13 Household Uses for Hydrogen Peroxide

You might be surprised to find that hydrogen peroxide isn’t recommended for treating minor cuts and scrapes. Instead of tossing this first-aid staple, start putting it to good use with these other household uses.

| July/August 2015

  • Use hydrogen peroxide to kill potentially harmful bacteria on cutting boards.
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  • Salvage and sterilize dirty sponges with a peroxide-water mix.
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  • Pre-treat red wine stains on clothing with hydrogen peroxide.
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Break out the bubbly—this household staple (usually sold at a 3 percent concentration and used further diluted in water) has many uses around the home. You might be surprised to learn that hydrogen peroxide is not recommended for use on cuts and scrapes by many doctors (it can inhibit healing), but this disinfecting, cheap and easy-to-find household staple has many other excellent uses. Note: Hydrogen peroxide becomes inert if exposed to light or air, so it’s important to store it in an opaque, dark-colored bottle with a lid.

1. Sponge Sterilizer: Combine half water and half hydrogen peroxide in a bowl, then soak a dirty sponge for 10 minutes before rinsing.

2. Neat Nails: First trim and file nails. Next, fill a bowl with warm water and add 15 drops of almond, avocado or olive oil; soak fingertips for 10 minutes. Dry hands, then wipe nails with a hydrogen peroxide-soaked cotton ball to whiten. Add a drop of oil to each cuticle and massage it in.

3. Sink Sparkler: Get a stained white sink sparkling again by spraying hydrogen peroxide in the sink, then allowing it to sit for 30 minutes or more. Scrub, then rinse.



4. Grout Cleaner: After cleaning your tub, whiten any dingy grout by spritzing it with hydrogen peroxide. After it has bubbled for 10 minutes, scrub with a toothbrush and rinse.

5. Make Your Bowl Glow: Pour hydrogen peroxide directly into the toilet bowl, and let it sit for 20 to 30 minutes to disinfect and bleach stains. Scrub clean with a toilet brush.



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