Ok, maybe there’s not 101 uses for hydrogen peroxide, but it’s an incredibly all-purpose helper that is essential in any household. It’s great for cleaning wounds, but it’s good for so many other things. You can keep a bottle with a sprayer top in the kitchen, bathroom and laundry room, because there’s so many ways it helps out around the house.
Keep a bottle in the bathroom for good dental hygiene.You can use hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the bacteria that causes halitosis and gingivitis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water and rinse with it. For a whitening toothpaste that’s gentle on your teeth, mix it with with salt and baking soda, and brush your teeth with it every day. You can soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide to kill germs, too.
Keep a spray bottle in the laundry room. Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a pre-treater for stains, especially sweat stains, “ring around the collar” or on any white clothing or tablecloth that has started to yellow . Soak the stain for a few minutes in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. Substitute hydrogen peroxide for bleach–it whitens whites, and it’s less toxic than bleach, and less likely to harm delicate fabrics. It also helps get rid of musty smells on your linens and towels. Use 1/2 cup peroxide and 1/2 cup vinegar to soak, let stand for 15 minutes and wash as normal. The musty dusty smell will be gone!
It’s a terrific bathroom cleaner. Spray your shower tile with it, and spray you plastic shower curtain liner to remove germs, soap scum and mildew. For a natural grout cleaner and whitener, spray the grout, and let it do its magic for about half an hour. Scrub with a toothbrush, and the grout will be whiter, and you’ll notice it takes longer for that stain and mildew to return if you spray it regularly. The same goes for your toilet bowl.
Did you know that hydrogen peroxide can be used in the garden? It not only keeps houseplants healthy–add a little bit to the water you use to spritz indoor plants– but it helps grow seedlings. Use a 3% hydrogen peroxide solution and spritz the seed every time you re-moisten. For healthy adult plants, use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32 parts water to improve your plants’ root system.
As a cleanser, sanitizer, and whitener, you’ll find almost 101 uses for hydrogen peroxide around the house!