Open up your medicine cabinet, and right next to the alcohol and bandages, you’re bound to find a brown bottle of good ol’ Hydrogen Peroxide.
You know, the stuff that foams up when Mom poured it over a cut? Well, it turns out there’s more to hydrogen peroxide than just cleaning cuts! Besides being one of the world’s most effective anti-germicidal agents, there are many other common household uses for Hydrogen Peroxide.
Here are just a few:
- Fruit & Vegetable Wash – Pour 1/4 cup into a large bowl of water and wash fruits and vegetables very well. Rinse thoroughly with cool water.
- Sanitize Kitchen & Bath Surfaces – Use a spray bottle with a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water. Spray down all surfaces to kill harmful bacteria. The FDA has approved the use of peroxide as a sanitizer! Make sure your spray bottle filters out sun light to protect the mixture.
- Whiten Laundry – Substitute bleach with 1 cup of peroxide to your load of whites and they’ll come out whiter and brighter than ever.
- Mouthwash – Make a 50/50 mixture of peroxide and water. Add some mint essential oil to it and use that as your daily mouthwash for a clean, fresh rinse.
- Disinfect Your Toothbrush – Just soak your toothbrush in peroxide to kill bacteria and other bathroom germs.
Invented during World War I, Hydrogen Peroxide’s primary use was to clean soldiers’ wounds, and keep hospitals free from dangerous infections.
Do you have other uses for hydrogen peroxide that you’d like to share? Please do!