HYDROGEN PEROXIDE MAGIC!
Ever since I started using Hydrogen Peroxide to get rid o...f
armpit stains, to clean cookie sheets, as a miracle cleaner in my
kitchen and bathroom, and to make my own “oxi clean”…I ALWAYS have at
least one bottle of the stuff under my kitchen sink, under my bathroom
sink, AND in the laundry room. This stuff is amazingly versatile!
it wasn’t until recently, after doing some IN DEPTH research on the
subject, that I came to realize what a “miracle substance” hydrogen
peroxide really is! It’s safe, it’s readily available, it’s cheap, and
best of all, it WORKS! It works for a LOT of stuff!
peroxide should really be called oxygen water, since it is basically the
same chemical make up as water but with an extra oxygen atom (H2O2).
Because of this it breaks down quickly and harmlessly into oxygen and
Some other interesting facts about hydrogen peroxide:
It is found in all living material.
Your white blood cells naturally produce hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) to fight bacteria and infections.
and vegetables naturally produce hydrogen peroxide. This is one of the
reasons why it is so healthy to eat fresh fruit and vegetables.
found in massive dosages in the mother’s first milk, called colostrum,
and is transferred to the baby to boost their immune system.
found in rain water because some of the H20 in the atmosphere receives
an additional oxygen atom from the ozone (O3) and this H2O2 makes plants
Next to Apple Cider Vinegar, hydrogen peroxide ranks up there as one of the best household remedies.
the obvious (cleansing wounds), did you know that it is probably the
best remedy to dissolve ear wax? Brighten dingy floors? Add natural
highlights to your hair? Improve your plants root systems? The list goes
on and on!
There are SO many uses for this stuff that I’ve
started replacing the cap on the hydrogen peroxide bottle with a sprayer
because it’s easier and faster to use that way.
I have compiled a
rather impressive list of uses for 3% hydrogen peroxide that I hope
will have you as thrilled and bewildered as I was!
vegetables and fruits with hydrogen peroxide to remove dirt and
pesticides. Add 1/4 cup of H2O2 to a sink of cold water. After washing,
rinse thoroughly with cool water.
In the dishwasher, add 2 oz. to
your regular detergent for a sanitizing boost. Also, beef up your
regular dish soap by adding roughly 2 ounces of 3% H2O2 to the bottle.
hydrogen peroxide as a mouthwash to freshen breath. It kills the
bacteria that causes halitosis. Use a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide
Use baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a paste
for brushing teeth. Helps with early stages of gingivitis as it kills
bacteria. Mixed with salt and baking soda, hydrogen peroxide works as a
Soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide
between uses to keep it clean and prevent the transfer of germs. This is
particularly helpful when you or someone in your family has a cold or
Clean your cutting board and countertop. Let everything
bubble for a few minutes, then scrub and rinse clean. (I’ve been using
it for this a LOT lately!)
Wipe out your refrigerator and dishwasher. Because it’s non-toxic, it’s great for cleaning places that store food and dishes.
your sponges. Soak them for 10 minutes in a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen
peroxide and warm water in a shallow dish. Rinse the sponges thoroughly
Remove baked-on crud from pots and pans. Combine
hydrogen peroxide with enough baking soda to make a paste, then rub onto
the dirty pan and let it sit for a while. Come back later with a
scrubby sponge and some warm water, and the baked-on stains will lift
Whiten bathtub grout. First dry the tub thoroughly,
then spray it liberally with hydrogen peroxide. Let it sit — it may
bubble slightly — for a little while, then come back and scrub the grout
with an old toothbrush. You may have to repeat the process a few times.
Clean the toilet bowl. Pour half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into the toilet bowl, let stand for 20 minutes, then scrub clean.
stains from clothing, curtains, and tablecloths. Hydrogen peroxide can
be used as a pre-treater for stains — just soak the stain for a little
while in 3% hydrogen peroxide before tossing into the laundry. You can
also add a cup of peroxide to a regular load of whites to boost
brightness. It’s a green alternative to bleach, and works just as well.
dingy floors. Combine half a cup of hydrogen peroxide with one gallon
of hot water, then go to town on your flooring. Because it’s so mild,
it’s safe for any floor type, and there’s no need to rinse.
kids’ toys and play areas. Hydrogen peroxide is a safe cleaner to use
around kids, or anyone with respiratory problems, because it’s not a
lung irritant. Spray toys, toy boxes, doorknobs, and anything else your
kids touch on a regular basis.
Help out your plants. To ward off
fungus, add a little hydrogen peroxide to your spray bottle the next
time you’re spritzing plants.
Add natural highlights to your
hair. Dilute the hydrogen peroxide so the solution is 50% peroxide and
50% water. Spray the solution on wet hair to create subtle, natural
According to alternative therapy practitioners,
adding half a bottle of hydrogen peroxide to a warm bath can help
detoxify the body. Some are skeptical of this claim, but a bath is
always a nice way to relax and the addition of hydrogen peroxide will
leave you – and the tub – squeaky clean!
Spray a solution of 1/2
cup water and 1 tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide on leftover salad,
drain, cover and refrigerate. This will prevent wilting and better
preserve your salad.
Sanitize your kids’ lunch boxes/bags.
Dab hydrogen peroxide on pimples or acne to help clear skin.
peroxide helps to sprout seeds for new plantings. Use a 3% hydrogen
peroxide solution once a day and spritz the seed every time you
re-moisten. You can also use a mixture of 1 part hydrogen peroxide to 32
parts water to improve your plants’ root system.
yellowing from lace curtains or tablecloths. Fill a sink with cold water
and a 2 cups of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Soak for at least an hour, rinse
in cold water and air dry.
Use it to remove ear wax. Use a
solution of 3% with olive or almond oil. Add a couple drops of oil first
then H2O2. After a few minutes, tilt head to remove solution and wax.
with foot fungus. Spray a 50/50 mixture of hydrogen peroxide and water
on them (especially the toes) every night and let dry. Or try soaking
your feet in a peroxide solution to help soften calluses and corns, and
disinfect minor cuts.
Spray down the shower with hydrogen peroxide to kill bacteria and viruses.
Use 1 pint of 3% hydrogen peroxide to a gallon of water to clean humidifiers and steamers.
shower curtains with hydrogen peroxide to remove mildew and soap scum.
Place curtains in machine with a bath towel and your regular detergent.
Add 1 cup full strength 3% hydrogen peroxide to the rinse cycle.
for towels that have become musty smelling. 1/2 cup Peroxide and 1/2
cup vinegar let stand for 15 minutes wash as normal. Gets rid of the
Use hydrogen peroxide to control fungi present in
aquariums. Don’t worry, it won’t hurt your fish. Use sparingly for this
De-skunking solution. Combine 1 quart 3% H2O2, 1/4 cup baking soda, 1 teaspoon Dawn dish detergent, 2 quarts warm water.