen peroxide and let it sit for several minutes before wiping clean. And it's safe to use on plastic or wood boards.
- Naturally highlight hair: Hydrogen peroxide has been an ingredient of lightening hair dyes for years. Instead of paying extra bucks for the box stuff, use an old toothbrush to gently brush hydrogen peroxide onto hair to create highlights, let sit for a few minutes, and then wash and rinse hair. Always do a spot-test before using.
- Spray on plants to clear fungus: If your plants have dotted leaves, white spots at the base, or powdery-looking leaves, they may be suffering from a fungus. Gently spray plants with a tablespoon of water mixed with two cups warm water daily until signs of the fungus have disappeared.
Keep reading for more smart uses for hydrogen peroxide.
- Naturally whiten teeth: Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to create a paste and use for brushing teeth, which whitens teeth naturally and safely.
- Remove bloodstains: Hydrogen peroxide gently removes bloodstains from fabrics. Simply pour a small amount on stained areas, let sit, and then wash. Do a small test before using on delicate or colored materials.
- Clean fresh fruits and vegetables: Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water in a spray bottle and use for spritzing fresh fruits and veggies to remove any residual chemicals or dirt. Rinse and you're ready for delicious eats.
- Brighten dingy white shirts: If your white shirts aren't as white as they used to be or have unsightly underarm stains, mix together two parts hydrogen peroxide with one part dish-washing liquid and soak the shirt or dingy area for an hour before washing.
- Bust mold: Apply hydrogen peroxide directly to mold in kitchens or bathrooms to help clean the area. Or mix together your own homemade cleaning solution for keeping mold away.
- Detox bath: When you're extra stressed or need to detox, add two quarts of hydrogen peroxide to a hot bath to sooth and remove built-up toxins from the body.
- Clean baked-on pans: Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide with baking soda to create a paste to use for scrubbing away the mess. Let sit, scrub, and then rinse.
- Freshen toilet bowl: Pour one quart of hydrogen peroxide in your toilet bowl and let sit for an hour. Flush for a fresh and clean toilet bowl.
What else do you use hydrogen peroxide for?