Hydrogen peroxide is a wonderful and safe non-toxic cleaner and disinfectant. The uses of this awfully cheap liquid are more than we can think of all at once. Nonetheless, we have an exciting list of really smart ways to utilize this awesome and sometimes under-utilized but well-known product.

Use As A Good Bleach Alternative

Hydrogen Peroxide will remove a whole lot of stains and is really popular on removing blood stains from fabric, carpets, towels and so on.

It will get your whites so much whiter that never need to use bleach.

Add one cup of hydrogen peroxide to the bleach compartment of your washer or just pour it in the washer with the water.

Add your regular detergents and it will lift the stains that might cause discoloration.

Cleans Grout

Make your grout look so much cleaner, even if it gets stained by something that might have spilled.

Mix a solution of one part hydrogen peroxide and two parts baking soda and a tiny bit of dish soap.

Apply it to the grout with a toothbrush and leave it to stay for thirty minutes.

Then scrub the area with your toothbrush and rinse, then dry ensuring to get all the baking soda residues out.

Clean Your Toilet Bowl

Pour a cup of hydrogen peroxide into your toilet bowl and use the toilet brush to mix it around to get it all over the inside of the bowl.

Leave it for two hours and let it destroy all the bacteria. Return with your toilet brush.

Place a tiny bit of dish soap and scrub the bowl all over.

Give it a flush and there you have a clean and sanitized toilet bowl.

Clean And Disinfect Drains

A lot of bacteria can build up in your drains and can affect you in different ways.

They can cause a great stink to rise up and you cannot really tell sometimes where it is coming from. And it can cause bacteria to spread on other things close to the drain opening.

Pour some hydrogen peroxide down the drains in the house and lt will destroy loads of microbes for you.

Whether the shower drain, the kitchen sink drain or the bathroom sink drains – none of them are exempted. Let them all have it.

Sanitize Dog Bowls

Dogs may be more tolerant of certain bacteria than humans, however, we do have to handle their bowls which are not washed as often as our places…. am I right? So to make the bowl safer for us – as well as them.

Wash the inside of the and outside of the bowl every now and then with dish soap, wet a piece of cloth with hydrogen peroxide and wipe down the outside of the bowl.

Remove Armpit Stains

I use hydrogen peroxide mixed with toothpaste to get the stain out of the armpits of the shirt. I mix one pea-size squirt of toothpaste with a cork full of hydrogen peroxide. Mix it up and rub it onto the stain, let it sit for one hour and then wash as normal. BOOM! The stain is gone.

Remove Pesticides From Fruits And Veggies

We really do not want to eat any pesticides from the farms that come to us on the fruits and vegetables we love. Make a solution of one liter of water and one cup of hydrogen peroxide.

Soak your vegetables and fruits in that solution for five minutes, then rinse them with freshwater and they are now safer to be eaten.

Sanitize Hands Before Sex

Sex can be a joyful occasion, but when dirty hands are involved it could cause a yeast infection. That is not cool.

Let it be a regular practice for all hands to be sanitized before sex, both male, and female.

When we think not we touch things like our phones which can carry a lot of different awfully dangerous bacteria which we do not want to be introduced during intercourse.

Just keep a bottle of hydrogen peroxide close so whenever that hot moment comes around you can rub a bit on you and your partner’s hands so that deep touching may be safer.

Disinfect Toys

In this case, we are referring to kids toys! When it comes to children toys, we do not want to use harsh chemicals to clean them!

That is why hydrogen peroxide is the perfect solution for cleaning your children’s toys!

 

Just spray hydrogen peroxide on your kids’ toys and let it soak for a few minutes. Then wipe clean with a dry cloth. Or toss them in a bowl of one liter of water and half cup of hydrogen peroxide. The ratio does not have to be exact.

 

Clean Glass Stovetop- Quick & Easy

It can be frustrating and time-consuming to be scraping away caked-on foodstuff from your glass stovetops.

You may also want to stay from the other chemical cleaning solutions.

Not to worry use just 2 tablespoons baking soda, 1/4 cup Dawn dishwashing liquid & 3 tablespoons hydrogen peroxide to make your stovetop sparkle like it’s brand new!

Layer the mixture on the stove, use a scrub brush to work the mixture around the stove, and then let sit for 20 minutes. Finish up by wiping it all away with a damp cloth.

Weaken Stains

Hydrogen peroxide is great for breaking down stains! It can be used on just about any stain you have. However, be careful as it can bleach your fabrics depending on the color and type.

Break down tough stains by spraying them with hydrogen peroxide and then allow it to soak a few minutes before throwing your clothing into the washer. 

If you like you can also use hydrogen peroxide in the place of bleach when washing.

Remove Baked On Residue From Pans

If your baking sheet gets a lot of baked-on foods stuff on it and it is difficult to remove it with regular cleaning solutions.

Use hydrogen peroxide to spray onto the pans and then sprinkle some baking soda until a paste is formed.

Let soak for a few minutes and scrub with pleasure with your regular scouring pads. It will be good as new.

 Countertops Disinfectant

If some food particles get onto the countertops after dinner, it might even harden a bit. Do not worry at all.

Just drip or spray on a little hydrogen peroxide onto the countertops and on the grease and food particles. let it soak for a little.

Then easily wipe away with a damped cloth.

Make Glass Shelves Sparkle

Your refrigerator might have a few accidental spills on the nice glass shelves that were once fully sparkly and transparent.

When spills are not wiped up properly or left to sit for an extended time in a refrigerator, the spills get really dried out and tough. Let this not be a bother.

Just spray on some hydrogen peroxide and let it soak for a short while. Then wipe off. 

Disinfect Your Cutting Board

Did you know it is really important to sterilize your cutting board? 

First, clean your cutting board by washing it with dish soap and give it a rinse.

Use hydrogen peroxide in a spray bottle and spray directly onto the cutting board.

Let it stay for a few minutes to loosen any hidden food and kill the bacteria thereon. Then just wipe clean!

Do this also as a practice before using the cutting board, only that time its best to wash off the hydrogen peroxide.

Disinfect Kitchen Sponges

Don’t waste money by buying new kitchen sponges over and over! Instead, disinfect them in hydrogen peroxide.

Mix one part hydrogen peroxide and one part hot water and place your sponges in the mixture for 15 minutes.

Then rinse thoroughly.

Next, to really kill any germs, heat the sponges in the microwave for 1 minute. Wonder which germs can survive after that.

Disinfect Floors

It is no easy task to keep any floor clean, especially if there is high traffic. But this is worth doing.

Mop your floors with a gallon of hot water and a 1/2 cup of hydrogen peroxide.

This mixture will freshen and clean your floors without any toxic chemicals!

Disinfect Taps

Before we go ahead and use water from our water taps, one good practice is to sanitize the entire thing and the space around it just in case any insects or micro-organism may have contaminated it.

Sterilize Cans Before Opening

When canned goods are shipped from manufacturers by distributors and then to supermarkets and wholesales and retail and then to consumers- they sometimes encounter a lot of mess and get exposed to ridiculous amounts of germs.

Example: Rat droppings and urine, cockroach droppings and such the like. Bacteria from these can be deadly.

These products sit on open shelves for long periods of time. Be very careful before cutting!

Sanitize by using a piece of cloth or sponge soaked with hydrogen peroxide to rub onto the entire outer surface, let it sit for three minutes, rinse with water and go ahead and cut open and enjoy.

Sterilizes Toothbrushes

Hydrogen peroxide is a great way to clean your toothbrush between replacement. Just add a small amount of hydrogen peroxide to a drinking glass and place the head of your toothbrush in the glass. Let your toothbrush soak for a few hours and then rinse clean!

Eliminate Mildew

Hydrogen peroxide can also be used to remove mildew from hard surfaces. Put the hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and spray directly onto the mildew. Let it sit for a few minutes and then wipe the mildew away.

Oral Care

Any dentist will tell you that rinsing your mouth with hydrogen peroxide will help to eliminate bacteria and freshen the mouth.

Cleans Wounds

 If you happen to get a wound, one of the components of a first aid kit is hydrogen peroxide. Use it to wash wounds before dressing.
 

What ways do you use hydrogen peroxide in your home? Comment below and share!

18+ Smart Ways To Use Hydrogen Peroxide

18+ Smart Ways To Use Hydrogen Peroxide

You can use hydrogen peroxide to do so much more in the home. This is just a little tip of the iceberg.

We encourage the use of this product as a safer alternative to harsh chemicals such as bleach.

Materials

  • Hydrogen Peroxide
  • Microfiber Cloth
  • Toothpaste
  • Dish soap
  • Baking Soda

Tools

  • Microfiber cloth
  • Toothbrush
  • Drinking Glass or Mason Jar
  • Scouring Pad
  • Cleaning Sponge

Instructions

  1. Use As A Good Bleach Alternative
  2. Cleans Grout
  3. Clean Your Toilet Bowl
  4. Clean And Disinfect Drains
  5. Sanitize Dog Bowls
  6. Remove Armpit Stains
  7. Remove Pesticides From Fruits And Veggies
  8. Sanitize Hands Before Sex
  9. Disinfect Toys
  10. Clean Glass Stovetop- Quick & Easy
  11. Weaken Stains
  12. Remove Baked On Residue From Pans
  13. Countertops Disinfectant
  14. Make Glass Shelves Sparkle
  15. Disinfect Your Cutting Board
  16. Disinfect Kitchen Sponges
  17. Disinfect Floors
  18. Disinfect Taps
  19. Sterilize Cans Before Opening
  20. Sterilizes Toothbrushes
  21. Eliminate Mildew
  22. Oral Care
  23. Cleans Wounds

35 Comments

  1. I put hydrogen peroxide in my ears after swimming to prevent swimmer’s ear. Just soak a cotton ball with it and squeeze into the ear. Let it bubble up for about 5-10 mins. and drain. Feels great.

    • Willy van Veenendaal Reply

      American measures are so medieval. The rest of the world are using divided by ten!! How much is a gallon?? Unbelievebel!!

      • Willy – I hate math and working with numbers. When I see a liter, I have to google it. Jimmy Carter tried to get the metric system into our heads and it just didn’t work. My 40 yrs.+ sons can shout out an answer to an Algebra question while I’m still trying to figure out what in the world a millimeter is. Forgive us, please! I’m a very good writer (my forte) so if I see a liter or a word spelled like labour, I know it’s not American. Have a good day!!

    • Parvin Damania Reply

      Thank you Bonnie for this tip. My mother used to do this and get the wax out but i forgot how she did it. I think she used an ink dropper to put just one drop in one ear ask me to hold the ear shut put a drop in the other ear. Voila the wax would loosen and pop out. I will try this again and not worry that harm will come to my ears.

  2. I use it in my carpet shampooer to clean my carpet and use it with baking soda and boiling water to unclog drains.

  3. To follow up on Bonnie’s comment, my ear doctor told me to keep down the wax in my ears by adding a few drops. It usually bubbles a few minutes, then I get up ready to go.

  4. I love collecting driftwood, hard and soft plastics ,metals ,stones and beach glass from off the beach . I soak it all in a solution of hot water ,hydrogen peroxide and dawn dish soap. Doing this gives me the sense that things are clean and when dried I can use them for a variety of crafts.

  5. I must say this was such great inspiration to get up and start cleaning “everything”. There were so many excellent ideas I do not even know where to start.

    Thank you for the ideas and inspiration!

  6. I use about a 1/2 of a bottle of hydrogen peroxide,a generous squirt of blue dawn dish soap in a spray bottle and fill the rest up with water as my daily general cleaning detergent. I use it on everything. I always have a box of baking soda with me when I clean Incase I encounter any really tough to get off food messes or stains along the way. I use this recipe with the baking soda on my and my kids mattresses. After I strip off all the bedding and throw it all in the wash, I spray the entire bed with peroxide/ dish soap mixture, then get a colander and sprinkle baking soda over the entire bed. I wait about 10/15 minutes then grab a scrub brush and scrub it all down. I add a little extra ingredients to any really tough stains or yellow spots and scrub a bit longer in those areas. Let the bed dry completely ( dries quicker with a blow drier). Then either brush of the soda residue or vacuum it all up and your bed will be clean, sanitised, and smell super fresh. You can add a few drops of your favorite essential oil too to make it smell just the way you like. I also clean my carpets the same way. I do both mattresses, and carpets about once every 6 months and it works wonders and helps the whole house smell great all the time.

    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      Cheryl!, Thank you so much for those very detailed tips. I think you are really good at cleaning.

  7. NEVER, EVER rinse your mouth with full strength hydrogen peroxide!! I did this once and my gums turned temporarily white and they burned terribly and became rough. After a few hours this subsided and the color returned, but it’s obvious this is too strong and quite harmful to your gums. I’d try 2/3 water and 1/3 HP and see what happens.

    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      Thank you for your feedback Debbie. I do agree that it should be diluted with at least half the amount of water to be on the safer side. On the other hand, some people – myself included, can actually use it without diluting it and no harm is done. I have seen a slight whitening of my gums a few times, but no pain at all. I do rinse thoroughly to be on the safer side as well. I would only use hydrogen peroxide three times to four the most per week.

  8. Medical advise I have read says not to use Hydrogen Peroxide on open wounds. It causes rougher sound edges, making it more difficult to heal. I suspect it cleans a bit too well, eliminating some of what the body uses to cover and heal wounds.

    • I am using hydrogen peroxide for my plants I mix it with water like one glass of water and 1 spoon of hydrogen peroxide and put the water and spray on them. It works really good for growing them and saved them from insects

    • This is true. Peroxide and/ or alcohol, while excellent at disinfecting, also destroy the new cells trying to scab over or the new skin as it’s healing. Wound care should be done by using an antiseptic rinse.

      • 3% Hydrogen Peroxide is safe to drink and therefore does not harm you or your pet and you can add the peroxide in a saline solution for rising out a wound since you seem to be concerned with spreading false data about 3% Hydrogen Peroxide and wounds. Many wounds require simple common sense in how to treat them. For obvious reasons not all wounds are treated in the same manner.

        For those of you that skipped chemistry class, hydrogen peroxide produces oxygen which is what makes it such a good liquid solution to clean with at the safe levels of 3%. If you use anything higher than 5% it becomes increasingly unstable and has to be stored in either thick vinyl containers or glass.

    • Karen You are correct.Hydrogen peroxide is too erosive for wounds or any break in skin. In the hospital we diluted it at a 4:1 ratio with saline. This was dictated by a plastic surgeon who never had any postop infections

  9. You should NEVER use anything but warm water on your pets food, water and toys. Their tummy’s are very sensitive to cleaning products.

    • Willie Phillips Reply

      I will try hydrogen and see how it works, then I will get back with you.

    • While peroxide is certainly cheap enough, I don’t have a dishwasher so everything gets washed in hot water and blue Dawn and rinsed in clear hot water.
      I dislike the thought of washing my dog’s dishes “every few days”. When I do my dinner dishes, have wiped the stove/counters, then I put the dog’s bowls in to soak. She eats at 6 PM so she’s done when I’m doing dishes. Her water bowl, I rinse out with hot water every time she empties it and then I wash it again with her supper bowl. Like my own dishes, they are rinsed in very hot water. I can’t see using peroxide in dishwater – a full sink of water is going to dilute the peroxide to the point it doesn’t do anything. You’d be better off (especially with glass or crystal) to add a bit of scented ammonia. It will cut through grease and makes glasses shine.

  10. Spray on bug that have collected on my car while driving. Spray it on and in less than five minutes you can just wipe them of. Motorcycle helmet and shield also.

  11. I am a health care provider and encourage you to be mindful and add please seek medical advice before putting any chemical on an open wound. Or ingesting orally to your articles. Hydrogen Peroxide should be diluted in a 1:1 ratio depending on the strength or percentage ( 3%, 6%…) Its caustic and may destroy healthy tissue and delay healing if not administered properly. Otherwise great info for cleaning hacks. God bless.

  12. Please adjust the comment about using Peroxide for Grout. If COLORED grout, this may bleach or strip the color. Thanks for the other uses.

  13. Where is your arthritis formula while using hydrogen peroxide?

    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      This article is referring to 3% hydrogen peroxide.

  14. I add hydrogen peroxide to my dish washing detergent. It increases the strength of your dish detergent so that very little detergent is now required.

    • Springtime Cottage Reply

      Stacy, thank you for sharing those nice tips.

  15. I also spray hydrogen peroxide directly onto pots that I have cooked rice or potatoes in. Clean up is made super easy as the H2O2 dissolves the starches making the nice mess.
    Happy cleaning.

  16. Dying your hair with the hydrogen peroxide also makes your hair color turn brown when you apply it on your hair a couple times and let it air dry.

  17. I have used hydrogen peroxide for years for almost any stain you can think of. Having a son that played sports growing up and a mother of three I have had to clean minor blood stains from scratched elbows, scraped knees and on occasion a bloody nose. Hydrogen peroxide works great on this type of hard to get out stain from clothing.

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