I never knew that hydrogen peroxide held such immense benefits. I always see the topic on the web but I thought it was just another internet myth.
Then one faithful night I had sinus issues and had no alternative cure. It was so severe that I had to do something before I could get a good night’s sleep, so I called a very good friend who is a huge remedy enthusiast. He suggested that I add 3% hydrogen peroxide to 1 cup of chlorinated water and use it as a nasal spray. My immediate response was, “Hell no,” and he said, “Not like you have a choice, bro” and hang up the phone immediately. Initially, I couldn’t bring myself to do it, but I had to be free from my sinus issues, so I tried it and it worked. Hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) is the only germicidal agent composed only of water and oxygen. Its oxidizing properties allow it to react with bacteria, viruses, spores, and yeasts, making it a great disinfectant. Hydrogen peroxide is considered the world’s safest all natural effective sanitizer. Below are the amazing uses of hydrogen peroxide you never knew
Get rid of acne and boils
- If you are battling with acne, I strongly suggest you try hydrogen peroxide. It helps kill the bacteria which caused the acne while cleansing the area. To do this apply it directly on the infected areas, only once. Do not overdo this, as otherwise, you could kill the good bacteria.
- Adding chlorine in pools can be unpleasant and irritating for many. Hydrogen peroxide is a better and non-toxic alternative.
Cure Canker Sores
- This remedy is as old as the hills. It’s the first go-to remedy for canker sores. Hydrogen peroxide is antibacterial and antiseptic. It kills the bacteria in and around the mouth, healing canker sores and reducing inflammation. Start by gargling diluted hydrogen peroxide (mix with water) in your mouth for around two minutes and spit out.
- If you can’t get rid of bad breath and regular toothpaste isn’t working for you try hydrogen peroxide. Start by gargling with a diluted glass of hydrogen peroxide. For a more potent combo, make a paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide and brush your teeth and tongue with it. This will completely eradicate bacteria from your mouth and help whiten your teeth.
Fight Food Fungus
- A friend of mine told me about this, and she swore it worked for her. Personally, I haven’t tried it, but so many people testified that it cured their foot fungus infections. Start by mixing 3% hydrogen peroxide to one gallon of clean lukewarm water. Then soak your feet for about 30 minutes, rinse off, and pat dry. Do this every morning and night.
Treat Cold / Flu
- Boy, this one works well. I know because I’ve tried it. Start by administering a few drops of 3% hydrogen peroxide into each infected ear. It starts working within 2 to 3 minutes in killing flu or colds. You will experience a bubbling and in some cases a mild stinging. Wait until the bubbling and stinging subside, then roll over, and drain the H202 onto a tissue, and repeat on the other ear. Repeat this process two or more times at one or two hour’s intervals, until no bubbling occurs.
Get Rid of Ear infections and Clear Out Ear Wax
- To get rid of ear infections, simply use the hydrogen peroxide by putting a few drops into ear. This is just for mild ear infections. For severe ones I suggest you see the doctor. You can also use hydrogen peroxide to clear up excessive wax in your ear. Start by adding a few drops of olive oil, followed by hydrogen peroxide. Then keep your head tilted for about a minute then tilt it back the other way to let the mixture drain out.
- Many have testified to the effectiveness of this remedy. Personally, I haven’t tried it before but a friend of mine walked me through the process. It goes like this: put 1 tablespoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle of your choice, and add 1 tablespoon of water into the bottle. Keep the mixture 50-50, which will make a 1.5% formula. Spray this into your nose and blow it back out, as this will kill your sinus infection.
- I remember on one particular occasion when I had an awful toothache, my granny instructed I put some diluted hydrogen peroxide in my mouth and hold it there for about 10 minutes. To my surprise, it worked. But as with everything in life, moderation is the key.
Take A Detoxifying Bath
- Whenever I’m ill, I simply take a detoxifying bath to clean all the germs away from my body. I do this by adding two quarts of hydrogen peroxide into my bathwater and soak for about half an hour.
- Hydrogen peroxide produces a natural bacteria in the vagina while killing yeast. Start by mixing 1 teaspoon of 3% hydrogen peroxide with 1 cup of water. Use this mixture to rinse the vagina once a day until symptoms disappear.
- I ditched my deodorant a long time ago for baking soda, which happens to work best for me. But recently I found out that adding Hydrogen peroxide to this mix is way more effective. Every morning after my hot shower. I put a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on it and wipe my underarms. This helps to clean the area and gets the underarm ready to hold the baking soda. I then add a few sprinkles of baking soda on another cotton swab and use it to wipe under my arm while spreading the baking soda for a good coverage. This shouldn’t make a paste, but rather seem like dusting.
Clean Your Contact Lenses
- My sister uses contact lenses and one way she gets rids of build-ups is with hydrogen peroxide. If you are observant you will notice that hydrogen peroxide is the active ingredient in every lens cleaner, and it does the job pretty well.
Tile and Grout Scrub
- Cleaning dirty floors is a chore I dread, and since I’m the kind of guy that always looks for the easy way out, I use of hydrogen peroxide. Sometimes I mix it with baking soda as this helps deep clean and disinfect the floor. It’s especially useful for grout, which can be extremely difficult to scrub.
Whiten Your Nails
- This is one of the remedies I learned from my sisters. To whiten your nails soak a reasonable amount of hydrogen peroxide into a cotton ball and dab it onto your nails.
- The harsh fumes from chlorine are dangerous to inhale and can sometimes lead to severe respiratory issues over time. The chemical residue also remains on your clothes, which can sometimes cause harsh irritation. That’s why I prefer using hydrogen peroxide, which happens to be a non-chlorine bleach. Start by adding ½ cup of hydrogen peroxide alongside with your regular laundry detergent.
Fruit and Veggie Sanitizer
- In the absence of vinegar I use hydrogen peroxide to sanitize my produce before juicing them. Simply spray a food-grade hydrogen peroxide on your fruits and vegetables. Let it sit for few minutes before rinsing off, then pat dry. Using hydrogen peroxide helps kill harmful organisms in your produce.
- I own a cat and a dog and sometimes these pets can cause severe odor around the house. To eliminate odor I simply apply baking soda and hydrogen peroxide to the problem areas. Let it sit for a while then wipe clean.
Lighten Your Hair
- You can also use hydrogen peroxide to lighten your hair over time. To do this simply mix equal amounts of hydrogen peroxide and water. Add this mixture into a spray bottle and spray it on your hair. Comb hair afterward for an even distribution. When done regularly the hair will start to show blonde highlights. This method of hair lightener gives you total control of how light you want to go, and it’s not harsh on hair.
Disinfect Your Toothbrushes
- To disinfect your toothbrushes against bacteria, simply pour some hydrogen peroxide over them. I do this regularly to keep my toothbrush free from germs.
Soften Calluses and Corns
- To soften calluses and corns on feet, simply mix hydrogen peroxide and water in a bowl and soak your feet.
Disinfect Small Wounds
- One of the well-known uses of hydrogen peroxide is disinfecting small wounds. It’s a natural antiseptic and widely used to clean wounds to prevent infection.
Help Heal Boils
- To heal boils simply pour half of a bottle (8 ounces) of hydrogen peroxide into warm bath water and soak.
Disinfect Your Countertops
- This is my mom’s favorite way to disinfect countertops. She does this by mixing equal parts of hydrogen peroxide and water, then she pours the mixture into a spray bottle. Using the spray bottle she sprays directly on the surfaces, then wipes clean.
Clean Your Mirrors
- Recently I discovered that hydrogen peroxide leaves no streak on my mirrors, unlike other commercial cleaners I have used. I use it mostly to clean my bathroom mirrors and it’s quite effective in getting rid of dirt and germs that have accumulated on the mirror over time. I do this by simply spraying it on, then wiping clean.
Wash Out Your Toilet Bowl
- To disinfect your toilet bowl, pour a reasonable amount around the bowl, let it soak for about 30 minutes, then scrub and rinse out. When you’re done, douse the toilet brush with hydrogen peroxide, as this will disinfect the brush and keep it clean.
Remove Tub Scum
- There is nothing I dread more than the ring that builds up around my bath tub. But I’ve found a way to get rid of this scum. Pour hydrogen peroxide into a spray bottle and spray on the soap scum, dirt, and stains in your bathtub. Let it sit for at least 30 minutes. This loosens the grime making cleaning easier.
To Clean Grout / Tiles
- Another name for my mum is Mrs. Clean, as she always wants the whole place sparkling clean. I learnt this way of cleaning tiles from her. Start by making a paste of hydrogen peroxide by mixing it with flour. Apply the paste on tiles and cover it with plastic wrap. Let it sit overnight, then the following morning rinse it off, while cleaning the ties. Alternatively, to clean grout, mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide. This helps lift the stains as well as disinfecting for a deep clean. Your tiles and grout will come out looking bright and sparkling.
- Vinegar works well in this department, but I’ve found that you can also use hydrogen peroxide to achieve the same result. Apply hydrogen peroxide anywhere you find mold in your house and wipe clean. This will help clean and detoxify the area
- If your dog consumes foods that are toxic, simple administer hydrogen peroxide, as this will cause the dog to throw up. This simple remedy can save a dog’s life if done quickly.
- To remove blood stains from textiles, simply dab the stained areas with hydrogen peroxide and rinse with cool water before you commence washing. Doing this will naturally pull the stain out leaving the fabric soft and clean. Please note that hydrogen peroxide can bleach fabric, so before commencing it pays to try it out on areas that aren’t visible before treating the problem area.
Keep Salad Fresh
- Have you ever wished that your vibrant plate of salad can stay fresh for longer? Well, I’m glad to tell you that there’s a way to accomplish this. Start by preparing a mixture of half cup of water and a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide (make sure to use food grade) then spray the mixture over your salad.
- Using hydrogen peroxide as a vegetable soak helps to kill bacteria and neutralize chemicals. Start by adding ¼ cup of 3% H202 to a full sink of cold water. Then soak the vegetables for about 20 minutes, clean, and pat dry before putting them in the refrigerator. Doing this will prolong the freshness of your vegetables. If you have time constraints, spray your vegetables with a solution of 3% hydrogen peroxide. Let them stand for a few minutes, then rinse and pat dry.
Get Rid of Stubborn Caked On Foods
- Still having trouble getting rid of stubborn caked on food on your pots and pans? Worry no more, as I’ve got the perfect solution for you. Make a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda, and rub the paste on those difficult areas. Let it sit for a few minutes before scrubbing it away with warm water. The baking soda acts as an abrasive, while the hydrogen peroxide helps break up the particulates.