Hydrogen peroxide can be used in various ways in your home. It is an inorganic chemical compound composed of 2 hydrogen and 2 oxygen atoms, whose main use is as a disinfectant, due to the fact that it is a strong oxidation agent. It is a very powerful chemical for killing all kinds of germs, including bacteria, viruses, and fungi.
This article lists 24 of the most common practical applications of hydrogen peroxide:
The combination of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar is in fact a cheap, viable and non-poisonous disinfectant agent and is said to be more viable at destroying pathogens than bleach.
As it is non-toxic, it can be used for cleaning the cooking and food preparation areas. In tests conducted at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, pairing Vinegar and Hydrogen Peroxide mists, kills virtually all Salmonella, Shigella, or E. Coli bacteria on heavily contaminated food and surfaces.
Put the piece of meat, fish or poultry in a casserole, cover with a diluted solution of an equal part of water and 3% H202, and leave it thus covered in the fridge for 1/2 hour. Then, rinse and cook the meat has usual.
It can also be used for meat sanitizing, so you should rinse off your meat with it before cooking.
Use as a vegetable wash or soak to kill bacteria and neutralize chemicals. Add 1/4 cup of 3% H202 to a full sink of cold water. Soak light-skinned (light lettuce) 20 minutes, thicker skinned (like cucumbers) 30 minutes. Drain, dry and refrigerate. This will prolong their freshness. If time is a problem, spray vegetables (and fruits) with a solution of 3%. Let stand for a few minutes, rinse and dry.
Add 1 ounce 3% Hydrogen peroxide to 1 pint of water and douse the seeds overnight. Then, every time you rinse the seeds, add the same amount of hydrogen peroxide.
6.Leftover tossed salad
In order to keep the leftovers of your salad, spray them with a solution of 1/2 cup water and 1 tbsp. 5% hydrogen peroxide. Drain, cover and refrigerate.
Sanitizing / Disinfectant / Cleaning
Add 2 oz of 3% hydrogen peroxide to the regular washing products to disinfect the dishwasher.
8. Kitchen / Household surfaces
Use hydrogen peroxide to clean kitchen counter tops and tables. It will destroy bacteria and leave a fresh scent behind. Put a tiny bit of the solution on your dishrag and wipe or spray it on the surface. Make a 50/50 solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide and keep it in a shower bottle. Store a bottle in every bathroom and clean it without affecting the septic system as is the case with blench and other disinfectants. After you clean well your wooden cutting board, spray it with hydrogen peroxide to destroy salmonella or other microbes. In the final phase of the cleaning process, spray over some vinegar.
Always have a spray bottle of 3% (straight) hydrogen peroxide nearby and use it to clean the inside of your fridge and your kids’ lunch boxes. Hydrogen peroxide also aids in cleaning glass or mirrors. You can use it in your bathroom as well to clean and disinfect counters, toilets, floors and other surfaces.
Extra tips: Always use 2 spray bottles and do not blend the solutions. Keep straight vinegar in one bottle and straight hydrogen peroxide in other spray bottle. When cleaning a surface, regardless of whether it is your cutting board, counter, sink, confines, toys, toilets, or floors, spray one mixture on the surface you are cleaning, then use the other. The mixture of both ingredients causes chemical reaction in short time and they create a potent sanitizer. Wash off the surface subsequently. The same applies for vegetable and food decontamination.
9. Humidifiers / steamers
Pour a pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water and pour the solution in your humidifier and steamer.
10. Washing and laundry
Add a cup of hydrogen peroxide to your white clothes to get them even whiter. Use it instead of your regular bleach. If you need to clean blood stains, put hydrogen peroxide on the dirty spot directly. Leave it on for a minute, rub well and rinse off with cool water. You can always rehash if necessary.
Hydrogen peroxide will keep your garments white, and it is an amazing alternate solution. If you chlorinate clothes, they wear out much faster, but that is not the case with peroxide.
11. Laundry and removing of stains
When used in time, 3% hydrogen peroxide can remove stains. However, 2-day-old blood stains can be removed with hydrogen peroxide efficiently. Put a tiny amount of hydrogen peroxide onto the stain, and it will start bubbling up. This is actually a reaction with catalase. Wait for a couple of minutes and wipe up the excess liquid using a cloth or paper towel. The stain will have disappeared.
Apply 3% of hydrogen peroxide onto the blood stain before you ‘seal’ it in with warm water. In the next phase use cold water and cleanser to remove peroxide treated stains.
Note: Hydrogen peroxide bleaches and discolors fabrics.
12. Tooth whitening
3% of the solution can help your teeth become white.
13. Hair lightening
You can use it as bleach and boost the hair volume with highlights. 50-50 percent solution can help by spraying it on your hair while it is wet. Comb the solution and bring light highlights to your hair to get a light brown or dirty blond hair. The hydrogen peroxide does the work gradually.
14. Remove ear wax
The external auditory canal is affected with an ear wax. This may cause the sound to be sealed and the tympanic membrane. You just need a solution of 3 % hydrogen peroxide to remove it. Use the water jet propulsion device to clot out the ear canal efficiently if needed. A Few drops of the solution in the ear canal can help. The crackling sensation may appear to mean that it started to dissolve.
You may also use the hydrogen peroxide to whiten the teeth, enema, hair lightening and clean the contact lenses.
Remove dangerous toxins and chemicals from your skin by adding the hydrogen peroxide to your bath. A liter of 3 % solution in the bathtub and soak for 30 minutes will do the trick.
16. Wound Disinfection
Hydrogen peroxide is often used in medicine to disinfect open wounds on the skin, such as cuts and lacerations before stitching and dressing. For this purpose, a 3% solution of hydrogen peroxide is prepared.
An interesting thing about this antiseptic is the ability to create foam in contact with the enzyme called catalase, which is released from damaged cells, especially blood cells. After the hydrogen peroxide treatment, if foam reappears on the wound, it may be a sign of a bacterial infection of the wound.
Hold a solution of hydrogen peroxide in the mouth for 10 minutes and spit it out. You can do this every day. It will help you smile and remove the nasty canker sores. Use 3% solution and a bit of liquid chlorophyll for flavor.
Combination of baking soda and 3 % hydrogen peroxide can act as a tooth cleanser and healthy toothpaste.
2 cupfuls of 3 % hydrogen peroxide in warm distilled water once a week may help the yeast infections. You can repeat twice a week.
20. Fungal infection of the feet
The area between the toes is affected the most. But fungi may appear on your feet, in general. The bad odor and the peeling of the skin are the symptoms of this infection. Make a solution 50:50 and soak your feet in it every night before bed. After this treatment, try to keep your feet dry.
21. Colonic or enema
In case of enema, add 1 tablespoon of 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to a quart of warm distilled water, or add 1 cup (8 Oz.) 3 percent hydrogen peroxide to 5 gallons warm water in case of colonic.
Soak the brush in 3 % peroxide and brush the teeth normally. It will protect your toothbrush from germs.
The anti-viral, antibacterial and anti-fungal properties help the toothache. It is not a painkiller, but it may help the infection. Rinse the oral cavity several times a day and try coconut oil once a day to treat the inflamed tooth.
If a severe toothache is present, then you need to place 3 % hydrogen peroxide in the oral cavity and keep it for 10 minutes. Repeat if necessary.
24. Contact lenses
Due to its capacity to break down the proteins that build up on the lens from the eye’s immune response, hydrogen peroxide is used as a disinfectant in CIBA Vision’s Clear Care no rub contact lens cleaning solution, which is resulting in increased comfort for those sensitive eyes.