Hydrogen Peroxide: H202. You probably already have it in your home, and more than likely you use it to treat minor cuts and scrapes. But you’d be surprised at how many uses this colourless liquid has.
For household cleaning, health and hygiene, beauty, medical uses — even as rocket fuel! Hydrogen peroxide is readily available at any drug store or grocery store. It’s inexpensive, and is one of the handiest household supplies ever.
Best known for its medicinal uses — hence its availability at pharmacies. Let’s start with some common uses, and some that you may not be aware of.
Health, Hygiene and Beauty
This is the most obvious use that most people know about, that’s probably why you have it in your home. Applied directly to minor wounds, it can help clear up infections and clean away dead tissue.
Disinfect your toothbrush
Once a week, soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide for at least five minute, rinse the toothbrush thoroughly and let air-dry. This eliminates any bacteria that may be hiding there. If you’re sick, repeat after each use, so you don’t re-infect yourself.
Hair, Teeth and Nails – and Feet
Speaking of teeth, swishing a solution of equal parts water and hydrogen peroxide will whiten your teeth and get rid of bad breath. And since peroxide is a bleaching agent, you can also use the same solution to lighten your hair.
To whiten your nails just soak some hydrogen peroxide onto a cotton ball and swab your nails. Oh, and BTW, it works well to cure athlete’s foot. Apply the same equal parts solution to the infected area on your feet, and that itching and discomfort will be gone.
House Cleaning Uses
Since hydrogen peroxide is a disinfectant, it’s a great cleaning tool all around the house. Leaving countertops, and other surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, office, anywhere in the house, sparkling and clean.
Nobody likes the look of dingy grout in the shower, but there’s an easy fix. To whiten your grout, make sure it’s dry, then spray H202 directly onto it. Go and do something else for a couple of hours (Netflix), then come back with a toothbrush and soapy water. Scrub away, and viola, perfectly white grout again.
The benefits of using this natural, and incredibly inexpensive compound are almost endless. This is one amazing tool that everyone can use to clean and disinfect the house. In fact, there are so many uses, that we’re going follow up with another blog post. So, read on for Part 2.
If you have any interesting ideas that we might have missed about the fabulous uses of hydrogen peroxide, please let use know, and share in the comments section below.
Remember, we care about clean.