Water is H2O. Hydrogen Peroxide is H2O2. That extra molecule of oxygen makes it a powerful oxidizing agent. The liquid is unstable and will decompose into oxygen and water over time. It has a great many uses in industry as well as in medicine. The hydrogen peroxide you can buy at your local pharmacy is very dilute, about 3% to 9%, with a 6% solution being the norm. Even then, it is powerful enough to cause a tingling sensation. Stronger solutions can cause skin blisters and, if consumed, can be lethal since concentrated hydrogen peroxide is classified as a hazardous substance.
Hydrogen peroxide has many uses in industry, such as bleaching and deodorizing textiles and paper pulp, rocket fuel, and in the manufacture of foam rubber and glycerol, electroplating, and more. Medical and domestic uses commonly cover bleaching and disinfection since peroxide is a strong oxidizing agent and destroys pathogens. These are but a few common uses. Read on to learn more about the different uses of hydrogen peroxide.
Remove Carpet Stains Easily Using Hydrogen Peroxide
If you like light-colored carpets, you know they’re prone to stains, especially if you have pets and kids. Removing a stain from the carpet requires care; otherwise, the use of strong cleaning agents can leave an indelible mark. Use hydrogen peroxide to remove different kinds of carpet stains the easy way.
Make sure to use 6% to 9% hydrogen peroxide solution. Fill a bottle with five ounces of hydrogen peroxide and an ounce of dishwashing soap. Shake the bottle thoroughly and let the solution sit for a few minutes. Take a sponge or a rag, soak it with this solution and dab it onto the stain, wetting the area thoroughly. Next, spray the solution and keep blotting, alternating actions until the stain vanishes.
Hydrogen Peroxide Gently Cleans Ears and Removes Wax
It is never advisable to use Q-Tips or cotton balls to remove wax. You will only push the wax deeper inside and perhaps cause damage to the eardrums. This applies whether you do it for your kid or your pet. Instead, use hydrogen peroxide.
Dilute the hydrogen peroxide solution and use an eyedropper to suck up some liquid. Tilt the head to one side and put in a few drops inside the ear. Maintain the tilted head position for 30 seconds. Tilt the head down over the kitchen sink to let the fluid run out. Use cotton balls to soak up the remaining liquid. Repeat for the other ear.
Beauty Tools Stay Clean and Look As Good As New With H2O2
Isopropyl alcohol or other solvents can clean the brushes and sponges in your makeup kit, but they cost a lot. Hydrogen peroxide is cheaper and far more effective in removing organic stuff from the bristles of brushes and sponges.
Dilute hydrogen peroxide with an equal quantity of water and soak brushes in this solution for 10 minutes. Swirl and dab the brushes inside the solution and rinse with clean water. Your brushes stay clean, soft, and look as good as new.
Pit Stains Gone in a Jiffy with Hydrogen Peroxide
T-shirts and white undergarments are prone to developing yellow sweat stains and such clothes can look unattractive. You will note that no amount of detergent cleaning can get rid of yellow sweat stains. However, magical hydrogen peroxide comes to your rescue.
Use a stronger solution of hydroxide directly on the stained parts. Dab using a brush and make sure you are using gloves. Let the clothes remain soaked with hydrogen peroxide for some time and then rinse. You can also use hydrogen peroxide in your washing machine to whiten white clothes.
Pots and Pans Look Spic and Span
Pots and pans acquire a grimy look after prolonged use. Normal dishwashers cannot remove these deposits, and the only alternative is to scrape them with a wire brush. However, there is an easier way using hydrogen peroxide.
Put 4-5 teaspoons of sodium bicarbonate (baking soda) in the pan. Add hydrogen peroxide, stir, and put the pan on high heat. Remove when the solution starts to bubble and let it sit for 10 minutes. Scrub hard. Empty the pan and rinse. All the gunk and grime is gone.
Removing Flaky, Dry Skin from the Soles of Your Feet
Cracked heels and soles need not bother you. You do not even have to spend a fortune on expensive creams. Just use this home remedy involving hydrogen peroxide to turn the soles of your feet baby soft.
Warm enough water to fill half a basin wide enough to accommodate both your feet. Pour this warm water into the basin, add two cups of hydrogen peroxide, and stir. Now, put both feet inside for 30 minutes. Scrub with a pumice stone. Pat dry. Apply moisturizing cream and put on socks. Repeat every day until cracks disappear.
Clean Fruits and Vegetables with Ease with Hydrogen Peroxide
It is essential to clean fruits and vegetables thoroughly, but a water rinse is of little use to kill pathogens and bacteria as well as bugs hiding in the cuts and crevices. Instead of water, use a solution of hydrogen peroxide and water. It is far more effective.
Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water and pour into a spray bottle. Shake. Spray fruits and vegetables thoroughly and let them sit for a few minutes. Rinse with water for germ-free food.
Whiten Clothes to Make Them Look Like New
You have seen how hydrogen peroxide can remove ugly yellow sweat stains. You can also use hydrogen peroxide as bleach for your white clothes, towels, and bed linen to make them look new.
Select a hot water cycle for the washing machine, add two cups of hydrogen peroxide, add clothes and start the wash cycle. Hydrogen peroxide bleaches white fabrics and will also remove any organic materials, rendering the fabrics white and free of odor.
Clean Tubs to Make Them Look Like New
Water contains salts that can leave deposits on the sides of bathtubs over time. Soap can also cause scaling, diminishing the good looks of the tub and making it appear stained. Hydrogen peroxide is your go-to cleaning solution for such issues.
Dilute hydrogen peroxide with water and fill a spray bottle. Spray the tub and use a brush to rub the sprayed areas. Let sit for a few minutes and wipe clean. More stubborn materials can be removed by using a stronger solution of hydrogen peroxide.
Teeth and Retainers Stay Clean and Germ-free
Toothpaste and toothbrushes or even chlorhexidine can do only so much to keep your teeth and retainers clean and germ-free. Hydrogen peroxide is a safer alternative, especially for retainers and dentures.
Dilute hydrogen peroxide with an equal amount of water and soak your retainers in the solution for about 30 minutes. The solution will froth as the hydrogen peroxide reacts to the organic material and bacteria coating the retainers. Rinse the retainers—they will look sparkling clean.
Canker Sores Heal Faster with Hydrogen Peroxide
Canker sores can feel quite uncomfortable and are difficult to treat. Such sores can be triggered by eating some types of foods. You can heal canker sores faster with hydrogen peroxide and recover quickly.
Mix equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide and use a cotton swab dipped in the solution to apply to the area around the sore. Do this three times a day until the sore heals. Alternatively, swish the solution around in your mouth a couple of times but don’t swallow it. Gargle with water afterward.
Whiten Your Teeth and Keep Them Sparkling White
Teeth may yellow and discolor due to food, smoking, drinking coffee, and neglect. You can use any number of expensive teeth-whitening agents or even go to a dentist, but one quick, easy, and cheap way to whiten your teeth is to use hydrogen peroxide.
Take a spoonful of baking soda. Add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide to make a thick paste. Now, dip your toothbrush into the paste and rub it across the teeth gently. Try to avoid getting the paste on your gums. Brush gently for a couple of minutes. Do this twice a week for a brilliant, sparkling smile.
Whiten Discolored Nails the Easy Way with Peroxide
Nails might darken and discolor due to several reasons. You can ensure that your nails stay clean, free of fungus, and healthy by using hydrogen peroxide. Do it at home, save a ton of money, and get healthy nails in the bargain.
Use 6% hydrogen peroxide (available from pharmacies). Soak a cotton swab and fit it over your nail. Do this for all nails. Keep the cotton swab in place for 30 minutes, wetting it if it dries out. Rinse. Your nails will brighten up and the bonus is that peroxide kills bacteria and fungus under the nails.
Add Highlights to Your Hair at Home
We admit that highlights can add to beauty and glamour. People can get their hair highlights done at a salon or save money by doing it at home using nothing but plain old hydrogen peroxide.
There are several ways to add highlights to your hair using hydrogen peroxide. One way is to fill a spray bottle, hold out strands of hair and wet them down with hydrogen peroxide. You can also use a brush. Repeat the process until you achieve the desired lightness. Add hair color for added effect if you like.
Keeping Glass Spotless with Peroxide
Unless you use a proprietary glass cleaner, you’ll find that no matter how hard you try, there will always be streaks or spots on the glass. The trick is to use hydrogen peroxide to keep the glass clean and clear.
Mix hydrogen peroxide and water (use distilled water for better effect) in equal quantities and fill a spray bottle. Spray on the glass and rub with tissue paper, microfiber cloth, or just plain balled-up newspaper. The glass will be sparkling clean, free of streaks and spots.
Kill Mold and Fungus the Environmentally Friendly Way
Chemicals that remove mold and fungus can also be a health hazard to you, your kids, pets, and the environment. Use hydrogen peroxide that leaves no traces and yet kills molds, fungi, and bacteria.
Use a stronger solution of hydrogen peroxide. Fill a spray bottle and spray the solution onto the mold. Let it sit for 15 minutes. Scrub off with mild soap solution and then with plain water. If it is black mold, you might have to repeat the process a couple of times.
Empowering Dishwashers to be More Effective with Peroxide
Dishwasher solutions are powerful and so is the machine, but you can empower it still more by the simple use of hydrogen peroxide. Dishwashers often contain chemicals that are harmful to the environment. Use peroxide and plain soap solution to reduce the impact on the environment.
Pour half a cup of 3%-6% hydrogen peroxide into the bottom of the dishwasher machine, load it with dishes, add some soap, and also baking soda if you like. Run the machine. Your dishes will look sparkling and bright and be clean of all grime and bacteria.
Keep Humidifiers Hygienic with Peroxide
Filters and containers in humidifiers can become breeding grounds for bacteria and spread these through the air. Just use hydrogen peroxide to keep humidifiers clean, sanitized, and hygienic.
Pour a capful of hydrogen peroxide into the humidifier’s water container. The peroxide will kill all fungi, mold, and bacteria. You also can use peroxide to clean all parts of the humidifier to ensure germ-free air.
Don’t Be Bugged by Bugs Any More
Gardens and the outdoors would be paradise were it not for bugs. You can use creams and sprays to repel these tiny monsters, but you are also likely to repel your better half while covering your skin with harmful chemicals. Use peroxide instead.
The solution to keeping bugs away is plain as the nose on anyone’s face. Just mix hydrogen peroxide and water in equal parts, fill a spray bottle and spray on exposed parts of your body. The bugs will respect you and maintain distance. Hydrogen peroxide also kills insect eggs and larvae.
Smooth Away the Blemish
DIY beauty care blogs and sites have plenty of advice on home remedies to smooth skin blemishes and acne scars. Some work, some do not. However, there is one surefire solution you should try to remove dark spots, acne scars, and blemishes.
It is very easy. Just wet a cotton swab with diluted hydrogen peroxide and dab it on the blemishes. Do this for five minutes and then rinse with plain water. Another way is to make a paste of baking soda, turmeric, and hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of glycerin added and then apply this paste to your entire face. Wash after five minutes. Your skin will glow.
The Most Trusted Rust-Removing Agent
People resort to using acid or soda to remove rust—and both are harmful. There should be a better way to clean up rust, especially from small objects like nuts and bolts.
Fill a plastic container with hydrogen peroxide. Drop in the rusted screws, nuts, and bolts. Stir. Let them rest in the peroxide for an hour or so. Give the container a vigorous shake and then pour out the water. Use a wire brush to lightly scrub the screws, and they will look bright and shiny.
Banish Bad Breath and Keep Mouth Fresh
Bad breath can be due to any number of causes such as decaying food particles, decaying teeth, bacterial infection, or even stomach-related issues. Chewing gum helps to mask some of the bad breath, but there is a more effective way to banish it.
While you’ll need a dentist for a long-term solution, there’s something you can do to alleviate toothache at home.
Dilute hydrogen peroxide with water and swish it around your mouth for a couple of minutes, focusing on swishing around the affected area. Alternatively, wet a cotton swab with peroxide and put it over the painful area. Peroxide kills bacteria and also whitens teeth.
A Fine Deodorant to Remove Underarm Odors
Aluminum in commercially available underarm deodorant can cause long-term damage. While more expensive organic deodorants exist to remove the odor caused by bacteria that thrive in sweaty regions, there is also another natural, better deodorant using peroxide.
Pour two parts of hydrogen peroxide and one part water into a spray bottle and shake. Spray contents under your arms and dust with baking soda. Bacteria will not flourish, and your underarms will remain odor-free.
Kitchen Sponges Stay Clean and Bacteria-free with Peroxide
Kitchen sponges are indispensable but can become a hotbed for bacteria. There is a simple, effective, and toxin-free way to keep your sponges clean and fully sanitized.
Use 6% hydrogen peroxide straight or diluted with a little water. Wet a cotton swab and wipe all the toys thoroughly or spray peroxide onto them. Rinse after 10 minutes. The toys will be free of pathogens and your child is safe even if they lick the toy.
Clean Lunch Pails with Peroxide to Keep Them Free of Germs
Lunchboxes can be breeding grounds for bacteria and such bacteria can hide in hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. How do you ensure that the pail stays free of germs and your child is protected against infections through food?
Using chemicals is a no-no since chemicals have a way of getting into food. You cannot put the lunch pails in the oven since that would affect the paint or the plastic. The easiest and the best way is to use 6% hydrogen peroxide to spray everywhere, inside and outside the pail, even into corners and hinges, and then let them stay that way for a while. Rinse. Your pail is now bacteria-free.
A Handy Disinfectant for Cuts and Wounds
Cuts, minor bruises, and scratches can allow bacteria to grow and cause suppuration. There are regular disinfectants like alcohol, Dettol, and povidone-iodine but there is also a better and just as effective disinfectant that does not smell or stain clothes.
Hydrogen peroxide is a safe and quite effective disinfectant as well as a cleaning agent. Place some hydrogen peroxide solution in an eyedropper or use a teaspoon to dribble peroxide onto the wound and wipe gently with a swab. When all the dirt is removed, you can dust the area with an antibacterial agent like Neosporin, put a bit of cotton over it, and bandage the area. Please note that this should not be done on deeper wounds or serious injuries—seek hospital help.
A Simple Way to Keep Toilet Bowls Sparkling White
It is difficult to keep toilet bowls sparkling white without harsh chemicals like bleaching powder or acids. There is a better, more natural, and safer way to keep them white with minimal effort.
Pour around two cups of stronger hydrogen peroxide into the bowl. Soak a sponge and wet the sides of the toilet, too. After 30 minutes, use a brush and peroxide to clean the toilet. It will turn sparkling white, and all germs will be gone.
Plants Simply Love it and Will Grow Faster
Intrepid home gardeners will try several tricks in the book to keep plants healthy, free of pests, and to help them grow fast. Here is yet another method to help plants grow faster and healthier with peroxide.
Prepare a very diluted solution by adding one teaspoon of 6% hydrogen peroxide to one cup of water and then fill a spray bottle with it. Mist your plants with this solution. The plants receive extra oxygen and grow fast. You can also add a bit to the soil but do not overdo either—your plant could die.
Smelly Shoes Are a Thing of the Past
Shoes that are worn for eight hours a day, day in and day out will likely start to smell due to the buildup of bacteria inside. You could toss the shoes (just kidding!), but there is a better way to keep them free of bacteria and odors.
It’s a simple enough matter to put hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and spray the shoes, inside and out. Wet a rag with the peroxide and rub it inside the shoe, and then dust with baking soda. Let shoes dry overnight. Combining tea tree oil with peroxide will leave the shoes with a pleasant smell.
Drat! How do I Remove These Blood Stains?
Your clothes—or your kids’ clothes—can get bloodstained due to any number of reasons such as falls, bruises, and accidents. Blood is difficult to remove once it has dried, and your clothes will be stained forever. Except that there is a solution to clear away bloodstains.
Take a stronger solution of hydrogen peroxide and wet the blood-stained areas of the fabric and let it sit for some minutes. Wet again and use a brush on the stained areas. Repeat this process until stains clear away. Wash in a washing machine with some peroxide added to further brighten the fabric.
A Refresher Course for Towels in Your Home
Towels are soft and look bright when new, but the fabric loses texture and can become faded after usage, especially if you don’t wash the towels often. Bacteria buildup can cause odors and affect the texture too, with towels becoming stiffer. Use this tip as a refresher for your towels.
Mix half a cup of peroxide with half a cup of vinegar and soak towels in this solution before you wash them in the washing machine. Don’t forget to add peroxide to the wash, too. Peroxide will break down all organic matter, kill bacteria, and give towels a new life.
…And the Prize for the Best Air Purifier Goes to…
You can use vaporizers, incense sticks, electronic negative ionizers, or sprays to purify the air in your home but with limited success. Here is a surefire way to ensure the air inside is free of germs and bacteria, something that becomes especially important during winter when the doors and windows are typically closed.
Take a humidifier or essential oil diffuser and fill it three-quarters of the way with water, then top this off with hydrogen peroxide and a few drops of essential oil fragrance. Switch it on. The diffused hydrogen peroxide kills germs in the air and keeps it pure and clean.
Ear Infections Resolved Easily with Peroxide
Mild ear infections can be annoying. They can also lead to more serious issues unless treated. Those affected can go to a doctor or try this home remedy to attack ear infections.
Soak a swab of cotton in hydrogen peroxide and squeeze it inside the ear canal. Froth will come out of the ear due to the action of the peroxide on organic materials. After 2-3 minutes, drain the peroxide from the ear and give it a water rinse.
Detox-Oxygenating Spa Bath Treatment Right at Home
Pamper yourself to boost the feel-good factor. A warm, relaxing bath is a good starting point. It becomes even better when you use hydrogen peroxide.
Fill the bathtub with water, as usual, add two cups of hydrogen peroxide and mix it well. Now get into the bath and stay there for 20 minutes. Peroxide kills germs, lightly bleaches the skin, removes dead skin cells, and kills yeast and lice. Shower with plain water afterward.
Clear Away Excess Grout
It is a challenge to remove excess grout from tiles. You could use expensive store-bought solutions but there is an easier and less expensive way to clear it away.
Take some baking soda and add hydrogen peroxide to make a loose paste. Apply to the areas of tiles covered with grout to be removed. Let it rest for about half an hour. Next, take an old toothbrush and scrub to remove the grout. You can also use this method from time to time to keep grout lines clean and free from bacteria.
Remove Nail Fungus and Restore Nails to Pristine Condition
Nails on your toes are vulnerable to infection by the fungus. This can cause discoloration and fungus can also affect the growth of nails. There is an easy way to get rid of nail fungus, especially fungus under the nails of your toes using peroxide.
Take a basin or bucket in which you can immerse both feet with comfort. Fill it with warm water and add a cup of hydrogen peroxide. Soak your feet in the water for 30 minutes and rinse. Repeat this treatment until the fungus clears up.
Keeping Kitchenware Sanitized is Easy with Peroxide
Appliances in the kitchen such as knives, chopping boards, scrapers, and grinders run the risk of being contaminated with bacteria that can get into food and cause problems. Follow this simple process to keep your kitchenware fully sanitized and hygienic.
Mix one part of hydrogen peroxide in three parts of warm water and put it into a spray bottle. Spray all kitchenware and wash it after 10 minutes. Hydrogen peroxide removes all food particles and kills bacteria, too.
Keep White Curtains Brilliantly White with Peroxide
There’s nothing like white curtains to impart a bright, airy, and spacious look to interiors but that’s only so long as the curtains stay white. Oxidation and dust can result in the yellowing of the white curtains. Strong bleaches are not advisable because weaken the fabric. There is a better option to keep white curtains brilliantly white.
The simple way to keep white curtains white is to put a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the washing machine when washing the curtains. Peroxide is a natural, soft working bleach, and you will be amazed how new the curtains look.
Shower Curtains Look as Good as New with Peroxide
Even plastic curtains, which are supposedly easy to clean, can accumulate grime and mold, especially at the bottom. How do you restore plastic shower curtains to their original glory? The answer is simple: Use hydrogen peroxide.
Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water and pour into a spray bottle. Spray the shower curtains with this solution and wipe with a sponge, or just let the peroxide solution cover the curtain.
Sanitize Grocery Bags with Hydrogen Peroxide
All those who use reusable grocery bags must be lauded for their effort to contribute to a better environment. However, bags do tend to collect dirt and breed bacteria that can get into the food. Washing with soap and water is not enough.
Wash the bags the usual way in the washing machine. However, before you hang the bags to dry, put them in a pail and pour in a cup of a solution made up of equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide. Hang to dry after 10 minutes.
Hygiene for the Fridge – Peroxide Keeps it Free of Bacteria
The fridge is vital for any home, but few people take the trouble to maintain the interior in a hygienic state. Washing or cleaning with soap is not enough. Bacteria and mold can thrive inside the fridge for which you need to give it a special treatment.
It is certainly not advisable to use sanitizing chemicals like Dettol or Savlon to sanitize your fridge. The better option is hydrogen peroxide. Mix equal parts of water and peroxide and spray inside the fridge and then wipe with a sponge or a piece of cloth.
The Ideal Remedy for Corns and Calluses
Corns and calluses can annoy you and also cause pain. Medication may not prove to be quite as effective as you expect. Creams are expensive too. You can resolve the issue by using peroxide to soften corns and calluses.
Take a pail or a container large enough in which you can put both feet. Pour warm water inside, just enough to cover your feet up to the ankles. Add a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide to this water and soak your feet for 20 minutes. Do this every day and feel the difference in a month or sooner.
Kitchen Sinks Stay Sparkling White and Clean
Kitchen sinks handle a fair amount of abuse since people tend to use them to clean greasy dishes. Traditional cleaners contain harmful chemicals that are best avoided. There is a better way to clean kitchen sinks and maintain hygiene.
First, use baking soda and a sponge. Wet the sponge, dip into baking soda, and scrub the sink. Next, make a paste with baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and apply it all over the sink. Let it sit in place for half an hour. Brush and rinse the sink with water. It will look sparkling clean, plus, the peroxide will destroy bacteria, insects, and fungi.
Reduce Inflammation and Infection in Gums
Inflamed gums are the first sign of gingivitis that can lead to periodontal disease. It is best to visit a dentist but, in the meantime, how to reduce gum pain and inflammation? With this simple home remedy.
Mix two parts of water with one part 3% hydrogen peroxide solution. Swish this solution around your gums, spit it out, repeat 4-5 times. Another option is to add salt to warm water and use it the same way, but peroxide is more effective. Gum pain and inflammation should reduce once you do this.
Peroxide the Barnacles of Aging and Watch Them Vanish
People in their 50s and 60s may see small wart-like growths appear on the skin around the neck, chest, back, and face. This wart-like growth, or barnacles of aging, or Seborrheic Keratosis to use a technical term, is harmless but it can mar the looks. Remove them the easy way with peroxide.
Take a spoonful of baking soda, add hydrogen peroxide to make a paste, and then add a drop or two of glycerin. Apply this on the “wart” and let it stay in place for an hour. Wash with water. Do this every day. You should see a difference within a month.
Garbage Cans Stay Fresh and Like New
You might wonder how it is possible to keep garbage cans fresh and free from the foul odor. Even if you regularly clean the cans with soap and water, it is difficult to eliminate the odor. Don’t worry, peroxide provides a simple fix.
Wash the garbage cans with soap and water. Next, fill a spray bottle with hydrogen peroxide and water in equal parts, and spray the solution inside and out. There’s no need to wash or wipe the can. It will look newer and, importantly, there will be no foul odor.
Restore Porcelain to Pristine Glory
There is plenty of porcelain inside your house. You might have porcelain bathtubs, sinks, and tiles, all of which could do with a bit of easy restoration work. You will be surprised at the like-new look of your porcelain.
First, make a paste with baking soda and water and give the toilet, tub, fittings, fixtures, and tiles a good scrub. Next, put hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle, spray it all over the scrubbed areas, and let it rest for a while. Clean with water. You will find your porcelain looks new.
Removing Soap Scum is Easy with Peroxide
Your bathroom—particularly the shower area—will accumulate soap scum over time. It’s difficult to remove with a brush. You will need to scrub hard or even scrape it. There is an easier way to do it.
Take one cup of baking soda and mix it with one cup of vinegar. Add a couple of spoons of hydrogen peroxide to this mix and use it quickly. Apply this to all the areas with soap scum and brush hard. Use gloves to protect your skin. Rinse the brushed areas.
Seeds Will Germinate Faster with Peroxide
Avid gardeners will love this little trick to make seeds germinate faster. Tiny seeds and seeds with hard shells respond well to this treatment. You will not have to wait for a week for the seeds to germinate.
Take half a cup of water and add a few drops of hydrogen peroxide. Put in the seeds and let them soak for 20 minutes or so. Seeds can be soaked longer if they are bigger and have harder outer skins. The peroxide will soften the seed coat and water will penetrate inside much faster, leading to quicker germination.
Keep Pond Water Crystal Clear and Clean
Gardening enthusiasts, people who love ponds with fish or even plain water ponds with water plants will like this little tip to keep the water crystal clear and clean, free of algae and dirt. Hydrogen peroxide can work wonders.
The way to keep water in the pond crystal clear and clean is to use hydrogen peroxide. How much to use depends on the amount of water in the pond. A general rule of thumb is to use one cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide for every 90 gallons of water. If there are fish in the pond, use a small amount of peroxide. Peroxide helps to clear up algae and scum.
Removing Mold from Plants the Easy, Environmentally Friendly Way
Fungi and pests can kill the joy of gardening by harming your plants. You might notice that plants can be infected with mold that appears like a white powdery coating. Instead of using a harmful pesticide, try using hydrogen peroxide.
Add four spoons of hydrogen peroxide to about two cups of water and pour into a spray bottle. Now spray the stalks, and the plant leaves on the top and bottom and let it stay in place for some time. Then, spray with plain water to rinse. Repeat this treatment until the infection clears up.
Making Pets Throw Up When They Eat Things They Should Not
Pets like dogs and cats might eat stuff they’re not supposed to. How do you get them to vomit? There is a simple way to do it using hydrogen peroxide.
Weigh your pet first to determine the dose of hydrogen peroxide. Now, take 3% hydrogen and use one ml for every pound your pet weighs. Add this to a cup of water and use a syringe or a turkey baster to administer the solution. This is a risky method, of course: The better way is to take your pet to a vet.
Keeping Contact Lenses Crystal Clear and Free of Pathogens
It is important to keep contact lenses not only crystal clear but also free of pathogens to avoid eye infections. The best way is to use a recommended cleanser, but hydrogen peroxide works well by removing proteins stuck to the lens.
Add a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a quarter cup of water and soak the contact lenses in this solution for an hour, then rinse with water to remove all traces of peroxide. Thereafter, use the recommended contact lens cleaning solution.
Portable Coolers Stay Clean and Fresh with Peroxide
If you love to go camping or on a picnic, surely you have a cooler or minifridge to carry food and beverages. You’ll need to keep the cooler clean so mold and fungus don’t grow and contaminate the food. Hydrogen peroxide is an ideal solution to keep them clean and free of germs.
Mix a solution of equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water. Fill a spray bottle and spray the solution everywhere—inside and outside the cooler. Let it stay that way for a while. You can then rinse with water and dry the box before use or before storage.
Keeping Cat Litter Boxes Clean and Hygienic
You can change cat litter often but the tray itself needs a good cleaning to ensure that bacteria and viruses do not flourish and spread. You can keep the litter box clean and fully sanitized with hydrogen peroxide.
Remove and dispose of the litter safely. Next, wash the litter tray with soap and water. Finally, brush it all over, inside and out, with hydrogen peroxide. Pour in water up to a level of one inch and add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to this water. Let it stand and then drain water and let the tray dry.
Homemade Toothpaste for Sparkling Teeth and Oral Hygiene
Even the best toothpaste is not enough to keep your mouth free of germs to whiten your teeth or to remove the coating forming on your teeth and gums. Hydrogen peroxide is just the thing you need.
Take one spoonful of baking soda and add enough 3% hydrogen peroxide to make a smooth paste. Use this to brush your teeth. The hydrogen peroxide will clear up the gummy substance coating your teeth. It will also whiten your teeth while killing harmful odor-causing bacteria. Be careful not to brush your teeth for long—a minute or two is enough—and do not swallow the mixture.
Clean, Spot-Free Mattress with Peroxide
If not cleaned regularly and properly, and exposed to sunlight from time to time, your mattress is likely to become home to bacteria and mites. It will also stain. It is advisable to deep clean the mattress at least once every six months. Use hydrogen peroxide for an even better effect.
If there are stains on the mattress, prepare a solution of one part water and one part hydrogen peroxide. Brush this solution on the stains until they are gone. You can even brush the entire mattress with hydrogen peroxide to clean it and to kill germs. Use a hairdryer to dry out the mattress.
Give Metal that Perfect Antique Look
You can wait for ages for metal decorative pieces in your home to achieve that antique look. Or, you can use this simple method to confer that same look in just a few minutes using nothing but vinegar and hydrogen peroxide.
Clean the metal piece thoroughly using a wire brush. Next, apply vinegar to the metal and wait for a few minutes. Meanwhile, prepare a solution of four tablespoons of vinegar, two cups of hydrogen peroxide, and a tablespoon of table salt. Let the metal piece soak in the solution for half an hour or more until you see the desired effect.
No More Water Marks on Polished Granite Countertops
Polished granite countertops look wonderful but over the years, you’re likely to notice watermarks. They appear unseemly but can be removed with ease using this formula.
Make a paste using baking soda and hydrogen peroxide. Brush it over the watermarks and leave it in place for half an hour or longer depending on how deep the stain is. You may even leave it overnight and then wipe it off with a damp rag.
Remove Stains on Marble the Easy Way
Marble can be polished to a high degree, but it is also prone to stains and chips. You can easily remove stains from marble countertops or tiles using hydrogen peroxide. Use of acids or bleach is not advisable since these chemicals can corrode marble.
Mix 12% hydrogen peroxide with a few drops of ammonia. Wear goggles and gloves when you use this solution to spray the stained area. Let sit for a while, then rub with a damp towel. Repeat until the stain is removed. Clean with a water-soaked sponge immediately afterward.
Removing Skunk Stink is Now Easy
Skunks are notorious for the stink they leave behind when they spray your walls or anything else. Even humans and their pets have been sprayed with the abominable stench. The spray is unendurable but nothing you can’t remove with hydrogen peroxide.
Make a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide to six parts water and soak your clothing for an hour or so. Rinse with water and then give them a regular machine wash. If the skunk has sprayed doors or walls, you can scrub with a mixture of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and then wash with water. You can use the same mixture if the skunk spray has gotten on your body.
Keeping Lawn Furniture Spotless and Fresh Looking
You might have a nice lawn and plastic furniture like tables and chairs. This furniture will attract plenty of dust and dirt and acquire a begrimed look. It is easy to keep lawn furniture spotless and looking fresh with this simple home remedy.
Take a gallon of water and add a quarter of a cup of hydrogen peroxide, some dish soap, and borax (dissolve borax in hot water first). Fill a sprayer and spray the furniture, scrubbing it down after 15 minutes. Wash with plain water afterward.
An Effective Way to Get Rid of Skin Boils
Subcutaneous infections can lead to the formation of pus. The pus exerts pressure on nerve endings and causes pain. You must endure the pain and wait for the boil to burst. But why wait? Nip it in the bud using hydrogen peroxide.
Pour a cup of 3% hydrogen peroxide into your bath water in the tub and soak in it for 10 minutes. The peroxide will destroy bacteria and reduce the boils. In addition, new boils will not form. Alternatively, soak a cotton swab with peroxide and put it over the boil.
Sinus Infections Gone with Peroxide
Sinuses can become infected and cause congestion due to inflammation of the mucus inside. Get rid of the infection and your sinuses will clear up in no time at all. Try this hydrogen peroxide remedy but take care.
Put one teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide into a cup of non-chlorinated water and fill a syringe with it. Spray this solution inside your nose and then immediately rinse with normal water.
Remove Red Wine Stains from Fabric Using Peroxide
Accidents happen when you sit down to enjoy dinner with a glass of red wine. A few drops can spill while pouring wine from the bottle, or you could accidentally knock over the glass. Red wine stains are difficult to remove but with hydrogen peroxide, they’re easier to fix than you think.
Mix liquid detergent and hydrogen peroxide in equal quantities and then use a cloth dipped in this solution to dab the stained area. Continue until the stain goes away, then rinse the fabric, and give it the usual wash in the machine.
Collar Grime Ring Removed the Easy Way
The rim of your shirt’s collar is one area that is bound to become dirty, and it is not easy to remove this ring of grime. You might notice that the stain remains even after cleaning. Remove this the easy way with peroxide.
Mix equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water, and wet a rag with this solution. Dab it on the grimy area around the collar and let it stand for a while. Rinse with water. Your shirt’s collar will look clean and like new.
Hydrogen Peroxide for Hard-to-Remove Lipstick Stains
Lipstick can get on to your clothes due to any number of reasons which we won’t get into here. The important thing is to be able to remove them. If you use harsh chemicals or scrub too vigorously, the fabric will be affected. Follow this method to remove the lipstick stain.
Take a bowl of hot water, dip a rag into it and wipe the lipstick stain to remove as much of it as possible. For whatever stain remains, you can use diluted hydrogen peroxide. Dab the area with peroxide and let it sit for a while before rinsing the cloth with plain water.
Get Some Relief From the Common Cold
Colds are caused by viral infection for which there is no known medicine, but you can ameliorate the effects and suffer a little bit less until the infection passes. What many people do not know is that the infection usually starts in the ears. Bacteria or viruses can infect the wax and then spread to the sinus, causing cold symptoms.
Add a tablespoonful of hydrogen peroxide to half a cup of water and pour it into your ear while you lie on your side. Let it stay inside for a couple of minutes and then let the solution drain by turning your head the other way. This remedy is said to help since peroxide kills bacteria in the ear.
Obstinate, Caked-On Food in Pans Removed with Ease
Using the same pots and pans to cook food over time can leave an accumulation of caked-on food in certain areas despite your best efforts to clean. You will have to scrub hard to get rid of such deposits unless you opt for an easier way as we will show you.
The simple solution is to add hydrogen peroxide to two tablespoonfuls of baking soda to make a paste. Apply this paste all over the pan, especially in areas with hard caking. Let it sit for a while. Scrub vigorously and you should see all the caked-on particles coming off easily. Rinse with water.
Prep Table Linen for a Grand Dinner Party
If you are inviting people over for a grand dinner party, it is only proper that the table linens should look their best. You can buy new ones or rejuvenate older ones with hydrogen peroxide.
Mix equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide, dip a rag in the solution, and dab areas of the table linen that look yellowed or grimy. Do this for a while until the yellow stains go away. Then, soak the table linen in water and detergent to which you add a few spoonfuls of hydrogen peroxide. Wash as usual. Your linen will brighten up and add sparkle to the dinner.
Hydrogen Peroxide—Scourge of the Mites
Mites, chiggers, and bed bugs suck blood and leave behind itchy sores on the skin. They hide in crevices and are difficult to see. You can use pesticides, but they are bound to get into your system and harm you, too. There is an easier way to get rid of these pests.
Prepare a solution of equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water, fill a spray bottle, and spray everywhere on the bed and mattress and joints of the bed. Wipe after 10 minutes. Repeat this treatment periodically.
Transport Live Fish and Ensure They Stay Alive
If you are moving and need to take your lovely, colorful fish along with you, you’ll want to ensure they stay alive during the journey. Fish need plenty of oxygen in water, but you may be using a small container, and that can cause problems. Overcome the oxygen problem this way.
Before you move the fish from the aquarium to a jar, first go to the fish pet store and buy special tablets that dissolve in water and release oxygen. Throw a couple of these tablets into the jar in which you will transport your fish. They will like the extra oxygen.
Obnoxious Weeds Have it Coming
Those who love gardening know just how obnoxious weeds can be and how hard it is to remove them for good. You can put in hard work every day to keep your garden clear of weeds or let the weeds have a good dose of hydrogen peroxide.
Fill a spray bottle with 3% hydrogen peroxide and spray on the obnoxious weed. In just half an hour, they will wilt and die. Be careful not to spray the other plants with this strong stuff.
Tender Loving Care for Your Tiles
Spotlessly clean tiles do look good and enhance the décor. However, dirt can get into the grout and mar the appearance. Give some tender loving care this way and restore tiles to their original sparkling looks.
Mix equal parts of water and hydrogen peroxide, and then add flour until you have a pouring consistency. Pour it all over the tiles and cover it up with plastic film. Let it rest overnight. Scrape the flour away the next morning and clean it with water. Looks marvelous, doesn’t it?
Your Feet and Shower Sandals Could Do with a Bit of Peroxide
It is no easy task to keep shower stalls clean and sparkling. You might be used to wearing sandals in the shower, but they will also accumulate dirt over time. Use hydrogen peroxide to clean them and protect your feet.
Take a basin and pour in just enough water to cover the sandals. Add half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and mix thoroughly. Soak the sandals for an hour in this solution and then scrub. They will look clean and bright. They will also be free of germs.
Keep Washing Machines Free of Mold, Mildew, and Bacteria
Mold, mildew, and bacteria love warm, humid places. Your washing machine provides an ideal atmosphere for these to flourish and, before you know it, there is an odor emanating from the machine. It is time to take action.
Add two cups of hydrogen peroxide to the washer and pour in hot water. Give it a spin and then let it rest. You can also use this solution to wipe the interior and exterior of the machine. No more mold, mildew, or bacteria!
Keep Clothes and Towels Free of Molds and Odor
If you store clothes in a closet for a long time, mold will likely take hold and cause an odor that is difficult to get rid of simply by washing with detergent. This is where hydrogen peroxide steps in to make your clothes and towels smell fresh and look good.
Put the towels and clothes in the washing machine and add some vinegar and hydrogen peroxide to the water. Give the clothes a spin in the machine and rinse with water. Caution: Hydrogen peroxide is a bleaching agent, so do not do this with dark-colored clothes.
Up the Ante Against Bacteria in Your Mouth with HP Waterpik Flossing
Waterpik flossing is a far better way to clear away debris from between the teeth compared to using string. You can make it work even better with the use of peroxide.
Add a couple of teaspoons of hydrogen peroxide to the water in the canister attached to the Waterpik. Use as usual. You might notice a slight frothing, which is hydrogen peroxide at work. It removes debris and kills odor-causing bacteria. Rinse with plain water and make sure not to ingest the peroxide solution.