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Surprising Uses of Hydrogen Peroxide Around the House

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Hydrogen peroxide is one of the most common disinfectants in every household around the world. Usually, people only use it to sanitize small cuts and maybe as a whitener for delicate items. There is so much more than the good old H2O2 can do than most of us know. Here are some surprising uses of hydrogen peroxide around the home from our professional cleaners at MaidForYou.

Cleaning grubby sponges

Man washing faucet in bathroom with soapy water

Hydrogen peroxide can help you get rid of the dirty appearance and smell from the sponges you have. Soak the sponges in a mixture of water and hydrogen peroxide, and then rinse thoroughly.

Use it as a mouth rinse

Hydrogen peroxide can be used as a mouth rinse so you can save some money on mouthwash by mixing equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water and swish it around your mouth. It can also whiten your teeth in the process.

Cleaning fruits and veggies

Fruits in a plastic bag

Hydrogen peroxide is an alternative to expensive fruit and vegetable washes. Just spritz a little food-grade hydrogen peroxide on them to help clean the bacteria. Ensure that you rinse thoroughly before consuming it.

Cleaning musty towels

White towels in a bathroom

A combination of hydrogen peroxide and vinegar gives your musty, old towels the ultimate clean. Soak the towels in a mixture of half a cup of hydrogen peroxide and half a cup of vinegar.

Whiten your clothes without bleach

White washing hanging in the fresh air

Hydrogen peroxide not only removes bloodstains but also makes a general bleach for whites in your wash.

Disinfecting toothbrushes and dental appliances

Two toothbrushes in a white mug on a windowsill

One of the most effective uses of hydrogen peroxide is in dental hygiene. Even though toothbrushes should be replaced every three months or after a cold, sometimes you may not have the time to go pick another. As you wait, soak your toothbrush in hydrogen peroxide to kill the germs.

Removing blood stains

Pile of folded clean shirts and jumpers

Hydrogen peroxide is a chemical compound that is a kind of bleach. It is used in brightening and bleaching objects. This can do wonders for stained white fabrics even those with bloodstains. Pour the hydrogen peroxide onto the stain and let it sit. Blot it out and then rinse it in cold water.

Whiten your nails naturally

Person with red manicured nails

This is one of the best tricks to get healthy and gorgeous nails. Use one-part hydrogen peroxide and two parts baking soda to form a paste which you will gently massage over your nail beds. Let it sit for three minutes and then rinse it off.

Cleaning the fridge and dishwasher

Empty Dishwasher

Use hydrogen peroxide to clean an empty dishwasher or a cleaned-out fridge. Let it sit for a while before cleaning it up.

Getting softer and cleaner feet

Lady scrubbing her leg

When mixed with water, hydrogen peroxide can help ward off any foot fungus and soften calluses as well. Soak your feet in a one-to-one ratio of hydrogen peroxide and water.

Remove sweat stains

We all have those stubborn sweat stains on our clothes’ armpits. One part dishwashing liquid and two parts hydrogen peroxide applied on the sweat stain will do the trick. Tougher stains may need scrubbing with baking soda.

There is really so much that you can do around your house with hydrogen peroxide. Like vinegar, it has a lot of uses some of which you have never tried. You can save a lot of money by just using hydrogen peroxide.

See also: Tried-and-True: A Non-Toxic Guide to Cleaning Windows Efficiently!

Adriana Aziz is the operations manager at MaidForYou. With over 6 years of experience managing cleaning operations, she knows all the best hacks when it comes to cleaning residential and commercial buildings. With expert experience in managing house cleaning operations, interior design and logistics. She spends her free time with her family and as a freelance food critic.

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