34 Reasons Why You Need Hydrogen Peroxide
Hydrogen peroxide is chemically represented as H2O2 and is one of the most common household disinfectants in the world.
Did you know that hydrogen peroxide is the only germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen. Odds are pretty good that you have a bottle in your medicine cabinet or under your kitchen sink right now.
People typically use hydrogen peroxide for sanitizing small cuts and as a whitener for delicate items, however there is much more to this little brown bottle than most of us realize.
Read on to discover many reasons why you need hydrogen peroxide in your home.
1. Disinfect Small Wounds
Hydrogen peroxide is a natural anti-septic, therefore one of its most common uses is to clean wounds to prevent infection.
2. Bleach Your Hair
Because it is more gentle than household bleach, hydrogen peroxide is also great for lightening hair.
3. Just Add Highlights
To get a classic “sun-bleached” look, simply spray hydrogen peroxide over damp hair and let it soak in for 10 – 15 minutes before rinsing out.
4. Whitening Tooth Paste
Mix baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to make a homemade tooth paste that will also remove stains from teeth when used daily.
5. Antiseptic Mouth Rinse
Use a cap full of hydrogen peroxide as a mouth rinse to help whiten teeth and kill germs that cause bad breath.
6. Disinfect Toothbrushes
Soak toothbrushes in hydrogen peroxide to kill staph bacteria and other germs common to the bathroom environment.
7. Whiten Your Nails
Soak fingertips and toes in hydrogen peroxide to naturally whiten your nails.
Use hydrogen peroxide as a face rinse to kill the bacteria that cause acne and help clear your complexion.
9. Help Heal Boils
Pour half of a bottle (about 8 ounces) of hydrogen peroxide into warm bath water and soak to treat boils.
Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and warm water to make a foot soak that will naturally soften corns and calluses.
11. Remove Ear Wax
Put a couple of drops of hydrogen peroxide into ears, wait a minute or two, then follow up with a couple of drops of olive oil. Wait another minute, then drain fluid from ears to remove ear wax.
12. Prevent “Swimmer’s Ear”
Mix equal parts hydrogen peroxide and vinegar in a small dropper bottle. Put several drops in each ear after swimming to prevent infection.
13. Relieve Ear Infections
Put 6 – 8 drop of hydrogen peroxide in each ear to alleviate symptoms and help clear up an ear infection.
14. Kill Sub-dermal Parasites
Apply hydrogen peroxide to skin affected with mites or other parasites to kill them naturally.
15. Treat Foot Fungus
Combine equal parts hydrogen peroxide and water in a dark colored spray bottle (light exposure weakens hydrogen peroxide) and apply to skin affected by foot fungus each night to stop fungal growth.
Kitchen & Bath
16. Clean Tile Surfaces
Spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto tile to remove dirt and stains.
17. Whiten Grout
Mix hydrogen peroxide with white flour to create a thick paste. Apply to grout and cover with plastic wrap overnight. The next day, simply rinse with water for whiter grout.
18. Clean Toilet Bowls
Pour about half a cup of hydrogen peroxide into toilet bowls and let it soak for at least 30 minutes to clean and remove stains.
19. Remove Tub Scum
Spray hydrogen peroxide on soap scum, dirt, and stains in the bathtub. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes then rinse to loosen grime and make cleaning easier.
20. Control Mold & Mildew
Spray hydrogen peroxide on areas where mold and mildew are present to stop fungal growth and remove discoloration.
21. Clean Glass Surfaces
Spray hydrogen peroxide on dirty mirrors and other glass surfaces to loosen dirt and grime. Wipe away with a clean, lint-free cloth.
22. Disinfect Countertops
Spray hydrogen peroxide on kitchen and bathroom countertops to clean and disinfect.
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